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Submission + - Record wind power levels trigger energy price fall across Europe (clickgreen.org.uk) 1

Forty Two Tenfold writes: Electricity prices across Europe dropped last month as mild temperatures, strong winds and stormy weather produced wind power records in Germany, France and the UK, according to data released by Platts.

The price decline was more marked in Germany, where the average day-ahead baseload price in December fell 10% month over month to €35.71/MWh. On a daily basis, December was a month of extremes for Germany, with day-ahead base prices closing on December 10 and 11 at less than €60/MWh – the highest over-the-counter levels seen all year – only to fall to its lowest level December 24 to €0.50/MWh.

Let's talk about climate change weather and how it makes renewables more and more viable.

Submission + - Swedish rape warrant for Wikileaks' Assange cancelled (bbc.co.uk) 2

denyingbelial writes: The Swedish police have cancelled the arrest warrant against Julian Assange. Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne commented the following: "I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape." The molestation investigation however is ongoing.

Assange's location is currently unclear.


Submission + - 220MPH Solar-Powered Bullet Train on AZ horizon (inhabitat.com)

Mike writes: "An ambitious Arizona company has recently revealed plans for a solar powered bullet train that will streak across the desert at 220mph, traveling from Tuscon to Phoenix in 30 minutes flat. Proposed by Solar Bullet LLC, the system comprises a series of tracks that would serve stations including Chandler, Casa Grande, Red Rock and Marana, and may one day stretch as far as Mexico City. The train would require 110 megawatts of electricity, which would be generated by solar panels mounted above the tracks."
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Submission + - Hollywood's Victory Over TPB May Be Short Lived

Adrian Lopez writes: According to PC World: "Hollywood may have won a battle, but the war against piracy is far from over. Unauthorized file sharing will continue (and likely intensify), if not through The Pirate Bay, then through dozens of other near identical swashbuckling Web sites. ... What Hollywood needs to remember is sites like The Pirate Bay are like weeds. When you try to kill one, they grow back even stronger. In this case, The Pirate Bay already moved most of its servers to the Netherlands, a move that could keep the site running even if The Pirate Bay loses its appeal."

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.