September 26 Energy News

September 26, 2015

World:

¶ The Welsh government has agreed additional funding of £938,000 to three community-led and locally supported onshore wind projects in south Wales. Carmarthenshire Energy Limited, a small Welsh-based community developer, will receive a loan of £785,000 and a £25,000 grant towards the building of a 500-kW turbine. [reNews]

Wear Point wind farm in Wales (Infinergy)

Wear Point wind farm in Wales (Infinergy)

¶ Based on estimates of the amounts of excess pollutants released by the 11 million cars VW admitted to fitting with cheating software, Kevin Drum has come up with a rough estimate of a death toll. Worldwide, it may be that 3,700 people died because VW cheated. This is a problem professions will doubtless take up. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The presidents of the US and China have made a bargain. China will implement a national cap-and-trade program, requiring Chinese electric companies, iron and steel plants, and other manufacturers to trade emissions credits beginning in 2017. The US will make its carbon cuts through existing or planned regulations. [World Magazine]

¶ The European Commission has signed off on a revised technical layout for the 400-MW Kriegers Flak combined grid solution in the Baltic Sea. The Germany-Denmark interconnection is planned between the Danish region of Zealand and German Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Operation is planned to start by the end of 2018. [reNews]

Baltic 2 substation (EnBW)

Baltic 2 substation (EnBW)

¶ The governments of Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland plan to coordinate the development of offshore renewable energy in their shared ocean water. The goal is to build an interconnected network of offshore generation and transmission facilities in the Irish Sea, the straits of Moyle, and the western coast of Scotland. [IEEE Spectrum]

¶ Sweden is setting out to prove that the world doesn’t need fossil fuels. The Swedish government plans to completely abandon fossil fuels, funding the change with taxes on petrol and diesel oil. It it will start with an investment of $546 million in their 2016 budget to meet challenges of climate change and develop renewable technology. [EcoWatch]

¶ The UK government’s stance on renewable energy is under scrutiny after Drax pulled out of a £1 billion climate change project, saying policy u-turns made investing too risky. The Prime Minister’s pledge to lead the greenest government ever looks like a distant memory as he launched a series of cutbacks to renewable support. [DIGITALLOOK]

Drax power station

Drax power station

¶ Mackie’s of Scotland has taken a big step forward in its drive to become self-sufficient in renewable energy by investing millions of pounds in a solar energy farm. The ice-cream, crisps and chocolate producer got its first wind turbine a decade ago. Now it has nearly 1.8 MW of solar PV panels on its land in Aberdeenshire. [Herald Scotland]

¶ TEPCO turned down requests in 2009 by the nuclear safety agency to consider concrete steps against tsunami waves at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which suffered a tsunami-triggered disaster two years later, government documents showed Friday. TEPCO wanted to wait until 2012 for studies to be completed. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ Just at a time some are calling for the use of US RICO laws to investigate and possibly prosecute those who may have been attempting to defraud us about the climate, we have found that Exxon was concealing its own science predicting climate change. A look at the data shows their predictions were nearly spot-on. [CleanTechnica]

This is a graph from the now famous Exxon documents that date to 1981, explaining how Exxon scientists were projecting global warming with continued release of the greenhouse gas CO2 into the atmosphere.

This is a graph from the now famous Exxon documents that date to 1981, explaining how Exxon scientists were projecting global warming with continued release of the greenhouse gas CO2 into the atmosphere.

¶ SolarWorld, a US company with 40 years’ experience making PVs, announced that they and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co have signed an agreement on a large number of solar PV panels. SolarWorld will 65 MW of high-efficiency 72-cell solar panels for a solar farm planned in remote southeast Oregon. [AZoCleantech]

¶ The overall collective risk of cancer via exposure to 7 toxic air contaminants in California has declined by an incredible 76% since comprehensive air quality regulations went into effect there back into 1990, according to a new study from the California Air Resources Board. The worst offender is said to be diesel particulates. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Advocacy group New Energy Economy charged that the Public Service Company of New Mexico has “fabricated” numbers to try to convince the state Public Regulation Commission that using nuclear power from Arizona and coal power from the San Juan plant near Farmington would cost less than solar and wind power. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

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