January 8 Energy News

January 8, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Energiewende Will Succeed” American critics of the Energiewende have regularly announced its approaching demise for years. They have also recorded what they claimed were its clear failures. But their cost calculations fail to compare it with alternatives, and their criticisms fail to acknowledge the programs successes. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Where in the World Are the Fossil Fuels That Cannot Be Burned to Restrain Global Warming?” Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the US cannot burn much of the coal, oil and gas located within their national territories if the world wants to restrain global warming, according to new analysis published in Nature. [Scientific American]

¶ Energy engineering group Alstom, and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University will collaborate to design, develop and deploy a MicroGrid Power Mix Management solution in the context of the Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator – Singapore initiative. [Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine]

World:

¶ Germany’s green energy transition project, Energiewende, is boasting significant progress compared to one year ago. For the first time, in 2014, renewable energy sources were the most important source in the country’s power mix. With a share of 27.3%, renewables replaced lignite for first place. [EurActiv]

¶ German power sector greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2014, hitting their second-lowest level since 1990, according to German think-tank Agora Energiewende. The sector emitted 301 million tonnes of CO2 last year, down from 317 million in 2013. The previous low was 294 million in 2009 [Argus Media]

¶ Renewable energy will play an increasingly important role in the Middle East and North Africa in the coming decades. By 2020, up to 37 GW of renewable energy are expected to come on line in the region and investments in renewables may reach $50 billion. Area governments support the growth. [The National Law Review]

¶ The Indian urban development ministry aims to generate 100 MW of solar power with PVs on rooftops of 629 buildings it owns in 18 states. The ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Central Public Works Department and the Solar Energy Corporation of India for the purpose. [Siliconindia.com]

¶ The Victorian government wants to join forces with New South Wales and South Australia to press the federal government for more action on climate change after record or near-record temperatures in the three states in 2014. Victoria’s environment minister is seeking “urgent” talks on climate change. [The Guardian]

¶ Fuel subsidies have been a constant issue for the Indonesian government for more than a decade. The growing consumption and the volatility of global oil prices have taken a toll on the state finances, reaching $19.6 billion in 2014, roughly 15% of the state budget. Now, the state is ending the subsidies. [Jakarta Post]

¶ Irish wind generation hit a new peak on January 7 with favourable weather conditions helping wind farms pump some 1942 MW into the grid. At 9.30 am, the sector was supplying enough power to supply 1.26 million homes with electricity. The combination of Ireland with Northern Ireland was also a record. [reNews]

US:

¶ For the first time ever, the American Petroleum Institute is including solar among the energy sources that should be taken seriously in the next couple of years. The API’s State of American Energy Report projects the capacity of US solar installations to double, from 20.2 GW in 2015 to 40 GW in 2016. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Illinois governmental agencies Wednesday issued reports proposing ways to prop up Exelon’s ailing nuclear power plants. The company says that at least three of its nuclear plants in the state could be closed for economic reasons and hopes to have nuclear plants included under a clean portfolio standard. [Morris Daily Herald]

¶ California broke ground on its long-sought high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in under three hours. The $68 billion project faces challenges from Republican cost-cutters in Congress and Central Valley farmers. [TriValley Central]

¶ EDP Renewables has clinched a deal to help deliver vital transmission infrastructure for its 250-MW Number Nine wind farm in Maine. Central Maine Power and Emera have given EDPR an option to buy part of the Bridal Path corridor in Aroostook County to develop a new transmission line. [reNews]

¶ The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting next month in Brattleboro to hear from the public about the impending decommission of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which shut down permanently last month. The February 19 meeting will be at the Brattleboro Quality Inn. [Rutland Herald]

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