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January 23 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin developed a new biofuel from genetically engineered yeast cells and table sugar. The group’s leader calls the fuel “a renewable version of sweet crude.” [BioNews Texas]


  • The European Commission’s decision to propose a binding target to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030 was welcomed by the UN’s and EU’s climate chiefs, but it was far lower than many in the Least Developed Countries community had hoped for. [Responding to Climate Change]
  • Environmentalists have reacted with dismay to the European Commission’s latest proposals on climate and energy targets for 2030, saying they represent a “significant roll-back” on climate change. [Irish Times]
  • The European Union will abandon national mandates for renewable-energy use after 2020. In the new framework, which extends the effort through 2030, the EC raises the legally binding target for greenhouse gas emission cuts to 40%. [PennEnergy]
  • The new cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and center-left Social Democrats (SPD) has endorsed key points of a planned revision of renewable energy law in a bid to limit subsidies and price hikes. [Deutsche Welle]
  • Eolus Vind AB and Google have signed a ten-year agreement in which Google will buy all electricity generated by 29 wind turbines that Eolus establishes in four wind farms in southern Sweden. [Baltic Review]
  • The global shift from coal and nuclear power to renewable energy in order to lower carbon dioxide emission and ensure energy security is giving a boost to the waste to energy (WTE) plant market, as WTE plants are not intermittent. [Consultant News]
  • Volvo Construction Equipment’s site in Braås, Sweden, completed its journey towards becoming carbon dioxide neutral. It is the first construction equipment production facility in the world to be powered entirely by renewable energy. [AZoCleantech]
  • The Middle East, spearheaded by the oil-rich Persian Gulf monarchies, could spend up to $50 billion on developing solar power over the next seven years, says the Middle East Solar Industry Association. []


  • Late yesterday, environmental groups filed a brief asking the US Supreme Court to let carbon pollution cleanup go forward. At issue are Clean Air Act safeguards requiring major stationary source polluters to use available control technology. []
  • A group of Vermont college students wants the state to pass legislation that would divest the state pension fund of stocks in fossil fuel companies. They are holding a press conference on Thursday afternoon at the Statehouse. [Houston Chronicle]


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