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Consumers will be spared giant subsidy scheme bill to keep lights on 18.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Price demanded by energy companies in government’s ongoing ‘capacity market’ auction is substantially lower than feared

The worst fears that consumers could be made to foot a mammoth bill to keep the lights on via the government’s “capacity mechanism” subsidy scheme have not been realised.

The price being demanded by power companies to keep their generating plants available has fallen from a worst-case scenario of £75 per kilowatt on Tuesday to £30 in an auction, which is ongoing on Thursday.

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Strib Biz LIve for Dec. 18, 2014 18.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Lego: can this most analogue of toys really be a modern urban planning tool? 18.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Lego wants to be taken serious by architects, urban planners, even MIT. Can these pricey kids’ toys teach us how to build better cities, or is it all just brand hype? One September day in 2005, the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson set up a few tables in a bustling downtown square in Tirana and unloaded three tonnes of Lego bricks. The Copenhagen-born, Berlin-based artist, known for his enormous, immersive installations – he once installed a gigantic, glowing sun at Tate Modern – included simple instructions: residents of the crumbling Albanian capital, which was recovering from the end of communist rule in 1990, were to construct their visions for the city’s future out of Lego. “Building a stable society,” Eliasson said, “is only possible with the involvement and co-operation of each individual.” As the days passed, everyone from kids to adults, passers-by to committed users, gradually turned the plastic rubble into a glistening white Lego metropolis. Part art installation, part crowdsourced sculpture, part ...
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UK using less energy, report finds 18.12.2014 BBC: Business
People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.
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For Crop Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger 17.12.2014 NPR News
Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.
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Tax breaks for banks, commuters, teachers and more are renewed in final 2014 push by Congress 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Community solar gardens go rural 17.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
In Center City, Pelican Rapids and other outstate Minnesota cities, entrepreneurs and utilities are building community solar gardens that let residents invest in solar without putting panels on their roofs.
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Temporary tax breaks _ which ones affect you? 17.12.2014 AP Politics
Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a bill extending more than 50 expired tax breaks through the end of 2014. They include:...
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On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal 17.12.2014 NPR News
The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.
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Asteroid soil could fertilise farms in space 17.12.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
We can now grow plants in microgravity – and crops grown in asteroid soil could sustain vast human populations ...
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Jeb Bush may be 'the smart brother' – but he's as much of a climate denier as any conservative | Suzanne Goldenberg 17.12.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Plus: Meet the Republicans who don’t believe climate change is real In Bush family lore, Jeb was always supposed to be the smarter, more level-headed one. As with many media constructs, of course, that’s just not true. When it comes to climate change, Jeb Bush is a lot more radical than his brother. It is not unanimous among scientists that it is disproportionately manmade. What I get a little tired of on the left is this idea that somehow science has decided all this so you can’t have a ...
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Cheaper oil could damage renewable energies, says Richard Branson 17.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

Entrepreneur claims Saudi Arabia is encouraging collapse in oil price in bid to undermine fracking and clean energy

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Boeing 737 factory to use all clean energy 17.12.2014 AP Washington
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Boeing says it plans to switch to all renewable energy at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes....
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As Washington "Pivots" to Asia, China Does the Eurasian Pirouette 16.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for Madrid. It arrived on December 9th. Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train.  At over 13,000 kilometers, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway . Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and finally Spain. You may not have the faintest idea where Yiwu is, but businessmen plying their trades across Eurasia, especially from the Arab world, are already hooked on the city “ where amazing happens! ” We're talking about the largest wholesale center for small-sized consumer goods -- from clothes to toys -- possibly anywhere on Earth. The Yiwu-Madrid route across ...
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Head of bailed out Green Deal Finance Company paid £400,000 salary 16.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Campaigners criticise ‘banker-style’ salary paid to CEO of company at the heart of government’s green deal scheme after the firm was bailed out with millions of pounds of public money

Campaigners have condemned the £0.4m salary paid to the boss of the company at the heart of the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme, which was bailed out in November with a multimillion-pound loan of public money.

Mark Bayley is the chief executive of the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC), the company set up two years ago by government and the private sector to aggregate loans for the ‘green deal’ scheme to help householders install new boilers and insulation. Its role is crucial as by aggregating the loans it brings the interest rate down.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: 15,000 People Marched for Climate Justice in Lima, Peru, and More 16.12.2014 Truthout.com
In today's On the News segment: Last week, 15,000 people took to the streets of Lima, Peru, to demand climate justice; food companies spend millions of dollars on marketing every year, and it's not always in the form of advertising; punishing young children for lying may not teach them to tell the truth; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....science & green news..... You need to know this. Last week, 15,000 people took to the streets of Lima, Peru, to demand climate justice. As world leaders were wrapping up their final days at the UN Climate Summit, activists took part in the massive "March in Defense of Mother Earth." That march was modeled after the People's Climate March, which took place in New York City earlier this year, and it shared the same goal. Organizers and activists want to pressure world leaders to act on climate change, and want to mobilize more people around the world to get involved in this fight. In an interview last week with Democracy Now!, Pablo ...
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The renewable energy sector needs to commit to getting off subsidies 16.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The renewable power industry needs a fresh approach if it is to win the public’s support and reach its full potential, says OVO Energy’s Jessica Lennard The energy debate has left the territory of the rational. Graphs, logic, or claims to the moral high ground hold scant weight now. The impact of statistics about green growth and export opportunities is negligible . It no longer matters what national polls say about belief in climate change; or whether low-carbon generation is obviously preferable long term to finite, dirty fossil fuels from unstable parts of the world. Renewable sources of power, such as wind and solar, have been caught in the crossfire of this debate. Blamed for rising bills, the sector has become a particular bugbear for some politicians, who are increasingly intent on reining back the industry. With the political tide at risk of turning against it, the renewables industry needs a change of perspective and a fresh approach if it is going to reach its full ...
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Sliding oil price hits FTSE 100 16.12.2014 BBC: Business
Energy shares pull the London market lower yet again, as the price of Brent crude oil drops below $60 a barrel.
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House prices outstrip inflation rate 16.12.2014 BBC: Business
The annual rise in UK house prices slowed in October, official figures show, but still went up much faster than the cost of living in general.
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Brent oil price falls below $60 16.12.2014 BBC: Business
The price of Brent crude drops below $60 a barrel for the first time in more than five years as oil prices continue to slide.
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