December 16 Energy News

December 16, 2014

Opinion:

¶   “A $48 Billion Opportunity For US Electric Customers” Electricity customers in the US got good news last week. A new report from Accenture highlighted a potential revenue loss for US utilities of $48 billion per year by 2025 due to distributed solar and energy efficiency. That money  goes right into the pockets of utility customers. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶   A study has found that switching to driving EVs that use electricity made from renewable energy can actually push down death rates due to air pollution by as much as 70%. The study also shows that EVs powered by coal-based electricity could increase the number of resulting deaths due to air pollution by 80% or more. [Zee News]

World:

¶   China-based JA Solar Holdings delivered 100 MW of solar PV modules for the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, which will be Pakistan’s largest. The power plant is envisaged to have an installed capacity of 1,000 MW by the end of 2016, while its first leg (of 100 MW) is expected to the commissioned soon. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Solar farms help “deliver secure income to farmers”, according to Guy Smith, vice president of the National Farmers’ Union. Smith said that solar farms help farmers insure against “volatile weather and commodity markets” whilst simultaneously providing “good environments for wildlife and pollinators.” [Solar Power Portal]

¶   Researchers at Cardiff University are working on technology which will contribute to the development of a ‘super- grid’ for sharing renewable power across Europe. The aim of the MEDOW project (Multi-terminal DC Grid for Offshore Wind) is to bring renewable energy to homes and businesses while cutting fossil fuels. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶   SunEdison, Inc announced that the National Energy Commission in Chile has awarded SunEdison a contract to supply 570 GWh of clean energy a year. To meet the demand, SunEdison will be investing more than $700 million to develop 350 MW of utility scale solar PV power plants throughout the country. [AZoCleantech]

¶   Europe’s largest battery storage project, the 10 MWh Smarter Network Storage at Leighton Buzzard substation in the UK, is operational. The fully automated 6-MW/10-MWh Smarter Network Storage has been installed at the Leighton Buzzard primary substation north-west of London. [solarserver.com]

¶   The Sustainable Melbourne Fund is offering businesses solar finance packages to cover 100% of the capital cost of a solar power installation with flexible repayments through council rates and support to gain landlord agreement. The first two businesses to access the financing report substantial reductions in energy costs. [The Fifth Estate]

US:

¶   While the EPA sorts through the more than 1.6 million comments received on its proposed Clean Power Plan, one group is stepping out to pledge its support of the proposal. 53 Illinois legislators signed a letter urging the EPA to finalize the plan, which is the first to set limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. [Energy Collective]

¶   The American Public Transportation Association has just released its December Transit Savings Report, which shows that “individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can also save, on average, more than $797 per month. This month the average annual savings for public transit riders is $9,569.” [CleanTechnica]

¶   In Massachusetts, Greenfield Community Light and Power will begin to offer 100% renewable power to its customers beginning January 1, through an agreement with ConEdison, which will provide renewable energy at a reduced price. Residents could expect to save $72 per year, and and businesses $144 per year. [EIN News]

¶   Portland General Electric Company announced its Tucannon River Wind Farm is in service and available to generate power for PGE customers. It is PGE’s second large-scale wind project, with 116 turbines and a total installed capacity of 267 MW, enough to power the homes of about 84,000 average residential customers. [RenewablesBiz]

¶   US farmers are harnessing alternative energy sources, including wind, sun, water, energy crops, and resources for renewable energy through ethanol and biodiesel. These technologies not only benefit the environment, they also allow farmers to realize cost savings that can be passed down to customers. [North American Press Syndicate]

¶   The ceremonial installation of the 10,000th solar PV system on Long Island took place today at a private residence in Huntington as part of the State’s partnership with PSEG Long Island under the PowerUp Long Island and NY-Sun initiatives. Approximately, 41% of all solar systems in New York State have been installed on Long Island. [LongIsland.com]

¶   The nuclear expansion project at Plant Vogtle near Augusta appears headed for further delay, which could result in higher electric bills for ratepayers. The state’s independent construction monitor, William Jacobs, said last month he expects the two new reactors to take longer to build than Georgia Power’s current projections. [WABE 90.1 FM]

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