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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

August 10 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “RMI Blows The Lid Off The ‘Baseload Power’ Myth (Video)” Amory Lovins has very effectively debunked the myth that a reliable electricity supply from renewable resources needs either giant baseload coal, gas, or nuclear power stations or some yet untested cheap storage solution. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • First Solar, the world’s largest manufacturer of thin-film solar photovoltaic cells and modules, announced that a cell made at its Ohio R&D center achieved an efficiency of 21%, the highest on record by a non-concentrating cadmium-telluride (CdTe) cell. [CleanTechnica]
  • Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way of converting used cigarette butts into a material capable of storing energy that could help power everything from mobile phones to electric cars. [Reuters]

World:

  • Australian Prim Minister Tony Abbott is under fresh pressure to put climate change on the agenda at the upcoming G20 gathering, with a group of medical scientists led by a Nobel laureate warning Australians face “serious health risks” if the issue isn’t urgently tackled. [The Guardian]
  • Like other developing countries, Vietnam has been powered by hydropower dams and fossil fuels, while other sources are underdeveloped. The government has taken to saying that if it doesn’t build dams, the only other feasible options are coal and natural gas. [Thanh Nien Daily]

US:

  • Leading US solar company SunPower has flagged the introduction of battery storage into the commercial market in 2015 in Australia, as it looks to rapidly expand its suite of home energy service offerings. [CleanTechnica]
  • Aside from hosting a majority of the nation’s wind farms, the Midwestern U.S. is not known for aggressively pushing the agenda on clean energy issues. But that may be changing as Minnesota joins other leading states in the effort to remake the electricity sector. [Energy Collective]
  • A new energy conservation effort from the non-profit Efficiency Vermont is expected to shave a significant percentage off the electric bills of 19 large companies. The Industrial Peak Initiative aims to reduce consumption at peak times that bring extra charges. [Comcast SportsNet New England]
  • There was good news for renewable energy companies on Friday, as the IRS lowered qualification threshold for qualifying for tax credits. The new threshold has been lowered from 5% to 3% of total energy project costs incurred before the start of this year. [Bidness Etc]
  • While Florida advertises itself as the Sunshine State, power company executives and regulators have worked successfully to keep most Floridians from using that sunshine to generate their own power. [Los Angeles Times]

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