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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

June 9 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Hurray For EPA Carbon Rules!” New carbon rules may be going into place in America and everyone is worried about the economic effects. Don’t worry, we’ll be fine. It won’t hurt the economy or our energy security or our energy reliability. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

  • A new catalyst based on an enzyme called H2ase S–77, discovered at an active volcano in Japan, may prove a low cost replacement for platinum, which is the very expensive but highly efficient current “gold standard” for fuel cell catalysts. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Qatar Solar Energy announced the opening of the largest solar technology development and manufacturing facility in Middle East and North Africa region. It has already struck two deals to supply 150 MW of solar power each to Japan and Thailand. [reNews]
  • The solar energy storage system market in Germany is approaching a boom period, according to many analysts, with a rapid uptick in sales likely as the technology enters wider use. The systems benefit both the consumer and the grid. [CleanTechnica]
  • A US wind power developer that is seeking $653 million in damages under a NAFTA challenge accuses the government of Ontario of manipulating Green Energy Act rules to benefit the interests of Liberal-connected firms, according to court documents. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • The Narendra Modi-led government has started work on a plan to ensure half of all homes in major cities receive some power from solar or wind energy sources by 2019. The plan includes fresh incentives to encourage investment in renewable energy. [Hindustan Times]

US:

  • Analysis by the Rocky Mountain Institute found the US could transition to a 2050 economy energized by tripled efficiency and 75% renewables for a $5 trillion savings while supporting a 158% bigger U.S. economy and slashing carbon emissions 82–86%. [CleanTechnica]
  • A Houston energy company has proposed building a multibillion dollar pipeline that would connect Boston, Massachusetts to abundant natural gas from Eastern shale fields in Pennsylvania. The plan is sparking fierce opposition. [Boston Globe]
  • TDI New England, a transmission line developer, wants to submerge a high-voltage line the length of Lake Champlain. Environmental groups warn the proposal could impact the health of Lake Champlain, a vital economic and ecological asset for Vermont. [vtdigger.org]
  • The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is considering a competitive lease process for an offshore wind energy development off New York. The potential project is part of the president’s Climate Action Plan. [SmartMeters]
  • Renewable energy company First Wind has finalized seven power purchase agreements for their solar projects in Utah. Rocky Mountain Power will buy the output of the planned 20-MW Seven Sisters solar portfolio. The PPAs will be effective for 20 years. [EcoSeed]

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