March 30 Energy News

March 30, 2015

World:

Gaelectric invests in wind energy projects in Kilkenny and Tipperary

Gaelectric invests in wind energy projects in Kilkenny and Tipperary

¶ Irish renewable energy company Gaelectric announced its acquisition of interests in wind energy projects in counties Kilkenny and Tipperary. The Ballybay Wind Farm in County Kilkenny will comprise six 2.3-MW turbines. Cnoc Wind Farm, in County Tipperary, will have five 2.3-MW turbines. [Businessandleadership.com]

¶ Renewable power is taking a central place in a European energy union. Worldwide, since 2011, more new renewable energy has been installed than fossil and nuclear power combined. With over a million jobs and a turnover of €130 billion, renewable power is now the mainstream in Europe. [The Baltic Course]

¶ Toshiba Hydro Power (Hangzhou) Co, Ltd, a subsidiary that manufactures, sells and maintains hydroelectric equipment, has won a major order to supply four units of 77-MW hydro turbine and generator for Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise’s Upper Yeywa hydropower plant in northeast of Mandalay.[Bernama]

¶ Houthaven, once one of Europe’s busiest timber ports, is on course to become one of the world’s first carbon neutral neighbourhoods. The Government-launched project is aimed at transforming the region from an industrial centre into the leading environmentally friendly residential district by 2022. [solarserver.com]

¶ EON SE, Germany’s biggest utility, filed to close two unprofitable gas-fired power plants used to ensure the country has enough supply to meet peaks in demand. The plants “have no prospect of operating profitably when the current contract with the network operator expires in March 2016,” EON said. [Bloomberg]

¶ Solar Impulse 2 has taken off from an airport in Myanmar bound for China in the most challenging stage so far of a planned flight around the world. If all goes well, the plane will land at Chongqing’s airport sometime after midnight local time (16:00 UTC) following a flight of between 18 and 19 hours. [Deutsche Welle]

Solar Impulse 2

Solar Impulse 2

US:

¶ Maine is positioning itself as a player in Arctic politics, which could increase opportunities for Maine’s climate researchers and for businesses in the advanced materials, construction, marine transportation, renewable power and logistics sectors. Governor LePage supports taking advantage of climate change. [Press Herald] (LePage had earlier called climate change “a scam.”)

¶ For almost 40 years, Northern Power Systems, based in Barre, Vermont, has combined quality and innovation in the manufacture of wind turbines. And the company, which built the first turbine in New York City, is now partnering with companies across the globe to increase the generation of clean energy. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

¶ California’s electrical grid has a problem, a nice problem, but a problem nonetheless: The state often has too much power. The state’s aging natural gas plants aren’t nimble enough to turn off when the sun starts shining and then quickly switch back on when it gets dark, making energy storage important. [Oroville Mercury Register]

¶ A report commissioned for a Milwaukee-based energy collaborative says the global market for the energy storage market will grow by 400% by 2020, with some segments growing at 40% a year. Better battery technology combined with renewable energy can provide protection from high utility costs. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

¶ Iberdrola Renewables is seeking applicants for its 2015 Wildlife Protection Program grants. The company has an ongoing “Legacy of Caring” campaign, giving grants to avian rehabilitation groups, who play important roles in rehabilitation and scientific understanding of birds of prey. [Your Renewable News]

¶ A slim majority of Americans, 51%, now favor the use of nuclear energy for electricity, while 43% oppose it. This level of support is similar to what Gallup found two years ago, but it is down from the peak of 62% five years ago. Current support is on the low end of what Gallup has found in the past 20 years. [Gallup.com]

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