July 6 Energy News

July 6, 2015


¶ “SA’s proposed $100bn Nuclear Fleet – driven by arrogance or ignorance?” – Russia is seen as the frontrunner to win the right to build 9600 MW of South African nuclear power plants that may be worth as much as $100 billion. But who is going to pay for the country’s biggest project yet remains a mystery. [BizNews]


¶ The National Trust is to invest £30 million in solar panels, woodchip boilers and innovative technology that can extract heat from a lake, in a bid to supply half of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. The investment is an eightfold increase on what the trust has made in five pilot projects. [The Guardian]

A biomass boiler will heat the entire property at Ickworth House, a Georgian mansion, 680 feet long,  in Suffolk, UK. Photograph: David J. Green/Alamy.

A biomass boiler will heat the entire property at Ickworth House, a Georgian mansion, 680 feet long, in Suffolk, UK. Photograph: David J. Green/Alamy.

¶ Twenty subnational governments, with over 220 million people and $8.3 trillion in GDP, have now committed to targeted reductions in carbon emissions through the Compact of States and Regions, a partnership of The Climate Group, CDP, R20, and nrg4SD supported by the United Nations and others. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Brazil’s wind power output reached 2,261 MW average (MWa), in the month of June, which is by 75.1% more than was recorded a year ago, according to InfoMercado, the weekly newsletter of the Power Trading Chamber. The electricity consumption also fell 1.1% year on year to 56,818 MWa. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Emissions from Australia’s main power sector are rising at an increasing rate one year after the end of the carbon price, with plants in Victoria fired by brown coal the biggest contributors. In the year to June, emissions jumped by about 6.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, or about 4.3%. [Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ Ratch Australia is planning to build a $100 million (Aus) solar plant in Collinsville. Ratch general manager of business management, Anil Nangia, said the recent Federal Government deadlock on the Renewable Energy Target had kept the project on hold. The project is in north Queensland. It begin next year. [ABC Online]

¶ Wind power generated 33% of Scotland’s electricity needs in June, according to analysis by WWF Scotland. This represents an increase of 120% compared with June 2014. WWF also found that homes fitted with solar PV panels typically produced sufficient energy to supply themselves in much of the country. [reNews]

Hill of Towie wind farm in Scotland (reNEWS)

Hill of Towie wind farm in Scotland (reNEWS)

¶ The Czech Republic, biggest electricity exporter in Europe, plans to build two additional nuclear reactors in the country, a senior official said. The government aims to make nuclear energy account for 58% of the nation’s total supply, up from 30%. It also plans to increase renewable energy to 25%. [Korea JoongAng Daily]


¶ Special utility company–provided electric vehicle tariff rates are becoming more and more common in the US, according to a new study from Northeast Group. As it stands now, according to the study, there are 28 different utility companies in 15 different states providing EV charging specific rates. [CleanTechnica]

¶ SunEdison is partnering with Green Charge Networks, which specializes in commercial energy storage, to provide a solar plus energy storage system to utility company Silicon Valley Power. Combining energy from solar PVs with energy allows customers to cut down on utility bills rather substantially. [CleanTechnica]

¶ When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Governor Peter Shumlin said the ban was “in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources.” But now the state seems likely to increase the use of fracked gas from Canada. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

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