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June 23 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Top Ten Reasons Why Business Should Love a Carbon Price” Economists have argued the case for carbon pricing for over two decades. The Chief Climate Change Advisor for Royal Dutch Shell gives ten reasons why carbon pricing makes business sense. [Energy Collective]

Science and Technology:

  • The Japan Meteorological Agency reported Monday that March-May was the hottest in more than 120 years of record-keeping. It was also the hottest May on record. This is all the more important because we are still waiting for the start of El Niño. [Energy Collective]
  • New semiconductor materials could mean 50% less energy loss in switched-mode power supplies for PCs, flat-screen televisions, servers and telecommunications systems and could make solar inverters even more compact and cost-efficient. [presseagentur.com]

World:

  • Germany’s windiest area, Schleswig-Holstein, will probably achieve “100% renewable electricity” sometime this year. Schleswig-Holstein has a goal to generate 300% of its electricity consumption with renewables eventually. [CleanTechnica]
  • In the Austrian town of Amstetten, a pilot project by the local utility is reclaiming heat energy from the sewer system. This it uses to heat 45,000 square feet of buildings, or cool them in summer, allowing it to dispense entirely with gas and reduce its carbon footprint. [Naharnet]
  • The administration of the Indian city of Chandigarh has a plan to equip most of the city’s government buildings with PVs by the end of this year. The buildings include 35 schools and all of the 11 police stations. [Times of India]
  • The pot of money that ministers have set aside to subsidise UK renewable power is likely to run out much more quickly than previously thought, according to research, placing green energy projects in jeopardy. [Financial Times]
  • One of India’s leading information technology and consultancy companies, Infosys, is planning to implement of the most significant sustainability and clean energy measures in the company’s history, a 50-MW solar park. [CleanTechnica]
  • The UK’s High Court has overturned a decision by Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to block a 24-MW solar farm in Suffolk, calling his original decision “perverse”. It also refused the Secretary of State leave to appeal. [Solar Power Portal]

US:

  • A recent study from Regional Economic Models Inc is the newest released in a series of studies finding that taxing carbon can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also add jobs to the economy. [CleanTechnica]
  • Biogenic Reagents, a producer of biocarbon products from renewable biomass, has entered into an agreement with a US subsidiary of West Fraser Timber, the largest lumber producer in North America, to develop renewable biocarbon products, including biochar. [BioEnergy News]
  • Swedish marine energy technology company Minesto has signed an agreement with Florida Atlantic University to examine the feasibility of harnessing the power of Gulf Stream ocean currents. [reNews]
  • As more people integrate solar power infrastructure with their homes and businesses, Arizona utility operators and regulators are discussing how best to meet the paradigm shift in terms of grid management. [Modern Times Magazine]

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