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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

February 7 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Reality Check: Society Pays for Carbon Pollution and That’s no Benefit” Every ton of coal, and every barrel of oil, causes more in external damages than it adds value to GDP.  Those who profit from producing these fuels should not get a free ride on the taxpayer. [Energy Collective]

Science and Technology:

  • Trials by UK consumer advice group What Car claimed that carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions increased in every vehicle tested, when the vehicle was powered by 10% ethanol. The research also said cars get lower mileage, costing drivers more. [CITY A.M.]

World:

  • Ikea’s energy program dedicates over $2 billion–three times as much as originally planned–to clean energy investment through 2015. It is designed to protect the company from energy price shocks and to tap into customers’ green wishes. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Madhya Pradesh government has approved an ambitious plan to provide electricity in 44 Naxal-hit villages of the State using solar energy. Each of 4437 households will be given with an 11 or 18 watt CFL and access to other equipment. [The Hindu]
  • Several Caribbean nations committed on Thursday to start replacing diesel generators, the most common means of producing electricity on islands, with renewable sources like wind, solar or the earth’s heat. [New York Times]
  • A&P Falmouth has been awarded a landmark contract by wave energy firm Seatricity to build a wave energy device to be deployed at Wave Hub, an offshore renewable energy test facility at Hayle, Cornwall. [Maritime Journal]
  • SITA UK has signed a 30-year public-private partnership contract worth around £1.8 billion in total revenue over its duration, with the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority to convert household waste into energy. [H&V News]
  • The Irish Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources has launched the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan to provide a framework for the sustainable development of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resources. [Afloat]

US:

  • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced that it has entered into a 25-year agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources for a 150 megawatt wind power generating facility to be constructed in eastern Colorado. [Your Industry News]
  • Newly released reports on an attack on an electric substation in California last April raise questions about the vulnerabilities of the U.S. power grid. The Wall St. Journal speculated that the attack could have been a test ground for a larger attack. [IEEE Spectrum]
  • Recurrent Energy, a leading North American solar project developer, announced the commercial operation of six solar PV projects totaling 106 MW peak/88 MW AC in Southern California and Arizona. [CIOL]
  • Advances in turbine technology could transform wind development in the Southeast, adding another renewable fuel option to an area once dominated by coal. But emerging lawsuits and legislation could drive them away. [Environment & Energy Publishing]

 

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