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May 9 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • According to a spate of recent scientific studies from the United States and Australia, the shale gas industry has generated another formidable challenge: methane and radon leakage three times greater than expected. [Resilience]
  • Grid managers want to know the power will be there when needed. Demand response provides a measure of security, as consumers can switch off power-using equipment, or even switch on generating stations to balance the grid. [The Economist]
  • New Energy Technologies, developer of see-through SolarWindow coatings, capable of generating electricity on glass and flexible plastics, today announced that its technology has set a new record, generating 50% more electricity while remaining see-through. [Broadway World]


  • The EU’s carbon emissions dropped by 2.5% in 2013, though Germany and Denmark both saw significant rises as they burn more coal. The bloc emitted just over 3.35 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2013, down by 87 million tonnes from to 2012. [tce today]
  • North America solar developer Recurrent Energy has brought online 10 solar projects totaling 108 MWp/78 MWac in Ontario in Canada. The projects will provide electricity to the Ontario Power Authority for the next 20 years through feed-in-tariff agreements. [reNews]
  • The share of renewable energy in German electricity consumption rose by 4 percentage points to 27% from a year earlier in the three months of January through March, industry group BDEW said. Windpower production was up 19%, and solar up 70%. [Economic Times]
  • Greenpeace Philippines on Wednesday released a new report on the environmental and economic impacts of coal use in the country, citing how the Philippines could lose billions in revenues on top off incurring additional external costs. []
  • The off-grid solar market is booming, and investors are sitting up and taking notice. In just the past four months, almost $45 million has been invested in this fast-growing market — with plenty more in the pipeline. [Energy Collective]


  • Stanford University is the first major US university to officially divest from coal companies. The Board of Trustees voted that the university’s $18.7 billion endowment would not be used to invest in 100 companies that mine and produce the dirty energy source. [inhabitat]
  • The Ohio Senate has moved legislation that would freeze renewable energy and efficiency mandates for two years while a new study committee develops recommendations for future standards. The vote of 21-12 on Senate Bill 310 capped months of debate. [The-review]
  • A report released by the US Energy Information Administration projects national growth amongst renewables — including hydroelectric power — in coming decades. The EIA forecasts growth for gas, while nuclear, coal, petroleum liquid and other forms will flatline or decline. [HydroWorld]
  • Pennsylvania State University won the first-ever US DOE Collegiate Wind Competition. The competition challenged undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to design and build a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that could power small electronic devices. [North American Windpower]
  • Vermont Governor Shumlin and PSD Commissioner Recchia announced the receipt of $5.3 million from Vermont Yankee for clean energy development, and confirmation that Entergy has deposited $10 million as its first payment into the Vermont Yankee Site Restoration Fund. [Green Energy Times]

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