July 5 Energy News

July 5, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Restore Ohio wind-energy provisions that benefit local students” – By turning to wind power, the Lincolnview Local Schools added a revenue stream of $400,000 annually. But the Ohio legislature added onerous restrictions on wind-energy development, making similar projects difficult. This may be changed. [cleveland.com]

World:

¶ The world’s longest underwater electricity cable will soon enable sharing of renewable energy between the UK and Norway. Starting in 2021 power will be able to move as needed, balancing grid loads, thanks to a 730-km (453-mi) underwater cable between Blyth, Northumberland, and Kvilldal in Norway. [Geographical]

A picturesque fjord in Kvilldal, where the Norwegian end of the pipeline will be situated. Credit: Geoffrey Kopp.

A picturesque fjord in Kvilldal, where the Norwegian end of the cable will be situated. Credit: Geoffrey Kopp.

¶ Indonesian President Joko Widodo has asserted that the government will prioritize the development of environmentally friendly power plants to meet its target of generating 35,000 MW more electricity by 2019. The country has a geothermal energy potential of 28,000 MW and this is being studied. [Jakarta Post]

¶ Jordan will construct four 50-MW solar power plants through the country. About 20 companies have been approved to bid on the projects, and the bids are about to be examined. Jordan imports 97% of its energy needs, and its grid is being studied to find ways to integrate more renewable power. [Construction Week Online]

¶ The London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, had its second anniversary of operation. The 630-MW wind project has produced more than 5 TWh of affordable electricity, while mitigating more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Its power is enough for 2% of all homes in the UK. [Khaleej Times]

US:

¶ After two decades of trying to buy the defunct Eagle Mountain iron mine, in California, the Eagle Crest Energy Company has finally succeeded. The plan is to build a 1,300-MW hydro-power plant, using billions of gallons of water that would be drawn from an aquifer. The plan has a lot of opposition. [The Desert Sun]

The foothills of Eagle Mountain can be seen from the edge of Joshua Tree National Park on Nov. 18, 2014. (Photo: Jay Calderon, The Desert Sun)

The foothills of Eagle Mountain can be seen from the edge of Joshua Tree National Park on Nov. 18, 2014. (Photo: Jay Calderon, The Desert Sun)

¶ The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is poised to change the way electricity is made across the country, moving the nation further away from coal and toward cleaner energy sources. In Virginia, a debate is beginning over whether the state’s largest utility should build another nuclear reactor at North Anna. [Richmond.com]

¶ While the energy history of the US is one of significant change, the three fossil fuel sources have made up at least 80% of total US energy consumption for more than 100 years. The mix is changing among fossil fuels, with natural gas becoming dominant. Renewables are growing, but still small. [The Maritime Executive]

¶ Environmental groups along New York state’s Southern Tier and Hudson Valley are launching campaigns to help home owners and small businesses add solar systems with price discounts. The campaigns are supported with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. [Oneida Dispatch]

¶ In West Virginia, Appalachian Power Co expects to develop the means to generate more than a fifth of its energy from the sun and wind in 15 years, according to a plan filed with the state this week. At the same time, it foresees reducing reliance on coal for electric power from 72% to just over half. [Bristol Herald Courier]

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