July 13 Energy News

July 13, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “The transition from fossil to renewable energy” The current diabolical position taken by Australian political leaders on matters of energy and sustainability is of great concern in how we deal with the future challenges and opportunities. Our leaders must apply rational thinking in the face of facts. [The Fifth Estate]

The PS20 concentrated solar thermal plant in Spain.

The PS20 concentrated solar thermal plant in Spain.

World:

¶ Oil prices dropped today as Iran and global powers appear close to a historic deal to loosen sanctions in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program. Sanctions have long reined in Iran’s oil exports. Crude prices dropped by 1.6% to around $52 a barrel as investors reacted to the potential new supply. [CNN]

¶ Scottish communities from inner city Glasgow to western Harris are set to benefit from £500,000 in funding for demo projects designed to encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy. There is a trend for community ownership of renewable energy sources, especially in rural areas. [Click Green]

¶ Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has come under fire from the opposition and investors after ordering the government’s $10 billion ($7.45 billion, US) Clean Energy Finance Corporation to stop investing in wind and solar power. Abbott has made no secret of his desire to axe the CEFC. [Day & Night News]

¶ Cuba plans to build 13 wind farms, including seven facilities financed with foreign direct investment. The move is part of a plan for Cuba to source some 24% of its power from renewable energy sources by 2030. For the purpose, Cuba will need to attract about $600 million in foreign capital. [SeeNews Renewables]

Onshore wind farm. Featured Image: TuTheLens / Shutterstock.com

Onshore wind farm. Featured Image: TuTheLens / Shutterstock.com

¶ All Wales’ electricity will come from renewable sources within 20 years if Plaid Cymru wins the 2016 assembly election, the party says. Plaid backs community-owned power schemes and energy efficiency. Wales generates twice as much electricity as it uses but only 10% comes from renewable sources like wind. [BBC News]

¶ Beijing is setting its eye on resolving its problem with air pollution. China’s capital city is working hand in hand with the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou in an attempt to contain this predicament. Beijing and Zhangjiakou already have a joint project that will use of wind power for generating heat. [Chinatopix]

US:

¶ In the year since the Clean Power Plan was proposed, naysayers have been spinning doomsday stories that say cutting carbon pollution would be difficult and costly for Virginia. Multiple studies, such as one from a consumer watchdog, show this is simply not true. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

A little smoke.

Who does the smoke make wealthy?

¶ Solar Impulse will be grounded in Hawaii for at least two weeks because of battery damage. The solar-powered airplane overheated its batteries during the historic, five-day crossing from Japan. Engineers working on it are not sure yet if new parts will be needed to get it back up into the air again. [BBC News]

¶ A $600 million project by Iberdrola Renewables will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, with plans for about 50 more. It will be the South’s first wind farm. It will generate about 204 MW, or enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes. [The Denver Post]

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