November 12 Energy News

November 12, 2014

World:

¶   US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced both countries will curb greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades. The US would cut its 2005 level of carbon emissions by 26-28% before 2025. China would peak its carbon emissions and get 20% of its energy from zero-carbon sources by 2030. [CNN]

¶   The prime ministers of Pakistan and China are reported to have witnessed the signing of 19 agreements and memorandums mostly focused on the energy sector. China has pledged $42 billion funds of which $31 billions are dedicated to projects in the energy sector. Coal accounts for 80% of the new power. [Business Recorder]

¶   Despite pledging in 2009 to phase out the use of fossil fuels, G20 countries are spending $88 billion a year in taxpayer money to discover new reserves around the world, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Overseas Development Institute and Oil Change International. [eNews Park Forest]

¶   Yingli Green Energy Spain announced it has supplied over 5 MW of solar panels for Bolivia’s first solar power plant. Isotron, a subsidiary of Isastur, installed more than 17,000 solar panels in the 5-MW project, which is Bolivia’s largest solar project and the world’s largest storage-equipped hybrid PV-diesel project. [Your Renewable News]

¶   Natural gas could help reduce emissions until renewables deployment is more widespread, but investment in gas infrastructure could result in the fossil fuel outstaying its welcome, scientists have warned. They also accuse the British government of over-hyping the potential for a domestic shale gas industry. [Business Green]

¶   SolarReserve, a developer of utility-scale solar power projects, has announced that the 96-MW PV Jasper solar power project has completed construction and is fully operational. The power project, located in South Africa’s Northern Cape, is the largest solar installation in Africa. It was completed two months ahead of schedule. [BusinessTech]

¶   Negotiations to establish a bipartisan commitment to renewable energy in Australia have collapsed. The opposition Labor Party has walked away from talks with the government about generating 20% of the country’s power from renewable energy because of government inflexibility on a plan to cut the target dramatically. [eco-business.com]

¶   UK Energy secretary Ed Davey warns that the Conservative party’s opposition to onshore wind turbines risks undermining the creation of British jobs. Davey also said that the opposition to onshore turbines is driving up customer bills because wind is the cheapest clean energy. [The Guardian]

¶   The Isle of Man has selected DONG Energy, Manx Tidal Energy Ltd and Tocardo Tidal Energy Ltd to develop an offshore wind farm and several tidal energy projects. It is progressing offshore energy opportunities and working with the UK to help meet its renewable energy targets. [Renewable Energy Focus]

¶   In order to achieve its energy 2021 energy target providing electricity access to all residents, Bangladesh is seeking to more than double electricity generation to 24 GW, 10% of which from renewables. The country has installed more than 3.1 million systems since May with support from the World Bank and other agencies. [pv magazine]

US:

¶   In the face of an aging fleet of plants, new EPA regulations for pollution and carbon, and decreasing natural gas costs, coal plants may well become a thing of the past in Michigan. According to the Energy Justice Network and Crain’s Detroit Business, five more Michigan coal-fired power plants are slated for closures. [Detroit Free Press]

¶   Some utility companies are starting to encourage consumers to make the switch to plug-in electric vehicles. JEA, a utility company in northeastern Florida, recently began offering to its nearly half a million household and business electricity customers a rebate of up to $1,000 for the purchase or lease of a plug-in electric vehicle. [Huffington Post]

¶   Ford has this week announced innovative new plans that could see its dealers across the country become renewable energy hubs. Ford and Wind Energy Corporation partner to deploy solar panels and vertical axis wind “sails” at four Ford dealerships as part of a pilot programme. [Business Green]

¶   Six years ago, Wisconsin’s Gundersen Health System, which makes up a network of hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other health facilities,  set a goal to reduce energy consumption. It has more than reached that goal. Every day since October 14, it has produced more energy than it consumed. [ThinkProgress]

¶   Vermont and Entergy continue to disagree on how to pay the cost of decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Entergy, is now seeking permission from federal regulators to eliminate off-site emergency response planning about 15 months after the reactor stops turning. [vtdigger.org]

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