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January 15 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Boeing has identified “green diesel,” a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50% less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its life cycle. [Crikey]

World:

  • United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres has urged financial institutions to triple their renewable energy investments to around $1 trillion a year, the Guardian has reported. [The9Billion]
  • A French-German joint initiative in the energy sector announced by President Francois Hollande is likely to focus on renewable energy but is not aimed at forging alliances between major utilities firms, political and industrial sources said. [GlobalPost]
  • The Philippine Department of Energy has called on local government units in Mindanao to identify potential renewable energy projects to help shore up power supply in the region. Mindanao faces insufficient supplies and has growing demand. [InterAksyon]
  • David Cameron last year pledged to halt the growing numbers of wind farms amid a growing backlash in rural areas. Nevertheless, the number of onshore wind farms granted planning permission has risen by two-thirds in the past three years. [Telegraph.co.uk]
  • The chairman of Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy, said in an interview that vested interests were clearly campaigning against renewables to protect their own assets, and trying to demonize renewable energy. [RenewEconomy]

US:

  • Technology colossus Google has announced it will invest $75 million in the Panhandle 2 wind project , in pursuit of its goal of using 100% renewable energy. Panhandle 2 will have a capacity of 182 MW. [Amarillo.com]
  • If Northwest media are correct, Apple is on its way to building the largest solar power plant in the state of Oregon. The Oregonian newspaper reported that the solar-bound parcel in Prineville is 200 acres, which could be sufficient for over 20 MW. [EarthTechling]
  • Vermont Lawmakers are considering a plan to tax the state’s natural gas pipelines to fund renewable energy projects. The new taxing scheme could raise millions for renewables as gas lines are expanded in the western side of the state. [vtdigger.org]
  • University of California Riverside has announced that a 10.92-acre solar farm — the largest at any UC campus — will provide three megawatts of renewable energy to the campus starting in July 2014. [Highlander Newspaper]
  • Element Power has announced it expects to begin construction in the fall on what it says will be the largest wind farm in Missouri. Power generated from the new 200 MW Mill Creek Wind Farm will be sold to Kansas City Power & Light. [PennEnergy]
  • According to Union of Concerned Scientists analysis, 37 states were net importers of coal in 2012, paying a total of $19.4 billion to import coal from elsewhere. The money leaving those states each year could be better spent on local renewable power. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • A panel of trustees at the University of Vermont unanimously rejected a proposal for fossil-fuel divestment, ending official consideration of a recommendation that the University’s endowment fund eliminates its holdings in fossil fuel companies. [Vermont Cynic]

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