November 17 Energy News

November 17, 2014

Opinion:

¶   “Missing The Big Picture About California’s Low Electric Bills Again” Despite all the facts, the myth that Californians pay a lot of money for their electricity every month continues to be perpetuated. This time around, it was a Forbes blog contributor who fell for the same misconception. [Energy Collective]

World:

¶   In Australia, the Victorian Labor Party is underlining its renewable energy credentials by vowing to help the town of Newstead, near Bendigo, to become 100% renewable energy by 2017, making it the state’s first “solar town”. The effort will focus primarily on solar power and battery storage for reliable 100% renewable power. [RenewEconomy]

¶   Dutch energy companies, farmers and other operators of renewable energy want to demolish and replace 172 recently built mega windmills in order to collect an additional subsidy. Wind turbines that are still in working order are being replaced with new ones as operators do not receive subsidy for the old ones. [NL Times]

¶   Transparency Market Research, in its latest research report, says the global geothermal power generation market will grow significantly. It was valued at $2.5 billion in 2013, and is expected to reach a figure of $8.9 billion by 2019. This is a compound rate of growth of 23.58%. [GlobeNewswire]

¶   The region Australians call New England may become the first region in the country to be powered 100% from renewable energy sources. The Northern Tablelands Greens candidate Mercurius Goldstein says this would provide energy security while keeping the region free from Coal Seam Gas mining. [The Inverell Times]

¶   The Indira Paryavaran Bhavan, a central government building in New Delhi, is India’s first net zero energy building that has been constructed with adoption of solar passive design and energy-efficient building materials. The building has a number of features reducing environmental impacts aside from energy. [eco-business.com]

¶   Power generation in Nigeria will receive a boost with the addition of 1200 MW by American investors. This follows on the heels of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between a consortium of American investors and the federal government. The project is to be completed within two years. [Leadership Newspapers]

¶   Brazil will surpass the United States as the world’s top market for biopower, research firm GlobalData reported. The US remains the world’s global biopower leader for now, but Brazil is expected to increase its countrywide biopower installed capacity from 11.51 GW in 2013 to an estimated 17.1 GW by 2018. [International Business Times]

¶   Speaking to BusinessLine from London after release of IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2014, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency said softening of crude oil prices will not last forever and signs of stress must not be ignored. US tight oil output will level off, and non-OPEC supply will fall back in the 2020s. [Hindu Business Line]

US:

¶   Electric cooperatives are facing a new challenge that centers on how today’s members view renewable energy. “For the first time, we see cooperative members who want to talk about and want to see renewables and clean power, and they see that as more important than reliability and cost. And that’s a major change.” [Electric Co-op Today]

¶   A renewable energy program in San Francisco could create more that 8,100 construction jobs by building $2.4 billion worth of proposed solar, wind and geothermal projects, a new report says. That refutes many criticisms made by Mayor Ed Lee when the city killed a previous version of CleanPowerSF. [SFGate]

¶   The giants of the tech world are at the forefront of clean energy right now. Rapidly advancing technology is a cornerstone of sustainable energy; the latter is predicated on the former. One company, however, doesn’t seem to be riding the clean energy wave, and they’re slightly bigger than your average start-up: Amazon. [RYOT]

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