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June 4 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A new research study has been released from the University of Georgia. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it documents the direct conversion of biomass to biofuel without pre-treatment, using engineered bacteria. [Science Daily]

World:

  • The Guardian reported this morning that the Queen’s Speech is to contain a surprise measure designed to make it easier for local residents in the UK to invest in wind or solar farm projects near their properties. [Business Green]
  • The world is not moving fast enough on investment in low carbon energy to tackle climate change, new research from the International Energy Agency has found. About $1.6 trillion is invested annually in the global energy supply, but amount needs to rise to $2 trillion. [The Guardian]
  • The number of developing countries with policies in place to support renewable energy has increased six-fold in just eight years, resulting in one-fifth of the world’s power production now coming from renewable sources, according to a United Nations-backed report. [indiablooms]
  • The government of Germany’s regional state of Brandenburg approved a plan by the Swedish utility Vattenfall to extract extra brown coal at an open-cast mine starting in 2027. The state’s administration says coal will act as a “bridge” in phasing out nuclear power. [Deutsche Welle]
  • At the end of 2013, China, the US, Brazil, Canada, and Germany remained the top countries by total installed renewable power capacity, according to the Global Status Report of the UN-backed Renewable Energy Policy network for the 21st Century. [GlobalPost]
  • The European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions continued to fall in 2012, as a 1.3% decrease meant emissions have now been cut to 19.2% below 1990 levels, according to official data from the European Environment Agency. [Click Green]
  • Almost two-thirds of Australians think the federal government should take a leadership role on climate change, while only 28% believe we should wait for international consensus – often a proxy for inaction. Just 7% think Australia should do nothing. [The Canberra Times]
  • Britain’s growth in solar capacity could be greater this year than last as firms snap up government subsidies for new large plants before they come to an end, according to Foresight Group, a major British asset manager investing in the solar sector. [Reuters]

US:

  • Vernon, Vermont selectboard members are touting the potential benefits of new biomass power plant — with the possibility of a natural-gas component — that could be built at the Vermont Yankee site after the nuclear facility shuts.[Bennington Banner]
  • Storage devices are already enabling wind farms in Texas and solar arrays in California to operate at their maximum potential, capturing excess production to be delivered when it is needed most. This allows maximized renewable energy output. [Greentech Media]
  • Nevada recorded the steepest decline nationwide in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions between 2005-2011, a federal report today shows. Nevada’s CO2 emissions in electric power sector fell 33%, according to the US Energy Information Administration. [Reno Gazette Journal]
  • The New York Assembly Energy Committee today passed a “Shared Clean Energy Bill”, which would establish a new way for renters and other families, schools and businesses to go solar. [Business Wire]
  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced it has issued a lease to Florida Atlantic University for marine hydrokinetic technology testing off the coast of Florida to evaluate the use of turbines powered by ocean currents. [The Maritime Executive]
  • Natural gas and renewable energy will continue to dominate the Texas electric supply additions over the next 20 years, while adoption of expanded energy efficiency and demand response programs could reduce 40% to 50% of projected peak demand growth. [MarketWatch]

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