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June 1 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “What the Court Decision on FERC Order 745 Means for Demand Response” Demand response was dealt a blow when a US Court of Appeals vacated it in a 2-1 decision. But it may not be enough for incumbent power producers. Demand response is too attractive for states. [Energy Collective]

Science and Technology:

  • Now that the age of fossil fuels and petrochemicals is winding down, sewage mining is obviously the Next Big Thing. The wastewater-to-biogas angle is already going strong and a number of companies are busily reclaiming other useful raw materials, too. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • A senior official in China’s planning ministry announced the country would launch a national carbon market starting in 2018, based on the six regional carbon markets it launched this year as pilot programs. [CleanTechnica]
  • Finland lags behind its European peers in its efforts to develop wind energy resources. However after a slow start, the renewable sector is beginning to gather speed, and Finland is now trying to catch up to with such countries as Denmark and Germany. [InterAksyon]

US:

  • Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced the Rural Wind Energy Development Act to provide an investment tax credit to ranchers, farmers, and small businesses to offset the up-front costs of owning a distributed wind turbine. [Investorideas.com]
  • The idea of replacing America’s asphalt roads with solar panels apparently has plenty of appeal. The Solar Roadways IndieGoGo campaign has raised some $1.5 million to use towards research and development of this cutting-edge solution to our world’s environmental woes. [CleanTechnica]
  • North Dakota power plants are preparing to respond to federal regulations to be announced this week to limit carbon dioxide emissions. They expect to meet the new standards — though North Dakota may have further to go than other states. [Bismarck Tribune]
  • The thought of turning your dinner table leftovers, old cardboard boxes and even dirty diapers into fuel for your car might sound absurd. But scientists and profit-minded business people say they can do it, and it’s becoming a part of Iowa’s advanced biofuel landscape. [Fort Dodge Messenger]
  • The state of New Mexico is leasing land to Triangle Gallegos, a joint venture of Triangle Cattle Co. and Gallegos Wind Farm, for a 500-MW wind project. The wind turbines will go on 19,000 acres of state trust land and 31,000 acres of private ranch land. [Santa Fe New Mexican.com]
  • According to recent Center for American Progress (CAP) studies, middle-class America is buying into the solar market. This is great news — rooftop solar isn’t just for mansions and millionaires anymore; it is accessible to suburban households across the country. [CleanTechnica]
  • The first quarter of 2014 was another big one for the U.S. solar industry, with 74% of all new electricity generation coming from solar power. It was also the first time that residential solar installations surpassed commercial in the same time period. [ThinkProgress]

 

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