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March 23 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Climate change may aggravate water scarcity in the world, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned on World Water Day. Ban said efforts to provide universal access to water and energy would be undermined if the current global warming trends continue. [India.com]
  • First Solar announced on Wednesday that they had set a new world record for  cadmium-telluride PV module conversion efficiency, reaching a record of 17%, up from its previous record of 16.1% efficiency. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • In the first system of its kind in the UK, a heat pump in the Thames will provide hot water for radiators, showers and taps in nearly 150 homes and a 140-room hotel and conference center in London, cutting 500 tons of carbon emissions annually. [The Independent]
  • A UK village may be one of the first in the country to build its own heating station – run by the residents themselves to slash energy bills. A central biomass heating plant would supply heat, with a cost reduction expected to be 20%. [Teesdale Mercury]
  • The government of Pakistan is in process of implementing around 29 different wind power projects as per its plan to enhance power production in the country. Two projects, with capacity of 106.4 MW are already operating. [Business Recorder]

US:

  • The solar industry claimed victory in all of the 2013 battles by preserving net metering. In 2014, public support for solar remains undeniable: the rooftop solar industry just defeated two additional attacks in Utah and the state of Washington. [CleanTechnica]
  • Tidal energy potential in the US has largely been untapped compared to Scotland and several other countries, but that is about to change in a big way, especially along the eastern seaboard. [CleanTechnica]
  • Two weeks ago, it looked like a record winter was over, and a threatened shortfall in natural gas inventories had been avoided. Now, the key question is whether this can be replaced in time for the next heating season or the ones after that. [Resilience]
  • A recent report on public health near the 30-year-old Diablo Canyon nuclear plant is the first of its kind analyzing how much radiation the plant emitted and trends in local disease and death rates. It shows and increase in cancer. [Santa Maria Times]

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