December 24 Energy News

December 24, 2014

Opinion:

¶   “A Dozen Reasons 2014 Was Awesome for Clean Energy & Beyond Coal Victories” 2014 was full of amazing victories by hard-working community activists nationwide. From small towns to big cities, we saw inspiring diverse groups working together to protect communities from coal pollution and ramp up clean energy. [Huffington Post]

World:

¶   Emerging economies in the Middle East and Africa will have installed almost 3 GW of wind power by the end of 2014, with more than 58% of that being installed in the last two years. This is according to new analysis from MAKE Consulting, which follows on from recent and numerous additions to its wind power analyses. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The Korean government will invest $18.1 billion into the development of safe and effective clean energy technologies over the next 10 years. Areas of focus include development of efficient clean thermal power, next generation clean fuels, new hybrid renewable energy, and generally a highly efficient, low carbon society. [BusinessKorea]

¶   The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a $378 million loan for the second power transmission project to improve transmission reliability and support the implementation of a wholesale electricity market in Ukraine. The loan represents increasing support for the country’s energy reforms. [Energy Business Review]

¶   Three renewable energy companies, Solius NGPC, Peoples Home Association, and Solar Force Nigeria Limited, have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Government for the production of 1000 MW solar electricity across the country. Additionally, they will establish a training school in Nigeria for staff. [Daily Sun]

¶   New Zealand wind farm developer Meridian Energy completed handover for of its 131-MW Mt Mercer wind farm in Australia, near Ballarat, Victoria. The project was delivered below budget and on time. The company used the occasion to champion the cause of the Renewable Energy Target, saying it is “clearly achievable.” [RenewEconomy]

¶   GDF Suez and its Moroccan partner Nareva Holding have started operations at the 301-MW Tarfaya wind farm on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast. The project will have 131 wind turbines of 2.3 MW each in an area of 8,900 hectares. The $560 million project will generate enough power to supply 1.5 million homes. [RenewablesBiz]

¶   Alstom has been awarded a contract by DaeMyoung Energy Corporation in South Korea, to provide wind turbines for Gowon wind farm, located in Gangwon province approximately 170 km east of Seoul. The 18-MW Gowon wind farm will support Korea’s aim to have renewable energy account for 20% of total electricity generated by 2020. [Renewable Energy Focus]

US:

¶   Going solar, according to new research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, might be a more beneficial economic energy choice in states one does not expect to see at the top of the list. Hawaii and California do top the list, but the number three state is not very sunny at all; it is Connecticut. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Ever since Nest “redeveloped” the thermostat to be “smart,” the consumer technology industry has been well aware of clean technology. This will lead to substantial growth, according to Navigant Research, which released a report predicting the smart thermostat market will reach nearly $2.3 billion in annual revenue by 2023. [CleanTechnica]

¶   A series of studies from government research agencies and industry in the last few years have found that anywhere from 5% to 20% of today’s natural gas demand could be met with renewable natural gas, also known as bio-methane. It is produced in bio-digesters, from landfills, and through other carbon-neutral methods. [Energy Collective]

¶   The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update.” The big winners for November are wind and solar, which combined added up to over 70% of all new electrical generating capacity placed into service during the month (estimated to be 77%, if you include non-utility solar). [CleanTechnica]

¶   Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc announced completion of the Tucannon River Wind Farm in Washington State. Located on 20,000 acres in Washington’s Columbia County, the 267-MW project consists of 116 2.3-MW Siemens turbines. The project was on time and within its $500 million budget. [PennEnergy]

¶   Reactor operators at Vermont Yankee are getting ready for the nuclear plant’s final shutdown next Monday. Their preparation includes training on a control room simulator at the company’s corporate offices in Brattleboro. The simulator is an exact replica of the control room at the Vernon plant. [Vermont Public Radio]

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