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April 23 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “As nuclear power dies, solar rises” At long last, this Earth Day we celebrate the true dawn of the Solar Age. That sunrise is hastened, here and abroad, by the slow demise of the once-touted “too-cheap-to-meter” Atomic Age of nuclear power.[CNN]
  • “Japan must stop financing coal” As President Obama begins his visit to Japan, 33 environmental groups from 19 countries around the world released an open letter calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to end support for coal plants. [The Ecologist]

Science and Technology:

  • Scientists at Harvard and MIT announced something extraordinary: they had found a way to create solar cells that can store accumulated energy from sunlight, and then, with no more than a burst of a few photons, release that energy in a steady and continuous form. [Echonetdaily]
  • By using computers to analyze data continuously from wind turbines, wind power forecasts of unprecedented accuracy are making it possible for Colorado to use far more renewable energy, at lower cost, than utilities ever thought possible. [MIT Technology Review]

World:

  • “Run-of-river” hydro power, gentler and smaller-scale than massive hydroelectric projects that irretrievably flood huge areas of land, may become a $1.4 billion-dollar industry in the next 10 years, according to Tocardo International BV, a Dutch turbine maker. [CleanTechnica]
  • Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou says his government is committed to developing sustainable energy and the green economy in Taiwan. Ma made the remarks at an Earth Day function for environmental protection groups at the Presidential Office in Taipei City. [Taiwan Today]
  • The UK is set to become the largest market for solar PV in Europe during 2014, confirming its status as the hottest market across the region. This is the first time that the UK will have been at the lead for installed PV in Europe, which is nearly always taken by Germany. [Solar Power Portal]
  • The UK government has awarded early-stage Contracts for Difference to eight renewable energy projects totalling 4.5 GW. Five offshore wind farms range in size from 258 MW to 1200 MW. Three biomass plants will range from 299 to 645 MW. [reNews]
  • The UK’s National Trust launched a new renewable energy trading company to sell electricity generated at the places it looks after. Its first large hydro turbine is expected to generate enough power for eight mansions, three castles and 45 holiday cottages in Wales. [Energy Live News]

US:

  • America’s solar capacity has tripled during the past two years. Rooftop solar has been in the van of this development. Environment California’s new report focuses on the twenty cities on a mere 0.1% of the nation’s land that produce 7% of the solar energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • The EIA is seriously exaggerating shale gas production in its drilling productivity report. Fortunately the EIA also publishes independent production data by shale play in its Natural Gas Weekly Update, making it possible to see how far off it is. [Resilience]
  • Out of 600 Ohio voters surveyed, 72% responded that they favored renewable energy sources over more traditional forms of energy. When asked if they were “strongly in favor,” 52% responded in the affirmative. [CleanTechnica]
  • Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products, at the same time it vows to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]
  • Google has signed a renewable energy deal with MidAmerican. Under the deal, MidAmerican Energy, a unit of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway will supply up to 407 MW of wind-sourced energy to Google’s data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. [RTT News]

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