December 21 Energy News

December 21, 2014

Opinion:

¶   “US energy policy review reveals US doesn’t have an energy policy” As oil prices plummet, some question whether the US – with its piecemeal, disjointed federal energy policy – is ready for a new era of fossil-fuel abundance and renewable-energy innovation. [Christian Science Monitor]

Vocabulary and Buzzwords:

¶   “The Top Cleantech Buzzwords and Phrases From 2014” Last year, “utility death spiral” was on our list of the top buzzphrases. A few months later, the Oxford English Dictionary included “death spiral” in its list of new words for 2014. Here is a collection of other new terms that might puzzle some readers, but nevertheless have use. [Energy Collective]

World:

¶   Global funds for India’s aggressive plan to install “ultra mega solar power plants” have begun to flow with the World Bank ready to support a 750-MW power plant. This is 200 MW more than the capacity of the largest PV plant in the world. The project would require a total investment of about $1.3 billion. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The power management solutions company Eaton will supply power distribution equipment and electrical engineering services for a 5-MW solar microgrid on an island off the coast of Equatorial Guinea, home to 20,000 residents. Diesel generators have been used to supply electricity for about five hours a day. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said on Sunday it is in the process of preparing an energy legislation to expand power generation capacity through a judicious mix of conventional and non-conventional sources. It is also preparing a plan to scale up development of solar power in the next five years. [Vancouver Desi]

¶   The latest insights on groundbreaking desalination projects in the Middle East/North Africa region will be part of the International Water Summit taking place next month in Abu Dhabi. The summit  will examine the water-energy nexus and its long-term implications on regional and global food security. [Trade Arabia]

¶   Aiming at turning Delhi into a smart city, the Union Ministry of Power here today launched a pilot project on conversion of street-lighting from conventional system to an energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED type. The government hopes to reduce power consumption enough to save about  Rs 700 crore ($110.5 million) in costs. [indiatvnews.com]

¶   UK water utility Severn Trent has come under fire because two controversial wind turbines in Spondon (a ward in the city of Derby) are still not operational despite being erected a year ago. They were installed last December, but when they run, they appear as unidentified objects on the air traffic control display. [Derby Telegraph];

¶   TEPCO finished on Saturday removing all nuclear fuel assemblies from the cooling pool at the No. 4 reactor building at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO started the fuel removal work at the No. 4 reactor building in November 2013. Last month, it finished transferring spent fuel assemblies. [The Japan News]

¶   Britain’s nuclear power stations are under threat from attacks by drones, it has been claimed. A London-based nuclear expert investigated the issue after a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by small unmanned vehicles over more than a dozen power stations in France. He warned that British nuclear plants were equally vulnerable. [Daily Mail]

US:

¶   Ameren Missouri, which serves 64 counties across the state, has a plan for future power generation that is close to what the EPA envisions. The plan calls for expansion of renewable energy, adding 400 MW of wind power, 45 MW of solar, and 33 MW of other renewables. Use of coal would be reduced, but it and nuclear continued. [Southeast Missourian]

¶   Hobbs Brook Management LLC, a developer of office space in the Boston suburbs, announced the completion of its $4 million, 724-kilowatt solar canopy system that is situated atop the north and south garages at 404 Wyman St. in the Hobbs Brook Office Park in Waltham, Massachusetts. [Wicked Local Waltham]

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