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February 16 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Spying on environmentalists – the American Petroleum Institute” The US fossil fuel industry has been caught red-handed spying on green activists. But it has received poor value for money – and is no closer to tackling the ‘existential crisis’ it faces. [The Ecologist]
  • “Carbon investments may run out of gas” Investors are being urged to recognise the risk of putting money into the fossil fuel industry. About 80% of known fossil fuel reserves are ”unburnable carbon”, risking leaving investors holding stranded assets. [Otago Daily Times]

Science and Technology:

  • A new analysis published in Science today concludes that more methane is leaking from natural gas wells and pipelines than the federal government has estimated, eroding some of the climate benefits of the cleaner-burning fuel. [Energy Collective]
  • 2013 was more than a rough year for weather. It was a sign of things to come. Drought and storms have always been with us, but climate change is making them more intense—the equivalent of pumping them with steroids. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • The South Australian government has given approval for the development of a $1.5 billion, 197 turbine wind farm on the Yorke Peninsula in the state’s west. The 600 MW Ceres project would be the largest in the southern hemisphere if built. [CleanTechnica]
  • Mainstream Renewable Power has announced eight wind and solar projects, spread across four continents. They will have a combined capacity exceeding 1,000 MW when complete, generating enough electricity to power more than half a million homes. [Renewable Energy Focus]
  • Panama’s government has put into operation the country’s first solar plant. The 2.4 MW plant was built with the support of the Italian government and Rome-based Enel Green Power, which donated $9 million for the project. [Hispanically Speaking News]
  • New Zealand’s Green Party is introducing a new energy policy. They want the Crown to lend money to households for the cost of installing PV systems at the same rate at which it borrows money – at present 4.1%. [Radio New Zealand]

US:

  • A new white paper report finds that wind energy is keeping electric bills low for American homes and businesses, thanks to plummeting wind energy costs driven by technological improvements. [CleanTechnica]
  • Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues have put online a new roadmap to renewable energy for all 50 states. The interactive roadmap is tailored to maximize the resource potential of each state. [Science Codex] (The site is not given in the article, but is at THIS LINK. Scroll down for the roadmap.)

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