December 7 Energy News

December 7, 2014

Opinion:

¶   “Energy coming out of the woodwork” Biomass power plants pay taxes and provide jobs all across Maine. So the folk in Maine should understand EPA analysis, that biomass is “likely to have minimal or no net atmospheric contributions of biogenic CO2 emissions, or even reduce such impacts, when compared with an alternate fate of disposal.” [Press Herald]

¶   “Clear the dark clouds over solar energy production in Florida” It seems only natural that solar power will play a meaningful role in providing for Florida’s future energy needs. Yet when it comes to encouraging the use of solar power, Florida is well behind other states such as New Jersey, where programs are in place to advance its development and use. [TBO.com]

Science and Technology:

¶   While such technologies as batteries, pumped-hydro, and flywheels have their merits, none is able to offer seasonal deep storage at the terawatt scale. Power-to-Gas is an elegant innovation that simply takes excess renewable electricity to create renewable hydrogen and methane for injection into natural gas pipelines or use in transportation. [Energy Collective]

World:

¶   The fossil fuel divestment movement is gathering steam. Climate advocates 350.org are organizing the first-ever Global Divestment Day on February 13-14, 2015, when thousands of people on five continents will take collective action by demanding their respective institutions stop investing in dirty energy for economic and environmental reasons. [CleanTechnica]

¶   India is planning to create a buzz around its renewable energy program during the climate talks in Lima. A booklet specially prepared for the occasion sets out its achievements. India today has one of the most active renewable energy program in the world, meeting needs in ways that are environmentally benign. [The Hindu]

¶   Renewable energy looks set to benefit greatly from the European Union’s new €315 billion investment plan, according to recent reports. That plan will see that mountain of cash spread out across a number of different areas, including renewable energy, power network repairs/upgrades, and transportation infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The Japanese government intends to store soil contaminated with radioactive substances on some land plots even before the land is purchased for construction of a temporary storage facility, according to sources. The substances were released in the 2011 crisis at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [The Japan News]

US:

¶   Things are really cooking up in congress over the war on wind energy’s production tax credit. In the latest twist, a coalition of US Governors has waded into the fray with a letter to House leadership, citing a drop — yes, a drop — in electricity prices over the past five years, in states that have been producing more wind energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Bill Ritter, Colorado’s governor from 2007 to 2011,now directs the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. The center works directly with state governments to promote development of energy that provide environmental and economic benefits, because states can move more quickly on new energy initiatives. [Omaha World-Herald]

¶   For the first time in company history, solar energy is part of the energy mix being delivered to Ameren Missouri’s 1.2 million electric customers. Following more than a month of successful testing, the O’Fallon Renewable Energy Center, Ameren’s first solar center and the largest investor-owned utility scale solar facility in Missouri, is online. [Lakenewsonline.com]

¶   Home furnishing retailer IKEA has announced that they are increasing the size and energy generation capacity of a solar array, which was once the largest solar rooftop array in Michigan, in one of their Detroit-area stores. Now, a 240.9-kilowatt system, consisting of 765 panels, will be built on the addition’s rooftop. [EcoSeed]

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