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October 30, 2014

Generating Power From Tidal Lagoons

By BETH GARDINER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-10-30 06:56:04

Harvesting energy from the tides is hard to do, and the development of a new generation of sea-based power arrays lags far behind more widely used renewable technologies like wind and solar. But the company pushing a new project on the coast of Wales thinks its twist — a 21st-century update of traditional dam-based hydropower — will be much easier to bring to fruition. If it wins government permission to go forward, Tidal Lagoon Power Limited says the approach, known as tidal lagoon generation, could provide as much as 10 percent of Britain’s power from six of its projects within a decade.
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Climate Change Concerns Push Chile to Forefront of Carbon Tax Movement

By By KATE GALBRAITH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-10-30 06:56:31

These are rough times for carbon taxes, aimed at mitigating climate change. Australia recently repealed its carbon tax. South Korea delayed a carbon-based tax on vehicle emissions. South Africa put off a planned carbon tax until 2016. And yet, for environmentalists, a sliver of hope exists in the shape of Chile, one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies, which last month approved the first carbon tax in South America. The measure, due to take effect in 2018, was part of a broad overhaul of the tax system. “Chile is one of the countries that is getting much more serious about climate change, and developing something that’s much more robust in terms of policies,” said Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez, a forest ecologist at Columbia University. [ read more … ]

Wind, solar growth higher in developing nations — study

By Pilita Clark, Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2014-10-29 06:34:12

The growth rate of wind and solar energy in China, India and other developing countries is outpacing those in some of the world’s richest and most developed countries. It was previously thought that many poorer nations couldn’t afford such renewable energy technologies and had to rely on coal-fired power plants and diesel generators.
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Comment: Feed-In Tariffs: A Tool for Increasing Economic Equality in the US?

By Tam Hunt, Community Renewable Solutions LLC, Green Tech Media  •    •  Posted 2014-10-30 06:56:52

To help developing nations become more developed, electricity is a key component. This is uncontroversial. What is more controversial is the idea that electricity policy can be a tool for economic development in developed nations. This article will explore the possibilities for economic development in countries like the U.S., including the ability to mitigate the growing inequality in our country. [ read more … ]

A guide to the fast-developing off-grid world

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-30 06:57:14

A sweeping new report on clean energy development in 55 emerging economies suggests the United States and Europe may soon be eclipsed by countries from Asia, Latin America and Africa on several measures of clean energy adoption. The analysis, from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, identified China, Brazil, South Africa, India and Chile as the top five developing markets for clean energy, followed by Uruguay, Kenya, Mexico, Indonesia and Uganda. [ read more … ]

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