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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

February 15 Green Energy News

World:

  • Leading investment bank Citigroup says Australian utilities will be impacted by the ‘energy Darwinism” that is currently sweeping the global electricity industries. And Australian utilities have a high risk that they will come off second best. [CleanTechnica]
  • New analysis shows that the additional costs associated with building to the proposed Zero Carbon Standard in the UK have declined significantly since 2011, and are expected to continue to fall as we approach 2020. [CleanTechnica]
  • In Ireland, the Knocknagoum wind farm has begun operation. Located in County Kerry, Knocknagoum consists of 26 Vestas turbines and is capable of producing 44.35 MW, enough to power over 29,000 homes, saving 72,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. [Renewable Energy Focus]
  • Canadian Beothuk Energy has selected a site in western Newfoundland for a C$400m 180MW offshore wind demonstration project. Beothuk says the St. George’s Bay location is outside of both major shipping lanes and bird migration routes. [reNews]

US:

  • In a study by iSeeCars, the Tesla Model S had an averaged used sale price of more than $99,700. That’s about $10,000 more than the top-tier 85 kWh P85+ model sells for new, and doesn’t even factor in the $7,500 Federal tax credit or local incentives. [CleanTechnica]
  • While biodiesel has its own limitations, it does not face the issue of a limited market based on policy or regulation. Biodiesel production and use reached record levels in 2013 with production nearing 1.7 billion gallons. [Michigan State University Extension]
  • The president of the American Soybean Association urged the EPA to amend its proposed 2014 and 2015 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements for biomass-based diesel. [High Plains Journal]
  • The Michigan PSC says they are on pace to meet its renewable energy standard of 10% next year. The state reached 5.4% in 2012 and 6.9% in 2013, mostly from wind. And ratepayer surcharges to develop renewable power dropped from $3 to 43¢ per month. [MLive.com]
  • A ribbon cutting ceremony for a new photovoltaic solar array project on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona was held on Feb. 13. The 16.4 megawatt solar array is the largest of its kind on any U.S. Department of Defense installation. [DVIDS]

 

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