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October 12 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “WSJ Gets it Wrong on ‘Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come True'” A wrong version of how our economy works has been handed down through the academic world, through our system of peer review, with each academic researcher following in the tracks of previous academic researchers. [Energy Collective]

Science and Technology:

  • An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics may bring low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries and ultra-thin antistatic coatings for consumer electronics and aircraft. One example, PTMA, is about 10 times more electrically conductive than common semiconducting polymers. [Science Daily]

World:

  • Just two weeks after the largest climate march in history, over 250 groups from nearly 40 countries urged United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to reject fracking as a part of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. This came on the eve of the Global Frackdown, a day of action to ban fracking on October 11th. [eNews Park Forest]
  • Solar PV project development in Russia has been accelerating recently – with a number of large, notable projects announced recently. Among those projects are a number to be developed in Crimea — no doubt being developed with the intention of making the peninsula more or less energy independent. [CleanTechnica]
  • While the Japanese government wants to restart some nuclear reactors, new energy policy announced last April aims to decrease Japan’s nuclear dependence while boosting renewable energy sources. The change includes moving to fuel cells powered by hydrogen, and car makers will do that starting next year. [The Japan Times]
  • Owing to Chile’s great renewable energy potential, its current reliance on expensive fossil fuel imports, its energy-intensive mining operations, and its supportive government, the country is now considered by many to be the world’s “top” renewable energy market. And solar power is already at grid parity there. [CleanTechnica]
  • The church will not change its stand on the issue of reviving the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, according to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos  said the Church’s position on the issue was researched and discussed before a decision was taken. [Inquirer.net]

US:

  • The shift to renewable energy sources in Michigan – particularly wind – has picked up in the past few years. One reason: It’s about half as expensive to produce than utility companies initially expected, down to as little as $50 a megawatt hour last year from more than $100 a megawatt hour in 2009. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Honda and SolarCity announced at the SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas a fund the companies said is expected to finance $50 million in solar installations for Honda and Acura customers and dealerships. This is a follow-up to a $65 million fund the companies created in 2013. [TechnologyTell]
  • Eastern New Mexico is set to be the home of a new wind farm. The Anderson Wind Farm is under construction in Lea County – in the heart of the state’s oil and gas country – and could start generating power by December. The facility features nearly two dozen 264-foot-tall wind turbines of either 1.85 or 2 MW each. [Beaumont Enterprise]
  • John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, delivered a strongly-worded warning concerning climate change and how it will impact not just the United States but the entire globe. The best way to prevent even more climate change from occurring in the future is to embrace clean energy alternatives. [Beta Wired]
  • Residents who live in Massachusetts towns that have municipal electric companies enjoy smaller monthly electric bills than customers who live in communities served by National Grid. The difference will grow even wider on the heels of a 37% rate increase by National Grid that will go into effect on November 1. [Worcester Telegram]

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