February 17 Energy News

February 17, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ A number of studies investigating the effect of wind turbines on birds have found that the actual impact wind turbines have on avians is relatively low. However, according to this new research, published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research, wind turbines’ effects on bats cannot be ignored. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Israeli alternative energy company Brenmiller Energy has solved one of the biggest issues with solar technology: how to generate electricity when the sun sets. The company says it will build a 10-MW solar facility that will generate electricity 20 hours per day through a proprietary energy storage technology. [Inhabitat]


¶ In Geneva, Switzerland just three weeks after the US Senate’s 98-1 vote that climate change is not a hoax, the first round of the 2015 United Nations talks among 194 nations produced the first-ever universally agreed negotiating text on how to limit global warming to 2°C (3.6°F) above preindustrial temperatures. [CleanTechnica]

¶ If you hate that persistent smell of diesel fumes and you live in France, you’ll probably be happy to learn that the government has begun an aggressive initiative to get older, heavily polluting diesel cars off the road, by offering owners up to €10,000 to switch to a plug-in hybrid electric or 100% electric car. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Philippines is one of the world’s leading producers of geothermal energy. Located atop the Pacific Ocean’s so-called Ring of Fire, the country has used volcanic heat to produce electricity for decades. Now there is a new project underway to use this renewable resource to power an entire island. [Voice of America]

¶ Indian Prime Minister Modi’s 100 GW solar energy goal by 2022 could create as many as one million jobs, says the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water. Additionally, a proposed target of 60 GW of wind energy could generate another 180,000 jobs in the country. [Energy Matters]

¶ Romania installed 363 MW of new solar PV in 2014, according to the country’s transmission company and electricity system operator. Wind power systems added 346 MW of new capacity in 2014. Cumulative capacities for solar PV and wind technologies stand now at 1223 MW and 2953 MW respectively. [pv magazine]

¶ The UK Green Investment Bank and the Strathclyde Pension Fund are to plow £60 million into community-scale renewable energy projects through Albion Community Power. ACP builds, controls and operates community-scale schemes and has identified a project pipeline in which it will invest capital for the duo. [reNews]

¶ US power companies struggling with the escalating costs of building nuclear plants are closely watching similar efforts with similar problems in China. The first plants using Westinghouse Electric Co’s AP1000 reactor design are having problems there, and US executives and safety regulators are learning what they can. [PennEnergy]


¶ The sun is shining on solar power in Illinois. A new report ranks the state 12th nationally for the number of people employed in the solar industry, up from 20th in 2013. According to The Solar Foundation, 1,700 solar jobs were added last year, bringing the total to 3,800 in Illinois, up over 80% in one year. [Public News Service]

¶ To store power from Washington State solar and wind generators, the Klickitat PUD has begun applying for a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to pursue a pumped storage project, which will cost an estimated $2.5 billion. When completed, the project would have a capacity of 1200 MW. [Yakima Herald-Republic]

¶ Solar power brought 3,500 new jobs to Nevada in 2014, a 146% increase over 2013 that pushed the state to number 1 in the nation in solar jobs per capita, according to a report released Thursday by the Solar Foundation. It ranked Nevada seventh nationally with 5,900 total jobs in the solar industry. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

¶ The cities of San Mateo County, California would have the option of banding together to sell cleaner energy to their ratepayers under a community-choice aggregation plan advocated by two county supervisors. The program could put power costs from renewable sources such as wind and solar below utility rates. [San Francisco Examiner]

One Response to “February 17 Energy News”

  1. gourken Says:

    Reblogged this on Gourken's Brain Dump (more of a trickle actually) and commented:
    There are a lot of excellence and hopeful stories here. It’s nice to hear some good news for a change.

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