February 23 Energy News

February 23, 2015

World:

¶ Apple plans on investing €1.7 billion (£1.3 billion) into Europe, which is the biggest investment the American company has ever made on European soil. The plan is to create two new data centres in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland. The facilities will run on 100% renewable energy. [ITProPortal]

¶ An initiative to integrate more renewable energy into the Central America power system took one step forward last week as regional vice-ministers, directors of energy, and directors of climate change met in El Salvador to discuss the region’s energy future, the International Renewable Energy Agency reports. [solarserver.com]

¶ Dong Energy’s 400-MW Anholt offshore wind farm in Denmark will be offline for at last three weeks following a fault with the subsea cable connecting the project’s 111 wind turbines to land. The project’s transmission operator, Energinet.dk, said it is too early to say what the cause of the problem on the line is. [reNews]

¶ SunEdison, a US-based company, has announced it will set up 15.2 GW of solar and wind energy capacity in India over the next 5 years. India has an ambitious target of adding 100 GW renewable capacity by 2022. India’s installed renewable energy capacity currently stands at just above 32 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A 12-MW biomass power plant with a dedicated plantation will rise in Bataan after Filipino-owned Cleangreen Energy Corp received its operating contract from the Department of Energy. The power plant, targeted for completion in October 2017, is expected to commence construction this year. [eco-business.com]

¶ Engineers in Norway and Sweden, two of the countries trying hardest to develop wave power technology, have announced “breakthroughs” in their methods, which the inventors believe will make wave power competitive. The latest Norwegian experiment has been installed in a redundant fishing vessel. [eco-business.com]

¶ Alternergy Wind One Corp, a company led by former Philippine Energy Secretary Vince Perez, is expected to complete a 67.5-MW wind farm project there in May. The $177.9-million project is due for completion in July 2015, Energy Department records showed, but it is likely to be completed early. [Manila Standard Today]

¶ Sensors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water to the sea, TEPCO announced Sunday. The sensors detected contamination levels, up to 70 times greater than the already-high radioactive status seen on the plant grounds, in water draining to the sea. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ Floridians for Solar Choice has secured 100,000 petition signatures to obtain a place on the 2016 ballot after only one month of collecting signatures. Should the campaign secure enough signatures, Florida voters would be able to vote in 2016 to expand solar choice. (The petition needs 700,00 signatures.) [CleanTechnica]

¶ Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, a prominent climate change denier and researcher, quietly took more than $1.2 million in payouts from the energy industry, including the Koch brothers and other oil lobbyists, for the past 14 years, newly released documents obtained by Greenpeace have shown. [eNews Park Forest]

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