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April 15 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Biomass Emissions Question Arises Again” A wide variety of publications have picked up a study from an anti-biomass organization. Rebuttals are coming from a number of sources, ranging from the biomass industry itself to environmental groups. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Despite a rise in clean, renewable energy supplies in certain countries, and a partial shift from coal to natural gas in others, global greenhouse gas pollution continues to rise—and at an increasing pace in the most recent years. [Scientific American]
  • A University of Delaware environmental engineer, researching areas where powerful winds called low-level jets could power tethered airborne wind turbines, estimates they have a potential for 7500 GW, about three times the world electricity demand. [The Weather Channel]
  • Experts from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say the bad news is that a major transformation of our energy supply system is needed to avoid a dangerous increase in global temperatures, and the good news is that we have about all the technologies we need to do it. [EIN News]

World:

  • The Platts Continental Power Index for electric prices in Germany and neighboring countries decreased to €35.06 ($48.50) per MWh in March, an 18% drop from February. Overall, the index is down by more than 39% since peaking at €50.50/MWh last November. [Triple Pundit]
  • The largest wind project in Canada is now up and running. Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group announced their South Kent Wind project is fully operational. The 270 MW project has the capacity to power 100,000 homes. [Power Online]
  • China may soon scrap its plans to construct a $5 billion solar power plant in Nevada and embark on massive renewable energy projects in Crimea, according to the Voice of Russia. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is scheduled to visit Russia in October. [Dallas Blog]
  • About 75% of New Zealand’s electricity comes from renewable sources, and the Government has pledged to raise that to 90% by 2025. But a senior executive from Citigroup told a conference audience the percentage could be greater. [Radio New Zealand]
  • Wales’ First Minister officially opened the country’s first purpose-built anaerobic digestion for generating power from food waste. The £6 million should process 11,000 tonnes of food waste from the local area, producing green energy and fertiliser in the process. [Business Green]
  • Pakistan’s Ministry of Water and Power has reportedly decided to give biomass and bagasse-fired power projects fiscal benefits that are available to independent power producers. [Business Recorder]
  • Articles in the Daily Mail, Sun and Sunday Times focus on comments in the IPCC reports Summary for Policy Makers and by an IPCC spokesperson on the role natural gas could play in the world’s emissions-reduction efforts, saying shale gas could help wean us off coal. [Carbon Brief]

US:

  • First Wind and Hawaiian Electric Company have announced that a request has been filed with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to provide energy to the Oahu grid from a planned 20 MW AC solar photovoltaic energy facility near Mililani, Oahu. [Utility Products]
  • Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz issued his statement on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group report on climate change mitigation, in which he said the report makes the need clear, and that the US is committed to doing its part. (Full text) [PennEnergy]

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