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Cleantech news you might have missed: 11 Feb. 2009

newspapersNews around the world happens faster than most of us can keep up with, and developments in the cleantech sector are no exception. So what else has been going on lately? Check out some of these stories:

  • Politico reports that, while the proposed US economic stimulus package includes funding for carbon capture and storage research, a key segment of that budding industry — algae-based biofuels — is currently excluded. A “small group” of algae-focused startups is working to correct the omission before the bill can be passed, Politico adds;
  • GE Energy will bring two of its ecomaginationTM-certified Jenbacher coal mine methane gas engines to China to help reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from the country’s coal mines. Once the coal is out of the ground and burned, on the other hand … ;
  • Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is asking New Jersey regulators to approve its plan for a $773 million, 120-megawatt solar project. The “Solar 4 All” programme aims to bring solar panels into every community served by PSE&G and would include the “largest pole-attached solar installation in the country”;
  • A seven-year-old climate change lawsuit pitting Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the city of Boulder, Colorado, against two US finance agencies has finally been settled. Under an agreement reached last week, the US Export-Import Bank will begin taking carbon dioxide emissions into account in evaluating fossil fuel projects, and the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation will establish a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with projects by 20 percent over the next 10 years.

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