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April 1 Green Energy News


  • “Heads in the Sand: Koch Brothers Push States to Avoid Carbon Rules” ALEC wants to preempt EPA carbon pollution standards at the state level, despite analyses showing they will help protect the climate and yield up to $60 billion in avoided damages in 2020. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

Science and Technology:

  • Renewable energy has opened up possibilities for atmospheric satellites. The latest contender is StratoBus. Operating at an altitude of about 20 kilometres, the solar-powered StratoBus will be able to carry payloads up to 200 kg. [Energy Matters]


  • Mitsubishi and Vestas formally established  a 50:50 joint venture responsible for the design, further development, procurement, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and service of the next-generation V164 8 MW offshore wind turbine. [reNews]
  • First Solar has said it will develop a series of diesel-PV hybrid power plants for mines in remote parts of Australia. The thin-film module manufacturer and project developer told Bloomberg that mining firms in the country are looking to cut costs as profitability has fallen. []
  • With 11,000 miles of coastline rich with energy potential and pollution that is getting worse, China is seen by many experts as an ideal location to pioneer and commercialize ocean-energy technologies. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Petkim, Turkey’s largest petrochemical complex, has signed an agreement with French power generation and transport systems giant Alstom for the construction of a 51 MW wind power plant at an investment cost of around €55 million. [ Business News]
  • The UK’s Green Investment Bank yesterday unveiled its biggest pay-out since its launch with the £461 million backing for two offshore wind projects. Combined, the projects will produce enough power for 600,000 homes. [Scotsman]
  • In an about-face, Germany’s ‘superminister’ for energy and the economy, Sigmar Gabriel, has announced that on-site power plants serving the nation’s industrial sector will not be subject to a renewable energy surcharge under a reformed EEG (Renewable Energy Act). [PennEnergy]
  • Concentrated Solar power markets at $1.3 billion in 2013 are anticipated to reach $53.7 billion by 2020 because the systems are able to be built at utility scale and to provide 24 x 7 solar renewable energy power, according to a newly released report. [PR Web]


  • The state of New Jersey is trying to flesh out details of a proposed $200 million Energy Resiliency Bank that would dole out federal funds to projects aimed at curtailing outages during extreme weather. [NJ Spotlight]
  • Depending on energy usage, customers of California’s investor-owned electric utilities will get a climate credit with their April and October power bills. PG&E residential customers will get nearly $30 credit. The state hopes the money will be spent on efficiency. [Stockton Record]
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder has become the first team in the NBA to commit to offset 100 percent of its electricity consumption with renewable wind power, following a recent agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E). []
  • Vermont’s “net metering” bill that nearly quadruples the amount of power that utilities can buy from renewable energy projects is becoming law, raising  that amount to 15% of peak load. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will sign the bill into law on April 1. [WPTZ The Champlain Valley]

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