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May 2 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Here’s What Happened When I Told Fox News I Wanted to Talk about Climate Change” Fox & Friends producer wanted to talk about future trends. I said #1 will be impacts of climate change. I was told to pick something else. [Scientific American]

World:

  • Unit 3 at the Boundary Dam Power Station in Saskatchewan will switch on later this year after a lengthy refit. It will be the first time that a commercial-scale plant supplying electricity to the grid captures and stores a large fraction of its carbon dioxide emissions. [Scientific American]
  • By 2020, Denmark aims to produce 70% of its energy from renewable sources, and it is already at 43%. The plan seems to be working: The Danish economy has grown by 78% since 1980, even though energy consumption has remained nearly the same. [Deutsche Welle]
  • Swedish thin-film solar cell production line supplier Midsummer has increased its revenues by 192% in 2013 compared to 2012 according to the company’s financial report. Their success is based on an innovative CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) technology. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Vestas has bagged a 63 MW order for the second phase of the Burgos wind farm in the Philippines. The deal with EDC Burgos Wind Power Corporation covers 21 of the Danish manufacturer’s V90 3 MW turbines. [reNews]
  • Australian network operators have begun to accept that new technologies – mostly centred around localised renewable generation, energy storage, and some smart software – are a better and cheaper option than just adding more poles and wires. [RenewEconomy]

US:

  • Boston-based sustainability non-profit Ceres is out with a followup study on the sustainability progress of 613 US companies. It indicates that our US business community has still found a few hundred holes in which to bury its collective head. [CleanTechnica]
  • Strata Solar, a leading utility-scale solar provider, announced today it has installed nine utility-scale solar projects across North Carolina. The projects produce enough electricity to power 5,000 households and displace 28,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. [AZoCleantech]
  • Green Mountain Power has announced it will use a planned solar farm at the former Rutland city landfill to test battery technology that would allow it to store power generated at peak times and release it into the grid as needed. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]
  • US utility Xcel Energy reached a record this week when wind power met 46% of customers’ electricity needs in the company’s Upper Midwest service territory. The previous record was set in April 2013, when wind generation met 42% of customer demand. [reNews]
  • The city council of San Luis, Arizona approved construction of a 2,250-foot concrete tower that would generate enough electricity for over 700,000 people by spraying water on hot desert air at the tower’s top, causing the air to sink and turn turbines at the base. [The Atlantic]

 

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