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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

January 5 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Time to stop investing in carbon capture and storage” Government investment in carbon capture and storage is a large and expensive fossil-fuel subsidy with a low probability of eventual societal benefit. [Resilience]

Science and Technology:

  • NewLight Technologies is promoting a new set of plastics it calls AirCarbon. AirCarbon plastic is not only biodegradable and recyclable, but because it is made from carbon dioxide and methane, it sequesters carbon and so is carbon-negative. [CleanTechnica]
  • Ford is planning to unveil a solar-powered concept car at this month’s International CES gadget show that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug. [Associated News]

World:

  • UK wind farms generated a record amount of electricity in December as well as hitting weekly and daily highs after installed capacity rose 45% in one year, according to a lobby group. [Business Mirror]
  • The Spanish company Gamesa will be responsible for building a wind farm of 50 MW in the province of Guanacaste, which will be owned by the company Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy. [The Costa Rica News]
  • In Sri Lanka, the National Electricity Consumer Movement is alleging that the Ceylon Electricity Board delaying action on the Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Tariff to deter local developers and hand over the renewable energy sector to foreign investors. [Sunday Leader]

US:

  • Siemens and Cape Wind have signed a contract in which Siemens will supply its industry leading 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines, an offshore Electric Service Platform and a service agreement for 15 years of commercial operations to Cape Wind. [4-traders]
  • The rise of SolarCity, America’s largest provider of rooftop solar systems with more than 80,000 customers, is either a sign that solar power is finally having its day or yet another mania is gripping the markets. [Financial Express]
  • More than 40 sisters live at Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey in Franklin, Massachusetts, and many of them are too old to milk cows or garden, so they are having more than 20,000 solar panels installed in a field on the Trappistine order’s property. [Boston Globe]
  • It’s now officially a requirement in Lancaster, California, a first for the US and possibly for the world. Each new single-family residential unit must include at least 1 kW of solar power capacity at its development site. [CleanTechnica]
  • FirstEnergy has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to gather information from the US Army Corps of Engineers on several federally owned dams upstream of the Shippingport plant. [Timesonline.com]

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