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April 20 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Onsite Generation: Can Utilities Rethink Their Business Proposition?” Can utilities adapt to emerging innovations that allow customers to “bypass” their services? Or, will power companies become the modern-day dinosaur? [Forbes]

World:

  • The South Korean Finance Ministry says it plans to recommend easing unnecessary rules to fuel innovation and investment in technologies that can allow growth in such areas as wind, solar and geothermal power generation. [GlobalPost]
  • The Asian Development Bank has agreed to provide technical assistance to Pakistan to develop greenhouse gases reduction technologies to mitigate the effects of climate change as part of implementing the national policy on climate change. [DAWN.com]
  • Turkish Officials are examining plans to build the country’s first ecological city, with buildings heated by burning biogas produced from pistachio shells. The pistachio-heated city would encompass 3,200 hectares, and house 200,000 people. [South China Morning Post]
  • A UK Government inspector ordered Wiltshire Council to delete its wind farms policy from the Core Strategy. The council had planned to impose a minimum distance between housing and new wind developments, essentially preventing any from being built in the county. [The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald]

US:

  • Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has driven both the record-setting California drought and the cooler weather seen in the Midwest and East this winter, a major new study finds. [Energy Collective]
  • A report issued by ClimateCentral, an organization which studies changing weather trends, and tries to understand and explain their causes, says an increase in severe weather has led to a doubling of major power outages across the country in the past decade. [Energy Collective]
  • The US DOE has proposed a minimum energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent light bulbs, the tube lamps that are located in virtually every office, hospital, school and airport in the country. [Energy Collective]
  • The Koch brothers, Grover Norquist and some of the nation’s largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy. Campaigns have struck Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona and are starting elsewhere. [Los Angeles Times]
  • More than 70% of Ohioans support the state’s renewable-energy requirements, according to a poll paid for by a clean-energy business group. The poll results were released this week as the Ohio Senate is considering a proposal that would rewrite the requirements. [Norwalk Reflector]
  • The California Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on the proposed Tylerhorse Wind Project, a 60-MW facility planned for 1,200 acres in Kern Country. Since 2009, the BLM has approved nearly 14,000 MW of renewable energy capacity. [Sierra Sun Times]

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