Today’s Climate: January 5, 2009

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Tennessee: Early Warnings on Coal Ash Pond Leaks (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

The Tennessee Valley Authority knew for the past decade of leaks at the fly ash retention pond that ruptured two weeks ago, TVA and state inspection reports have revealed.

Judge: Duke Energy Misled Jurors about Witness (Chicago Tribune)

Lawyers for Duke Energy misled jurors about a witness who testified during a trial over whether the utility broke federal clean air laws at power plants in Indiana and Ohio, a federal judge has ruled.

Sempra Solar Energy Project Makes Advances in Costs (Los Angeles Times)

California-based Sempra Generation has unveiled a new 10-MW solar farm in Nevada. An analyst claims the facility can produce power at a cost of 7.5 cents a kilowatt-hour — less than the 9-cent benchmark for conventional electricity.

Japan Geothermal Projects Pick Up After 20 Years: Report (Reuters)

Several Japanese firms will kick off new projects to build geothermal power plans this year for the first time in nearly two decades, the Nikkei business daily has reported.

Canadian Oil-Sand Mines Stuck as Crude Price Plummets (The Times)

Canada’s once-booming oil sands industry is cooling fast, as the plunging oil price undermines investment. More than $60 billion worth of projects in Alberta have already been delayed in the past three months.

EU Denounces Socialite’s Carbon Offset Project (The Sunday Times)

A carbon-offset project in Mozambique run by socialite Robin Birley has been accused by the European commission, its main donor, of making unsubstantiated claims about its environmental impact.

S. Africa to Start Wind Power Project: Official (AFP)

South Africa’s state-run power utility Eskom plans to start operating wind turbines this year to boost the supply of electricity in advance of the 2010 World Cup, a company spokesman has said.