May 20 Energy News

May 20, 2013

Opinion:

¶   “We can let fission fizzle out in a renewable world” Given the possibilities of solar, wind, and hydro, nuclear power no longer makes sense. [New Scientist]

Science and Technology:

¶   Cellulosic ethanol, a rapidly developing sector of the renewable fuel industry, is beginning to be seen as a potential challenge for traditional fossil fuels. The process makes renewable fuel out of agriculture waste that would normally be discarded. [OANDA Forex]

World:

¶   BT has become one of the largest companies in the world to switch to 100 per cent renewable power, after signing a landmark deal with npower. BT is one of the UK’s largest users of electricity, using 2.3 GWh of power last year. [Business Green]

¶   Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs plans to invest in Japanese solar, wind and other renewable energy projects worth up to ¥300 billion ($2.9 billion) over the next five years. [Recharge]

¶   One week after the NOAA records 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere for the first time, the Canadian federal government is continuing pushing fossil fuels and Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes the case for Keystone to New York City. [Hill Times]

¶   Articles are appearing about retrieving and dealing with nuclear waste put into storage years back:
… A German law has recently come into effect ordering the cleanup of 126,000 barrels of radioactive waste at the Asse nuclear dump site. But it seems the process could take a lot longer than locals initially hoped for. [Deutsche Welle]
… James Fisher and Sons has a two-year contract to supply remote handling equipment to support the retrieval, sorting and segregation of miscellaneous waste materials stored at the Dounreay nuclear site. [IFA Magazine]

¶   Algeria plans to build its first nuclear plant in 2025 to cope with the country’s soaring electricity consumption. [EastDay.com]

US:

¶   A bill to repeal North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Standard has finally been halted as it failed to win the support of some key members of the Republican Party. [solarserver.com]

¶   Missouri’s legislative year ended with the state’s renewable energy standard intact. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶   Recently released letters between owners of the San Onofre nuclear plant and the manufacture of its broken steam generators show the two have been in deep disagreement over how to repair the plant. [fox5sandiego.com]

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