Ontario’s wind energy plan ignored impact on rural communities study says

The 2009 Green Energy Act gave little thought to the transformation that wind farms bring to rural communities — problems that even revisions to the act “will only partially address,” writes a group headed by Stewart Fast. Fast personally favours wind energy, “but only if it’s done right.” In Ontario, …

New Neighborhood in Stockholm To Foster Sustainable Development

  One might say that the first Global Environmental Conference was not Rio+20 in 1992, but The United Nations Conference on The Human Environment (UNCHE), which took place in 1972 in Stockholm. Although some people may disagree with this affirmation, there is no doubt that the UNCHE, whose main goal …

England’s Plastic Bag Usage Drops 85% Since 5p Charge Introduced

The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge, but this figure plummeted …

Addressing Climate Change with Low-Carbon Energy Centers

Last autumn, as part of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change, the Institute announced plans to create Low-Carbon Energy Centers to advance key technologies that will address climate change. Since then, MIT Energy Initiatve (MITEI) team members have been speaking with interested industry leaders in the United States and …

POWER-GEN Natural Gas

POWER Engineering and the Oil & Gas Journal introduce POWER-GEN Natural Gas, an annual conference and exhibition targeting gas-fired generation related to the development of natural gas reserves in the Marcellus and Utica shales of the Appalachian Basin. Participate in this event and join some of the top names in …

Victoria Approves State’s Largest Windfarm Project

Victoria has approved a $650m, 96-turbine windfarm that will be the largest in the state as it bids to become the nation’s renewable energy leader. The approval of the Dundonnell project means 300 direct and indirect jobs will be created during construction and the turbines will generate 1000 gigawatt hours …

Solar Panels Have Gotten Thinner than a Human Hair

  South Korean scientists have created solar PV cells that are 1 micrometer thick, hundreds of times thinner than most PV and half again as thin as other kinds of thin-film PV. (The research is in a paper just published in Applied Physics Letters.) The cells are made with gallium …