May 10 Energy News

May 10, 2015

World:

¶ The first renewable energy scheme in Scotland to draw heat from the sea could be installed in Shetland. The archipelago’s capital of Lerwick already has the largest district heating system in Scotland, heated by burning trash. But there is not enough trash, so they are considering an ocean source heat pump. [Herald Scotland]

Lerwick, Shetland. Photo by Eric. Wikimedia Commons.

Lerwick, Shetland. Photo by Eric. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ A South Derbyshire village could see 40,000 solar panels installed as more information is revealed on plans for two new farms. The village of Overseal could be home to two solar farms to be installed by Inazin Power, which recently held a consultation meeting with residents to gather information on the sites. [Burton Mail]

¶ To encourage consumption of clean and renewable energy in the national capital, Delhi’s AAP government is planning to promote the usage of energy from such sources and will urge citizens to install “net meters” at their residence places and business enterprises. The drive is operating at several levels. [The Asian Age]

US:

¶ According to the US Geological Survey, the Dallas area has suffered almost 40 small earthquakes (magnitude 2.0 or higher) since the beginning of this year, the latest a magnitude-2.7 quake near Farmers Branch on Saturday. There was only one in the 58 years before 2008. The difference is probably due to fracking. [CNN]

¶ Solar energy companies are expanding in New Hampshire, even though the state budget threatens to wipe out a fund many say is vital to the industry. Renewable energy advocates are decrying a move by the New Hampshire House to pull $50 million its renewable energy fund to patch a hole in its budget plan. [Concord Monitor]

¶ A transformer failure and fire at Indian Point Energy nuclear power plant in Buchanan, New York sent smoke into the air and prompted the plant operator to shut down the impacted unit on Saturday evening. Indian Point Energy said that there were no injures and that there was no threat to public safety. [Huffington Post]

Indian Point nuclear plant. Photo by Peretz Partensky from San Francisco, USA. Wikimedia Commons.

Indian Point nuclear plant. Photo by Peretz Partensky from San Francisco, USA. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Liberty Utilities, which delivers electricity to 49,000 customers in California in the Tahoe-Truckee area, is removing coal from its power portfolio. Liberty wants to buy two solar plants with a combined capacity of 65 MW or to get power from other renewable sources. They expect to save $200 million a year. [Mountain Town News]

¶ Marin Clean Energy officials are highlighting the joint power authority’s efforts to stimulate the creation of local renewable energy projects and local jobs as the authority celebrates its fifth year and the opening of its new San Rafael, California, headquarters. The company provides community choice aggregation. [Marin Independent Journal]

¶ US-based renewable energy development company SunEdison has signed combined transactions for 757 MW of operating projects. These include wind and hydropower projects in Brazil; wind and solar projects in India; wind and solar project in South Africa; and the Solarpack solar project in Uruguay. [Greentech Lead]

¶ North Carolina governor Patrick McCrory signed a one-year extension of the state’s renewable energy investment tax credit last week, a move in that will foster more solar development within the state, which is now 4th in the nation for installed solar capacity. The law will now expire on January 1, 2017. [South Carolina SC]

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