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November 2 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “The Peak Oil Crisis: A Reality Check” For the last four or five years, we have been bombarded with a stream of stories about the “shale revolution.” What the stories about all this abundance fail to address, outside of vague generalizations, is just how long this upward surge is going to last and what happens then. [Resilience]
  • “How You Can Fight Climate Change and Make Money Doing It” No matter what your belief is on what is causing climate change or who is responsible there’s really only one thing within our control that will fix it. The good news is that the solution is becoming more of a reality every day. [Nasdaq]

Science and Technology:

  • The United Nations’ expert panel on climate science on Saturday finished a report on global warming that the UN’s environment agency said offers “conclusive evidence” that humans are altering the Earth’s climate system. The document is scheduled to be released on November 2. [Phys.Org]
  • A completely functional 3D-printable graphene battery was recently developed by researchers at Graphene 3D Lab. The new prototype 3D-printable graphene battery was unveiled at the recent Inside 3D Printing Conference that took place in Santa Clara, California. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Through the effective implementation of existing policies India’s wind energy capacity could double over the next five years, latest estimates of the Global Wind Energy Council show. According to the report, India could increase its installed wind energy to almost 50 GW by the end of this decade. [CleanTechnica]
  • A huge power outage in Bangladesh left tens of millions of people nationwide without electricity for hours. It began around 11 am Saturday, causing widespread disruption across the nation of more than 160 million people. Power started to come back around 11 pm Saturday. [CNN]
  • South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill and Environment Minister Ian Hunter have switched on the second stage of the Snowtown wind farm, adding 90 turbines increasing the farm’s capacity by 1350 GW. The Premier has also warned such projects are at risk if the federal government scaled back the Renewable Energy Target. [Sky News Australia]
  • Seventies-style blackouts could become a reality as the threat of worsening stormy weather looms over Wales’ ageing electricity infrastructure. Fires in three fossil fuel plants have caused them to go offline for repairs, and two nuclear plants are down because of reactor cracks. [WalesOnline]

US:

  • Plans for what will soon be the biggest municipal fleet of electrified vehicles in the nation were recently pushed through in the City of Indianapolis, through a new initiative dubbed the “Freedom Fleet.” The EV fleet of 425 EV or PHEV sedans is expected to be deployed in early 2016. Police will continue with gas-powered cars. [CleanTechnica]
  • The latest monthly numbers on new electric capacity have been released by FERC. The result is another big month for renewable energy… and natural gas. Wind power accounted for 61% of new power capacity. Natural gas accounted for 19%, nuclear uprates 12%, and solar 7%. Natural gas still leads for the year. [CleanTechnica]

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