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April 10 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Scientists said on Wednesday they have developed a new way to make liquid ethanol efficiently without using corn or other crops needed in the conventional method for producing the biofuel. Instead, they use carbon monoxide. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]
  • Sustainable Innovations, LLC of East Hartford, Connecticut announced an advance for its hydrogen separation and compression systems. Sustainable Innovations’ system supports hydrogen generating systems for megawatt scale power-to-gas applications. [PR Web]
  • The team building working on Solar Impulse 2, a completely solar-powered aircraft, intend to have it take off from the Persian Gulf and make its way to India, as its starts on a trip around the world. The only time it will touch down would be to switch pilots. [Ubergizmo]

World:

  • Europe is stitching together a patchwork of measures that could reduce its natural gas imports from Russia by over a quarter by the end of the decade as a result of the Ukraine crisis, halting Moscow’s tightening grip over the region’s energy. [Investing.com]
  • In Romania, renewable capacity of 4,852 MW in end-February 2014, surpassing the 2020 goal. Wind projects reached 2,792 MW, PVs were at 1,149 MW, micro hydro was 542 MW, and biomass-based projects had a capacity of 99 MW. [ACTmedia]
  •  The European Commission is curbing subsidies for renewable energies to reduce drive electricity prices. They laid out stricter rules on the extent to which member states may support the generation of power from renewable sources such as solar, wind or biomass. [Utility Products]
  • The UK may not buy electricity from an independent Scottish state if imports from alternative markets are cheaper, the UK government has warned, putting further pressure on Scotland five months before its independence vote. [www.worldbulletin.net]
  • The Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute is opening three years after the Fukushima nuclear power plant suffered catastrophic meltdowns after the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit east Japan in March 2011. [The Japan Daily Press]
  • Marketwired Martifer Solar, successfully connected 78.4 MWp to the UK grid before the March 31st 1.6 Renewable Obligation Certificate deadline. Construction was completed in record time, only nine weeks, under the UK’s worst winter rainfall in 250 years. [RenewablesBiz]
  • An investigation of possible price collusion by British energy suppliers is likely to undermine the market framework that has helped make them more valuable than their European rivals. [Business Recorder]
  • Emissions from transportation may rise at the fastest rate of all major sources through 2050, the United Nations will say in a report due April 13. Heat-trapping gases from vehicles may surge 71 percent from 2010 levels, mainly from emerging economies. [Businessweek]

US:

  • EPA administrator Gina McCarthy went to lengths to emphasize the fact that states will have flexibility when deciding on how to implement new greenhouse gas regulations on existing power plants under new rules expected to be unveiled in June. [OilPrice.com]
  • Tucson Electric Power plans on reducing its coal-fired by 492 MW, or 32%, over the next five years, the company announced in its 2014 Integrated Resource Plan. The plan outlines how the company intends to meet energy demand requirements through 2028. [PennEnergy]
  • Hanwha Q CELLS celebrated the completion of the first utility scale solar project constructed on an active EPA Superfund site. The 10.86 MW Maywood Solar Farm is on 43 acres of the Reilly Tar & Chemical Superfund site in Indianapolis. [Inside Indiana Business]
  • Entergy is asking federal regulators for permission to end off-site emergency planning 16 months after the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant shuts down. NRC staffers are evaluating Entergy’s request. [vtdigger.org]
  • Disagreements between Entergy Nuclear and the Agency of Natural Resources surfaced this week in an exchange of letters over the proposed draft permit for Vermont Yankee’s continuing thermal discharge into the Connecticut River. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

 

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