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May 25 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Miscanthus could be called the king of biomass fiber. It is a relative of sugar cane that looks like bamboo, could be the Midwest’s next energy crop. But in a region dominated by corn and soybeans, it has yet to fully catch on, even as advocates tout its advantages. [HPPR]

World:

  • Pakistan’s Alternative Energy Development Board is working on development of 33 windpower, half of which are under construction or to a point that they will be ready for funding in 2014. Also, 24 solar power projects and 9 biomass plants are being pursued. [The Nation]
  • In Sri Lanka, the controversial coal-burning Norochcholai Power Plant has been confirmed to be operating as expected and is currently producing 600 MW of power – or the equivalent of 40% of the national grid. [Sunday Leader]
  • Power companies are eyeing new generation plants in the Philippine island of Cebu in preparation for a projected power shortage that could be critical in 2018. First Gen, Aboitiz Power, and other companies are looking into building generating plants in the province. [Sun.Star]
  • Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB sees an uptick in demand for its power systems business after a tough 2013. The power systems segment designs turnkey systems and services for distribution and transmission grids and power plants. [Business Standard]
  • Replacing fossil fuels with renewables as the world’s primary source of energy will not only save the planet from dangerous levels of warming – it will also save the global economy $71 trillion by 2050, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency. [CounterCurrents.org]
  • IKEA doesn’t just sell affordable home decor to the masses anymore. The furniture giant has added eco-friendly to its repertoire in the past and is now launching an electric bike that they’re calling the FOLKVÄNLIG. [Ecorazzi]
  • Dublin-based hydro-power firm OpenHydro has teamed up with Alderney Renewable Energy to set up a new company called Race Tidal that aims to generate 300 MW of power for export to Britain and France. [Afloat]

US:

  • Because the current automotive industry is likely unsustainable, General Motors recently announced it is aiming to overhaul many of its operations. Now GM is more or less on track to achieve its goal of 500,000 electrified vehicles on the roads by 2017. [CleanTechnica]
  • Construction of the world’s largest single-axis tracking solar PV plants – the 206 MW Mount Signal Solar farm in southeast California – has been completed and is ready to generate enough electricity to power 72,000 households in the San Diego area. [CleanTechnica]

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