August 3 Energy News

August 3, 2015

World:

Market on Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. 1% of the people have electricity. Photo by Ryan Harvey. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons. 

Market on Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. 1% of the people have electricity. Photo by Ryan Harvey. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Tanzanian renewable power firms Rex Energy secured a grant from the US Trade and Development Agency for a mini-grid project in the Lake Victoria Islands. Only 1% of the islands’ populations having access to electricity. The grant supports the development of a full-scale business model and financing plan necessary to implement a 2-MW hybrid solar PV mini-grid. [Daily News]

¶ In India, officials of the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh and AP Power Distribution Company are motivating farmers to rely on solar agricultural pumps to irrigate their fields. The government has a goal to set up 6,000 solar pump sets across the State in the current fiscal year to reduce power consumption. [The Hindu]

¶ In an opinion piece, the most recent head of the National Australia Bank made revelations about the backlash from government to business that dared speak out in support of sensible climate change and renewable energy policies. Cameron Clyne lamented the government’s economically reckless policies, “willful ignorance,” and retribution to those who did speak out. [RenewEconomy]

¶ North Africa has exceptional wind energy and is seeing a surge in large-scale wind projects. Egypt aims to generate 7.2 GW of wind energy by 2020 and Morocco has plans to develop 2 GW of wind capacity by 2016 and a further 2.7 GW by 2030. Tunisia is also planning to double its installed wind capacity with a target of 505 MW by 2016 and 2.7 GW by 2030. [EIN News Zimbabwe]

¶ Ethiopia is bursting with a feeling of unprecedented economic optimism owing to its high economic growth in the last twenty years, and the Ethiopian people are upbeat about their country’s future. And after more than a decade of heavy investments in its renewable energy, Ethiopia is emerging as a leading producer and exporter of clean electricity. [Somaliland Sun]

Ethiopia with large hydro power and wind farm projects like pictured Green Mountain Wind Farm Fluvanna looks to become the renewable energy powerhouse of Africa.

Ethiopia with large hydro power and wind farm projects like pictured Green Mountain Wind Farm Fluvanna looks to become the renewable energy powerhouse of Africa.

¶ More than half of medical and nursing-care facilities within 30 kilometers of nuclear power plants across Japan have not compiled mandatory evacuation plans in the event of an accident, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows. The Sendai nuclear power plant could resume operations as early as August 10, but just two of 85 medical institutes near it have developed evacuation plans. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ The Obama administration unveiled its Clean Power Plan, which is aimed at a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The President will next begin selling it to the public at a White House event. The Clean Power Plan is the final version of EPA regulations, which President Barak Obama called “the biggest most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.” [CNN]

¶ The wind and solar industries cheered while coal companies vowed to kill President Barack Obama’s new limits on climate-change pollution as details of the historic regulations emerged on Sunday. The rules include tougher limits on carbon emissions and more incentives for renewable energy than expected. That may also mean fewer benefits for natural gas. [theday.com]

¶ There is plenty of potential for electricity in Quebec’s rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for the Northeast, where power costs are high. But getting that power to Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter. Five large-scale hydropower proposals are being considered. They could pump thousands of megawatts into the Northeast and ease prices as supplies increase. [Valley News]

Daniel-Johnson's Manic 5 dam in Quebec, the largest arch and buttress dam in the world. Photo by Pierre cb. This image was placed into the public domain by the author. 

Daniel-Johnson’s Manic 5 dam in Quebec, the largest arch and buttress dam in the world. Photo by Pierre cb. This image was placed into the public domain by the author.

¶ Hillary Clinton promised to make the US a clean energy superpower, but many knowledgeable critics see her climate goals as inadequate. James Hansen, who first told congress about the “cause and effect relationship” between climate change and human emissions, said, “It’s just plain silly … No, you cannot solve the problem without a fundamental change.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ Sungevity will be partnering with the University of California, Berkeley, for a 10-year program involving the solar energy company working with students across a wide number of different fields of study, according to a recent press statement. As part of the partnership, Sungevity will also be working to help UC Berkeley achieve its goal to be carbon neutral by the year 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Over recent years, West Virginia has slowly become home to a growing number of solar energy co-ops. Charleston is now gearing up to become home to one, giving residents in the area an easier and simpler way to go solar. Since 2007, Community Power Network has launched over 30 solar energy co-ops in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. [CleanTechnica]

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