January 21 Energy News

January 21, 2015

State of the Union:

¶ What President Barack Obama described as the greatest threat to future generations was neither terrorism nor ISIS. It wasn’t nuclear weapons in rogue states either. “No challenge  poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” said Obama in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. His statement was met with scattered, muted applause. [CNN]


¶ Chile’s combined PV and wind installed capacity almost quadrupled in 2014 to about 1.2 GW. Solar capacity grew from 6.7 MW to 362 MW in the year, and wind capacity grew from 330 MW to 836 MW. Chile’s total installed renewables capacity of 2.2GW and another 1.2 GW is expected in 2015. [Recharge]

¶ Southeast Asia’s first wind power plant, in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, has raised its power capacity by 19 MW bringing to 52 MW its total power generating capacity to augment other renewable energy resources’ power production. The Bangui wind farm is operated by the Northwind Power Development Corp. [Philippine Information Agency]

¶ In Australia, Carnegie Wave Energy says it has completed the onshore power plant for its Perth wind energy project. The company said the plant at HMAS Stirling on Garden Island south of Perth was now ready to be connected to the power grid, and is pending Western Power approval. [The West Australian]

¶ Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, the Swiss co-founders and pilots of Solar Impulse, along with their partners, on Tuesday revealed the detailed global flight route of Solar Impulse 2. The solar-powered plane will land in 12 locations across the world and travel 35,000 kilometres on solar power. [Khaleej Times]

¶ Access Power MEA (‘Access’), a power project developer focused on the Middle East and Africa, and EREN, a leader in renewable energy, has announced the launch of Access Infra Africa. With $500 million, this project will be looking at investment opportunities in renewable energy in Africa. [Africa IT News]

¶ Global wind power capacity is set to rise from 364.9 GW in 2014 to 650.8 GW by 2020, increasing the demand for wind turbine components across the value chain, says GlobalData. They expect global investment in wind projects to increase from $70 billion in 2013 to $101 billion by the end of 2020. [Your Renewable News]

¶ Austria is to launch a legal challenge against the European Union’s decision to allow billions of pounds of subsidies for Hinkley Point C, casting fresh doubt over the UK’s first planned nuclear reactors in 20 years. The EU approved the controversial £17.6 billion subsidy deal for the power station last October. [The Guardian]


¶ A Montana pipeline burst and sent 50,400 gallons of oil gushing into the Yellowstone River. The massive oil spill happened when the 12-inch pipeline, which crosses the Yellowstone River, ruptured Saturday about 5 miles upstream from Glendive, Montana. The state’s governor declared a state of emergency. [CNN]

¶ Dominion Virginia Power has filed an application with the State Corporation Commission to build the 20-MW facility on about 125 acres of company-owned land near its Remington Power Station in Northern Virginia. It would be the first commercial solar energy plant in the state. The expected cost is $47 million. [Lynchburg News and Advance]

¶ Amazon’s cloud computing services company is partnering with Pattern Energy Group to construct the fourth phase of a wind farm in Indiana. The project is part of the existing Fowler Ridge wind farm. Amazon Web Services has a goal of creating enough renewable energy to power all of its operations. [Indiana Public Media]

¶ The Portland Water Bureau and Lucid Energy, a provider of renewable energy systems for in-pipe hydropower and smart water infrastructure, have turned one of the city’s major water pipelines into a generator of renewable energy. The pipeline powers four 42” turbines, powering about 150 Oregon homes. [RenewablesBiz]

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