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November 26, 2014

(The Hill)
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called on Congress to reform the way the Environmental Protection Agency calculates the renewable fuel standard.
(Business Green)
Pope Francis has touted the benefits of emerging green technologies as a means of creating jobs for the millions of young people trapped in unemployment across Europe, in a speech that accused the European Union of losing its "fertility and vibrancy."
(Greentech Media)
China could quadruple its share of modern renewable energy by 2030 with the right policies in place, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the China National Renewable Energy Center.
(Climate Central)
Clues to the United States' energy future are everywhere, if you know where to look. By 2050, the technology will likely be available to provide 80 percent of the country's electricity from wind, solar and other renewable sources.
(The Globe and Mail)
Hyundai Corp. is looking to revive the dream of a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles driving on Canadian highways as it becomes the first auto manufacturer to launch in Canada a fuel cell version of an existing car model.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated the contract for a wind turbine at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. The turbine has sat idle since it was erected in 2011.
(Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd))
Banco Santander S.A. is seeking regulatory approval to indirectly sell part of its stake in a large solar-energy project in Nevada to two big Canadian pension funds, according to a filing with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
(Fast Company)
Seven months after terrorists kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, many local students are afraid to go to school. In other parts of the country, children don't go to school because schools don't exist; cities and villages can't afford enough teachers. Across the nation, more than 10.5 million children aren't in school, more than in any other part of the world.
(The Globe and Mail)
B.C. should put off its decision on the proposed Site C project to allow time to study geothermal alternatives, says a geothermal industry group, citing a new study that concludes such projects could meet all of the province's future power needs.

November 25, 2014

A solar industry group appealing a decision to impose the most expensive solar fees in the U.S. said a Wisconsin regulator violated rules barring communication about pending cases.
(PV Tech)
New utility solar installations in the US so far this year are down 31 percent on last year, according to the country's Federal Electricity Regulatory Commission (FERC). Figures published by FERC's Office of Energy Projects reveal that between January and October this year, 1,801MW of utility solar has been built across 208 projects.
(Los Angeles Times)
As President Obama looks to take legacy-defining actions while facing a hostile Congress, one of his more challenging decisions involves what goes into the fuel tanks of America's cars.
(The Hill)
The conservative Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is publishing advertisements pushing individual Republicans to oppose tax credits for wind energy. The ads launched Monday in the hometown newspapers of 15 GOP representatives in eight states who have not given clear positions on the wind energy production tax credit since it expired at the end of last year.
(State House News Service)
Four leases for 742,000 acres of sea south of Martha's Vineyard, a area roughly the size of Rhode Island, will be put up for bid at a wind power auction on Jan. 29, 2015. If leased and developed by the power industry, the area has the potential to provide wind-generated electricity to 1.4 million homes, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which announced the auction date Monday and pitched it as part of President Barack Obama's climate action plan and efforts to reduce carbon pollution.
When you think of "energy" and "Texas," you probably think "oil." But those wide-open spaces sitting on those lucrative oil fields also make it a prime location for another form of energy generation: wind.
(National Journal)
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have renewable-energy standards on the books, laws mandating that the states generate a certain amount of renewable energy by a set date.
Start near the Los Angeles International Airport and head due east on the Santa Monica Freeway, one of the busiest stretches of road on the globe, bumper to bumper with luxury V-6's, exhaust-spewing pickups and hybrid sedans, all crawling through the Los Angeles megalopolis, sparkling under the famously omnipresent Southwest sun.
India plans to more than double the share of renewables in the mix of fuels it consumes, an effort to reduce the dominance of coal.

November 24, 2014

(New York Times)
For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning.
(PV Tech)
The US is well within reach of a goal of sourcing 10 percent of its electricity needs from solar within 15 years, according to a coalition of environmental groups in the US. A study by Environment America Research & Policy Center said that even if solar in the US grew at only a third the rate at which it has in the past three years, it would reach 10 percent of the national energy mix by 2030.
(Greentech Media)
As the year winds down, powerful conservative groups are working feverishly to kill a potential tax package with extensions of renewable energy incentives. But that doesn't seem to worry some in the sector who remain optimistic that a favorable package will get through Congress in the lame-duck session.
(E&E Publishing)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. One technology giant on the forefront of renewable energy implementation has come out on why it rolled back its research and development while another, which has been largely inactive on the sustainability front, has just announced a new goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy use.
(The Record)
The state on Friday again rejected a pilot wind farm project off the New Jersey coast, arguing that the company's financial plan is unsound and would require a state subsidy so large it would make the energy produced too costly for ratepayers. The company vowed to appeal the state's decision in court.
A Chinese company offered 4.34 billion kroner ($640 million) to buy REC Solar ASA (RECSOL), one of the last makers of solar panels in Western hands, a move that may help circumvent trade disputes in the U.S. and Europe.
(Autoblog Green)
Do you notice those thin pink and salmon-colored lines representing plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles up in that chart up there? Yeah, it took us a while to spot them, too.
U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors is in talks with Germany's BMW over a possible alliance in batteries and light-weight components, Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk told German weekly Der Spiegel.

November 21, 2014

(The Hill)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) demanded that any tax extender package include the wind energy tax credit. "I'm concerned about rumors that some are working to leave out or shorten the extension of the wind energy tax credit," Grassley said on the Senate floor Thursday. "I agree the tax code has gotten too cluttered … but it doesn't mean we should pull the rug out from under domestic energy producers."
(Los Angeles Times)
Saying the project "would not be in the public interest," the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application for a controversial wind and solar farm in the Silurian Valley.
(Greentech Media)
Between 2012 and 2013, the amount of money invested globally in climate change mitigation and adaptation dropped by $28 billion. At a time when scientists say we need to start seeing a dramatic surge in zero-carbon energy sources, the drop seems like bad news.
Back in 2007, Google had a very simple idea for addressing global warming—we just need to take existing renewable-energy technologies and keep improving them until they were as cheap as fossil fuels. And, voila! Problem solved.