October 13 Energy News

October 13, 2015

World:

¶ In 2013, renewables accounted for 5% of Africa’s needs but this figure could reach 22% over the next 15 years, the International Renewable Energy Agency said in its Africa 2030 report. Africa’s energy production must double and its electricity production triple to keep up with the pace of development and meet demand. [Yahoo7 News]

Portion of the Cookhouse Wind Farms in South Africa. Photo by NJR ZA. CC BY-SA 4.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Portion of the Cookhouse Wind Farms in South Africa. Photo by NJR ZA. CC BY-SA 4.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Genex Power has unveiled plans to build a 150-MW solar PV project at an old mine in Queensland, adjacent to a proposed 330-MW pumped hydro storage project. If it goes ahead, it could be the biggest solar plant in Australia, but it certainly will be the largest combined solar and storage project, and a world first on the latter metric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ VW has company. Emissions Analytics has tested almost 200 diesel cars from Audi, Renault, Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Fiat, Volvo, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda, and Mitsubishi and found all but five of them emitted more nitrous oxide emissions in normal driving than they did during official testing – up to 20 times more. [CleanTechnica]

¶ According to new calculations by Platform London, and released in conjunction with 350.org, Friends of the Earth, and Community Reinvest, failed investments in coal firms caused by the recent coal crash cost UK local council pension funds up to £683 million, with Greater Manchester’s interests in coal crashing by £148 million. [CleanTechnica]

Open pit coal mine in green countryside.

Open pit coal mine in green countryside.

¶ Europe’s climate change chief says he is astonished at the positive progress by governments towards a global deal on CO2, saying even six months ago he would not have believed such commitments would appear. He warned, though, that the pledges had not yet reached the level needed to prevent potentially dangerous warming. [BBC]

¶ Australia’s energy markets are on the cusp of rapid change, but it is not just the prospect of individuals quitting the grid that represents the biggest challenge to industry incumbents. It’s possible whole towns and communities will defect. The creation of micro-grids is seen by many as an obvious community-based solution. [RenewEconomy]

¶ The Isle of Man Government granted a survey licence for a local company to explore the possibility of developing a tidal array on an area of the island’s seabed. The seven-year agreement will enable Manx Tidal Energy Limited’s preliminary study on the commercial viability of offshore electricity production. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

Chicken Rock Lighthouse, Isle of Man. Photo by Andy Stephenson. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Chicken Rock Lighthouse, Isle of Man. Photo by Andy Stephenson. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ For the French nuclear industry the past five years have been a tale of technical problems and cost overruns that brought Areva to its knees and called into question the country’s ability to deliver on next generation technology. A Finnish reactor is ten years behind schedule. A French reactor is at 350% of its budget. And it goes on. [Financial Times]

US:

¶ Pennsylvania has seen jump from 100 natural gas fracking wells in 2006 to 8,000 today. A study from Johns Hopkins University suggests that the industry’s growth has come at high price for local residents, especially expectant mothers. Along with increases in fracking have come increases in high-risk pregnancy and premature birth. [CleanTechnica]

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas. Photo by Ruhrfisch. GFDL. CC-BY-SA. Wikimedia Commons.

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas. Photo by Ruhrfisch. GFDL. CC-BY-SA. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Colorado’s second-biggest power generation company is upping the ante on renewable energy. The Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a wholesale power supplier for 1.5 million customers, announced it will buy all the power from a new 25-MW solar power station in southwest New Mexico. [9NEWS.com]

¶ During the Polar Vortex cold, grid operator PJM only barely met demand. Over the past several months, Environmental Defense Fund and The Accelerate Group have been working closely with PJM, and others in Chicago to develop an innovative pilot program to how demonstrate demand response can play a vital role in grid stability. [Breaking Energy]

¶ Construction on a 7-MW/3.5-MWh energy storage facility in Ohio is scheduled to begin this month, with completion expected in February. It will be tied to a PV plant, which will be online by the end of the year. Changes to the state’s renewable energy standard made the owners of the plant look for added value from other sources. [pv magazine]

One Response to “October 13 Energy News”


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