September 13 Energy News

September 13, 2015


¶ “How Vermont became a clean-power powerhouse” David Blittersdorf built his first wind turbine to power the lights in his sugar shack in Pittsford, Vermont, where he boiled maple sap, at age 14. And the Burlington Electric Department’s journey toward becoming 100% renewable first took form at a local Dairy Queen. [Christian Science Monitor]

David Blittersdorf stands on one of the four wind turbines of the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project in northwest Vermont. Elodie Reed

David Blittersdorf stands at one of the four wind turbines of the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project in northwest Vermont. Elodie Reed

¶ “Ohio supplies national solar boom, sees own capacity slip” Ohio is a cautionary tale of how smart government policy, like the federal investment tax credit, can help a young, cutting-edge industry like solar grow, attract investment and create jobs while bad government policy can stunt the growth of an industry. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]


¶ Informal leadership consultations prepare for November-December’s 21st UNFCCC’s Conference of Parties. This weekend, delegations from 18 developed nations talked of climate financing, especially methodologies relating to goals for 2020, in the context of limiting average global warming to 2° Celsius. [CleanTechnica]

¶ In India, the Union minister for power, coal and new and renewable energy Piyush Goyal said replacing light bulbs with LEDs would lead to savings of up to ₹40,000 crore ($6 billion) for consumers. This would lead to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of about 60 million tonnes every year. [Times of India]

¶ Wave power is set to be trialled in the Western Australian port city of Bunbury. Thirty floating buoys will be tethered together and supported by weights that will be filled with water and dropped on the sea floor. The buoys will drift up and down with the current to create compressed air that is then converted to power. [ABC Online]

Stonehenge Metals photo

Stonehenge Metals photo

¶ Although he has no plans to return to national politics, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi tells the electorate not to lose hope in the campaign against nuclear power. In an exclusive interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo, Koizumi called for a national movement to steer Japan away from nuclear plants. [Asahi Shimbun]


¶ One of the world’s leading intelligent home climate control solution providers, tado° launched its Smart AC Control in the US in late August, making the intelligent air conditioner controller available through a number of major retailers. The Smart AC Control uses your phone’s location to adjust the air conditioner. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Hydrogen House Project hosted a dedication ceremony for a major milestone in renewable hydrogen energy technologies. The house is located in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. It was the first commercially produced, fully-permitted and affordable, solar-hydrogen, on/off-grid residence in the world. [MercerMe]

Hydrogen House

Hydrogen House

¶ NextEra Energy will be development partner for the Hale Community Wind Energy project that encompasses 122,312 leased acres with more than 350 landowners in the eastern half of Hale County, Texas. The project is envisioned to use a variety of 1.7, 1.79 and 2.0 MW GE turbines, in the first phase of 300 MW. [Plainview Daily Herald]

¶ Sioux City purchased four Leafs at a cost of about $7,000 each. It’s the largest municipal fleet of electric cars in Nebraska. The investment is part of the city’s strategy to move toward cleaner, more renewable forms of energy. Mayor Rod Koch was upbeat on the city’s drive to be green, which will include solar and wind power. [Sioux City Journal]

¶ An Alabama holding company plans to build two wood-burning power plants in the Athens area and one might become operational as soon as April. Together, the two plants in Franklin and Madison counties would consume about a million tons of wood each year and produce nearly 140 MW of electricity. [Online Athens]

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