This Week in Energy News for March 1, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, efforts are being made to reduce pollution and derive energy from renewable sources.

Architectural rendering of new Google headquarters

Architectural rendering of Google’s planned headquarters.

Google Reveals Plans for Massive Green Office Complex

In partnership with Seattle-based design firm NBBJ, Google has released an architectural rendering of plans for its next 1.1 million square-foot headquarters that features green roofs and ample opportunities for employees to enjoy outdoor activities.

Shell Suspends Arctic Ocean Offshore Drilling

After too many problems with its efforts to provide the U.S. with new sources of domestic oil, Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced that it is suspending its Arctic Ocean offshore petroleum exploration for 2013 in order to prepare for future drilling.

American Electric Power to Stop Burning Coal

American Electric Power (AEP) has agreed to discontinue its burning of coal at three power plants in compliance with a federal clean-air agreement, which will “reduce AEP’s emissions by 84,000 tons of sulphur dioxide per year plus 12 million tons of carbon dioxide, a key global warming gas.”

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Announces Reduction in Mercury Pollution

Since the mid-1990s, electric power plants in Minnesota have reduced their mercury pollution by half, three years ahead of expectations to reduce mercury emissions by 90 percent, to 200 pounds per year, by 2016.

UK County to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 22% by 2018

The Lincolnshire county council, having reduced its carbon emissions by 9%, has announced plans to cut emissions by 22% by 2018 with “hopes to save up to £7 million every year by 2018” as part of its Carbon Management Plan that it adopted in 2006-07

Conergy Installs PV Solar Power Plants in Spain

Fourteen photovoltaic solar power plants have been installed in Spain by Conergy, without subsidies, to generate electricity at sub-grid prices of “just over” 10 eurocents per kWh, furthering hopes “that solar in Spain could reach grid parity nationwide.”

India MNRE Announces Increases Solar Power Capacity

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India announced that it has “assigned 1172 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected solar power plants,” 369 MW of which have been commissioned, while the South Indian city of Anantapur plans to become India’s first municipality to use solar power for its water pumping operations and street lights.

Delhi Students to Install Wind Turbine for Electricity from Trains

A team of students from Delhi University have plans to install small wind turbines on Delhi Metro trains to generate electricity, as part of the university’s Innovation Project Scheme, with expectations of generating about 200 watts per hour per turbine.

Swiss Floating Labs to Be Powered by 300 PV Panels

Three floating laboratories, currently being constructed by Swiss energy company Viteos SA and project developer Nolaris, will be powered by concentrated solar power (CSP) supplied by 100 photovoltaic panels and provide for research facilities to determine the effectiveness of CSP on water.

U.S. EPA Approves Camelina Oil and Energy Cane for Production of Biofuels

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has issued its final ruling on the production of biofuels from camelina oil, energy cane, and certain qualifying feedstocks to expand options for displacing imported oil.

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