- E. coli exists in a wide variety of strains, some of which are beginning to pop up in renewable fuel and “green” chemical applications. One of these is involved in a new artificial photosynthesis study from UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The basic concept is to mimic natural photosynthesis. [CleanTechnica]
- Brown coal’s share of the main Australian electricity grid has surged to its highest level since September 2012, increasing the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. The data came as climate change ministers from around the country met to discuss how state governments might co-operate on emissions. [Sydney Morning Herald]
- The Australian federal government could agree to a higher renewable energy target before the end of the week as it finds itself isolated on the issue and sees a need to bring uncertainty to an end. Cabinet is likely to discuss the matter now that the Labor leader agreed to accept a 2020 target of 30,000 GWh. [The Australian Financial Review]
- NextEra Energy Resources has been awarded a bid to develop solar power array projects in New Mexico. The two projects include a 50-MW solar array on 640 acres in Doña Ana County, and a second array, expected to be the largest in the state, will generate 150 MW, on 2,770 acres in Otero County. [Las Cruces Sun-News]
- A number of billionaires are committed to carbon-free energy. Warren Buffett invested $15 billion in solar and wind energy by early 2014. Ted Turner is working with coal-heavy Southern Company to acquire solar and wind plants. Philip Anschutz is working on a 3,000-MW wind farm in Wyoming. [Independent Online]
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