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January 12 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • With its potentially high biomass yield and its suitability to fit into existing crop rotations, hemp could not only complement but exceed other available energy crops for manufacture of biofuels. [CleanTechies]
  • Wind energy company Ogin Inc is seeking approval to install 40 of its “shrouded” turbines in Altamont Wind Resource Area, a wind farm with unusually high numbers of avian deaths, to test its theoretically more bird-friendly turbine design. [Go Lackawanna]

World:

  • Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, called EMPA as an acronym for its German name, has had some success working on “power to gas,” a process that converts short-term excess electricity from renewables to hydrogen. [ScienceDaily]
  • Passage of a new UK energy bill took 54 weeks. Though clean energy producers have been guaranteed a minimum price for their electricity industry sources say uncertainty over ambiguities is continuing to hold up investment decisions. [Scotland on Sunday]
  • A man in central Newfoundland had power this past week while there were outages all across Newfoundland because he powered his home using wind and solar energy. The system cost around $30,000, but he says it will pay for itself in four years. [CBC.ca]
  • A report identifying 9,300 megawatts of potential new sites of hydro-generated electricity in Northern Ontario says water-power expansion will help remote First Nations get rid of their outdated diesel-powered stations. [The Chronicle Journal]

US:

  • EPA’s proposed standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants will be published here in the government’s official newspaper, the Federal Register, kicking off a 60-day period for public comment. An online version is already available. [Energy Collective]
  • With bipartisan support, legislation is moving through both houses to tweak the tax code to let clean energy developers form a master limited partnership, or MLP, a type of publicly traded company structure not subject to corporate taxes. [Kitsap Sun]
  • In Wisconsin, renewable energy credits are only available for facilities that went on line after June of 2010. A proposed change would allow renewable sources like hydropower or biomass to earn credits at facilities were operating before 2010. [Sawyer County Record]

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