January 27 Energy News

January 27, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ A new study has found that wave energy production, once the infrastructure is in place, would be a reliable, steady, and dependable source of electricity—even cheaper than wind power. Along the US coastline, it could make 1,170 TWh per year. That is enough to supply half the United States’ annual electricity demand. [TakePart]

¶ Global warming may boost the frequency of extreme and devastating La Niña events, a study released suggests. It says that as the climate warms, extreme La Niña events will occur almost twice as often as they do now, causing heavy flooding in some places, droughts in others, and increasingly intense storms. [NBCNews.com]

World:

¶ The largest concentrated solar power project in the Middle East, Shams 1, has performed better than expected, the Shams Power Company has reported. The company had expected to generate about 193,000 MWh electricity in 2014 but managed to generate just under 215,000 MWh, 12% over expected generation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The underlying theme of the agreements the US made with China and India, and the position taken by the leaders of the world’s three most influential national economies, is that coal no longer rules. The “all of the above” credo that once dominated their thinking on energy is morphing into “anything but coal.” [RenewEconomy]

¶ GE announced it will supply China’s Huaneng Corporation with 55 units of the GE 2.75-120 brilliant wind turbines, to be installed at the Huaneng Dali Longquan wind project in the Yunnan province of China. The project will provide 151 MW of capacity, making it GE’s largest wind order in China to date. [RenewablesBiz]

¶ The UK Government has been forced to perform a U-turn and concede to a number of Opposition amendments to squeeze through legislation that will allow shale gas development to go ahead. Ministers had to accept the 13 conditions laid out by Labour watering down fracking laws to pass them through Parliament. [Click Green]

¶ Following the recommendations of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the British government sacked NMP, the consortium responsible for cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear site, saying not enough progress had been made. NMP has been accused by oversight offices for cost overruns and countless delays. [Digital Journal]

US:

¶ Boston’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure is showing the signs of age and is starting to leak like a sieve, according atmospheric scientists at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Not only are these methane leaks, already responsible for severe climate changes, the lost gas is worth almost $90 million. [CleanTechnica]

¶ NV Energy announced that it is seeking proposals to secure an additional 100 MW of renewable energy resources for Southern Nevada customers. Its 2015 RFP will be combined with the previously issued 2014 renewable energy RFP for a total of up to 200 MW of new renewable energy resources. [Your Renewable News]

¶ An Oklahoma electric cooperative will get about a third of the electricity from a huge wind farm being built across 10,000 acres of farm and ranch land. Western Farmers Electric Cooperative will buy 50 MW produced by the 150-MW Grant Wind project, which will begin commercial operations later this year. [Electric Co-op Today]

¶ Florida Power & Light Co unveiled plans to add over 225 MW of solar power capacity to its portfolio by the end of 2016, thus tripling its current amount. The company currently owns 110 MW of solar photovoltaic assets in Florida and plans to expand its capacity for an expected increase in its client base in 2019. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation announced it will use wind energy to help power its manufacturing facility located in Findlay, Ohio. Two of the five turbines at Findlay Wind Farm will be used by the company to offset an estimated 22% of the manufacturing facility’s electric consumption. [Energy Matters]

¶ tenK Energy, Integrys Solar, LLC and groSolar today announced the completion of a 4.5 MW DC solar power project in Templeton, Massachusetts. The solar farm uses the high energy density tenKsolar ® DUO system, which provides nearly 40% more energy per unit area, as well as conventional PVs. [RenewablesBiz]

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