November 19 Energy News

November 19, 2014

Opinion:

¶   “How To Profit From Solar & Storage” When there is a sudden surge in demand, the electric grid needs to deploy additional power immediately and ramp up and down to provide a stable power supply. Batteries are able to provide an instantaneous response (within 4 seconds or less), which is known as frequency regulation. [CleanTechnica]

¶   “Reclaim the power! Democratic energy must replace corporate capture” Democratising energy would not only save thousands of lives a year but would be a big step forward in saving the planet. Could Eigg in Scotland, an island owned collectively by its inhabitants and supplied by renewable electricity, be the model for a transformation of energy? [The Ecologist]

World:

¶   In the official communique that ended the G20 summit, the group of most powerful nations stated: “Increased collaboration on energy is a priority. Global energy markets are undergoing significant transformation.” The group of world leaders asserted that strong and resilient energy markets are critical to global economic growth. [CleanTechnica]

¶   A new €600 million data center Google is building in Eemshaven in the Netherlands will be completely powered by renewable energy from its first day of operation. A new announcement from Google on its Green Blog touts the new long-term agreement the internet and advertising giant has signed. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The latest in a series of first wind turbine orders in countries such as Morocco and Pakistan, GE announced it will supply Vienna-based renewable energy developer RP Global with twelve GE 2.85-103 wind turbines for GE’s first wind farm in Croatia. The 34-MW project will be near the southern coastal city of Dubrovnik. [Balkans.com Business News]

¶   Two sources of renewable energy are expected to help ease power shortage in the Philippines when they become operational in 2017. The Frabelle Group of Companies is spearheading the venture by a consortium of players in the fishing industry to build hydroelectric plants that will cover areas in Luzon and Mindanao. [Inquirer.net]

¶   During the first 10 months of 2014, the UK’s National Grid has shelled out nearly $67.3 million to wind farms to shut down their turbines, mostly in Scotland. Scots’ demand for electricity is not as high as the amount of electricity generated by their wind farms, but the cables to move the power south are not ready yet. [OilPrice.com]

¶   Renewable energy would not be more costly than coal power for Turkey. World Wildlife Fund Turkey chairman Ugur Bayar said in a press conference in Istanbul that renewables, such as wind, could very well satisfy Turkey’s energy demand as efficiently as coal, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s analysis report. [Trend.az]

¶   The massive task of refurbishing 10 nuclear reactors – at a cost of $25 billion, is the crucial issue for keeping electricity rates under control in Ontario, says a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce investment banker. He illustrated by running through a list of projects that have missed deadlines and gone hugely over budget. [Cambridge Times]

US:

¶   The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an old friend, embattled Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. Republicans will be ready to try again, with much better odds of success, once they take control of the Senate next January. [CNN]

¶   University of California at Irvine is installing solar PV systems under a 25-year power purchase agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC. The subsidiary will own and maintain the solar installations and sell electricity to the campus at a price below what UCI would expect to pay a utility. [domain-B]

¶   Georgia, blessed with abundant sunshine, has nevertheless been slow to embrace solar energy. But that’s changing, a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts points out. “State and federal policies have helped to make the Peach State the fastest-growing solar market in the country,” Pew reports. [Savannah Morning News]

¶   Allison Macfarlane, the outgoing chair of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said Tuesday the industry must finish making the safety changes required after a nuclear disaster in Japan, and it faces unresolved questions over how to store nuclear waste as existing plants close. [Greenfield Daily Reporter]

¶   New York utility regulators said they wanted Rochester Gas and Electric to negotiate with the Ginna nuclear power plant to keep the reactor in service to maintain the reliability of the power grid. They ordered RGE to negotiate an agreement with Ginna, which is owned by Exelon Corp and Electricite de France SA. [Reuters]

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