September 24 Energy News

September 24, 2015


¶ “The new Senate Democratic energy bill is a wonk’s dream” In anticipation of the pope’s visit to Washington, and to signal their support of Obama’s agenda at climate talks in Paris this December, Senate Democrats have released a new bill: the American Energy Innovation Act of 2015. It is astonishingly substantive. [Vox]

Senate Democrats, basically. Elizabeth Thompson. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The author’s view of Senate Democrats. Painting by Elizabeth Thompson. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

¶ “Shame upon them! The government’s nuclear lies exposed” There’s no doubt about it. The UK Government is spreading untruths about the price of renewable energy. Is it deliberate? One can only assume so owing to the consistency of the pattern. And, it’s always in the context of supporting nuclear power over renewable energy sources. [The Ecologist]

Science and Technology:

¶ The top microgrid electricity generation modality in the US will soon be solar PV, according to a new report from GTM Research. With the overall growth of microgrids in recent years, a slow shift from reliance on combined heat and power systems, or diesel generators, is taking place, with solar PV taking position as the top choice. [CleanTechnica]


¶ PowerStream is Ontario’s second largest municipally owned electric utility. Recently, it has begun an experiment with the so-called internet of energy. Twenty homes will have solar panels and small battery systems installed. The systems will be tied together and operated as a single system using batteries and software in a network. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Brazilian northeast region is not at risk of suffering power outages, due to its wind and thermal power facilities, the president of the federal energy planning authority EPE, Maurício Tolmasquim, said on Monday. Increasing renewable energy sources in the northeast region has been instrumental in dealing with the dry season. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Brazil. Author: Otávio Nogueira. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Wind farm in Brazil. Author: Otávio Nogueira. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ The Australian renewable energy industry has more good news from the Liberal Party. Speaking to The Australian Financial Review, the Environment Minister (who kept his position in the leadership change), has reaffirmed that Australia’s new leadership structure will be more focused on supporting the country’s renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Change continues for utilities. With this year’s release of Siemens’ Spectrum Power Microgrid Management System, Siemens hopes to give clients yet another option for controlling their energy resources while promising greater reliability, cost-efficiency and ways to manage the increased share of power generated by renewables. [energybiz]

¶ Expanding investments in wind and solar can free up Egypt’s carbon energy, reduce fiscal spending and create jobs, consultancy PWC said in a report. For Egypt, oil and gas reserves are a two-edged sword and developing renewable energy will ease pressure on government budgets, create jobs and attract investments. []

¶ Enel Green Power is close to completing the construction of the first facility in Italy to store electricity generated from a photovoltaic plant. The plant, which is being built in Catania, Sicily, will have a 1-MW/2-MWh storage system that can be connected to EGP’s 10 MWp Catania 1 photovoltaic plant. GE developed the system’s technology. [reNews]

Italian Solar farm. (SPI Solar)

Italian Solar farm. (SPI Solar)

¶ Australian Capital Territory’s Minister for the Environment says a review of the Territory’s roof-top solar feed-in tariff initiative proves the program has been a success. “The ACT went from less than 1000 connections prior to the start of the scheme in 2009 to 10,175 FiT-supported connections with a capacity of 26.0 MW in operation today.” [Energy Matters]

¶ French oil and gas group Total SA intends to spend about $500 million (€ 445.8 million) per year on renewable energy developments, it said in an investor presentation on Wednesday. The group wants to build a profitable business by taking advantage of the rapidly growing renewables industry, it said as cited by Bloomberg. [SeeNews Renewables]


¶ The US’ wind and solar power generation capacity grew by 3.4 GW in the first eight months of 2015, when 201 MW of biomass and 45 MW of geothermal plants were switched on as well. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says renewable energy accounted for 59% of all new power capacity in the US for the period. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in US. Author: Sam Beebe. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Wind farm in US. Author: Sam Beebe. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ The federal government is leasing wind farm sites off the coast of New Jersey. Fully developed, they could support at least 3.4 GW of commercial wind generation, which would be enough to meet the annual power consumption of about 1.2 million households, according to estimates by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [Bulletin Leader]

¶ Yesterday, Hillary Clinton announced that she opposes the construction of the Keystone Pipeline. Today, she released her energy infrastructure plan. First item on the list: repairing and upgrading our existing pipelines. The words, “solar,” “wind,” and “alternative,” do not appear in the plan at all, and “renewable” shows up only twice. [AMERICAblog]

¶ The Vermont Public Service Department released the Public Review Draft of the 2015 Comprehensive Energy Plan. The plan emphasizes the importance of efficiency and conservation. Since the last CEP was published in 2011, Vermont has added more than 100 MW each of wind and solar PV, while power rates grew slower than inflation. [Vermont Biz]

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