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February 10 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Beyond Keystone XL: Eight Reasons for Optimism on Climate Change” Even considering signs that Barack Obama may approve the Keystone XL pipeline, huge and positive changes are quietly taking place. [Truth-Out]
  • “Nationwide Wind & Solar Misinformation Scheme Making The Rounds, AWEA Responds” The fossil fuel dark side doesn’t rest in its efforts to delay a healthy, economically beneficial transition to clean energy. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • France has launched a “call for expressions of interest” for innovative solar PV, solar thermal, wind and renewable cooling projects. The call includes hybrid solutions, renewable-conventional hybrids, and technologies incorporating energy storage. [solarserver.com]
  • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has initiated the process to ask the World Bank, in Washington DC, for a $500 million loan to support the first 750 MW of a massive solar PV project in the state of Rajasthan. [solarserver.com]
  • In Taiwan, the recent approval of the Feed-In-Tariff Disbursement and Collection Guidelines has ushered in more investments in the renewable energy plants powered by solar, wind, biomass and run-of-river hydro. [eco-business.com]
  • As Australia’s south-eastern states continue to swelter and burn, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition has embarked on a nationwide campaign for the establishment of more ambitious national climate and renewable energy policies. [RenewEconomy]
  • Political delegations from several small Caribbean islands who gathered on Richard Branson’s private isle have committed to working with his renewable energy non-profit organisation and move at a faster pace to cut their dependence on fossil fuels. [Yahoo!7 News]
  • According to Fairfax Media, doubt over government policies has all but frozen new investment in clean energy in Australia. Infigen Energy managing director government review and unsettling rhetoric on policy had put the industry in paralysis. [Business Spectator]

US:

  • The US DOE will fund up to $12 million for technologies to produce cost-competitive renewable carbon fiber from agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber produced from biomass offers environmental benefits over that from fossil fuels. [Energy Business Review]
  • The first wind farm project planned for Stutsman County, North Dakota will seek approval under the county’s zoning ordinance Wednesday. Plans include 100 turbines, each with a 2-MW capacity. The project’s estimated cost is $350 million. [In-Forum]
  • Hoping to revive a sluggish solar sector, the state of New Jersey approved 19 relatively large projects to provide electricity from solar panels to the power grid over the next few years. The projects could end up supplying 140 MW of electrical capacity. [NJ Spotlight]

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