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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

January 19 Energy News


  • “One family’s path to solar power” It’s high time to find a new energy paradigm and harness the sun for our electricity. The solution is staring us in the face every day — or almost every day. [Rutland Herald]


  • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has set the ambitious goal of electrifying 20 million homes by 2020. Homes will get renewable power from microgrids, solar panels on individual homes, or solar lanterns. [Resilience]
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA) governments are increasingly turning towards renewables to generate power for the energy hungry population. Not surprisingly, this shift begins with solar – a resource that MENA is abundantly blessed with. [Al-Bawaba]
  • The fourth assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) convened in Abu Dhabi with focus on renewable energy. Heads and ministers of over 150 countries and representatives from 120 organizations attended. [Global Times]
  • Germany’s economy minister wants to cut the support price paid for electricity from solar and wind power generators by about a third by 2015, according to a draft proposal for the government. [Business Recorder]
  • A retail center in Calgary has the city’s largest solar panel system, and upon completion of the second phase, it will become the largest in all of Alberta. It has 252 panels, creating almost 60 kWh per day, and 450 more are coming. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • Aberdeen councillors have unanimously approved plans for a hydro-electric power scheme and fish pass in a Deeside conservation area, which could open up another 45 miles of watercourses on the River Dee to migrating salmon. [Scotland on Sunday]
  • Brazil’s 14,000-MW Itaipu hydropower plant has broken its own world record for annual power production. The plant’s previous mark was 98.2 TWh, a record established in 2011-12. In 2012-13, Itaipu produced 98.63 TWh. [HydroWorld]


  • We may be witnessing a historic change in our driving habits. It’s not so much that our automobile love affair has ended, rather that maybe, just maybe, it’s not quite as hot and heavy as it has been. [Energy Collective]
  • US businesses are increasingly generating their own power as a way to cut their utility bills and spare them from power outages. The number of electricity generation units at commercial and industrial locations has quadrupled since 2006. [Press of Atlantic City]
  • California’s record-setting drought may do major harm to its ability to generate hydroelectric power, with a possible drop in output from just the state’s ten largest hydro power plants potentially more than the loss of the San Onofre nuclear plant. [KCET]


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