December 31 Energy News

December 31, 2014


¶ “2015 will see nuclear dream fade as wind and solar soar” – With nuclear power falling further behind renewables globally, and as the price of oil and gas falls, the future of the industry in 2015 and beyond looks bleak. Numbers of old nuclear plants are closing as fewer new ones are commissioned. [The Ecologist]

¶ “Top 5 Clean Energy Revolution Stories of 2014” – The steady march of renewable energy, primarily wind and solar, toward mainstream usage continued apace in 2014. Here’s to hoping 2015 moves us closer, rather than farther, from Edison’s dream that we get our power from the sun. [De Smog Blog]

¶ “6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action” – We couldn’t help but think of the potential disaster when climate-denying forces really take power next year. Good news makes ringing in the New Year more pleasant, so here are six reasons to be optimistic, even with a climate-denying Congress. [Huffington Post]


¶ In Papua New Guinea, solar systems are often measured in watts – in part due to the remoteness of the locations where they are installed. But even a tiny solar system can make a massive positive change in lives, providing light and the ability to maintain communications – it can quite literally save lives. [Energy Matters]

¶ With aptitudes that may match Elon Musk’s, an equally young and motivated Chinese technology billionaire plans to surpass Tesla Motors by venturing into the production of electric cars in China, via his tech company, Leshi. His goals include protecting the environment for human livability for human livability. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A new report from the consulting company Accenture, the Digitally Enabled Grid, clearly states that if the utilities wish to keep market share similar comparable to today’s, they need to “fundamentally transform their business models.” Revenues could otherwise decline by $123 billion a year by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Two Indian companies are planning a hybrid renewable energy park in the Indian state of Gujarat. The proposed park would have both solar capacity of 3500 to 4000 MW and wind capacity of 600 to 800 MW. The park will be developed on the surplus salt pan land of Hindustan Salt, one of the companies. [Livemint]

¶ Danish wind energy giant Vestas Wind announced Tuesday two new orders to cap off an impressive year that saw the company take in orders up to 5,703 MW. The orders amount to 210 MW of wind turbines between them, one for 60 MW for SunEdison, and one for 150 MW for EDF Renewable Energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Britain is dicing with darkness. The electricity system is ageing and the mix of generating technology, including solar and wind power, is changing. Both factors increase the danger of power cuts at peak times. This winter, the available capacity will be only 6% higher than expected peak demand. [Reuters Blogs]

¶ India’s largest nuclear reactor, located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, started generating electricity on a commercial basis early Wednesday, local media reported. The 1,000-MW reactor, which was constructed with assistance from Russia, is located in the town of Kudankulam. [International Business Times]


¶ A spade of big solar power plants has risen from the ground in the Big Open West, where utilities have state mandates to increase the amount of renewable energy they buy. These power plants are a sight to behold. They often cover hundreds or thousands of acres, out in remote corners of the states. [Forbes]

¶ Advocates of small hydropower projects worked up a pair of bills for Congress, and a project in Silverton, Colorado was a poster child. For lawmakers on the right, the legislation shrinks federal bureaucracy. And on the left, it is a win for renewable energy, without new dams. The bills passed unanimously. [MTPR]

¶ Northern Power Systems, of Barre, Vermont, and BTI Energy will partner to install wind turbines across the US. Northern Power Systems manufactures a wind turbine with a newly optimized rotor configuration for customers at sites with lower wind speeds and historically lower electricity rates. [Broadway World]

¶ Solar energy farms, once considered too expensive to install despite their environmental appeal, soon may sprout in Sugar Creek and Independence, Missouri. One would be run by a private company, the other by a public city utility. Both would create clean energy in cities with fossil fuel legacies. [Kansas City Star]

¶ An agreement covering five solar power plants was approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The five 20-MW plants are owned by Boston-based First Wind and were already approved in an agreement with Idaho Power, which would pay $322.5 million over 20 years for their power. [The Idaho Statesman]


One Response to “December 31 Energy News”

  1. There are some great companies like XsunX Inc. – XSNX:QB that are doing very well as small publicly traded companies with installing of their commercial solar units in SoCal. Solar is the wave of the future I agree.

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