February 16 Energy News

February 16, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Neil Sheehan: Decommissioning Vermont Yankee” We have seen the end of an era for Vermont Yankee’s workforce and for the surrounding community as power production halted. But now another phase in the facility’s life will begin as the first steps in what will be a lengthy decommissioning process get under way. [vtdigger.org]

World:

¶ Nippon Paper Industries and Mitsubishi have started operation of a 21-MW solar power plant in Japan. The plant is located in Komatsushima-shi, Tokushima Prefecture, which is claimed to have the country’s highest annual sunshine hours. It is Nippon Paper’s second solar project. [Clean Technology Business Review]

¶ Some of the world’s most environmentally efficient and profitable green energy technologies are being specifically tailored to the needs of the beef, poultry, pork, rendering, and stock feed industries. The high-temperature thermophilic anaerobic digestion technologies typically operate at 55° C. [Impeller.net]

¶ Chinese and Indian Solar Energy industry recently met under the aegis of FICCI for a business roundtable to explore partnerships between the companies of both the countries on the eve of the upcoming RE-INVEST. The Chinese delegation was led by the China Photovoltaic Industry Association. [Moneycontrol.com]

¶ China raised its total grid-connected solar power capacity to 28.05 GW in 2014, up 60% on the year, and aims to raise the total by more than half this year. The figure is equivalent to about 2.1% of China’s total power capacity of 1,360 GW at end 2014, while wind power is about 7% of the total. [Business Recorder]

¶ India is all set to have world’s largest solar power plant in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. It will be completed next year on Independence Day. The 750 MW will be constructed and operated as a joint venture of the state government and Solar Energy Corporation of India. It will occupy 1,500 hectares of land. [indiatvnews.com]

¶ The Durham York Energy Centre in Clarington, Ontario began burning its first haul of curbside garbage as part of a month-long testing phase before the facility opens for good. The facility will generate about 17.5 MW of renewable energy, but has faced opposition from locals. The final price tag is $286.56 million. [Toronto Star]

¶ South Korea’s LG Chem Inc says it will supply energy storage systems for four solar plants under construction in Japan in a deal worth over $272.7 million. The battery maker said it won a contract to supply storage systems, each with a capacity of 31 MW, to the Green Power Development Corporation of Japan. [The Korea Bizwire]

US:

¶ California’s Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León proposed legislation last week to increase the amount of electricity California derives from renewable sources, excluding from what counts as “renewable” any power generated from burning household trash, with the exception of one specific plant. [Sacramento Bee]

¶ SunEdison completed a 677-kW ground-mount solar PV system, providing energy for the AT&T materials distribution facility in Lancaster, Texas. It is not the first plant SunEdison worked on with AT&T. Their solar power arrays have generated over 8.6 GWh of power, cutting CO2 emissions by 13 million pounds. [AZoCleantech]

¶ Imergy Power Systems and Growing Energy Labs Inc are collaborating on a microgrid project for Chabot-Las Positas Community College District in Livermore, California. The project will add renewable energy sources, reduce peak power, and allow the district to be more energy independent.[CleanTechnica]

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