5 Green Tech Stories You Should Be Reading: April 25, 2012

Today in green tech news, China looks to Iceland for renewable energy ideas, conflicting views on whether solar needs subsidies, and the perks of owning a plug-in vehicle.

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1. “A Tale of Two Solar Energy Reports” – GigaOm – Two reports, both supporting solar energy, take divergent views on the future of the solar industry in the US. One says that without government subsidies, solar, as well as other forms of clean technology, would “falter,” while the other says the solar sector would continue to grow without those subsidies, provided that solar companies take the necessary steps.

2. “US and UK to Collaborate on ‘Floating’ Wind Turbines” – The Guardian – To better access the offshore wind potential around Britain, the US and UK will be working together to develop floating wind turbines, which can work in deep waters where conventional turbines cannot be anchored to the seabed. The development will be co-chaired by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.K. Energy secretary Ed Davey.

3. “Geothermal Power Offers Energy Option” – China Daily – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Iceland’s Hellishieldi geothermal plant as China looks to Iceland for ways to reduce its coal and oil consumption. Orka Energy, an Icelandic geothermal provider, is working in conjunction with Sinopec, China’s largest oil company, to develop plans to use more renewable energy.

4. “The Hidden Benefits of Plug-In Vehicle Ownership” – Torque News – Torque talks to plug-in owners to see just what’s so great about owning a car like this. Besides saving money, plug-in drivers can access carpool lanes for faster commutes, get special parking spaces, and plug-ins retain their trade-in values better than gas cars. And then, of course, there’s always the good feeling that comes with going green.

5. “Tide Turns in Favour of Wave Power Instead of Wind Farms” – The Scotsman – A recent poll shows that only 18 percent of Scots are in favor of wind power as the country’s foremost renewable energy form, though 65 percent still believe it should be utilized. In contrast, 32 percent like wave power as the main source of renewable energy, even though this technology is nowhere near as developed as wind power.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.