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March 20 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Governor Cuomo’s Energy Plan Inadequate to the Challenge of Climate Change” The Sierra club is happy about some parts of the New York plan for energy, but believes that in some ways it is woefully inadequate. [Artvoice]

Science and Technology:

  • Oil giant BP has downplayed the risk posed by a so-called ‘carbon bubble’, saying the theory “oversimplifies” the risks associated with a transition to a low carbon economy and “overestimates” its financial impact on fossil fuel industries. [Business Green]

World:

  • A £1 billion wind farm in ­Scottish waters that would be the third largest in the world has been given the green light. Approval has been granted for up to 326 turbines off Caithness, providing electricity for more than a million homes. [Herald Scotland]
  • The Australian Senate has voted today to block legislation that would repeal the carbon tax. The Labor Party and the Greens combined to vote against the repeal laws 33 votes to 29. [Australian Mining]
  • In the Philippines, the Davao City Council approved anew on Tuesday the expansion of the generating capacity of Aboitiz’ Therma South Incorporated coal-fired power plant up to 650 MW, despite concerns over climate change. [Bulatlat]
  • The supply of electricity in parts of South Africa has failed to grow with demand, leading to rolling blackouts. Meanwhile wind producers are waiting in the wings, ready to produce an extra 1000 MW – if the government would give them the nod. [Independent Online]
  • The British Pig and Poultry Fair is focusing on the subject of energy this year. Energy has been one of the highest input costs on many farms, but thinking about renewable energy options can turn it into an additional income stream. [FarmersWeekly]
  • Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe said Wednesday that his metropolitan government would launch a new fund to promote use of renewable energy, but he refused to take a stand on nuclear power. [CCTV] (Masuzoe’s recent election in a race against two important anti-nuclear candidates in February was regarded as an important victory for the pro-nuclear side in Japan.)

US:

  • Goldman Sachs recently released a report that states solar energy is fast approaching grid parity – the moment when electricity from solar power becomes the same price or cheaper than electricity produced by fossil fuels. [inhabitat]
  • Residents and business owners of Greenfield, Massachusetts will soon be able to purchase and install low-cost solar systems thanks to a new town program. The Solar Challenge program hopes to increase the installation of small-scale solar systems. [The Recorder]
  • First Solar and GE are working to develop a more cost-effective and productive utility-scale PV power plant design. The project combines First Solar’s thin-film CdTe modules with GE’s new ProSolar 1,500-volt inverter/transformer system. [reNews]
  • Colorado is at the center of a growing move toward hydropower on a smaller scale. While big hydropower projects are largely a thing of the past because of ecological impacts, small hydro can produce power with little or no adverse effects. [KUNC]

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