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March 8 Green Energy News


  • “Changing Times For Electric Utilities” The Edison Electric Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council gave a joint recommendation on changing utilities regulation, and Duke Energy is selling 13 merchant power plants. What’s up? [Forbes]
  • “How To Cut Carbon Pollution By 80% In 4 Simple Steps” Moving to an energy system of tomorrow can be accomplished by leveraging clean, local resources; putting the consumer at the center; and maximizing efficiency. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI in Braunschweig, Germany, are developing insulation foam made from wood that could re-place petrochemical plastics in the long term. [Product Design & Development]
  • A relatively low-cost means of converting carbon dioxide into methanol has been developed by researchers from Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Technical University of Denmark. [CleanTechnica]


  • The construction of the sub-sea cable project will support 450 jobs as part of a wider investment programme to create thousands of jobs on both sides of the Scottish border. The cable will run from Ayrshire to North Wales, carrying 2000 MW. [Glasgow Evening Times]
  • Vestas has signed a framework agreement to supply up to 207 MW to a joint venture of German utility EnBW and Turkish company Borusan for five wind farms in Turkey. The deal starts with a firm order for nine V112 3.3 MW turbines. [reNews]


  • More than 90 Illinois cities and towns provide all renewable energy to their utility customers. Five other states allow communities to buy power from sources they choose, but none has matched Illinois for the number buying renewable power. [Herald & Review]
  • The American Chemistry Council created a new Biobased Chemistry Network to help educate policymakers on how to develop workable regulatory programs for the growing biobased chemistry industry. [Environmental Leader]
  • Despite relatively widespread concerns about its potential effects on the environment, 65% of Americans polled said the government should approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, an increase from 59% in 2012. [Huffington Post]
  • SunEdison, along with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, National Bank of Arizona, and Sol Systems have announced a $50 million fund to build a 13.4 MW solar power portfolio for the  State of California prison and hospital systems. [PennEnergy]
  • The City of Beaverton, Oregon, is now purchasing 100% of its electricity from wind power sources under utility Portland General Electric’s renewable energy program. As renewable energy became less expensive, the city is able to buy it for all demands. [North American Windpower]



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