August 1 Energy News

August 1, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ Dr James L Powell, director of the National Physical Sciences Consortium, examined titles and abstracts of more than 24,000 peer-reviewed scientific articles on climate change published during the past couple of years. He identified 69,406 authors named in the articles. Only four of them rejected the fact that human emissions cause climate change. [CleanTechnica]


¶ Linlithgow, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, is developing a natural grid, with the aim of disconnecting from the National Grid. Linlithgow Natural Grid has been examining doing this using a combination of solar and wind power, along with the innovative “Heat from the Street” project, which has received £25,000 of funding from the Local Energy Challenge Fund. [The National]

Linlithgow could be powered by various forms of green energy.

Linlithgow could be powered by various forms of green energy.

¶ Private investors in Honduras have installed 233 MW in eight PV parks through July 30, on time to benefit from extra incentives per kWh of solar energy, daily El Heraldo said Thursday. A bonus incentive of $0.03 per kWh, valid for up to 300 MW of PV plants to be installed by July 31, 2015, increases the price to $0.18 per kWh. The standard incentive is 10%. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ The UK increased power generation from on-site biogas plants by 40% in 2014, according to a survey by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. DECC’s annual Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics found that the farming sector led the country’s surge in on-site biogas capacity, from 164 MW in 2013 to 216 MW last year. [Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine]

¶ Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division has been awarded orders from three different customers to construct, install a total of 52 units of its D3 direct drive wind turbines at projects in Ireland and Scotland. Together the wind projects are expected to supply clean renewable energy for nearly 100,000 households. All the orders include long-term service contracts. []

¶ The French Geothermal Cluster GEODEEP and its sister organisation – the Iceland Geothermal Cluster Initiative, agreed to cooperate on a framework of standardized model licenses for exploring and developing geothermal energy resources. The signing was witnessed by energy ministers from the two countries, Segolene Royal and Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir. [SeeNews Renewables]

Geothermal power station. (That is steam, not smoke.) Featured Image: N.Minton/

Geothermal power station. (That is steam, not smoke.) Featured Image: N.Minton/


¶ A report from the University of Georgia says states can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by combining of renewable energy sources and energy-saving strategies. Complying with the Clean Power Plan would also produce substantial collateral benefits such as lower electricity bills, greater GDP growth, and significant reductions in SO2, NOx, and mercury emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Orlando Utilities Commission on Friday announced plans to construct new solar arrays consisting of more than 41,000 panels on 31 acres of land at the Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center in east Orange County, Florida. The solar farm will produce nearly 13 MW of clean, renewable energy, enough electricity to power about 1,500 homes.[]

¶ Broad, bipartisan energy legislation that would allocate federal funding to grid technology research and demonstration along with a number of other initiatives, including cybersecurity and the energy-water nexus, has cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with an 18–4 vote. Among other previsions is allocation of funds for grid-scale storage research. [POWER magazine]

¶ A Maine company that’s developing tidal power and river power systems says it’s successfully connected one of its units to the power grid in an Alaskan village. Ocean Renewable Power Company says its 25-kW RivGen Power System has been successfully deployed in the remote river village of Igiugig. This is to reduce the village’s reliance diesel-powered generators. [PennEnergy]

ORPC's RivGen Power System in Igiugig

ORPC’s RivGen Power System in Igiugig before being submerged for operation.

¶ In an unprecedented show of business support for tackling climate change, 365 companies and investor groups sent letters today to more than two dozen governors across the United States voicing their support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and encouraging the state’s “timely finalization” of state implementation plans to meet the new standards. [Sustainable Brands]

¶ In every decade since the 1970s, the US has added less hydropower capacity than the decade prior. But now energy experts say that new ways of thinking about hydropower has placed the energy source on the verge of a resurgence in the US. Hydropower production is anticipated to grow by more than 5% in 2016 alone, according to the US Energy Information Administration. [TIME]

¶ The US nuclear industry has made a last-minute push to urge the Obama administration to protect the country’s 99 nuclear units in its forthcoming carbon rule and prevent the early retirement of several plants. The industry said eight plants, producing about 8,000 MW, struggle to compete in competitive electricity markets, and claims nuclear plants have zero carbon emissions. [Town Hall]

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