November 12 Energy News

November 12, 2013


¶   “The $523 Billion In Fossil Fuel Subsidies Is Money We’re Not Spending On Renewables” One of the hardest problems in halting climate change is the way countries continue to subsidize the problem, and the problem is fossil fuels. [Co.Exist]

¶   “Quebec holds the answer to Ontario’s power problems” A plan to increase nuclear power generation would cost twice as much as what Quebec is selling: clean, renewable power for right now. [Toronto Star]

Science and Technology:

¶   A recent breakthrough from and the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory could spark U.S. solar manufacturing when the approach hits the assembly line next year. The approach simplifies manufacture and lowers costs. [Energy Tribune]


¶   Nicaragua is what many experts call a paradise of renewable energies. The country has extensive geothermal resources, resulting from its large volcanic chain and seismic activity, with excellent exposure to the wind and sun and a variety of water sources. [Nicaragua Dispatch]

¶   Iceland’s president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, says developing geothermal and hydropower resources boosted their economy and slashed carbon dioxide emissions. Iceland now wants to export its clean energy model to Europe, the US and China. [Petroleum Economist]

¶   China will build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the European Union, U.S. and Japan combined, according to the IEA. The share of renewable energy sources in world electricity supply will rise above 30% in that period. [Businessweek]

¶   Japan’s flagging anti-nuclear movement is getting a boost from two former prime ministers, Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa, who are calling for atomic power to be phased out following the Fukushima disaster. [Richmond Times Dispatch]

¶   Donald Trump’s legal challenge to an offshore wind farm project is expected to get under way on Tuesday. He opposes the 11-turbine project off the Aberdeenshire coast, claiming it will spoil the view from his nearby luxury golf course. []


¶   The Vermont Electric Cooperative hopes to build the state’s largest utility-owned solar power project as part of the effort to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The 5 MW project would be built in the western part of the co-op’s service territory. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

¶   A new power plant that burns wood and sawdust is now producing power at Domtar Corp.’s paper mill in north-central Wisconsin. The biomass plant produces up to 50 MW of electricity, while also supplying steam to the paper mill. [Wisconsin State Journal]

¶   MidAmerican Energy Co. has unveiled additional details about its plan to develop up to 1,050 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2015. Construction activity is now underway at each of the five project sites. [RenewablesBiz]


One Response to “November 12 Energy News”

  1. Reblogged this on JSIsolarefficiency and commented:
    Current news in the energy industry.

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