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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

May 28 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Are Shales a Bubble?” Hype works. Hype has been the primary tool used by the oil and gas industry with regard to shales and it has worked brilliantly. There is just one problem. When considering shale economic viability, hype was the only aspect that actually existed. [Resilience]
  • “German Electricity Suppliers Not Passing On Wholesale Electricity Cuts” The support scheme for renewables is not the primary reason for high electric prices in Germany. The real reason is that suppliers are in effect keeping prices artificially high. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Solar panel technology is improving so rapidly that petrol stations could be replaced in the near future by drivers plugging their electric cars into their homes, according to Keith Barnham, emeritus Professor of Physics at Imperial College. [Telegraph.co.uk]

World:

  • While EV sales still make up a small part of the market, they are actually selling faster than the first generation of hybrid cars did. When you put the first three years of EV sales side by side with the first three years of hybrid sales, electric cars are doing remarkably well. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Australian government review of the renewable energy target has come under more scrutiny, with questions being asked about the consultancy hired to advise the panel. The contract did not go to the lowest bidder, who has close ties to traditional fuel markets. [Echonetdaily]
  • A new report by the Danish Energy Agency has found it would be technically possible to construct a secure and reliable national energy system based on 100% renewables by 2050. The report also supports scenarios for 100% renewable electricity and heating by 2035. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Committee on Climate Change reiterated that an increase in onshore wind capacity during the 2020s is likely to represent the most cost-effective means for the UK to meet its carbon targets after questions arose about its position.[Business Green]
  • Of the about 600 TWh hours Germany consumes each year, 50 TWh are self-produced in a trend that has seen solar panels installed on home roofs and gas plants set up in factories. Home-made power is not taxed to support the move from nuclear and toward renewables. [Expatica Germany]

US:

  • Large parts of the Southwest are drier than they were during the 1930s Dust Bowl. And the latest science says unrestricted carbon pollution will make this a near-permanent situation post-2050 in a growing portion of this country and around the world. [Energy Collective]
  • Californian solar company SunPower is set to collaborate with Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy to build a 50 MW solar PV plant in Colorado. The plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016, and will generate enough power for 13,500 households. [pv magazine]
  • A bill that at least temporarily halts Ohio’s march toward green energy, pitting business against business in the process, moved closer to the governor’s desk Tuesday, when the House Public Utilities Committee voted largely along party lines to send it to the full House. [Toledo Blade]
  • On Obama’s climate rule, the US Chamber of Commerce (CoC) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are both releasing economic impact studies this week. CoC says the rule will kill jobs and cost money, NRDC says it will create jobs and save money. [Businessweek]
  • A proposal for a 23-turbine wind farm in central New Hampshire is dead because of what the project developer calls an unfavorable political and regulatory climate in the state. Iberdrola Renewables says it’s abandoning the Wild Meadows project. [Eagle-Tribune]
  • President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, calling for each state to meet carbon emissions reductions and giving each state the job of deciding how they are met. Cap-and-trade is one option among many for states. [Times Record]
  • Wind energy reduced power sector emissions by more than 5% last year, saving the same amount of CO2 as taking 20 million cars off the road, according to a new report published by the American Wind Energy Association. [ThinkProgress]

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