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May 5 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • The return of tornado season with a vengeance has people asking again about a possible link to climate change. At the same time, tantalizing new preliminary research finds “some evidence to suggest that tornadoes are, in fact, getting stronger.” [Energy Collective]
  • The annual Seismological Society of America meeting had a daylong session on “Induced Seismicity” that featured new research indicating that oil and gas fracking, and the practice of disposing wastewater underground, can alter the state of an existing fault. [CleanTechnica]
  • For the first time in at least 800,000 years, the average level of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere exceeded 400 ppm for a full month in April. Measurements made at a NOAA observatory in Hawaii showed that the monthly average in April reached 401.33 ppm. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]


  • China-based JinkoSolar has secured contracts to supply 100 MW of solar PV modules for two projects in Chile. The plants, one with 60 MW of capacity and one with 40 MW, will be located in Chile’s Atacama Desert region. [Energy Business Review]
  • Wind energy’s share of Australia’s main electricity market jumped to a record last month, helping to curb emissions from the power sector even as hydro output shrank, according to energy consultancy Pitt & Sherry. [Sydney Morning Herald]



  • New York State is proposing to turn its electric utilities into a new kind of entity that would buy electricity from hundreds or thousands of small generators and set prices for that electricity and for the costs of running the power grid. [New York Times]
  • First Wind has closed financing for a 148 MW wind power project in Maine. The Oakfield Wind project in Aroostook County began construction in late 2013, with commercial operations expected in the fourth quarter of 2015. [EcoSeed]
  • Progress by battery startup Ambri suggests that the market for long-duration grid energy storage is finally taking shape. Storing wind and solar power using current technology is too expensive, but new technologies could make it affordable, enabling wider use of renewables. [MIT Technology Review]
  • Young people across the country are suing several government agencies for failing to develop a climate change recovery plan, conduct that amounts to a violation of their constitutional rights, says their lawyer Julia Olson. [Al Jazeera America]
  • According to news posted on the Iowa Utilities Board website, the IUB issued an order on April 9, 2014 in the matter of granting a franchise to MidAmerican Energy to construct, operate and maintain a new transmission line that’s approximately 121 miles long. [Chronicle Times]
  • Over the past decade, the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in eastern Oregon reduced electricity and natural gas usage by 63% and 76%, respectively, saving nearly $750,000. Now it has a new wind turbine. [KVEW]

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