June 2 Energy News

June 2, 2015


¶ The Global Apollo Program aims to make the cost of clean electricity lower than that from coal, worldwide, within 10 years. It calls for £15 billion a year of spending on developing green energy and energy storage. In today’s money, it is the same cost as the Apollo Program that put astronauts on the moon. [The Guardian]

Earthrise. NASA photo, taken by Apollo 8 crew member Bill Anders. Wikimedia Commons.

Earthrise. NASA photo, taken by Apollo 8 crew member Bill Anders. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ A Japanese industry ministry projection shows Japan’s oil use is likely to fall by 33% by around 2030 to about 2.5 million barrels per day as Tokyo pushes for a return of nuclear power, suspended after the Fukushima Disaster, and boosts renewable use. Japan is the world’s fourth-biggest importer of oil. [THE BUSINESS TIMES]

¶ Spanish developer Enerfin is developing a wind project of up to 100 MW in southwestern Ontario. The company is working with landowners and environmental consultants to define the final project area, likely in Brook-Alvinston and possibly Enniskillen. DNV GL is handling the environmental work.[reNews]

¶ The number one consideration for the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation’s customers was that the company offer a guaranteed price for a nuclear power plant that is comparable to or cheaper than other forms of electricity generation, Rosatom executives said at a roundtable discussion in Moscow. [BDlive]


¶ Ford Motor Co is joining Tesla Motors Inc and Toyota Motor Corp in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology to accelerate development of electric-drive vehicles. Ford will open up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology. Unlike Tesla and Toyota, it will license its patents for a fee. [Automotive News]

Ford Motor Company Headquarters, Dearborn, Michigan. Photo by Dave Parker. Wikimedia Commons.

Ford Motor Company Headquarters, Dearborn, Michigan. Photo by Dave Parker. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power announced the acquisition of a 30-MW project, the Pawpaw Solar Facility, to be located on about 416 acres in Taylor County, Georgia. The Pawpaw Solar Facility is expected to consist of about 137,000 polycrystalline solar modules on single-axis tracking tables. [AZoCleantech]

¶ Three solar projects in the Dry Lake area in southern Nevada have been approved, marking the Interior Department’s first grouped proposal on public land that it had already blessed for such use. Once complete, the projects are expected to generate enough electricity together to power 132,000 homes. [News3LV]

¶ All the electricity delivered to Borrego Springs, California, during a nearly nine-hour period in May came from a nearby solar energy plant, in what utility officials believe is the first time in the country an entire community has been powered by a renewable microgrid, San Diego Gas & Electric announced. [Times of San Diego]

¶ US developer Cape Wind has been granted a temporary reprieve while regulators mull a long-term extension request. Construction of the 468-MW project was to start by 1 May. The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board agreed to suspend the deadline while it considers a request for a two-year extension. [reNews]

¶ Nearly every speaker at Monday night’s Town Council meeting in Middletown, Delaware, said they want to see some form of renewable energy considered over natural gas as the prime backup power source for a proposed 52.5-MW data center, which would be part of the $350 million Middletown Technology Center. [The News Journal]

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