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February 24 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • The idea that ammonia can be used as a fuel, while not new, is not widely known. The use of historically cheap coal and natural gas has kept ammonia on the sidelines in the electricity market as well. But one person is trying to change that. [Investing.com]
  • The evidence is mounting that natural gas has no net climate benefit in any timescale that matters to humanity. In the real world, natural gas is not a “bridge” fuel to a carbon-free economy. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • With the right policy and regulatory support, the Baringa report and Scottish government analysis shows renewables in the Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles can deliver up to 5% of Britain’s electricity demand by 2030. [reNews]
  • Energy production from wind resources in the Czech Republic increased a “disappointing” 15% to 478 GWh in 2013, industry backers said. This follows abolition of the feed-in tariff for all renewable projects over 100 kW. [UPI.com]
  • Doubts have arisen over potential conflicts of interests of a controversial panel appointed by the Australian government to review the Renewable Energy Target after contradictory statements about the process used to select its members. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Doubling the amount of wind energy on the Irish grid is key to preventing higher electricity bills in the future, Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte has said. Increasing the amount of renewable energy would provide a “hedge”against future oil and gas hikes. [Irish Independent]
  • A report on Australia’s liquid fuel security warns that a severely declining oil refining industry, and increasing demand, could result in a scenario in 2030 where it has less than 20 days worth of fuel in reserve, and 100% imported liquid fuel dependency. [RenewEconomy]

US:

  • As ExxonMobil’s CEO, it is Rex Tillerson’s job to promote the hydraulic fracturing enabling the recent oil and gas boom, and fight regulatory oversight. Nevertheless, he joined a lawsuit that cites fracking’s consequences when it is near his home. [CleanTechnica]
  • Hawaii’s installed renewable nameplate capacity in 2013 was just over 600 MW, more than triple the amount that existed in 2005. Nearly 57 MW of additional renewable capacity is currently slated to enter service in 2014, with many more projects planned. [Business Spectator]
  • NhSolarGarden.com is the first company in New Hampshire to offer group net metering, which lets off-site users benefit from energy created from a solar power array. The company was founded earlier this year. [RenewablesBiz]
  • Numerous investors, including state government agencies, have filed shareholder resolutions with such fossil fuel companies as Exxon Mobil and Chevron, seeking an explanation of their strategies for competing in a low-carbon global market. [Triple Pundit]

 

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