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April 29 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “IPCC Report Reactions: Act Now, Agree Later” The IPCC Report says immediate action is needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but global agreement on climate change not expected until 2015. We can’t afford to wait. We need to act now, agree later. [Energy Collective]

Science and Technology:

  • Biofuels created from corn crop residues — such as stalks, leaves, cobs, etc — can generate higher levels of greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. [CleanTechnica]
  • German and international researchers have succeeded in converting water, carbon dioxide and sunlight into kerosene, in a project that holds the possibility of producing completely renewable jet fuel. [The Local.de]

World:

  • Vattenfall notched a profit after tax of €0.9 billion and underlying operating profit of €1 billion for the first quarter of 2014. Sales of heat, gas, and overall electricity were all down, and the generation of wind power was the one positive factor in maintaining profits. [reNews]
  • Siemens has completed installation of the 800 MW BorWin2 offshore transmission platform in the North Sea for TenneT and is now gearing up for commissioning. It was built by Nordic Yards at its shipyard in Warnemünde and weighs more than 12,000 tonnes. [reNews]
  • Scotland wants to set an example to other countries. Outlining his plans to become a hub for renewable and low carbon technology, Scotland’s first minister promised the country would generate 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. [Responding to Climate Change]

US:

  • Green Mountain Power has announced that under a revenue sharing agreement stemming from the sale of Vermont Yankee in 2002, GMP will receive as much as $17.8 million. That money will be directed to GMP customers in the form of lower rates. [Green Energy Times]
  • The 300 MW request for proposals — for solar PV plants over 5 MW — that Duke Energy put out just a few months ago, only just in February for that matter, has already been oversubscribed nearly three times over, according to recent reports. [CleanTechnica]
  • The US Energy Information Administration says 16% of US power could come from renewables by 2040. Sun Day Campaign says the EIA is clearly wrong. Their analysis finds that renewable energy sources in the US could reach or exceed 16% by 2018. [Triple Pundit]
  • In 2011, the US EPA agreed to delay the imposition of its greenhouse gas standard on biomass power plants for three years. The grace period expires on July 1, but the EPA has yet to indicate what  adjustments it has made to its standards for biomass emissions. [Bend Bulletin]
  • After returning from the ski season in Europe, 2014 Olympic Winter Games biathlete Hannah Dreissigacker and other Vermont Olympians came to Morse Farm Ski Center in East Montpelier to call for action on climate change. [vtdigger.org]
  • Hawaii expects to cut its consumption of petroleum for power generation by more than half by 2020 due to the combination of energy efficiency savings, significantly increased distributed generation and likely new utility-scale renewable energy. [Pacific Business News (Honolulu)]
  • Vice President of Environmental Affairs Michael Deering of the Long Island Power Authority, in a remarkable podcast interview, explained how local solar energy can help offset $100 million in grid upgrades for bringing in remote power generation. [CleanTechnica]
  • Accelerated retirements of coal-fired power plants would reduce future carbon dioxide emissions, while faster-than-expected shutdowns of nuclear facilities would boost them, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Monday. [Washington Examiner]

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