5 Green Tech Stories You Should Be Reading: April 26, 2012

What’s happening in the wide world of green technology? Slow-growing EV markets in China, Trump-fueled battles over wind power in Scotland, and plenty at the intersection of clean energy and politics. Check it out.

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1. “ALEC Says It Plans to Craft Legislation to Take Down State Renewable Energy Targets” – Think Progress – The American Legislation Exchange Council announced it will take steps to diminish or destroy renewable energy goals on the state level after a seemingly failed attempt to do so on the federal level. The group’s unsubtantiated claim is that renewable energy endeavors will increase energy prices.

2. “Wind Power ‘Can Be Cheaper’ Than Photovoltaics, Study Says” – Science and Development Network – A study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology shows that in developing countries, wind power can be less than half the price of solar PV, and that the price gap could last until 2020. Of the six countries studied, some would save on energy costs by switching to wind from conventional energy sources, but costs would be higher in others.

3. “Trump’s Spat with Salmond Over Scots Wind Turbines Escalates” – Business Week – Despite not having factual evidence to back up his claims, Donald Trump continues to speak out against Scotland’s offshore wind turbine construction plan, claiming that building the turbines would be detrimental to tourism. Scotland, which is planning a referendum on leaving the U.K. in 2014, is hoping that wind power will be a main support for its economy.

4. “Green Cars Are Not Catching On in China Despite Eco-Friendly Push at Beijing Auto Show” – Daily News – Many automakers were anxious to show off their meanest and greenest at the Beijing Auto Show, and Beijing has invested about $54 million in electric car battery development, but it seems only about 10,000 to 20,000 electric vehicles have actually hit the streets. To the frustration of manufacturers, it looks like EV sales will not really take off in China until about 2020.

5. “SunShot Program: Your Tax Dollars at Work Growing Solar” – Green Tech Media – The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Program aims to make solar-generated electricity competitive with fossil-fuel-generated electricity by 2020—all without the help of government subsidies. Progress is slow, but this year, many more research plans were proposed, which looks promising for the future of the program.

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.