January 5 Energy News

January 5, 2015

World:

¶ Given issues over subsidies and falling prices for solar, the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has decided to limit consumers who can avail subsidy benefits for rooftop solar. The Ministry has also indicated that it might be readying itself to reduce the quantum of available subsidy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The UK’s grid operator confirmed wind power generation rose 15% during 2014 from 24.5 TWh to 28.1TWh, enough to supply the needs of more than 6.7 million households. Overall, grid-connected windpower met 9.3% of the UK’s electricity demand during 2014, up from 7.8% in 2013. [Business Green]

¶ Planned renewable energy projects combined with energy savings could decarbonise the Scotland’s power sector by 2030, claims WWF-back study. Scotland has a separate goal of providing 100% of electricity demand from renewables by 2020, but with coal and gas still on the grid. [The Guardian]

¶ India has set a target for a renewable energy installed capacity of 41,400 MW by 2017 and 72,400 MW by 2022. To achieve the 2022 target, India will have to add over 40,130 MW of renewable capacity, costing about $46.22 billion. The new transmission lines needed will bring the total cost to $83.35. [AZoCleantech]

¶ Norway is close to agreeing on a €2 billion investment to construct a 700 km underwater power line that would allow the UK to import hydroelectric power as Britain attempts to solve its power crisis. A firm decision to build the line between the two countries would be made early this year. [Financial Times]

¶ Only about 20% of 160 prefectural and municipal governments that host or are near nuclear plants support how Kyushu Electric Power Co went about getting the go-ahead for restarting its reactors. Kyushu Electric won consent in November for the restart of two reactors at its Sendai plant. [The Japan Times]

¶ Fukushima rice has passed Japan’s radiation checks for the first time since the 2011 Fukushima Disaster. A Fukushima official said about 360,000 tonnes of rice, nearly all of last year’s harvest, had been checked and none had tested above the government’s 100 becquerels per kilogram limit. [Radio Australia]

US:

¶ For January through October, renewables accounted for 13% of US electric generation, up from 12% for 2013 according to the US Energy Information Administration. Only solar installations of 5 MW or more were counted. With smaller installations, the figure would be about 13.7%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A $1.46 million energy resiliency grant from the state of Massachusetts will enable the Sterling Police Department and dispatch center to have a battery system to keep operating during an extended power outage, providing critical emergency services to the town and its residents. [Worcester Telegram]

¶ North Carolina ranked No 3 in the United States for solar power capacity installed in 2013. That strong growth is likely to continue, according to Duke Energy, as the company is developing its solar energy network. It plans to spend $500 million on solar farms in coming years. [Greensboro News & Record]

¶ The Massachusetts Audubon Society and the nonprofit Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance have a target to get 1000 households to buy power from local green providers of wind, solar, biomass, and cow power. Households can switch without changing their regular utility company. [Wicked Local Sharon]

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