December 28 Energy News

December 28, 2014

World:

¶  The German manufacturer Daimler AG will be increasing its production capacity for lithium-ion batteries with €100 million in new investments via the Deutsche ACCUmotive subsidiary. As part of this new push, the company is currently building a new facility that’s set to be completed by the middle of 2015. [CleanTechnica]

¶  Nigeria has adopted an approach to directly engage with prospective project developers to set up renewable energy projects. The government has recently finalized a new agreement for a lot more solar power. Three companies will construct total of 1 GW of distributed solar power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶  When bosses at Cars Taxi first saw fuel-efficient hybrid cars in Europe and the US they wondered whether the concept would work in the UAE, where petrol prices are significantly lower. But after a year of operating more than 20 Toyota Camry hybrid vehicles in Dubai, the outcome has been resoundingly positive. [The National]

¶  South Korea’s nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyberattacks on non-critical operations at the company’s headquarters are continuing but the country’s nuclear power plants are operating safely and are secure from attack. Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd has been intensifying its cyber security. [Reuters Africa]

US:

¶  Why do some US states have higher rooftop solar installation rates than others? NREL researchers used statistical analysis and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful and lead to higher distributed solar PV installations. [CleanTechnica]

¶  Blattner Energy is building the Mesquite Creek Wind Farm near Lamesa, Texas, with 118 1.79-MW GE turbines. Each turbine stands 287 feet tall with 140-foot long blades. The wind project is expected to be completed by the end of March. Annual output of 800,000 MWh will power Mars, Inc’s US operations. [Pressreporter]

¶  The wind and solar contracts recently announced mean that the Lincoln Electric System will have a 2016 energy portfolio with 48% of the electricity from renewable sources. There are few power companies that can make that claim. But investing in renewable capacity also means lower bills for ratepayers. [Lincoln Journal Star]

¶  Elon Musk announced that Tesla will relaunch its Roadster model. The new model will have a new battery pack, increasing the distance the car can travel. According to the company, the new battery pack will allow the car to travel about 400 miles with a single charge compared to 245 miles with the current model. [Uncover Michigan]

¶  The Windham Solid Waste Management District says it has 11 proposals to build a solar array on a closed landfill in Brattleboro, Vermont. Four of the proposals are from Vermont companies. The system being considered will have a capacity of 5 MW. It will provide revenue for the district and its 19 member towns. [Press Herald]

¶  Workers recently finished adding 86 acres of solar panels at the Indianapolis International Airport, bringing the size of its solar farm to 151 acres, solidifying its status as the home of the nation’s largest airport-based solar farm. The airport now has 76,000 solar PV panels feeding power into the local electrical grid. [Skift]

¶  The annual University of Idaho Snake River Sugar Beet Conference saw much discussion on dealing with pests. Rather than thinking solely about eliminating them with chemicals, growers are increasingly looking for more sustainable alternatives for control of weeds and bugs that are increasingly resistant. [Idaho Press-Tribune]

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