March 16 Energy News

March 16, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “New Renewable Energy Studies: ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out'” – Somebody must have been handing out free cigars last week, because not one but three new renewable energy studies popped up in the US, and all three seek to undercut the economic evidence in favor of renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Decentralisation is the key to energy success and development, according to Søren Hermansen, director of the Samsø Energy Academy. Instead of focusing on Putin’s gas, the EU should create its own independent energy grid, including the national feed-in tariffs the Energy Union project opposes, he said. [EurActiv]

World:

¶ China’s National Energy Administration released its General Outline for the Solar Power Disadvantaged Support Implementation Plan (Trial) which envisages a raft of policy measures for expediting the deployment of solar power in disadvantaged communities, including subsidies of up to 70% for the poor. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar in Hong Kong

Rooftop solar in Hong Kong. Photo by Snowacinesy, from Wikimedia Commons.

 

¶ More than 60% of electricity demand in the Australian town of Alice Springs can be met via solar PVs without causing grid instability, according to a study partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The remote central Australian town currently has a solar PV capacity of 4.1 MW, and a population of 29,000. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The government of Egypt inked two pacts for the construction of 5 GW of solar parks in the country. Canadian solar firm SkyPower and Gulf Development Companies will build a 3-GW of PV facility, Bahrain-based Terra Sola Group and Tera Nix involves the construction of a 2-GW solar complex. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Tim Yeo, a former environment minister who has been de-selected by party members in his South Suffolk constituency and must stand down at the election, is a Conservative who supports wind farms. He used his farewell speech in the House of Commons to condemn the Tories’ policy on wind turbines. [Western Daily Press]

UK wind turbine. Photo by  James Allan. From Wikimedia Commons.

UK wind turbine. Photo by James Allan. From Wikimedia Commons.

 

¶ Punjab’s hard-working farmers can look forward to the end of some of their power-cut woes with the state government planning to launch soon a “farm-level solar power generation scheme”. The New and Renewable Energy Minister said farmers will be allowed to set up solar power plants of 1 MW to 2.5 MW. [SME Times]

¶ The UK system for subsidizing new nuclear reactors is “a bad example” for the European power market, according to a top Finnish energy official. He said studies in Finland estimate what it would cost the government to subsidize nuclear power and that those estimates are in the hundreds of millions of euros.
[Platts]

US:

¶ Wisconsin state regulators will decide in the coming weeks whether to approve new power lines that together are projected to cost up to $900 million. The cases involve projects by American Transmission Co and other utilities seeking to expand the transmission system to lower costs or for upgrade. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

¶ Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina announced nearly $600,000 in grant assistance to the Guam Power Authority to complete the Guam Wind Turbine Pilot project. This grant supplements $1.5 million previously awarded and the project is expected to be completed this summer. [Saipan Tribune]

 

 

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