July 7 Energy News

July 7, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ Driverless cars running on electric power can cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 90%, a study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says. The reduction in GHG emissions from 5% of 2030 vehicles being autonomous electric taxis would be greater than from 1,000 two-MW wind turbines. [International Business Times UK]

World:

¶ Austria formally filed a legal challenge at the European court of justice against EU-granted state subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in Britain. The announcement came only days after an alliance of 10 German and Austrian energy companies filed a separate legal challenge against Hinkley Point. [The Guardian]

Opponents see Hinkley Point C as an unnecessary show of support for nuclear energy. Photograph: EDF/PA.

Opponents see Hinkley Point C as an unnecessary show of support for nuclear energy. Photograph: EDF/PA.

¶ ReNew Power announced an agreement with Hareon Solar to develop a 72-MW solar power project in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Hareon Solar will supply 234,161 crystalline silicon solar modules with delivery beginning in August 2015. The plant would be commissioned in March 2016. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ New Zealand significantly raised its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, but said it still wants a climate change policy that was affordable. The plan to cut emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 will be submitted as part of negotiations on a comprehensive agreement in Paris at the end of the year. [Reuters]

¶ Clearfleau Ltd, a leading UK-based provider of onsite anaerobic digestion systems for the food and beverage sector, has finished the first stage in a major sustainability project at one of the UK’s largest cheese creameries. It will be the first dairy in Europe to feed bio-methane into the gas grid. [Biomass Magazine]

¶ A licence for Oman’s first solar power plant was issued to Bahwan Astonfield Solar Energy Company by the Authority for Electricity Regulation. The 303-kW solar plant is located in the wilayat of Al Mazyounnah in Dhofar Governorate. The power produced will be sold to the Rural Areas Electricity Company. [Times of Oman]

US:

¶ New York Governor Cuomo announced the state’s solar power increased more than 300% from 2011 to 2014, double the US growth rate. Over 310 MW of solar panels had been installed by the end of last year, enough to power more than 51,000 homes. Over 304 MW more is under contract as of May 2015. [Energy Matters]

Omega Center for Sustainable Living at Rhinebeck, New York. Photo by Andy Milford from Dahlonega, GA. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Wikimedia Commons.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living at Rhinebeck, New York. Photo by Andy Milford from Dahlonega, GA. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The biggest highlight of the US electricity generation capacity market is that 74% of new US capacity added in January through May of 2015 came from wind and solar power. Renewables overall accounted for 75% of new electricity generation capacity. Wind and solar now make up 7.6% of the US capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A bipartisan group of mayors from over 250 cities is taking an important stand against “climate change denialism,” calling for the “swift implementation” of climate education in high schools nationwide. This happend at a conference of the United States Conference of Mayors, for cities over 30,000 in population. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Ohio University, located in southeastern Ohio’s coal-mining country, still uses coal-fired boilers to generate steam to heat and cool campus buildings, but officials anticipate changing that by year’s end. A $5.5 million project is underway to build a pipeline to carry natural gas to the university’s power plant. [Columbus Dispatch]

¶ A wind and solar farm in northern Cochise County, Arizona, is expected to start generating power by the end of this month. The farm, belonging to Red Horse 2 LLC, will produce up to 71 MW of wind and solar power combined by the end of July, enough to provide power to more than 13,500 homes. [Eastern Arizona Courier]

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