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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

January 9 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Reasons for Optimism on Climate Action” There have been a series of very positive developments over the past few years. Climate changing gas emissions are down 12% since 2005, and are going down each year. [Huffington Post]
  • “Are EV Battery Prices Much Lower Than We Think? Under $200/kWh?” A look at the EV battery market shows GM is selling batteries in the range of $131 to $187 per kWh. McKinsey had predicted a drop to $200 by 2020. Could the current numbers be true? [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has reported development of a metal-free flow battery that relies on the electro-chemistry of naturally abundant, inexpensive, small organic molecules called quinones. [TG Daily]

World:

  • The UK broke a series of wind energy records in December 2013 – including the record for most wind power produced in a single month. In December, Britain generated a total of 2,841,080 MWh – about 10% of the country’s total power demand. [inhabitat]
  • Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator has said the country has almost reached 2 million small-scale solar systems installed, just 8 months after Australia reached the milestone of having 1 million rooftop solar systems installed. [The9Billion]
  • The Australian government’s main economic advisor has significantly revised its cost estimates for leading energy technologies. The latest report makes clear that the cheapest avenue forward for Australia is renewables, and solar in particular. [RenewEconomy]
  • The European Commission has dismissed reports it has ordered the UK to end wind farm subsidies by the end of the decade, as part of a review of renewable energy support schemes. [Business Green]

US:

  • Sales of 100% electric cars in the US increased 228.9% in 2013 compared to 2012, with the number of sales, 46148, almost catching up with the 48951 sales of plug-n hybrids. Plug-in hybrid sales increased by 26.9% in the same time. [CleanTechnica]
  • After reports from October exposed the utility for lying about funding anti-solar ad campaigns and phony grassroots organizations, a web of dark money surfaced. A new report says dark money accounts for about 75% of funds for anti-renewable campaigns. [CleanTechnica]
  • Complaints of water contamination in two states have been tied to oil or gas drilling, according to an Associated Press investigation. Fracking has been tied to other instances of water contamination as well, such as from waste pits. [ThinkProgress]
  • The Shumlin administration has proposed several changes to allow expansion of the state’s popular net metering program for three more years while a more permanent solution is crafted before solar tax credits expire at the end of 2016. [Rutland Herald]
  • Developers of a renewable biogas project in sparsely populated north-central Missouri are hoping to turn hog manure into energy. Plans, announced Wednesday, call for construction of the $100 million project to begin in April. [KSDK]
  • The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced that Iowa biodiesel production was up 25 percent in 2013, setting a new record with production topping 230 million gallons of biodiesel. [Biodiesel Magazine]
  • Renewable energy critics harp on the variability of wind and solar but ignore that conventional power sources are no sure things themselves. In an extraordinary cold snap, with conventional generators struggling, wind power capacity helped a lot. [EarthTechling]
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will soon downgrade the Pilgrim nuclear power station’s performance, placing the 685-megawatt plant on a list with seven others deemed as degraded. [The Patriot Ledger]

 

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