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May 30 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, according to a new study published by the journal Science[Huffington Post]

World:

  • The burgeoning North American grid energy storage market could develop into a multibillion-dollar industry within a few years. Vancouver-based American Vanadium hopes to become North America’s first vanadium redox flow energy storage system provider. [Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly]
  • In Australia, the NSW government has demonstrated support for the Renewable Energy Target in a submission to the review panel, according to the Clean Energy Council. There are concerns about the review panel, creating uncertainty. [EcoGeneration]
  • Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy’s 180 MW Armow wind project in Ontario has taken another step toward construction. With a pledge of contributions to the community and a road use agreement, construction is to begin late this year. [reNews]
  • In the past week renewable energy support schemes in Australia described as “plain crazy.” It may be time to review a study published by Agora Energiewende showing European subsidies for solar and wind are essentially half those for nuclear or CCS. [CleanTechnica]

US:

  • The US Department of Energy has unveiled $10 million in funding for six new research and development projects that will advance concentrating solar technologies. The projects will target cost savings by developing thermochemical energy storage systems. [reNews]
  • Xcel Energy announced that, as of 2013, it had reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 20% since 2005, exceeding President Barack Obama’s announced goal of achieving a 17% reduction by 2020. [Boulder Daily Camera]
  • On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce draft regulations under the Clean Air Act that will set the stage for the 50 states to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants. [AZoCleantech]
  • Some leading conservatives have a new talking point on climate science: They’re not qualified to talk about it. House Speaker John Boehner became the latest top Republican to say so, as the issue has given Democrats an opening to brand the GOP as “anti-science.” [Politico]
  • The US solar manufacturing industry awaits the first ruling from the Department of Commerce in trade cases against China and Taiwan. The preliminary decision next week addresses the level of illegal Chinese government subsidies benefiting its solar producers. [Your Renewable News]
  •  A new report from the fledgling Energy & Policy Institute seeks to pull back the curtain on coordinated efforts to repeal or put moratoriums on renewable energy standards, revealing just where the influence and money are coming from. [Greentech Media]
  • The National Resources Defense Council says new federal standards that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants would save the nation’s consumers $37.4 billion in 2020 via reduced electricity bills by the time the rules are fully implemented. [Denver Business Journal]
  • Two legislative efforts nearing the Ohio governor’s desk would result in significant challenges for the company developing wind farms in Hardin and Logan counties. One is the freeze on the renewable energy standard, the other would increase setbacks for wind turbines. [RenewablesBiz]
  • Chevron’s renewable power group produced profits for 2013 that were nearly double what the company hoped for. Nevertheless, managers told the group that funding for the effort would dry up and encouraged staffers to find jobs elsewhere. [Businessweek]
  • Vermont is getting warmer. And wetter. And without significant global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, that trend will continue, according to a comprehensive report on climate change released by the White House this month. [Addison County Independent]

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