May 27 Energy News

May 27, 2013

World:

¶   Iceland is the 100th nation to subscribe to wind power. Iceland, which already has 100% renewable power, is researching windpower as an alternative source, and has installed two turbines of 900 kW each. [IceNews]

¶   Japan could replace more than a quarter of the base-load power it used to get from nuclear plants with existing rooftop solar, according to a report from University of Texas researchers. [Clean Energy Authority]

¶   The chairman of Highland and Islands Enterprise believes the region is on the cusp of a major economic boom fueled by faster broadband connections and renewable energy. [Herald Scotland]

¶   Coal India has decided to set up solar power projects across the country, the first of which would come up at Sambalpur in Odisha. This is happening because the country’s coal reserve is not going to last for long. [Daily News & Analysis]

¶   Anti-nuclear protesters in Taiwan are demanding the government immediately terminate the launch of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and vote down a referendum bill they described as a ploy designed to confuse citizens. [China Post]

¶  New questions are being asked about standards of safety in Japan’s nuclear industry after 30 people were exposed to radioactive materials in a laboratory accident that went unreported for 33 hours. [Telegraph.co.uk]

¶   Electricite de France is near agreement with the UK government on most aspects of a deal to build new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point. They have agreed on everything except the strike price, according to insiders. [Fox Business]

US:

¶   Affordable Solar will be offering solar panel leasing to residents in New Mexico in cooperation with Sunnova Energy Corp. For less than the current costs, many in New Mexico will be able to switch to renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Sunday’s “Rally at the Reactor” in Plymouth, Massachusetts, a production of the Falmouth-based anti-nuclear group Cape Downwinders, ended with every one of the 10 protesters being arrested. [Wicked Local Kingston]

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