November 30 Energy News

November 30, 2014


¶   “OPEC’s message to US shale: Drop dead” Despite tumbling prices — the lowest since 2010 — the cartel surprised the energy industry by deciding to keep pumping oil at current levels. One motivation is to squeeze higher-cost producers in North America, including the booming US shale industry that has reshaped the global energy landscape. [CNN]

¶   “Solar as Industrial Revolution” The Hanergy Holding Group, created in 1994, is a major renewable-energy company. Its founder and chairman, Li Hejun, has written a book, “China’s New Energy Revolution,” recently translated into English, in which he argues that solar energy will lead a third industrial revolution. He is interviewed here. [New York Times]

¶   “Energy Efficiency May Be the Key to Saving Trillions” Compared with eye-catching renewable power technologies like wind turbines and solar panels, energy efficiency is nearly invisible. But advocates say doing more with less power may be an even more critical weapon in the fight against climate change and offers big economic benefits, too. [New York Times]


¶   Energy suppliers in remote areas are turning to renewable-powered microgrids like those on islands. They can operate independently or in conjunction with the area’s main electrical grid. By being able to produce electricity on site, distributed solar and wind systems reduce utility infrastructure requirements, cutting the cost of rural electrification. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The largest pension funds manager in Norway, KLP, is divesting completely from coal energy. The money involved, around $75 million, will instead be invested into renewable energy companies. With assets of around $84 billion, KLP is second in the world only to Norway’s state-owned oil-revenue fund with regard to investment clout. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The global nuclear energy industry is facing an increasingly uncertain future according to the International Energy Agency’s recent World Energy Outlook 2014. Many factors contribute to this, including inability to compete economically, low public confidence, massive subsidy reliance, changing government policies, and more. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Buoyed by Narendra Modi-led government’s thrust on renewable energy, Swiss technology major Meyer Burger expects to tap opportunities worth billions of dollars in the Indian solar market. Meyer Burger is a photovoltaic technology supplier and offers manufacturing processes for wafers, solar cells and solar modules, among others. [Economic Times]

¶   A team of engineers from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is building a small hybrid power grid to integrate multiple renewable sources of energy. The network, first in the region, tests and demonstrates integration of solar, wind, tidal, and other technologies, to ensure that these energy sources operate well together. [Beta Wired]

¶   The National Institute of Solar Energy in India has determined the country’s solar power potential at about 750 GW, using the wasteland availability data in every state and jurisdiction of India. The estimate is based on the assumption that only 3% of the total wasteland available in a state is used for development of solar power projects. [CleanTechnica]


¶   AmeriPride Services Inc, a textile services and supply, has teamed up with Solect Energy Development to pilot a 210 kW solar photovoltaic energy system atop its Worcester, Massachusetts facility. The 840-panel system is expected to offset up to 25% of the facility’s electricity needs. [Worcester Telegram]

¶   As California Governor Jerry Brown and the state’s legislature work to keep California on track with its long-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a wide range of potential low-carbon policies is on the table. One possibility long overlooked would be allowing businesses and universities to switch fully to renewable sources of electricity. [Sacramento Bee]

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