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May 8 Green Energy News


  • “Half the Oil, Not Crude-by-Rail: Lynchburg Oil-Train Accident is Fifth in Ten Months” We have just had the fifth major oil-train accident in the last ten months at just the time the world’s leading climate scientists say we need to leave most fossil fuel reserves in the ground. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]


  • G7 energy ministers in a meeting to discuss the implications of Russia’s actions in Ukraine say renewable energy will be central for energy security. They confirmed that strong climate change policies would support their energy security agendas. [Responding to Climate Change]
  • Investors could spend up to $1.1 trillion over the next decade on oil projects and assets that never reach production if governments enforce measures to curb climate change. The projects require a market price of at least $95 a barrel to break even. [MarineLink]
  • A new study of South Australia’s electricity sector found that wind energy greatly reduced the state’s carbon emissions without increasing wholesale electricity prices or requiring back-up. In South Australia, wind energy now accounts for 28% per cent of electricity produced. []
  • A SkyPower Global and FAS Energy joint venture signed a deal to build 3 GW of solar projects in Nigeria at an estimated cost of $5 billion. SkyPower FAS Energy expects to build the projects in phases over five years with initial commercial operation to begin in 2015. [reNews]
  • Only 12% of people living in cities for which air quality data is available, are breathing “safe” air. About half urban population being monitored is exposed to air pollution that is at least 2.5 times higher than the levels recommended by the WHO. [The Hindu]
  • Lincolnshire vegetable supplier QV Foods has opened an anaerobic digestion facility to power its processing operations. The 1.5 MW facility will provide renewable energy from 30,000 tonnes per year of wastes from QV Foods’ operations, with biofertiliser as a byproduct. [Materials Recycling World]


  • Unilever Plc is getting cleaner with its electricity. The company announced it would work with NRG Energy Inc. for renewable power generation at its US offices, plants and distribution centers, which produce 16% of Unilever’s revenue. [Livemint]
  • US developer Deepwater Wind has agreed to protective measures to limit impacts to the endangered North Atlantic right whale while it develops a 1 GW utility scale offshore wind project. [reNews]
  • GE’s renewable energy business announced a cumulative 3.9 GW of firm wind turbine supply orders in the United States since January 1, 2013, the date of the Production Tax Credit extension. Of these, 2.8 GW will go into service in 2014 and 2015. [AZoCleantech]
  • The US National Climate Assessment forecasts increased vulnerability for forest ecosystems through fire, insect pests, drought, and disease, and suggests that bioenergy could emerge as a new market for wood, helping restore forests damaged by climate change. [Biomass Magazine]
  • The Secretary of the Interior today announced the approval of the 200-MW Moapa Solar Energy Center Project on tribal trust land in Nevada and that nine tribes have been awarded Tribal Energy Development Capacity grants totaling over $700,000. [Native Times]
  • The US DOE has selected three projects to proceed to the second phase of its offshore wind advanced technology demonstration initiative: Fishermen’s Atlantic City Windfarm, Principle Power’s Oregon project, and Dominion Virginia Power’s Virginia Beach project. [POWER magazine]

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