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January 24 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Ottawa-based Iogen Corp. announced it has developed and patented a new method to make drop-in cellulosic biofuels from biogas using existing refinery assets and production operations. [Biomass Magazine]

World:

  • The Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise, and Tourism officially opened Scotland’s first HETAS-accredited renewables training academy. Falkirk Renewables Centre will train installers to work with heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal. [H&V News]
  • Energy initiatives created by the European Union for 2030 will permit Britain to reach its emissions goals by making even more nuclear power plants instead of investing in wind farms, and are to increase the amount of fracking. [The Voice of Russia]
  • Worldwide, about 5.7 million people worked in the renewable energy sector in 2012 directly or indirectly, the International Renewable Energy Agency estimates. Of those, nearly one in three is based in China. Another 14 percent are in Brazil. [FuelFix]
  • Foundations have begun to be laid at a site in New South Wales in what will become the Australian state’s biggest wind project. Two foundations for the 67 wind turbines have been poured this week at Boco Rock, between Nimmitabel and Bombala. [ABC Online]
  • Data from Mercom Capital Group showed that venture capital financing for companies in the wind energy sector went up 44.4 % to $455 million worldwide in 2013, the Business Standard reported. [Venture Capital Post]
  • Local renewable energy practitioners believe the best solution now for electric power shortages in the Malaysian state of Sabah is to look at mini hydro, biomass and solar as renewable energy sources.[Free Malaysia Today]
  • Global subsidies for fossil fuels have returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis in 2008, estimated at $523 billion to $1.9 trillion, according to a new report. This is about five times what all renewable resources get, combined. [FuelFix]

US:

  • Kansans overwhelmingly support renewable energy and the state’s law that mandates utilities to buy it, according to a poll released by wind energy proponents. The mandate is currently under attack by some lawmakers and business groups. [Kansas.com]
  • NV Energy and Great Basin Transmission South today dedicated the 231-mile 500 kV One Nevada Transmission Line. The 800 MW cable enables renewable energy development in remote areas with 11 projects now being served by the new line. [reNews]
  • A proposal to build a $150 million biomass wood-burning plant in East Springfield, Massachusetts remains under litigation in two courts, with one hearing scheduled in March on a developer’s fight to obtain two building permits. [MassLive.com]

 

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