October 28 Energy News

October 28, 2014

Science and Technology:

¶   A new policymaking tool to discern the most efficient and effective means within the multiple choices and better enable the shift to renewable energy has been developed by researchers at the University of California–Berkeley. It facilitates assessment of economic and environmental implications of policies. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶   Laos plans to quadruple its hydropower generation capacity from current levels by the end of the decade and step up electricity exports to its neighbouring countries, its vice minister of energy and mines said on Tuesday. Laos is among Asia’s poorest countries but has big ambitions to become the “Battery of Southeast Asia.” [Daily Mail]

¶   The UK’s Department of Communities and Local Government has upheld the resolution to grant planning permission for a six turbine wind farm near Carlisle. The city council had granted permission, but was appealed. Now, assuming no legal challenge in a six-week period, the project will begin construction in 2015. [BQ Live]

¶   New data highlights the catastrophe of the Australian Coalition government’s campaign against renewable energy. In a period when possibly 1,000 MW of solar projects should have been commissioned, just 10 MW of solar projects have been committed in 2014, almost one third of them on IKEA’s rooftops. [RenewEconomy]

¶   GE announced it will supply equipment and procurement contractor HydroChina and wind farm customer Sapphire with 33 GE 1.5-82.5 wind turbines for the Sapphire Wind Power farm in the southeastern Pakistani province of Sindh, located outside the provincial capital of Karachi. [The Nation]

¶   The growth rate of wind farms and solar plants in China, India and an array of smaller developing countries is starting to outpace that in many of the world’s richest nations. Wind and solar equipment manufacturers are helping drive a major shift to green energy, a year-long study of developing countries’ energy use suggests. [Financial Times]

¶   Wind capacity could increase nearly seven-fold by 2030, reaching a total of more than 2000 GW and meeting almost 20% of electricity demand, according to a new report, the Global Wind Energy Outlook 2014. It says that while growth has been flat at about 40 GW per year, conditions are likely to improve. [Business Spectator]

¶   A new political party has been established which supports the current Renewable Energy Target and seeks to increase Australia’s emission targets. The Australian Progressive Party seeks to provide certainty for an industry currently suffering from the “inconsistency and short-sightedness” of successive governments. [Climate Control News]

¶   The state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany is investing in electricity storage by developing a 30 MW lithium-ion battery there. It will be built by SK Innovation Co Ltd, a South Korean company. About €9 billion have been invested in solar power infrastructure in Saxony-Anhalt since 1991. [CleanTechnica]

¶   A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on October 28, one step in Japan’s fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011. Satsuma-sendai, a town of 100,000, has long relied on the Sendai nuclear power plant for government subsidies and jobs. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶   UC Merced leaders say the campus could be completely powered through renewable energy by the end of 2016, sooner than originally planned. The campus already gets about 15% of its power from its solar panels, and will get 60 percent from a Fresno County solar site in the next couple of years. [Merced Sun-Star]

¶   A new Alevo factory in Concord, North Carolina will produce shipping containers loaded with Alevo batteries to provide 2 MW of power (1 MWh of energy) to be attached to grids at strategic locations. These units will also provide a range of services to deliver efficiencies and eliminate waste. [Renewable Energy Focus]

¶   Broken Bow II, a 75-MW wind farm developed by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Co, in central Nebraska, was dedicated Monday. The farm’s 43 turbines generate enough power for about 30,000 homes. Nebraska Public Power District has bought all of the wind farm’s electricity under a 25-year contract. [Lincoln Journal Star]

¶   The states of New York, Connecticut, and Vermont and the Prairie Island Indian Community in Minnesota filed separate appeals to challenge the NRC’s review on nuclear storage. They contend that federal officials did not conduct a thorough analysis of the long-term risks of dry-cask storage. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

One Response to “October 28 Energy News”

  1. tom finnell Says:

    I’m still improving, but I’m not there yet. Still having trouble concentrating on anything more complicated than Netflix. Next week is looking better. Carry on.

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