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June 3 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “America’s Market Based Economy Must Have a Price on Carbon Dioxide Emissions” The 3rd National Climate Assessment was recently released, painting a frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate disruption and highlighting the need to price CO2 emissions. [CleanTechnica]
  • “New EPA Carbon Rule Can Help Preserve Michigan’s Way of Life” The EPA’s new carbon-power plant emission standards will do more than just clear the air. Leaders from various sectors say the rules stand to create jobs, save money, and help preserve the way of life. [Public News Service]

World:

  • The work of erecting 40 wind turbines at Trianel’s 200MW Borkum West 2.1 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea has been completed. Installation of the Areva M5000-116 machines took 11 months. Grid connection is targeted later in the summer. [reNews]
  • A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency, the report says that proper investment in wind, solar, and other renewable energy generating technologies can lead to an economic boom. [Triple Pundit]
  • An Australian solar thermal demonstration project has notched up a significant win for the technology, generating the highest temperature steam ever produced using energy from the sun. It has been hailed as a game changing breakthrough for renewables. [RenewEconomy]
  • A new initiative launched by the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles is aimed at stimulating innovation in the electric vehicle sector and its related ecosystem, providing a significant global growth opportunity for New Zealand. [Voxy]
  • Reshaping the European energy system could reduce annual energy expenditure by an amount between €27 billion and €81 by 2030, according to a new study carried out by Accenture for EURELECTRIC. [WebWire]

US:

  • Under a proposed rule out of the EPA Monday, New Hampshire will have to come up with its own plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. However, many of the building blocks for that plan are already in place. [New Hampshire Public Radio]
  • Vermont is the only state not covered by the Obama administration’s sweeping new plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent over the next 15 years, but the state will still benefit by working with other states to meet the goals. [Greenfield Daily Reporter]
  • US solar panel installations climbed to a record 1.3 GW in the first quarter of 2014, according the SEIA quarterly report. Solar PV installations jumped 79% from the first quarter of 2013, with 744 MW added. Only 2013 Q4 had more installations, with 2.1 GW. [CleanTechnica]
  • Since 2005, New Jersey has cut its greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by 24%, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, a nonpartisan organization that is part of Georgetown Law in Washington DC. [NJ Spotlight]
  • In Florida, political hostility toward programs like the new EPA rules on carbon emissions raises questions about whether the state will cooperate with federal efforts to regulate carbon emissions, with some speculating that the deciding factor could be the 2014 governor’s race. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
  • Under the new EPA rule, Iowa power plants would be required to cut carbon emissions 16% by 2030, a lower burden than the national average because of the state’s investment in renewable energy development and energy efficiency. [DesMoinesRegister.com]
  • The EPA plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions suggests a cut of nearly 45% by 2030 for Arkansas, where nearly 44% of the energy came from coal in 2012, according to EPA figures. Natural gas placed second at 26%; nuclear power accounted for nearly 24%. [Fairfield Citizen]
  • The announcement that the coal-fired Mount Tom Power Station near Holyoke, Massachusetts will close permanently thrilled an alliance of community and environmental organizations which have been trying to reduce pollution in the city. [MassLive.com]

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