November 7 Energy News

November 7, 2015

World:

¶ Irish company Amarenco is planning a €200-million-plus investment in 35 solar farms, the first five of which will be built in County Cork. Planning applications will be lodged shortly with Cork County Council for five solar farms, which form the first phase of the development. The solar farms will generate enough energy to power 35,000 homes. [Irish Examiner]

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

¶ Renewable energy company Building Energy signed a memorandum of understanding with the Serbian town of Kruse for construction of a €27 million ($29.4 million) woodchip-fired biomass power station. The plant will have 4.8 MW of electric capacity and 20 MW of thermal. It will generate 38.4 GWh of electric power each year. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ New figures released quietly by the Chinese Government this week shows that China has been burning up to 17% more coal per year than the government had previously disclosed, laying to rest many hopes that the country was on a fast track to carbon dioxide emissions decline. The extra coal would emit a billion more tons of carbon dioxide each year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The UK’s Labour Party has slammed changes to the tax relief system for community renewable projects, claiming the government is taking away certainty at a time when the industry needs it most. The UK government announced last month that community energy projects will be excluded from two investment schemes from next month. [reNews]

Image: FreeImages

Image: FreeImages

¶ The Asian Development Bank has announced plans to help the country’s biggest wind farm in support of efforts to cut the Philippines’ carbon footprint. In a statement, the Manila-based multilateral lender said it would lend $20 million to Energy Development Corp, which operates the Burgos wind complex in Ilocos Norte. [Inquirer.net]

US:

¶ President Obama took advantage of low gas prices and the resulting decline in US oil production to reject the construction proposal of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since coming into office, Obama has made a strong push for a clean energy future, and shutting down Keystone XL after a 7-year battle could well be the capstone on that effort. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Renewable energy advocates are encouraged by a recent push to expand wind energy in Nebraska. According to John Hansen of the Nebraska Farmers Union, the state is on track for more than 1,300 MW of wind capacity by 2017. Although that amounts to nearly triple what the state had two years ago, Hansen said it isn’t enough. [Sioux City Journal]

Wind turbine near Lincoln, Nebraska. Photo by Blamphoto. CC BY 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Wind turbine near Lincoln, Nebraska. Photo by Blamphoto. CC BY 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Driven by growth in renewable energy and energy efficiency, California’s natural gas demand will steadily fall over the next 15 years, according to a draft state assessment. Gas-fired power generation will also decline, California Energy Commission staff said in a workshop discussing the Integrated Energy Policy Report. [Natural Gas Intelligence]

¶ In the almost three months since the EPA finalized its groundbreaking Clean Power Plan, broad support for the plan and state efforts to make it work continues to be voiced throughout the electric utility industry. More time to review the final standards has yielded more positive power company responses. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ Power companies are working with states to craft compliance for the Clean Power Plan. Major companies see opportunities available with flexible home-grown plans. Xcel, for example, just announced plans to cut carbon emissions across its Northern States Power system by 60% by 2030, at negligible cost to consumers. [Environmental Defense Fund]

¶ The NRC will update proposed guidelines for assessing the safe life span for nuclear reactors by the end of the year. It is a central issue for the nuclear industry, the nation’s future electric power supply and the Clean Power Plan. The NRC’s current judgment that there are as yet no “aging” issues with reactors’ structures. [Environment & Energy Publishing]

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