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April 27 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “The Koch Attack on Solar Energy” At long last, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state government have found a new tax they can support. Naturally it’s a tax on something the country needs: solar energy panels. [New York Times]

Science and Technology:

  • There are choices for biogas projects about what to do with the gas. A developer may produce power for sale to the grid, but there is increasing appeal in using it to replace natural gas, offsetting fuel costs. New chemical processes make that conversion easier. [Biomass Magazine]
  • A new report from the Geothermal Energy Association, released at the organization’s International Geothermal Showcase in Washington, DC, reveals the international power market is doing well, with a sustained growth rate of 4% to 5%. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • The South African Department of Energy’s projects are expected to feed a growing amount of renewable energy in forthcoming years, the Sunday Times reports. A total of 47 projects have been awarded 20-year under a new program to power 3 million households by 2030. [ITWeb]
  • Despite the sun’s relatively rare appearance in the sky over Scotland’s largest city, experts say tapping its rays for power in this way will play a vital role in ensuring a low-pollution future for Glasgow. The City Council will soon start identifying sites for solar farms. [Herald Scotland]
  • The Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development has announced plans to build solar panels on some government buildings in an attempt to reduce stress on Egypt’s overburdened electrical grid, according to an official statement. [Daily News Egypt]
  • As France reduces dependence on nuclear power, 65% of those surveyed said that they would invest in renewable energy (wind and solar PV) if they had to personally invest in one energy source, while 15% chose nuclear, 7% chose gas and 1% chose coal. [Click Green]

US:

  • A new report from New York state, where a de facto shale drilling moratorium has persisted since 2008, concludes that unless natural gas prices double, much of the shale gas in the state cannot be profitably accessed by oil and gas companies. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Cuomo administration has taken the final step in approving a major expansion of the state’s NY-Sun Initiative—a program that is successfully boosting solar power across the state—extending it through 2023 and supporting a tenfold increase in the clean energy source. [CleanTechnica]
  • Glasgow, Kentucky has a new project to convert methane gas from the city’s landfill into electrical power. At peak production, it will supply the electrical power needs of about 450 residences and serve as a back-up power source for the city’s wastewater treatment plant. [AZoCleantech]

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