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December 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Energy coming out of the woodwork” Biomass power plants pay taxes and provide jobs all across Maine. So the folk in Maine should understand EPA analysis, that biomass is “likely to have minimal or no net atmospheric contributions of biogenic CO2 emissions, or even reduce such impacts, when compared with an alternate fate of disposal.” [Press Herald]
  • While such technologies as batteries, pumped-hydro, and flywheels have their merits, none is able to offer seasonal deep storage at the terawatt scale. Power-to-Gas is an elegant innovation that simply takes excess renewable electricity to create renewable hydrogen and methane for injection into natural gas pipelines or use in transportation. [Energy Collective]
  • Things are really cooking up in congress over the war on wind energy’s production tax credit. In the latest twist, a coalition of US Governors has waded into the fray with a letter to House leadership, citing a drop — yes, a drop — in electricity prices over the past five years, in states that have been producing more wind energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Clear the dark clouds over solar energy production in Florida” It seems only natural that solar power will play a meaningful role in providing for Florida’s future energy needs. Yet when it comes to encouraging the use of solar power, Florida is well behind other states such as New Jersey, where programs are in place to advance its development and use. [TBO.com]
  • The fossil fuel divestment movement is gathering steam. Climate advocates 350.org are organizing the first-ever Global Divestment Day on February 13-14, 2015, when thousands of people on five continents will take collective action by demanding their respective institutions stop investing in dirty energy for economic and environmental reasons. [CleanTechnica]

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