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May 24 Green Energy News

World:

  • A solar-cum-wind energy system co-developed by India’s National Aerospace Laboratories promises to bring power to remote and rural areas that cannot be brought on to the electric grid. A unit consisting of 500 W of solar and 500 W of wind costs about Rs 3 lakh ($5125). [The Hindu]
  • As the UK seems to be gearing up for fracking, a professor from Durham University has identified three physical problems he thinks could affect the exploitation of reserves identified in the Weald area spanning Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Surrey, making its value doubtful. [Wiltshire Times]
  • Participants at the World Economic Forum on East Asia urged countries, especially those in Asia, to adopt a holistic approach in dealing with the effects of climate change. They want climate change to be viewed as an economic issue, and not merely environmental. [GMA News]
  • Nottingham-based Chinook Sciences have won a £300 million contract to build the world’s largest thermal energy facility making energy from waste. The contract with the United Arab Emirates will see the innovative plant being built in the Emirate of Sharjah. [E&T magazine]

US:

  • The US energy world was rocked by a new Energy Information Agency report that significantly cut the projection of recoverable oil from the massive Monterey Shale formation in California. The cut was 96%. [CleanTechnica]
  • Writing on the NPD Solarbuzz blog, senior analyst Michael Barker has predicted that the US PV market is set to reach a cumulative total of 20 GW by the end of 2014, doubling capacity from 2013, thanks primarily to continuing declines in cost. [CleanTechnica]
  • There are big profit margins in renewable chemicals as corporations like Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart demand cleaner chemicals for their efforts to promote being green. But US policy has emphasized biofuels and biopower production and has yet to catch up with demand. [Environment & Energy Publishing]
  • U.S. wood pellet exports nearly doubled last year, from 1.6 million short tons (approximately 22 trillion BTU) in 2012 to 3.2 million short tons in 2013. More than 98% of these exports were delivered to Europe. [Daily Fusion]
  • Calling environmental protection a civil-rights issue, the NAACP is asking Ohio lawmakers to oppose a proposal that would pull back on renewable energy and energy efficiency requirements. [Columbus Dispatch]

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