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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

January 8 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Are Wind Power Subsidies Still the Answer?” The EPA estimates that the social costs of carbon dioxide emissions are $12 to $116 per ton. (That is $0.12 to $1.16 in health and other costs per gallon of gasoline, and the victims, all of us, are uncompensated.) [EarthTechling]

Science and Technology:

  • Trident Energy had a successful trial of a real-time control system designed to optimise linear wave generators. The demonstration took place at the company’s wave technology test facility. An offshore demonstration is the next target. [reNews]

World:

  • In their call for a goal for carbon emissions cuts for 2030, the EU’s top four economies – Germany, France, Britain and Italy – are calling for a reduction of at least 40%. Current targets foresee a 20% reduction on 1990 emissions by 2020. [London South East]
  • China, already the world’s largest producer of wind power, has embarked on the greatest push for renewable energy the world has ever seen. From a current installed capacity of 75 GW, the aim is to achieve a staggering 200 GW by 2020. [BBC News]
  • Nordex has won a contract from WPD to supply turbines for the 33 MW Mäkikangas wind farm on the west coast of Finland. The German manufacturer will deliver and install 11 machines of 3 MW each from its Generation Delta platform. [reNews]
  • Germany’s will risk losing its big industries unless they are sheltered from the cost burden of renewable energy, its economy minister said while restating his commitment to a shift to low-carbon fuel. [EurActiv]
  • Azerbaijan plans to build three wind power plants by 2015. The project is part of a  renewable energy policy to improve non-traditional energy sector and reduce dependence of Azerbaijan’s economy on oil and gas reserves. [News.Az]
  • Corporate and project funding for the solar power sector increased in 2013, according to consultancy Mercom Capital. The group’s annual funding report claims that large-scale project funding shot from $8.7 billion in 2012 to $13.6 billion last year. [PV-Tech]
  • A recent order by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has listed 134 solar panel companies eligible to receive credit support from financial institutions. This withdraws credit from about 75% of solar manufacturers. [CleanTechnica]

US:

  • The New York state Energy Planning Board approved an long-delayed plan calling for reduction of carbon emissions from the energy sector of 50% by 2030. The state will expand solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and hydrokinetic energy sources. [Capital New York]
  • Renewable energy development at the Salton Sea could generate up to $4 billion in revenue over 30 years. Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors are backing renewables projects as a way to provide with $2 billion for environmental restoration. [Imperial Valley Press]
  • Five schools in the US state of South Carolina will soon begin generating electricity using roof-top solar panels as a result of being provided financial assistance from Palmetto Clean Energy, a nonprofit that promotes renewable energy resources.[Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • As wind energy’s costs have fallen precipitously over the last several years, a growing number of utilities in traditionally conservative states without Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements have made sizeable investments in clean energy. [Clean Energy News]

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