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May 27 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • The emissions from two very large coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area of northwest New Mexico have been measured through space-based techniques, the first time remote emission measurements have been made from space. [CleanTechnica]
  • Carbon dioxide levels throughout the northern hemisphere hit 400 ppm for the first time in human history in April, an ominous threshold for climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday. [Huffington Post]

World:

  • Russian authorities will continue to rely on nuclear power and drilling the Arctic shelf for a bright future, as Moscow continues to turn its back on the worldwide boom in the renewable energy sector and place its bets on nuclear power and fossil fuels. [Bellona]
  • The Board of the Green Climate Fund – the new multilateral fund to support developing countries in efforts to address climate change – finalized its overarching business model so that countries can begin to direct resources through the fund. [Energy Collective]
  • German developer RWE Innogy is kicking off construction of the 90 MW Zuidwester wind farm in the Netherlands. The 12-turbine scheme will feature 7.5 MW Enercon E126 machines costing a total of  €150 million, currently the world’s largest onshore units. [reNews]
  • Japan’s campaign to boost renewable power supplies since the Fukushima nuclear disaster is producing some unlikely winners: vegetable farmers. The solar sharing programme allows them to harvest dual incomes from sunlight, as solar PVs are put up amongst the crops. [eco-business.com]
  • The Fukushima crisis may have left Japan with a major energy challenge, according to Simon Clements of Alliance Trust Investments, but it has opened the door for a renewables boom. [Business Green]
  • The government of the Philippines is considering increasing the capacity allocation for wind power projects under the feed-in tariff program. This after the Department of Energy decided to hike the solar project installation under the program to 500 MW from 50 MW. [BusinessWorld Online Edition]

US:

  • Tesla Motors is now the largest auto-industry employer in California — employing more than 6000 people within the state, with a further 500 jobs expected to be added to that figure before the end of 2014. [CleanTechnica]
  • The American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) hold on South Carolina is weakening. The state’s House of Representatives just passed a solar energy bill that appears to show that South Carolina sees the light about solar energy and ALEC. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Obama administration will unveil a cornerstone of its climate-change initiative with a proposed rule to allow states to use cap-and-trade systems, renewable energy and other measures to meet aggressive goals for reducing carbon emissions by existing power plants. [Fox News]
  • The Sun Day Campaign has just released a press release proclaiming the fact non-hydro renewables has outproduced hydropower for the first time. Also, for the first time, wind contributed 5% of the nation’s electricity. [CleanTechnica]
  • Commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57% with advanced energy-efficiency controls, according to a year-long trial of the controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country. [Daily Fusion]

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