August 10 Energy News

August 10, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Clean Power Plan Protects the Health – And Pocketbooks – Of Latino Families” California remains in a four-year-old extreme drought; Texas saw record flooding and rain after a record drought; and sea-level rise is already threatening Florida’s infrastructure and freshwater supply. It should not be surprising that 82% of Latinos are concerned about climate change. [Huffington Post]

World:

¶ Nova Scotia has ended a program giving citizens an incentive to produce renewable energy. The decision, which may initially lower prices for energy users, is at odds with widespread warnings that renewable energy must rapidly replace fossil fuels. The scheme is the Nova Scotia Community Feed-in Tariff, which encouraged community-based renewable energy projects. [Truthdig]

Peggys Cove lighthouse: Nova Scotia’s long Atlantic coastline is ideal for tidal power. (Bob Jagendorf via Wikimedia Commons)

Peggys Cove lighthouse: Nova Scotia’s long Atlantic coastline is ideal for tidal power. (Bob Jagendorf via Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Enel Green Power has commissioned the world’s first geothermal-biomass hybrid power plant in Italy. Enel Green Power announced that it has added 5 MW of biomass-based generating capacity to an existing 13-MW geothermal plant in Tuscany. The biomass unit was added to the geothermal unit to increase overall efficiency and power generation of the project. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The UK’s government wants to kick-start its nascent shale gas industry, with a pointed reminder to planning authorities that ministers wish to see fracking planning applications fast-tracked. Stressing an “urgent need” for development, the guidance will give the energy minister more freedom to intervene in hearing appeals against planning decisions on shale gas projects. [Business Green]

¶ EDF, the electricity utility owned by the French government, does not have £25 billion needed to build the two huge nuclear reactors in England that it has agreed to construct, because it is in debt and its partners have pulled out. China’s President, Xi Jinping, is due in London in October and is expected to agree with Prime Minister David Cameron to fund the deal. [eco-business.com]

The UK government is keen to push for new nuclear stations as essential for Britain’s energy supply. Image: Shutterstock

The UK government is keen to push for new nuclear stations as essential for Britain’s energy supply. Image: Shutterstock

¶ Since 2007, The Climate Institute has produced Climate of the Nation research capturing Australian opinions on climate change, its impacts and solutions. This year’s results show an increasing awareness about the cause and impacts of climate change, strengthening support for renewable energy and carbon pollution regulation, and a greater call for government action. [Business Spectator]

¶ The EU greenhouse gases emission savings due to renewable electricity generation, cooling/heating, and transport sectors rose at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8% from 2009 to 2012, according to a report of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center. Nearly two-thirds of the savings was due to renewable energy in Germany, Sweden, France, Italy and Spain. [InterAksyon]

¶ As about 100 demonstrators massed in front of company headquarters, Kyushu Electric Power Co announced on August 10 that it was about to resume operations at its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture the following day. At about 10:30 AM on August 11, control rods at the No 1 reactor of the Sendai plant will be removed to begin nuclear fission. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ Anaerobic digesters capture both the smell and the greenhouse gases of manure, providing fuel in the process. The EPA estimates that more than 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions were eliminated last year by 247 US livestock farms with biogas recovery systems. There are about 8,000 farms in the US large enough to make a biogas recovery system viable. [Capital FM Kenya]

Cows need no encouragement to make cowpower.

Cows need no encouragement to make cowpower.

¶ A deal that paves the way to build what will eventually be one of the largest solar arrays in the state of Vermont was finalized by the Windham Solid Waste Management District and developer Pristine Sun LLC. The 25-year agreement will have the solar development firm leasing land over a capped landfill from the waste district and financing the 5-MW solar project. [vtdigger.org]

¶ Entergy Arkansas intends to pay a little more than 5¢/kWh for electricity from a proposed solar farm. Entergy will buy power from NextEra, which plans to build an 81-MW solar energy farm on a 475-acre site about 7 miles southeast of Stuttgart, Arkansas. NextEra will spend more than $120 million to develop and build the solar farm, according to a spokesman for NextEra. [Arkansas Online]

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