January 11 Energy News

January 11, 2015

World:

¶ Noted campaigning organization Avaaz recently sent a petition with the signatures of 2.2 million people to the UN secretary general. It asked all levels of government worldwide to transition to 100% renewable energy. Avaaz is currently aiming to get at least 100 cities around the world to join its campaign. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A slaughterhouse in Kenya converts its waste to biogas it then uses to generate electricity, powering the meat cold room and processing equipment. It also pipes the gas to local hotels. Now the Maasai hope to take the project a step further by selling the alternative fuel in cylinders for half the price of natural gas. [Yahoo News]

¶ A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power International won a €1.7 billion contract to build two solar power plants totalling 350 MW in the city of Ouarzazate, Morocco, the Moroccan solar energy agency says. The plants are part of a government plan to produce two GW of solar power by 2020. [Gulf Business News]

¶ Students in rural Kenya have developed a biodigester that turns their school’s sewage into biogas to power the kitchen. They replaced pit toilets, which often backed up and contaminated a nearby stream, with a biodigester. The unit sends gas to the kitchen, reducing the school’s dependence on wood fuel for cooking. [Business Standard]

¶ Five aging Japanese nuclear reactors will be decommissioned in the near future, a move that government officials hope will increase public support for resuming operations at newer reactors. The reactors are all at or near a 40-year age limit at which they must meet stricter safety requirements to operate. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ Duke Energy and Dominion North Carolina Power sought to lower the evaluation for solar energy being fed to the grid. Though the State Utilities Commission agreed that there may be costs that could be added to the avoided cost calculations, they noted benefits the utilities had failed to account for. [CleanTechnica]

¶ An old golf course in Warren, Massachusetts is now home to 57,000 solar panels that are producing enough electricity to power 2,300 homes. It is owned by First Wind Holdings Inc, which now has two solar projects in the Worcester area, and 17 wind projects across the US, with two more under construction. [Worcester Telegram]

¶ Rochester Gas and Electric Corp has proposed a plan for easing the Ginna nuclear plant into retirement while lessening additional costs to clients. The proposal is part of proceedings to establish whether buyers should pay a premium for electricity from the aging plant, which is losing money. [Macro Insider]

¶ Monroe County, New York may host a solar power farm to deliver reduced-price, renewable electrical energy to a county-owned facility. Officials are reviewing proposals received from a number of energy providers to finance and construct a solar farm. Electrical energy would be sold to the county. [Macro Insider]

¶ California, a national leader in advancing energy storage, envisions this technology as a critical component in reducing global warming, improving air quality and promoting energy independence. The state currently has several pilot projects, and is working toward commercialization of energy storage. [Imperial Valley News]

¶ DE Shaw Renewable Investments has started construction of the Red Horse 2 wind and solar project in Cochise County, Arizona. The 71-MW project is one of the first combined wind and solar projects in the US. It combines Vestas V110 wind turbines with Jinko Solar PV panels and Advanced Energy inverters. [Greentech Lead]

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