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Switching to a Green Economy Could Mean Millions of Jobs

11 June 2012 -

(Mother Jones)

Tens of millions of new jobs can be created around the world in the next two decades if green policies are put in place to switch the high-carbon economy to low-carbon, the UN has said.

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Commission imposes low duties on Chinese solar panels

12 April 2012 -

(Washington Post) By Steven Mufson,

The Commerce Department announced Tuesday it will impose small import duties on Chinese-made solar cells, disappointing a handful of U.S. solar panel makers who complained of being undercut by subsidized Chinese firms and who wanted stiffer penalties.

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Solar industry faces subsidy cuts in Europe

12 April 2012 -

(Washington Post) By Michael Birnbaum and Anthony Faiola,

Hanover, Germany — Shiny black solar panels are as common a sight as baroque church spires in this industrial hub, thanks to government subsidies that have helped make Germany a world leader in solar technology.

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UPDATED: Government fails to reach decision on carbon reporting

3 April 2012 -

(edienet)

UK businesses have slammed the Government’s lack of decision in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mandatory reporting as “unacceptable” and “deplorable”.

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UPM to Build Major Biodiesel Refinery

27 February 2012 -

(Environmental Leader)

Finnish paper company UPM is to build the world’s first industrial-scale plant to turn a wood byproduct into biodiesel.

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Wind delivers record 12 per cent of UK electricity demand

12 January 2012 -

(Greenwise)

On December 28th, wind power delivered 12.2 per cent of UK electricity demand – an all time high, according to figures released by RenewableUK, the trade body for the wind and marine energy sector.

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Virgin founder Richard Branson wades into FITs debate

12 January 2012 -

(edie.net)

Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson has backed campaigners fighting the Government over cuts to renewable subsidies.

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Onshore wind to reach grid parity by 2016

18 November 2011 -

(BusinessGreen)

Electricity produced by onshore wind farms will cost the same as that from fossil fuel plants by 2016, as efficiency increases and equipment costs plummet.

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Apple Quietly Plans Solar Array for $1bn Data Center

15 November 2011 -

(Environmental Leader)

Apple is quietly planning a solar farm near its newly opened, $1 billion Project Dolphin data center in Maiden, N.C., according to news reports.

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Wind will step up to make EU emissions reductions

15 November 2011 -

(edieEnergy)

New research claims renewable power from wind could meet 31% of the European Union’s total target for emissions cuts by 2020.

On top of that, and according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), if emissions avoided by using other renewable electricity technologies are included then almost half (48%) of the European Union’s (EU’s) target of reducing emissions by 20% is avoided.

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Rolls-Royce surges to 100MWh tidal energy milestone

29 October 2011 -

(Businessgreen)

The UK’s fledgling tidal energy sector marked a significant milestone this week after Rolls-Royce confirmed that its prototype generator in Scotland has generated 100 megawatt hours (MWh) of power.

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Industry split emerges over biofuels’ indirect impact

7 October 2011 -

(Reuters) By Charlie Dunmore
European bioethanol producers have broken ranks and urged EU policymakers to introduce rules on the indirect climate impacts of biofuels that distinguish between “good and bad biofuel pathways,” Reuters has learned.

The call is the first sign of a split within the EU biofuel industry on the controversial issue of indirect land use change (ILUC), which threatens to undermine the green credentials of some biofuels due to their role in diverting food into fuel tanks.

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Thomson faces PR turbulence ahead of first biofuel flight

7 October 2011 -

(Business Green) By Will Nichols
Thomson Airways has defended the environmental credentials of today’s biofuel-powered flight from Birmingham to Lanzarote, in the face of accusations that the trial is nothing more than a “hollow PR stunt”.

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Solar bridge puts railways on right track to sustainability

4 October 2011 -

(Business Green) Work on the world’s largest solar bridge formally begins today as the first of more than 4,400 solar panels are installed above the new Blackfriars station platform.

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High costs of European ‘supergrid’ worth it say MPs

29 September 2011 -

(EdieNet) September 22, 2011
Building a European ‘supergrid’ will be very expensive but the benefits outweigh the costs, claim MPs. Members of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee today (September 22) backed a ‘supergrid’ as the only way to safeguard energy supplies as the UK begins phasing out fossil fuels.

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Siemens Stunner: Global Energy Giant Quits Nuclear Industry — “The Chapter is Closed for Us”

22 September 2011 -

(Climate Progress) By Stephen Lacey – September 19, 2011
One of the world’s leading industrial energy giants, Siemens, is leaving the nuclear industry. Speaking to Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper Sunday, Siemens CEO Peter Loscher explained that the company did not see a future in building new nuclear plants.

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It’s Chris Huhne’s windfarms that are inflating energy bills

22 September 2011 -

(The Telegraph) September 20, 2011
According to Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, consumers have only themselves to blame for high energy bills. He said at the weekend that they often could not be bothered to shop around for better deals. There is a good reason for that. The tariff structures of the six big energy companies are so complex and volatile that finding a cheaper supplier is no simple task. In his conference speech in Birmingham yesterday, Mr Huhne pledged to make the process easier and quicker, which would be welcome, though his proposals were thin on detail.

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Simple solutions become great innovations

22 September 2011 -

(Isang Litrong Liwanag) August 30, 2011
Simple solutions become great innovations and change the lives of many. This is a wonderful story that illustrates innovation in a very different way than Philips and GE.

Wind power hits 3,000MW mark for the first time

19 September 2011 -

(EdieEnergy) September 8, 2011
Britain’s wind power generation capacity continues to smash records as it beat the significant mark of 3,000MW.

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Lead pollution set to rise as solar power booms

19 September 2011 -

(EdieEnergy) September 1, 2011
The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is ‘well placed’ to run a lead take back scheme after new research predicted rocketing levels of pollution from the substance, according to an industry leader.

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Businesses could make ROI of 20 per cent on renewables

14 September 2011 -

(GreenWise) September 8, 2011
Businesses that invest in renewable energy could make returns in excess of 20 per cent, according to the Carbon Trust. Research by the not-for-profit company found that businesses could make average returns of 10-12 per cent when investing in renewable energy systems, and that returns could reach higher than 20 per cent in some cases.

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Solar PV – prices set to fall and competitiveness increase

13 September 2011 -

(EdieEnergy) By Luke Walsh – September 6, 2011
Solar photovoltaic (PV) will be a competitive energy source and up to 50% cheaper to install within the next decade according to a new report.

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Global Green Investment Tops $2.4tn

13 September 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) September 7, 2011
Global private sector investment in green companies and technologies from 2007 to Q2 2011 totals more than $2.4 trillion, according to Ethical Markets Media’s Green Transition Scoreboard.

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US solar industry booms according to new figures

31 August 2011 -

(EdieNet) By Luke Walsh – August 30, 2011
Photovoltaic (PV) manufacture alone is worth almost $2bn to the US solar industry and account for 99% of exports, according to new figures.

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How elephants could solve the biofuel problem

31 August 2011 -

(The Independent) By Cahal Milmo – August 30, 2011
When it comes to weaning the world’s motorists off their addiction to fossil fuel, few would have bet on finding part of the solution in the pungent depths of elephant droppings and a Swiss compost heap.

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