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April 3 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its second of four planned reports examining the state of climate science. This one summarizes what the scientific literature says about “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” [Energy Collective]
  • The IPCC report is the definitive scientific consensus on the damages of climate change. The findings of this new report are clear: damages from climate change have already been set in motion and major impacts will hit humanity if we fail to act aggressively. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • Canada received $6.5 billion in clean energy investments in 2013, advancing the country to seventh from 12th in the G-20 rankings, according to research released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. [Greentech Media]
  • GE and PowerStream Inc., an energy portfolio company, have launched their first joint microgrid demonstration project in Ontario. The project will demonstrate generation and distribution of renewable energy for safe, sustainable and reliable energy resources. [ElectricNet]
  • State and federal politicians have renegotiated planned reforms to Germany’s Renewable Energy Act at a summit in Berlin. They agreed to drop proposed limits on the country’s wind power facilities. [Deutsche Welle]
  • NEC Corporation today announced the commissioning of an energy storage system for Enel Distribuzione, Italy’s largest distribution system operator. The system can store 2 MWh of renewable power for release into the grid as required.[AltEnergyMag]
  • A landmark biomass-to-energy plant is being built near Stroevo, in Plovdiv province. The 5 MW Karlovo plant will use three of GE’s fuel-flexible Jenbacher engines, powered by syngas derived from straw and wood chips and will produce enough electric power for 2,000 homes. [Utility Products]
  • The people of Angus and Perthshire will be offered the chance to own a wind turbine, thanks to a new local renewable energy cooperative. The Glen Isla project will be the second wholly cooperatively-owned wind turbine development in Scotland. [The Courier]
  • Greenpeace said efforts by the Japanese government should serve as a model for the fight against climate change. They said they were concerned by Tokyo’s efforts to reintroduce nuclear power, but some of the renewable and clean-energy momentum is irreversible. [UPI.com]

US:

  • In its report to shareholders on stranded carbon asset risk, ExxonMobil said there is limited basis for concern. Shareholder advocates, which withdrew a shareholder resolution when ExxonMobil agreed to release the report, were disappointed with aspects of the response. [Investorideas.com]
  • American-made wind power has long enjoyed popular support across the country. There’s even evidence to suggest that the more wind power there is in a state, the more support wind power receives. [CleanTechnica]
  • Noting that electricity rates from Hawaii Electric Light Co. are consistently more than 37¢ per kWh despite nearly half of the island’s power being renewable, Parker Ranch announced it has created a new subsidiary aimed at providing electricity on its own microgrid. [Big Island Now]
  • The Obama administration is defiantly reviving a green-technology loan program that became a magnet for GOP political attacks. Energy Secretary Moniz has been a staunch defender of federal green-tech loan programs. [National Journal]
  • In a new study done by Greenpeace,  Apple Came in first place with 100% clean energy being used, followed by Yahoo with 59%, Facebook with 49% and then Google with 48% clean energy being used. [Android Headlines – Android News]
  • Invenergy Wind has announced the completion of construction and the start of commercial operations of its 94 MW Orangeville wind power farm in Wyoming County, New York. The power will be sold into the wholesale markets of the New York Independent System Operator. [PennEnergy]
  • Researchers say they have found that creating a bioenergy grid with small biomass power plants could benefit people in rural areas of the country as well as provide relief to an overworked national power grid. [Midwest Producer]

 

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