December 12 Energy News

December 12, 2014

World:

¶   If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year, according to the latest report from India-based Conservation Action Trust and Urban Emissions. A year ago, they found the death toll from coal emissions had already reached 80,000-115,000 per year. [Energy Collective]

¶   No one, not even the world’s largest coal-mining company, will escape the impending solar energy revolution in India. Indian government-owned Coal India Limited announced that it will set up 1 GW of solar power capacity across two states in southern India under an agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Vestas has received an order for 365 V52-850 kW turbines for the 310-MW Lake Turkana Wind Power project in Kenya. The order was placed by Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd and is expected to be Africa’s largest wind power plant when complete. It will save Kenya around €150 million in fuel imports every year. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶   The UK’s renewable power produced by wind farms, solar panels, biomass plants and other green technologies prevented the release of nearly 38 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions last year, an additional 10 million tonne saving from 2012. Nearly a third of the amount was saved in Scotland. [Business Green]

¶   The energy arm of Spanish infrastructure company Acciona has connected a 94.3-MW solar farm to the grid in South Africa – the single-largest project in the company’s history. Located in the municipality of Dibeng in the Northern Cape province, this 250 hectare solar park boasts 319,600 modules and features 470 solar trackers. [pv magazine]

US:

¶   The wind resource in the Great Plains states is so extraordinary that some wind energy professionals call the region the “Saudi Arabia of wind.”  Texas alone could provide sufficient electric power for the needs of the entire country, but the largest loads are on the East Coast, and transmission system upgrades are needed to move the power. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Two GE groups have teamed with a number of others on a research project to improve the reliability and resiliency of electricity delivery in northern New York. The focus area will be on a microgrid for the Village of Potsdam, which is prone to ice storms that damage above-ground power infrastructure. [PennEnergy]

¶   Waste from local pine tree logging is now a power source in East Texas, and a co-op biomass plant is using the fuel to produce enough electricity to meet the needs of 35,000 homes. Officials from East Texas Electric Cooperative say the new Woodville Renewable Power Project is generating about 50 MW. [Electric Co-op Today]

¶   California’s booming clean energy industry currently employs nearly 450,000 people and is tipped to reach the half million mark within a year, according to a first-of-its-kind survey of America’s advanced energy sector. The current number is more than the film, TV, radio, semiconductors and aerospace industries. [Energy Matters]

¶   The US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is providing critical support to two new microgrid projects coordinated by the Electric Power Research Institute and GE. NREL will test microgrid controllers developed by EPRI and GE using its megawatt-scale power hardware-in-the-loop capability. [Solar Novus Today]

¶   Exelon says the EPA was “well within” its legal authority to require existing plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. An Exelon senior vice president said the Clean Power Plan was “legally and scientifically required.” She also called for more credit for nuclear plants. [Environment & Energy Publishing]

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