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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

November 3 Green Energy News

Climate Change Report:

  • In its “synthesis report,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that the hundreds of authors involved in the study were even more certain than before that the planet is warming and humans are the cause. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that action must come soon. [CNN]
  • Climate change is happening, it is almost entirely man’s fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, according to the UN panel on climate science. The fourth and final volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s giant climate assessment offered no surprises. [Huffington Post]

Opinion:

  • “China’s renewable energy revolution: what is driving it?” China now has the largest amount of installed electric capacity in the world at 1250 GW, exceeding the US 1160 GW power system. Around 30% of China’s capacity was renewable (water, wind, solar) in 2013, but fossil fuels, mainly coal, were 69%. [Japan Focus]

World:

  • In a report produced for the Liberal Democrat energy and climate secretary, Ed Davey, renewable energy trade bodies, community energy groups, and academics say that major future wind and solar farms should give communities the chance to invest and own as much as a quarter of projects. [The Guardian]
  • French energy giant EDF has underlined its commitment to the offshore wind sector, announcing late last week that it has acquired the rights to develop the high-profile Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Site in Northumberland. The site is the largest consented offshore wind testing facility in the UK. [Business Green]
  • When the European Commission came forward with its proposal for a 2030 energy and climate framework earlier this year, transportation was a missing piece. Transportation is responsible for around a quarter of EU CO2 emissions – a share that is increasing while CO2 emissions from other sectors are generally falling. [Business Green]
  • As its solar projects move forward, the joint venture of Bronzeoak Philippines and ThomasLloyd Cleantech Infrastructure Fund has announced a $90-million investment for a 20-MW biomass power plant in Negros Occidental. The plant will be located in San Carlos City. [BusinessWorld Online Edition]
  • Staff at South Africa’s Majuba electric station noticed a crack in a coal storage silo on Saturday afternoon. Forty minutes later, the structure collapsed, causing the station’s output to drop from 3,600 MW to 1,800. Now there are rolling blackouts in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth. [AllAfrica.com]

US:

  • There are many important considerations when voters in Wisconsin go to the polls Tuesday, but the state’s largest environmental organization says party affiliation makes little difference to voters in one respect – all show support for renewable power in Wisconsin’s energy future. [Public News Service]
  • The Northwest Grid’s Bonneville Power Administration has started to offer its customers the opportunity to schedule energy transactions in 15-minute increments, giving utilities a new measure of flexibility in responding to swings in power generation as they buy, sell and transmit energy. [Electric Co-op Today]
  • A 750-mile interstate power line promises to deliver wind-generated electricity to Columbia, Missouri at nearly half the price the city now pays. Columbia would pay $20 to $30 less per megawatt-hour for electricity, according to Clean Line Energy Partners, the company behind the project. [Columbia Missourian]

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