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March 11 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Three years later, the lessons of Fukushima are uglier than ever” Three years ago, on March 11, 2011, Tokyo time, what may be history’s worst, most enduring nuclear power plant disaster began in Japan. It’s a baleful anniversary that bears object lessons for the entire nuclear power industry in the U.S. and around the world. [Los Angeles Times]
  • “These Utilities are Cleaning up their Acts” Carbon dioxide and global warming are big buzzwords today, and they’re enough to drive a utility CEO to distraction. However, that doesn’t mean that companies aren’t doing the right things. [Motley Fool]
  • “Cheap Batteries to Revolutionize Renewable Energy Grid” When battery packs are cheap enough for put in the attic to story solar-generated electricity, how cost-effective will pylons and power stations be? [EV World]

Science and Technology:

  • AES Corp says its energy storage division is selling batteries that are actually powerful enough to replace peaking power plants in arrays that range from tens of megawatts to 500 MW, costing $10 million to $500 million. [SustainableBusiness.com]

World:

  • Power-One, a member of the ABB Group, will showcase a 4.6 kW/2 kWh energy storage system which enables self-consumption and energy independence for home owners at a symposium in Bad Staffelstein, Germany. [pv magazine]
  • Romania has increased energy from renewables 6.1% from 2004 to 2012, and now draws almost 23% of power from green sources – well above the European average, and well on its way to its goal of 24% by 2020. [Romania-Insider.com]

 

US:

  • The city of Durango, after a five-year hiatus, is going to buy 100% green power from La Plata Electric Association this year. Customers pay a premium – 9¢ per 100 kWh over and above the going rate, down from $1.25 five years ago. [The Durango Herald]
  • A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute and other organizations details the potential for appreciable customer defection from the electric grid in major markets by 2025 without incurring higher costs or lower reliability. [Electric Light & Power]
  • With the launch of a wood-fueled downtown district heating system still six months away, officials in Vermont’s capital city on Monday set the goal of making Montpelier a “net-zero” user of fossil fuels by 2030. [Bennington Banner]
  • According to the California Independent System Operator, record amounts of renewable electricity are being generated. Last Saturday, the state’s solar generation topped out at 4,093 MW, while the previous day saw 3,926 MW of solar on the grid. [The Desert Sun]
  • Despite a delay in the implementation of a biomethane digester, Middlebury College’s sustainability director said the school is well on its way to reaching its goal of becoming completely carbon-neutral by 2016. [vtdigger.org]
  • About 75% of people who want solar can’t get it. They live in multi-unit buildings, rent, or own homes surrounded by shade trees. Increasingly, states are utilizing community solar to solve this dilemma. [Solar Novus Today]
  • Dakota Plains Energy aims to start conducting wind research for an early-stage 1000 MW, $2 billion, project in southeastern South Dakota. The Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Commission has approved up to 10 meteorological towers for the project. [reNews]
  • At a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, one presenter revealed that 36% of the gas by-product from oil obtained by fracking in the Bakken Shale basin was flared off as waste during a brutally cold midwest winter. [CounterPunch]

 

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