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March 24 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • The United Nations believes that by 2050, 40% of the world population will be living in areas with severe water stress. The only way they see out is development of alternate energy systems which require far less water than conventional power plants. [GreenPacks]
  • Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu isn’t mincing words these days – and he offers some advice to help power companies avoid a “death spiral”. The death spiral could have been avoided if utilities embraced solar instead of resisting it. [Energy Matters]

World:

  • The global solar PV industry is headed into a five-year growth spurt that will put it on track for cumulative installed capacity of 500 GW by 2018, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz report. [CleanTechnica]
  • SAP AG today announced that it will power all its data centers and facilities globally with 100 percent renewable electricity starting in 2014. The shift will help reduce carbon emissions caused by its customers’ systems by moving them into a green cloud. [NEWS.GNOM.ES]
  • Alstom has been awarded a contract to provide wind turbines for Gimnyeong wind farm located in Jeju Island, Korea. The contract covers 10 onshore wind turbines, each with an output of 3 MW. [SteelGuru]
  • According to Sugar Regulatory Administrator Maria Regina Martin, awarded biomass/power cogeneration projects among 19 sugarcane mills in the Philippine province of Negros Occidental will have a projected capacity to produce 138.7 MW. [Sun.Star]

US:

  • California has set new records for solar energy production on March 8, 14, 15, and 16. The state’s grid operator has concluded it has to change its protocol for announcing them, making announcements on 500-MW increments, rather than 50-MW. [Energy Collective]
  • ExxonMobil will publicize the risks that stricter carbon emissions rules and limits will have on its business. In doing so, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas corporation in the world became the first such company to do this. [Triple Pundit]
  • March 24 marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, an event that altered the Prince William Sound ecosystem, perhaps forever. The once-robust herring fisheries remain closed. Exxon’s bill, $92 million, remains unpaid. [Anchorage Daily News]

 

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