June 4 Energy News

June 4, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ Residential solar can slash electricity costs, boost property values, deliver a great return on investment, and decrease air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. But it turns out that rooftop solar can also deliver dividends for everyone on the grid, regardless of whether or not they are solar powered. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ Panasonic will start to sell energy storage solutions to Australian power companies like Red Energy and ActewAGL this October, according to recent reports. The company will be selling lithium-ion batteries, similar to Tesla’s. Panasonic energy storage solutions will be available in New Zealand as well. [CleanTechnica]

Image Credit: Petra, Wiki Commons

Image Credit: Petra, Wiki Commons

¶ Siemens has signed contracts worth €8 billion for high-efficiency natural gas-fired power plants and wind power installations that will boost Egypt’s power generation capacity by more than 50% compared to the currently installed base. The projects will add an additional 16.4 GW to Egypt’s national grid. [The FINANCIAL]

¶ There will be no US-style shale gas revolution in Europe, the president of the International Gas Union told BBC. “You cannot duplicate [the US experience] in Europe,” he said. “Politicians are hesitating to accept shale development.” The US has experienced low gas prices because of fracking. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

¶ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was elected in a surprise vote last month. Alberta produces a third of Canada’s pollution. She is working to shift Alberta’s energy policy, in the same way Ontario’s has changed. The shift includes phasing out coal plants and offering subsidies for solar and wind, according to sources. [Bloomberg]

¶ Critics say Japan’s emissions target to be presented to November’s climate summit is unambitious compared to those of other leading countries and unrealistic because it depends on restoring a nuclear industry facing public hostility. It cuts emissions levels by 26% by 2030 from what they were in 2013. [Reuters]

¶ Japanese electric utilities and nuclear watchdog are at odds over the “science” used to calculate the risks of underground faults at nuclear power plants. The Nuclear Regulation Authority says faults should be considered active unless they are scientifically confirmed to be inactive. The utilities disagree. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ New York and New Jersey customers will now be able to install SunTegra solar shingles through solar contractor ACE Solar. SunTegra solar shingles are manufactured by New York–based Integrated Solar Technology. Ace Solar will bring roof-integrated solar systems to more residential solar customers. [CleanTechnica]

Photos via IST

Photo via IST

¶ ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson recently let the world know that global warming or not, his company will keep on doing business as usual. However, one of the global petroleum industry’s single biggest customers is ready for a change of air. The US Army intends to wean itself from petroleum products. [CleanTechnica]

¶ US independent power producer EDF Renewable Energy says that the 200-MW Longhorn wind farm in the state of Texas has achieved commercial operation. The wind park uses 100 2-MW Vestas wind turbines. It should generate enough power to meet the annual needs of around 55,000 households. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ The California Senate approved a sweeping package of climate change bills designed to cement the Golden State’s reputation as a leader in the fight against global warming. The legislation would trigger a fundamental shift in the kinds of cars Californians drive and the way they power their homes and businesses. [Record Bee]

¶ New York state’s energy research authority is proposing to spend $1.5 billion over the next 10 years to spur further development in renewable energy projects, extending a program that began in 2004 through the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard program. It also wants to make changes in the program. [Buffalo News]

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