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February 2 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Why traditional utilities are like frogs in warming water” Jim Rogers, the recently retired head of Duke Energy, the biggest utility in the US, says regulations and business models will not change quick enough to save traditional utilities in face of solar. [RenewEconomy]

Science and Technology:

  • A new, relatively low-temperature means of creating liquid fuels from common plastic waste has been developed by researchers from the Centurion University of Technology and Management, and the National Institute of Technology, both in India. [CleanTechnica]
  • This year has seen the start of a testing program in Japan for fiber-reinforced plastic sails 20 meters high and eight meters wide. The testing is part of the Wind Challenger project to develop a next-generation cargo ship using sails to cut fuel costs by 30%. [The Maritime Executive]

World:

  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance has revealed that China “outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts” to install a record 12 GW of photovoltaic projects in 2013. In fact, a boom at the end of the year could have pushed the total up to 14 GW. [EnergyCollective]
  • South Africa plans to cut its reliance on the fossil fuel to about 50% 2050, down from more than 80% now. The 50%goal set by the continent’s biggest coal producer is part of an integrated energy plan currently under development. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Indian state-run National Aluminium Company Limited has set up its second wind power plant at Ludarva in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, with a capacity of 47.6 MW. The project will have 56 wind turbines, each of 850 KW rating. [SteelGuru]

US:

  • A new law allows the Guam DOE to work directly with leased schools to install solar panels. The public school system will not be completely off the Guam Power Authority grid, but the intent is to incorporate more green energy into the school system. [Pacific Daily News]
  • A $160 million wind farm project — a first for Campbell County, South Dakota — has cleared most major hurdles, and construction is ready to begin. The farm will produce 98 MW of power. South Dakota’s windpower capacity might be over 100,000 MW. [AberdeenNews.com]
  • When a wave of cheap Chinese-made solar panels flooded the market a few years ago, it nearly laid waste to America’s solar manufacturing industry. But recently, one California firm, Solaria Corp., started rolling out its technology across China. [Merced Sun-Star]
  • In Gypsum, Colorado, 140 miles west of Denver, a biomass mill began operations in December, burning wood to create 10 megawatts of round-the-clock electricity. It will burn wood taken from forests that would otherwise very likely burn in a forest fire. [Denver Post]

 

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