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March 25 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Replacing Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Power with Renewable Energy: Wind, Solar and Hydro Power” The big oil, gas, coal and nuclear companies claim that we need those energy sources in order to power America. Good news: it’s a myth. [Center for Research on Globalization]

Grid Security:

  • A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission analysis found a fairly easy way for terrorists to knock out all the electric grids in the US. And not just for a short time, but for about a year and a half! Reliance on distributed solar and wind power could prevent this. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Earth narrowly missed being hit by a massive coronal ejection during the summer of 2012, according to a new study. The effect of such an event could be damage to the electric grid and electronic devices that could take years to repair. [Yahoo News Canada]

Science and Technology:

  • LED lamp efficiency is improving and will continue to do so, both on the short-term and over the long haul. Meanwhile, the cost will decrease over time in much the same manner. [CleanTechnica]
  • In new estimates released today, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. [India.Com Health]

World:

  • Innergex Renewable Energy and the Mi’gmaq communities have inked a 20-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec Distribution for a 150 MW wind energy project located in Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec. [Energy Business Review]
  • GE launched its new Distributed Power business in the Middle East and North Africa region at the ecomagination Center in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The business has three key product lines—Aeroderivative Gas Turbines, Jenbacher Gas Engines and Waukesha Gas Engines. [PennEnergy]
  • One home in thirteen is equipped with a PV system in Belgium, which ranks the country third in the world when it comes to solar energy. By the end of 2013, Belgium was able to produce nearly 30 GW of solar power. [Greenfudge.org]
  • Vattenfall is planning to grow its renewable energy portfolio as part of overall plans to reduce its carbon dioxide exposure, according to its integrated 2013 annual and sustainability report. [reNews]
  • Amid tensions over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, the US DOE conditionally approved the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project in Coos Bay, Ore. The proposed $7.5 billion export terminal would export up to 0.8 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas per day. [Christian Science Monitor]

US:

  • Green Mountain Power based in Colchester, Vermont, and California Governor Jerry Brown were among three to receive a national solar energy award, as Vote Solar announced Friday its 2014 Solar Champion Award recipients. [Vermont Biz]
  • Illinois’ clean energy industry employs an astounding 96,875 workers and is expected to grow by 9% in 2014 –pushing clean energy employment into six figures by year’s end. [Energy Collective]
  • A recent report released by Wisconsin Environment says Wisconsin’s energy efficiency requirements reduced carbon pollution by at least 4 million metric tons in 2012 alone, and a switch to renewable electricity increased that amount greatly. [UW Badger Herald]
  • Duke Energy Renewables has awarded turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction services to Swinerton Renewable Energy for two 20 MW solar power projects in California. The Pumpjack and Wildwood plants are located near Bakersfield, California. [reNews]

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