March 22 Energy News

March 22, 2015


¶ “Four years after Fukushima, India is flogging a nuclear dead horse” It’s a telling comment on the state of the Indian media that most of it blacked out the fourth anniversary of the still-continuing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, on March 11. [International Viewpoint]


¶ The global coal boom has started to slow, as more plans for new power plants are now being shelved than completed. The number of cancelled coal projects across the world has outstripped those completed at a rate of two to one since 2010. [CleanTechnica]

Comparison of 2012 WRI figures and 2014 Global Coal Plant Tracker. Source: Boom and Bust: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline

Comparison of 2012 WRI figures and 2014 Global Coal Plant Tracker. Source: Boom and Bust: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline

… I do not usually comment in the middle of the news, but in this case I will. As I consider the data in the article above, I have assembled my thoughts at a web page, “A Comment: the Future of New Coal Capacity.” In my view, this is not merely a slowdown. [geoharvey]

¶ The Canadian province of Ontario recently opened up a 140-MW solar procurement round targeting projects over 500-kW in size, as part of the “Large Renewable Procurement” program. The tender is only open to pre-registered bidders. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Emissions capped by Europe’s carbon market fell 3.7% in 2014, driven by higher output from renewable power producers and lower electricity consumption, according to analysts at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. [Customs Today Newspaper]

Energy-intensive aluminum manufacture.

Energy-intensive industry


¶ Bahrain-based energy investment firm Terra Sola Ventures has inked a deal with Egyptian Electricity Holding Company to build a new PV plant in Egypt. Valued at $3.5 billion, the project will provide 2,000 MW of solar energy in the country. [Gulf Business News]

¶ Rural Kenyans are embracing alternative clean energy sources as the hope of getting grid electricity fades away due to the high cost. The use of solar and wind turbines is increasing as companies step in to ensure residents get clean energy. [GlobalPost]


¶ Google and SolarCity teamed up to create a $750 million fund to promote affordable residential solar installations. The new fund will cover the upfront cost of solar panel installations in specified states, to bring the cost of solar power below fossil fuels. [Solar Love]

¶ California risks a huge decrease in hydro-power as the dry spell is not going to end anytime soon. The state starts the fourth successive year of dry season that, most specialists say, is a consequence of the environmental change. [States Chronicle]

¶ Renewable power groups say two proposals in the Kansas Legislature would threaten the young industry’s existence there by shortening a lifetime home tax exemption for wind and solar farms and taxing ethanol fuel and renewable electricity. [Chronicle Bulletin]

¶ The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, is weighing a proposal to lease six acres of its campus to Siemens. As part of the 20-year agreement, Siemens would clear the land above the Hudson River to build a 1 to 2 MW solar farm. [Chronicle Bulletin]

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