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Originally published on Eden Keeper. Desmond Tutu, a South African Anglican bishop and climate change activist, has called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the fossil fuel industry for driving global warming....
From: CleanTechnica | By: Robyn Purchia | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Originally published in the ECOreport. As a result of recent Californian legislation, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has approved the residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Though commercial PACE is available throughout...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Roy L Hales | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Originally published on Renew Economy. Analysts at French-based energy components company Schneider Electric have concluded that extending or expanding Australia’s renewable energy target would lead to lower electricity prices, lower carbon emissions...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Giles Parkinson | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Originally published on Shrink That Footprint. By Lindsay Wilson The IPCC just released its third assessment report on mitigating climate change. I’ve spent the morning reading the full summary, and to help you save a little time I’ve whittled it...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Shrink That Footprint | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Originally published on Into the Wind. By Mary Kate Francis  Across the country, wind power supporters are thanking their legislators for taking an important step forward in the effort to extend the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). The...
From: CleanTechnica | By: AWEA | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Windows that can effectively and cheaply double as solar panels are getting closer and closer every day, as recent work from the Los Alamos National Laboratory shows. The new work has demonstrated that quantum dots can be utilized to great effect in...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has reported that clean energy investment rallied 10% in the first quarter of 2014 (Q1’14) compared to the same period a year earlier, reaching a total of $47.7 billion. Earlier this month that the United Nations...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Friday, April 18, 2014
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If you missed yesterday’s Solar Summit at the White House we have the whole rundown for you, including this little nugget: every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar. No, for realz. That’s a direct quote from the Solar Summit...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Tina Casey | Friday, April 18, 2014
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As reported earlier this month, India is celebrating reaching 2,600 MW of installed solar power capacity, “thanks to the comprehensive and ambitious National Solar Mission,” amidst other factors. However, despite the massive attention the National...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Originally published on Green Building Elements. Better solar cells, better LED light and vast optical possibilities Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. NTNU-researchers have...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Important Media Cross-Post | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Originally published on sister site Planetsave. Agora Energiewende this week released the results of a cost analysis of four different CO2-free power scenarios in Europe. Says Patrick Graichen, executive director of Agora: “Wind and solar systems will...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Sandy Dechert | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Originally published on SolarWakeup. By Yann Brandt  After incredible victories by solar policy groups, the anti-solar world lead by the likes of ALEC and investor owned utilities is coming out with a new bag of tricks. We have already seen the work...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Originally published on Today in Energy. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80% of U.S. wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data released in EIA’s March...
From: CleanTechnica | By: U.S. Energy Information Administration | Friday, April 18, 2014
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The 2011 tsunami that struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan left the complex in disarray, contaminated and broken. The Japanese government subsequently found itself moving at the behest of public opinion to decommission many of its nuclear...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has recently completed successful sales under the NER 300 programme, raising a total of €548 million during the second phase of sales of emission allowances that are “then distributed to projects selected through...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By Rachel DiFranco, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Fremont It is not mere chance that more than 30 clean and green tech firms have found themselves residing in Fremont, the city that bridges the East Bay to the South Bay. Self-dubbed Silicon Valley...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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South Africa occupies an interesting place in the world these days — one part Westernised country, one part African nation. A report from earlier this year identified the country as one of the top 10 countries likely to enable fast-paced growth in...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Originally published on Planetsave. Drones are no longer known as mere weapons of war. At least, that’s how Google, Facebook, and other online giants like Amazon appear to be thinking. Google has just acquired Titan Aerospace, a promising solar-powered...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Sandy Dechert | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Originally published on Gas2. By Zachary Coffey A few years back, Roosegaarde and the infrastructure management group Heijmans entered the Smart Highway concept into the Dutch Design Awards, taking home the Best Future Concept Award. The vision included...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Originally published on IRENA’s website. Abu Dhabi, UAE: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reinforced the call to action from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit global temperature increase and avert catastrophic...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Originally published on Ecotrictity. Government accused of ignoring own research on energy policy The majority of people in Britain would prefer to live near a wind farm than a fracking site, new YouGov research commissioned by Ecotricity revealed today....
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Originally published on Renew Economy.  Can electricity generation companies live off two hours of demand a day? And what if utilities actually tried to slow down the rollout of rooftop solar? If these are questions energy utilities are asking themselves...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Giles Parkinson | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Atlanta, GA – Cheyenne, WY (April 17th, 2014) – CleanTechnica and TalkSolar launched the second season of TalkSolar today with the announcement of a new partnership. TalkSolar started broadcasting in April 2013, interviewing industry leaders such...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Zachary Shahan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Scaling Wind, directed by Michelle Nunez, and produced by GreenTech Films, is an informative 30-minute documentary showcasing the benefits and challenges of reaching 20% wind energy by 2030 in the US. The film shows how the goal started, with a 2006...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Adam Johnston | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A few years ago, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CalCEF joined forces to launch CalCharge, the first-ever, public-private consortium designed to be a “center of gravity” for the California energy storage cluster. And this week, after...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Robyn Purchia | Friday, April 18, 2014
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If you’ve ever wanted something along the lines of a step-scooter but with some actually forethought going into the design, then it looks as though your wish has finally been granted. Meet the Me-Mover — a step machine on wheels that allows for notably...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Tesla is pleased to assist any consumer interested in the purchase of a Tesla online. On the phone or in person, however, Tesla has concerns in some states with legality, thanks to laws pushed by conventional automobile dealers aimed at keeping Tesla’s...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Cynthia Shahan | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Tired of cutting out coupons from the newspaper or printing from websites to save money at the supermarket? Tired of seeing paper going to waste in the name of saving money? One game-changing smart phone app could offer an answer. Mobeam Technology*...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Adam Johnston | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Hydrogen may soon become far easier (and safer) to store, thanks to the development of a new class of ceramic materials by researchers at the University of California, San Diego. The new materials are composed of a mixture of calcium hexaboride, strontium,...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Tesla wants one thing. Car dealers in Arizona want another. Consumers mostly want what Tesla wants, but car dealers are strong in the realm of lobbying. Car dealers recently won in the Arizona legislature as a bill to grant Tesla Motors the ability to...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Cynthia Shahan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By Byron Meinerth Over the past couple of years, the most exciting developments in EV production and sales have generally happened in North America and Europe, but the focus is undoubtedly turning to China. While Chinese EV start-ups may not be glamorous...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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When it comes to soothing EV range anxiety, the lithium-sulfur combo offers a lot of promise, but until now there’s been a catch (there’s always a catch). Li-S batteries have a much shorter life cycle than the gold standard, lithium-ion, which makes...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Tina Casey | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Taking a step away from all of the world-changing market disruption from solar panels, wind turbines, and electric cars, I think it’s important once in awhile for us to promote some more mundane but still important green technologies and activities....
From: CleanTechnica | By: Zachary Shahan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Originally published on Gas2. Following up on the sketch released on Molly Saleen’s Facebook page come more pictures and details about the upcoming Saleen Tesla Model S. This is the first attempt by Saleen add their own flair to an electric vehicle,...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Christopher DeMorro | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The US Energy Information Administration's renewable energy forecast could be underestimating growth by as much as 22 years, according to a new analysisJust How Off Is EIA’s Renewable Energy Outlook? How about 20+ Years? was originally published on...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Silvio Marcacci | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The Bentley Hybrid Concept — Bentley’s first production plug-in hybrid model — was recently teased by the luxury automaker, with a full unveiling scheduled to occur at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition at the end of the month. While...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A recent study led by the University of Delaware has bolstered the idea that airborne wind energy could be a beneficial addition to the existing energy mix, stating that such generation mechanisms tethered to the ground “have the potential to generate...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Originally published on Lenz Blog. I have written extensively about the fact that the market order for electricity in Germany is broken. A search with the term “merit order” brings up those posts. These questions are complicated. With this post,...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Dr. Karl-Friedrich Lenz | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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IKEA plugged in its mammoth stores in Belfast and Dublin last fall. Not content with photovoltaic solar on 90% of its American rooftops, IKEA has just invested in a 380-gigawatt-hour wind farm big enough to power every one of its stores in the United...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Sandy Dechert | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The biofuel industry has been hot on the trail of second-generation concoctions that eschew corn in favor of non-food biomass, but a third wave of innovation is already brewing on the horizon. That would be the conversion of waste gases to liquid fuel...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Tina Casey | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Originally published on Sefaira. By Carl Sterner US Energy Codes Could Surpass LEED There is a quiet revolution underway in the US: energy codes are being adopted rapidly throughout the country, and the standards on which they are based are becoming...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Genetically engineered trees that can be more easily processed into biofuels and/or paper than normal trees have now been created by researchers at the University of British Columbia. The new development should help to cut down on costs and/or the use...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Originally published on Ecotricity. Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, has announced that he will be expanding his own powers to call-in and decide planning decisions on renewable energy projects for a further 12 months — essentially right up until...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Originally published on Lenz Blog. The recent news about reforming the Law on Priority for Renewable Energy in Germany is not great for people like me. As Hans-Josef Fell (one of the original authors of the law) explains in much detail, the reform...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Dr. Karl-Friedrich Lenz | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Originally published on 1Sun4All. After more than six months in Lorient, France, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar sailed to Boulogne-sur-Mer, located south of Calais, for the first stop in her 2014 campaign. Invited as the guest of honour at the 23rd...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Amber Archangel | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Originally published on Sefaira.  By Carl Sterner The Myth of the Green Premium Conventional wisdom holds that high-performance buildings cost more than their inefficient counterparts — therefore only green-minded clients, or those with a long-term...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Originally published on Renew Economy. We’ve seen and published many dramatic graphs about the fall in solar, such as this one tracing the fall over the past 30 years and this from Citigroup, but the following graph from investment bank Sanford...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Giles Parkinson | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Production has now begun on the first electric Saab model — the 9-3 Aero electric sedan — according to recent reports. The Chinese-Swedish company that owns Saab — National Electric Vehicles Sweden — is currently in the process of building 200...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Originally published on Gas2. Mugen Motorsports and Honda have a long and successful motorsports history — and the next chapter of their storied journey just got dropped on an unsuspecting public in Tokyo, when the all-electric Mugen Shinden San made...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Jo Borrás | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Hawaiian and Nissan Leaf magic combine to make possible a climb to heaven’s morning — for the Leaf’s driver, a Maui resident, that is. Neil Wagner woke predawn to become part of the famed sunrise over the volcano in Haleakalā National Park. Imagine...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Cynthia Shahan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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