February 5 Energy News

February 5, 2015

World:

¶ North Eastern Electric Power Corporation has commissioned a 5-MW solar power plant at Monarchak in Tripura, which will be the biggest and the first of its kind in northeast India. NEEPCO will set up a 50-MW solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh and a 2-MW plant in Lanka in Nagaon district of Assam. [The Week]

¶ Developer and operator WPD has exported first power from its 288 MW Butendiek offshore wind farm some 32 km west of the island of Sylt in the German North Sea. The first of 80 Siemens SWT 3.6-120 wind turbines to be installed has commenced trial operations and is feeding electricity into the grid. [reNews]

¶ Welspun Renewables Energy Limited has signed an agreement to build a 100-MW solar photovoltaic power project in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. This follows other agreements by other companies to set up solar projects in Gujarat, Rajasthan and, Karnataka to totalling over 13 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Tohoku Electric Power Company found more than 4,000 improper entries in its inspection records for one of the reactors at its Onagawa nuclear power plant. Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority had said company inspections were lax, and the firm was re-examining its records. [Citizens for Legitimate Government]

US:

¶ The electric power industry is turning away from coal, and clean energy is growing again in the US as investments in renewables increased in 2014 after a three-year decline. The 2015 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook report says US as second in the world behind China for clean energy investments. [Climate Central]

¶ In the current legislative session, Republicans who control the Washington state senate jumped into the discussion of how to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases. Senators from both parties outlined a plan for promoting such “carbon reduction investments” as electric-vehicle chargers and efficiency. [Bellingham Herald]

¶ The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to give tentative approval to a pair of proposed solar projects in Boulevard that are expected to generate enough energy to power around 46,000 homes. They are the 420-acre Tierra Del Sol Solar project and the 765-acre Rugged Solar project. [KUSI]

¶ Labor, business, and environmental leaders have formed a unique coalition that will urge Illinois lawmakers to pass new standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy, leading to tens of thousands of new, local jobs. More than 100,000 individuals across the state already work in the clean energy industry. [Forbes]

¶ Energy use in federal post offices, court houses and military bases has dropped to its lowest level on record. The sharp decline is largely thanks to a Bush-era push to slash electricity and fuel consumption in thousands of facilities and vehicles. The total was the lowest since record keeping began in 1975. [Investing.com]

¶ The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory has joined the Electric Power Research Institute to launch the Clean Energy Incubator Network to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect potential partners, and advance new clean energy technologies from researchers. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ Southern Co expects the firms building its new nuclear plant in Georgia will pay $240 million in damages if the construction schedule slips another year-and-a-half, power company CEO Thomas Fanning said Wednesday. The payments would offset a portion of the extra costs associated with late completion. [Access North Georgia]

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