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Clean Energy Investment Falls to 2009 Levels

13 October 2012 -

Clean Energy Pipeline (ht Business Green) has released clean energy investment figures for the third quarter of 2012 showing that investment has fallen 28% from Q2 2012, and 52% from this time last year. Investment levels are now as low as the beginning of 2009.

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Apple commits to renewable power for US data centres

24 May 2012 -

(The Guardian)

The company says it plans to use exclusively solar power to run all three of its high-consuming server centres

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EDF fined €1.5m for spying on Greenpeace

18 November 2011 -

(Guardian) By Hanna Gersmann

The energy company’s former security chief was sentenced to three years in prison for employing a firm to hack into the energy watchdog’s computers

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Bayer threatens to quit Germany over nuclear shutdown

8 August 2011 -

(The Guardian) By Ruby Russell
Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power after the Fukushima catastrophe in Japan could lead to some of the country’s major companies relocating elsewhere in search of cheaper energy.

Marijn Dekkers, head of Bayer, the pharmaceuticals group, said: “It is important that we remain competitive compared with other countries. Otherwise, a global company like Bayer will have to consider relocating its production to countries with lower energy costs.”

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Smart Grid Costs Are Massive, but Benefits Will Be Larger, Industry Study Says

16 June 2011 -

(New York Times) By PETER BEHR of ClimateWire / May 25, 2011
Deployment of smart grid technology from U.S. utility control centers and power networks to consumers’ homes could cost between $338 billion and $476 billion over the next 20 years, but will deliver $1.3 trillion to $2 trillion in benefits over that period. The benefits will include greater grid reliability, integration of solar rooftop generation and plug-in vehicles, reductions in electricity demand, and stronger cybersecurity, according to a new study by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

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