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George Ferguson labels First's consultation on bus fares a PR stunt
BRISTOL mayor George Ferguson has labelled First's consultation on fares a PR stunt.
The bus operator launched a review into their prices after thousands signed a Make Fares Fair petition. But mayor George Ferguson has raised concerns about the consultation.
First's fare review questionnaire – A Fare Hearing For Bristol – includes three pages explaining the challenges and costs the business faces.

What if Iraq war trillions had been spent on renewables?
The US is noting a somber milestone this year: a decade of death and destruction following its invasion of Iraq. As the country continues struggling with the moral dimension of its action, what has become clear is the staggering cost to future Americans and the opportunities forsaken across the USA.

Portugal hits 60 percent renewables
Portugal is the newest country to make the list of over 60% renewable electricity. According to this report by the network operator REN, it got 70 per cent in quarter one of this year. The largest part (37 per cent) comes from hydro, which had excellent weather conditions, leading to a 312 per cent increase over last year’s figures. But wind also contributed 27 per cent, with a 60 per cent increase, also primarily due to favorable weather conditions. As expected, generation from coal was down by 29 per cent, and from gas was down by 44 per cent. (reprinted from Cleantechnica).

More bankruptcies needed if solar companies want a future, investment site argues
Two major issues plague the sector: excess supply and weak demand. China hoped to have a sustainable solar energy market, but there are simply too many firms operating at a loss and producing too much solar products. Unfortunately, the industry needs more bankruptcies of weak unprofitable firms, if solar companies want a future.

More than one million PV systems installed under Australia's Renewable Energy Target
Data released today by the Clean Energy Regulator shows more than one million (1 000 643) households in Australia are now equipped with solar photovoltaic panels. Today's postcode data also shows that more than 794 345 solar hot water and air source heat pump systems were also installed under the Renewable Energy Target.

The Renewable Energy Target is designed to deliver on the Australian Government's commitment to ensure the equivalent of at least 20 per cent of Australia's electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.
Under the Renewable Energy Target, the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme creates a financial incentive through the creation and trade of small-scale technology certificates for homeowners who install eligible renewable energy systems, such as solar hot water heaters, air source heat pumps and solar panels, based on the amount of electricit…

North Carolina legislation could deter renewable energy use
Legislators at the N.C. General Assembly will discuss a bill today that opponents say could derail the state’s renewable energy industry. House Bill 298, currently in a commerce and job development subcommittee, would lift a requirement on the types of energy public electric utilities use. Current law, enacted in 2007, requires utilities to derive 12.5 percent of their retail sales from renewable energy sources by 2021.

Roofs over roads could tap into solar power
Gandhinagar: India's major roads may double up as solar highways, if an innovative proposal by some scientists gets the government's approval. The proposal is the brainchild of scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) in the state capital. In a paper just published in the International Journal of Energy, Environment and Engineering, the scientists say highways can be used to generate solar power, if a roof of solar panels was laid over them, across the length of the roads