December 26 Energy News

December 26, 2014

Opinion:

¶   “Developing the future of energy today” The world is striving to develop new ways to take advantage of the benefits of sustainable energy, and the use of solar energy and smart grids can create a more efficient and productive world. However, this goal cannot occur without putting safety, performance, and reliability in the spotlight. [Today’s Energy Solutions]

World:

¶   The 10th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index has good and bad news. The index compares the 58 top carbon-emitting nations. It reveals that global carbon emissions have reached a new peak. However, the index indicates that countries have recently developed a new readiness to take action on climate change. [Triple Pundit]

¶   The Philippines’ Renewable Energy Act signed was into law in 2008 to cut its reliance on fossil fuel. Since that time, the Department of Energy has approved renewable energy contracts totaling 10,040 MW capacity, including 404 hydropower, 68 solar, 54 wind, 43 biomass, 41 geothermal, and 5 ocean energy projects. [Rappler]

¶   A day after the Indian cabinet approved an ordinance for the allocation of coal blocks, the government formally launched the portal for e-auction of 24 coal mines to be held in next February. The Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal says the auction process will be transparent, efficient and conducted online only. [SME Times]

¶   The Indian government intends to revive a bill to generate 100,000 MW of renewable energy by 2019. The new legislation aims to ensure that 10% of the county’s power requirement is met by renewable energy sources by 2020, plug loopholes in earlier laws, and promote development of renewable energy technology. [India Today]

¶   Panasonic Corp is considering building a 50 MW power plant in the Northern Corridor Economic Region of Malaysia. This follows a meeting by Panasonic, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority on Monday, in which the parties agreed to an eight-month feasibility study. [Malaysia Chronicle]

¶   RES Canada, one of three companies selected for a 450-MW Hydro-Québec tender, announced it has been selected to provide 147.2 MW of wind power. The wind project will be established about 50 kilometers east of Québec City, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region and will consist of forty-six 3.2-MW Siemens turbines. [Energy Matters]

US:

¶   A recent analysis says the wind energy industry has created more than 10,000 jobs in Kansas and generates $26 million a year in lease payments to landowners. But renewable portfolio standard laws have come under attack in Kansas and other states from conservative groups such as ALEC, which call to repeal the laws. [Lawrence Journal World]

¶   As North Carolina state officials call for more renewable energy, Gaston and Cleveland are among the counties working on answers. Companies in both have plans for solar farms that could be up and running as early as next year. Duke Energy says it would eventually like 12.5% of its retail sales to come from greener sources. [Gaston Gazette]

¶   The US EPA has a formula to evaluate nuclear power in its carbon reduction plan. It says 5.8% of existing nuclear capacity was at risk of being shut for financial reasons, and thus for states with nuclear reactors, keeping them running would earn a credit of 5.8% toward that state’s carbon reduction goal. [New York Times]

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