August 6 Energy News

August 6, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ The world’s fastest charging electric bus is operating in the eastern Chinese port city of Ningbo. Local transportation authorities say that the public bus, which was manufactured in Ningbo and runs along an 11 kilometer route, takes as little as 10 seconds to charge up and be ready for the next leg of its journey. The bus also recaptures 80% of its potential energy on breaking. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus charging in Ningbo.

Electric bus charging in Ningbo.

World:

¶ A new survey from the International Monetary Fund shows that the UK government is still providing billions of pounds in subsidies to fossil fuels, while on the other hand cutting support for renewables, for the UK doled out more than £26 billion in subsidies this year. Estimates for global energy direct and indirect subsidies in 2011 have been revised to $4.2 trillion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ France’s Environment and Energy Management Agency has opened a tender for pilot offshore wind projects with floating turbines. Projects must be in one of four designated areas in three regions: Brittany, Languedoc-Roussillon et Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur. The areas were announced by the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy last month. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ General Electric Co has received its first French order for the low-wind 2.75 MW-120 turbine. GE will supply five turbines to a 13.75-MW wind farm project near Crosey Le Grand, in the Franche Comte region of France, the company said in a press release on Wednesday. Turbines will be shipped this summer and commercial operation is expected for late 2015. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Coal-fired electricity generation in New Zealand will end by 2018, when the Huntly power station closes. This is possible as a result of having a world-leading renewable energy industry, the government says. The Greens say it is the beginning of the end for the use of coal in New Zealand and the party is calling on other industries to switch to renewable energy sources. [3News NZ]

¶ SkyPower announced receiving an award for 200 MW in the Telangana, India solar competitive tender process. Telangana is embracing solar energy and is forward thinking in efforts‎ to adopt solar to help grow its economy and provide families with lower-cost electricity. The 200-MW award from Telangana follows a 150-MW award from Madhya Pradesh in July. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ Planning consent has been given for the construction of the next stage of the giant Dogger Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea, the biggest offshore wind project in the world. Dogger Bank Teesside A and B will boast up to 400 wind turbines and have an installed capacity of up to 2.4 GW, enough to power the annual electricity needs of two million British homes. [Click Green]

US:

¶ Heat-trapping pollution from US power plants hit a 27-year low in April, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday. A big factor was the long-term shift from coal to cleaner and cheaper natural gas. More renewable fuel use and energy efficiency also had effects. Power plants emitted 141 million tons of carbon dioxide in April, the lowest for any month since April 1988. [Press Herald]

US Energy Information Administration graph

US Energy Information Administration graph

¶ Most of the cost for burning fossil fuels is not paid when that electricity or fuel is purchased. Most of the cost comes from the tremendous health problems the resulting air pollution (and climate change, if you are brave enough to include that) creates. The EPA created a graph showing the cost of the Clean Power Plan versus the health and life benefits of the plan. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A recent poll of Republican presidential primary voters in the early voting states of New Hampshire and South Carolina finds an unexpected result for the seventeen candidates campaigning there. Most of those likely to vote in the Republican primaries in each of these states support regulating carbon pollution, and even support using President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. [ThinkProgress]

¶ Don’t believe the naysayers who claim the Clean Power Plan is bad for business. Because when you talk to businesspeople, people creating jobs, fostering innovation and driving economic growth all across America, they’re likely to say the opposite. In poll after poll after poll, small business owners, executives and others express widespread support for the Clean Power Plan. [Huffington Post]

¶ Electric utilities, oil companies and their allies spent $502 million on lobbying in the year since the EPA proposed new regulations on carbon emissions from power plants, according to disclosures reviewed by Bloomberg. That’s 22 times what renewable energy companies and environmentalists spent. But many other businesses support the plan. [Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ A judge ruled that Southern California Edison executives engaged in improper talks with California utility regulators related to the now-closed San Onofre nuclear plant. They could face millions of dollars in penalties. The judge found that Edison executives or attorneys engaged in ten unreported, improper communications with agency commissioners or advisers. [Paradise Post]

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