October 23 Energy News

October 23, 2015

World:

¶ Major cuts to a scheme supporting small-scale renewable energy are the latest blow to UK farmers already hit by low prices. The warning comes ahead of the end of a consultation on changes to the feed-in tariff scheme, which could see funding for solar cut by 87% and wind down 58%, or the end of support altogether. [The Galloway Gazette]

Wind turbine on the farm near to Dirleton Castle

Wind turbine on a farm near to Dirleton Castle

¶ IEA estimates that in order to implement the climate investment pledges made to the UN by world leaders, the global energy industry must invest $13.5 trillion through 2030 in efficiency measures and low-carbon technologies. IEA’s analysis includes deployment of nuclear, wind, and solar power plus carbon capture and storage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ By population, Ontario would be the 5th largest state if it were in the US, but its installed solar capacity, 1,500 MW would rank it 3rd. The province has also shut down all its coal-fired power plants. How does a northern province become a solar and climate leader, despite one of the poorest solar resources in North America? Smart policy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ In East Africa, Kenya is currently utilizing temporary geothermal wellheads as another source of clean energy, which feeds an extra 56 MW to the national grid. Engineers at Kenya Electricity Generation Company are taking advantage of single wells to generate power using the steam while the main plant is being constructed. [ESI Africa]

Wellheads produces clean energy and has yet again placed Kenya in map. Pic credit:Thinkgeoenergy

Wellheads produces clean energy and has yet again placed Kenya in map. Pic credit: Thinkgeoenergy

¶ All 80 turbines at E.ON’s Amrumbank West offshore wind farm in the North Sea are connected to the grid. With 80 turbines working at full capacity, the 288-MW facility could produce enough energy to meet the demands of 300,000 average households and offset more than 740,000 tons of carbon emissions each year. [UPI.com]

¶ Turkey’s dash for coal puts it on course to breach a climate target analysts say is already inadequate. The country has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 21% from business as usual by 2030. Yet it is reportedly planning to build 80 coal-fired power stations. Climate Action Tracker says something has to give. [Climate Home]

¶ The UK’s plans for a new series of interconnectors to link the power grid to the continent that would make it easier to share renewable energy across northern Europe have today taken a “major step forward”, after National Grid and its Danish counterpart Energinet.dk kicked off the tendering process for a new 1,400-MW link. [Business Green]

¶ ESB’s new €33 million Woodhouse Wind Farm in County Waterford, Ireland, has been completed. It is one of 15 wind farms ESB has in operation in Ireland, bringing the company’s installed wind capacity across the island to almost 300 MW. The new 20-MW Waterford wind farm will provide enough power 10,000 homes. [Irish Building Magazine]

ESB opens new €33m Woodhouse Wind Farm in County Waterford

ESB opens new €33m Woodhouse Wind Farm in County Waterford

US:

¶ At 12:30 am Thursday, the main Texas grid operator reported that nearly 37% of demand was met with wind power. The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas, which manages nearly 90% of the state’s electric needs, said it used 12,237.6 MW of wind power at the time. That bested a previous record of 11,467 MW. [mySanAntonio.com]

¶ Opponents of the US carbon pollution regulation, the Clean Power Plan rule, will soon be able to take legal action against it, according to the president of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. On Friday, the US EPA is expected to publish the text of the Clean Power Plan rule in the Federal Register. [Sputnik International]

¶ Farmers RECC will have its own local renewable energy source and help out a city when the Glasgow, Kentucky, landfill-gas-to-energy plant begins producing power later this year. The 1-MW power plant will be the sixth such landfill methane-fueled unit owned and operated by Winchester-based East Kentucky Power Cooperative. [Electric Co-op Today]

The Caterpillar generator to convert methane gas to electricity was delivered at the Glasgow landfill on Oct. 12. (Photo By: Farmers RECC)

The Caterpillar generator to convert methane gas to electricity was delivered at the Glasgow landfill on Oct. 12. (Photo By: Farmers RECC)

¶ A new report out this week finds the US leads the industrialized nations of the world in shifting away from coal, a feat even more remarkable because we are home to the world’s biggest fleet of coal plants. The report says the US is positioned to lead at the climate talks in Paris this fall, thanks to its progress on coal and clean energy. [Huffington Post]

¶ The US approved a request to begin generating electricity at a nuclear reactor, the first time in almost 20 years that federal regulators have given a new nuclear power plant such a license. The NRC gave approval to the Tennessee Valley Authority to load uranium fuel into the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor in Spring City, Tennessee. [Wall Street Journal]

¶ The owners of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant have been awarded $400 million in insurance money for the outages caused by the plant’s failed replacement steam generators. Customers, including those with Southern California Edison, will get 95% of the net insurance proceeds, Edison said in an announcement. [OCRegister]

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