September 4 Energy News

September 4, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ SolarWindow Technologies says they have a working, electricity-generating window with a payback of under a year. It is a transparent window coating. Installed on a 50-story building, it would generate up to 50 times the power of conventional rooftop solar. []


¶ Rich nations at UN climate talks are said to be edging towards a compromise on the thorny issue of loss and damage. Poor countries want compensation for extreme weather events that they link to large scale carbon emissions. But the US and EU have long resisted the idea. [BBC]

Developing nations point to Typhoon Haiyan as an example of the damage wrought by extreme weather events. Reuters.

Developing nations point to Typhoon Haiyan as an example of the damage wrought by extreme weather events. Reuters.

¶ Delhi’s Ministry of Power announced plans to install 1 GW of rooftop solar PVs in the capital over the next 4 to 5 years. A medium-term target is to have a total of 2 GW of PVs installed by 2025. Bus stops, metro stations, and railway stations are being considered. [CleanTechnica]

¶ India’s installed solar power capacity has officially crossed the 4-GW mark. As of 31 July 2015, India reached an installed solar power capacity of 4.1 GW, adding 358 MW solar power capacity between April and July, the first four months of India’s financial year 2015-16. [CleanTechnica]

¶ French energy giant EDF admitted that construction of the UK’s first new nuclear power plant in decades has been delayed. Hinkley Point C in Somerset will not start generating power in 2023 as planned. Yesterday it claimed no delays were going to happen. [Western Daily Press]

¶ The city of Marsabit, Kenya has no grid access. It relies on a local microgrid, which requires a reliable power supply of readily available and affordable clean power resources such as wind. It will soon have flywheels to provide backup power for its wind and diesel generation. [ESI Africa]

Remote city in Kenya relies on power and an isolated microgrid for power.

Remote city in Kenya relies on an isolated microgrid for power.

¶ Danish firm Vestas Wind Systems said it secured a 70-MW turbine order for a wind project in Uruguay. The country was wind energy’s fastest-growing market in 2014, with installed capacity soaring almost eight-fold to 479 MW. This is not Vestas’ first order there this year. [Blouin News Blogs]

¶ The capacity of nuclear power plants starting plant life extension (PLEX) programs will decrease from an estimated 18.1 GW in 2015 to 2.9 GW by 2025, according to GlobalData. Plant operators started 50 PLEX projects in 2010-2011, but the number is expected to fall. [PennEnergy]


Coal. Image Credit: via Fossil Free

Coal. Credit: Fossil Free

¶ The California State Assembly passed a bill which will force the state’s two largest pension funds to divest their holdings in thermal coal. The bill requires the funds to divest their holdings in companies that receive at least half their annual revenue from coal mining. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Santee Cooper’s Green Power program hit a milestone when it generated its 1 millionth MWh of electricity. That’s enough to power 74,000 average-sized homes for a year. Santee Cooper was the first utility in South Carolina to generate renewable power. [Berkeley Independent]

¶ The Power Company of Wyoming expects to get final federal rulings later this year for the 3-GW Chokecherry Sierra Madre wind project. The $5 billion, 1000-turbine proposal is located on a mix of private and public land in Carbon County, including federal land. [reNews]

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