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February 23 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Reaching Limits to Growth: What Should our Response Be?” Oil limits seem to be pushing us toward a permanent downturn, including a crash in credit availability, loss of jobs, and even possible government collapse. [Energy Collective]

Pictorial:

  • “40 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Wind Turbines” To mirror the 40 days of Lent, here are 40 churches, religious schools and faith-based organizations around the world that are putting their faith to work by promoting wind energy. [Clean Energy News]

World:

  • Lightsource Renewable Energy has asked people living near a new solar site in Devon to help shape the solar farm through landscape management and wildlife conservation plans. In the site, 19 out of the planned 27 acres remain completely open and unused. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]
  • The government of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has drawn up an ambitious plan to generate 3,400 MW through solar energy, of which 700 MW of solar power plants are expected to be commissioned this year. [The Hindu]
  • The European Investment Bank is providing a long-term loan of €200 million to the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency to help finance renewable energy projects and promote energy efficiency in the country. [SmartMeters]
  • The Government of Niue [an island in the South Pacific] is expecting savings to the tune of NZ$137,000 (US$113,000) per annum with the recent commissioning of their solar photovoltaic system project.  [The Jet Newspaper]

US:

  • At the “Three Amigos Summit,” where President Obama met with the prime minister of Canada and the president of Mexico, he made one of his strongest statements on Keystone XL to date, tying the pipeline to the broader climate concerns. [Energy Collective]
  • The US Army continues to move on renewable power. A coal-fired power plant at Fort Drum, New York, has been refitted to burn local biomass, and it will be providing up to 100 percent of the facility’s electricity, 24/7. [CleanTechnica]
  • Recently, Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good has been on a media warpath against net metering. At the same time, former Duke CEO and Chairman Jim Rogers has suddenly come out strong in support of more distributed energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • Northeast Utilities in Massachusetts opposes a plan that would bring economic growth to the state while boosting use of cleaner and more efficient solar energy. NU prefers investing in large transmission and gas projects that grow profits. [CleanTechnica]
  • EIA’s latest prediction that about 60 gigawatts of coal will retire by 2016 is up from about 40 gigawatts that it predicted just last year, and more than double the 27 gigawatts it predicted in 2012. [Energy Collective]

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