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February 19 Green Energy News

Corporate Initiatives:

  • Walmart is ahead of its self-imposed pace to convert to renewable energy and cut energy use, the company said as it held its annual Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting on February 17. [Environmental Leader]
  • In its just-released Sustainability Report for 2013, Ikea indicated it is well on its way to generating 70 percent of its energy from renewables by 2017 and becoming a 100 percent renewable energy company by 2020. [brandchannel.com]

Science and Technology:

  • The great potential that graphene has shown with regard to electronics and energy technologies is well known, but there’s quite a bit more to graphene than ‘just’ that…. In particular, the material interacts very strangely with water. [CleanTechnica]
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been underestimating methane leaks from natural gas production and use by 25% to 75%, according to a comprehensive assessment of more than 200 studies. [CleanTechies]
  • El Hierro, the smallest and most remote of Spain’s Canary Islands, has embraced renewable resources, most notably through an innovative hybrid hydro-wind system, in which excess windpower provides pumping for pumped storage. [EarthTechling]
  • A recent poll of climate experts asked what investments they would recommend to combat climate change. The numbers are: 29% for distributed renewable power, 26% for efficiency, 17% for next-generation nuclear, and 10% for centralized renewables. [IEEE Spectrum]

World:

  • As Australia’s political leaders shift firmly into reverse on climate change, China and the US have jointly reaffirmed their commitment to contribute significantly to global efforts to meet the climate challenge. [CleanTechnica]
  • Agreement in Denmark’s parliament this week cleared the way for passage of a bill to establish a legally binding requirement that Denmark cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990′s levels by 2020. [CleanTechnica]
  • In Australia, the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme will have a zero net cost impact on household power bills, according to an analysis released today by the REC Agents Association. Its cost is matched by reduction in the wholesale price it causes. [The Australian]
  • EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia and German Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel came closer to agreeing on reforms for Germany’s Renewable Energy Law after a meeting in Berlin on 17 February. [EurActiv]
  • Tokyo’s new governor has announced the creation of a public-private fund for the region to use for investment in renewable energy. The proposed fund could reach ¥4 billion (US$39 million). [eco-business.com]
  • By embracing conservation measures and renewable energy, China can transition to an 80 percent renewable electric power system by 2050 at far less cost than continuing to rely on coal, according to a new report from WWF-US. [WWF International]
  • Wind power has saved Ireland more than €1 billion in imported energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and has not added to customers’ energy bills, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. [Irish Times]

US:

  • EDP Renewables – a Madrid, Spain-headquartered company specializing in renewable energy – has begun the construction of the Lone Valley Solar Project – part of a 30 MW solar PV project in Southern California, US. [pv magazine]
  • Olson Homes recently opened Oakgrove Walk in La Verne, CA, offering all new homes that exceed Title 24 standards by 15%. Along with a number of other green attributes, Oakgrove Walk offers solar as a standard feature on all of its homes. [Your Renewable News]

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