December 21 Energy News

December 21, 2015

Opinion:

Boom Times Ahead For US Clean Power, Thanks To Oil Lobby • The Intertubes have been buzzing with news of the new US federal budget deal, which basically gave away the store to the clean power industry by including a 5-year extension of key tax credits for wind and solar power. [CleanTechnica]

Photo via US Department of Energy.

Photo via US Department of Energy.

UK’s Poor 2015 Made Worse By Paris Agreement Expectations The UK had a big year in 2014 with lots of records set, but after six months of baffling policy decisions and a lackluster attendance in Paris, the UK has a long way to go if it is to accomplish its role in tackling climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ A new solid-state sodium battery development project being researched at Iowa State University was awarded $3 million in new funding via ARPA-E’s 2015 OPEN funding initiative, according to recent reports. (ARPA-E stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy.) [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ Scottish Hydro Electric Networks has energized the 137 mile Beauly to Denny overhead power line project. The £820 million upgraded power line will serve as the main artery transmitting renewable energy generated in the north of Scotland to the rest of the country. [Scottish Daily Record]

Pic: Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission

Pic: Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission

¶ TSK of Spain and a partner from the United Arab Emirates will build a 100-MW solar plant in Jordan. The deal for the construction of the $128-million (€118-million) plant was signed with the Spanish engineering and construction firm and Enviromena Power Systems. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $4 million support toward a feasibility study for a pumped storage plant at the disused Kidston Gold Mine in North Queensland. Genex Power Limited plans to use the existing mining pits as water storage reservoirs. [International Business Times AU]

Solar PV will provide th majority of the daytime electricity requirements of Australia’s largest renewables mine. Image from ARENA.

Solar PV will provide th majority of the daytime electricity requirements of Australia’s largest renewables mine. Image from ARENA.

¶ A new wind farm project in South Australia, will help the nation achieve its goal of generating 23% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. Trustpower’s Palmer Wind Farm project is expected to generate enough clean energy to power 250,000 homes each year. [Echonetdaily]

¶ Chile’s Ministry of National Property has approved, up to the end of November, land lease agreements for 190 renewable energy schemes, totaling 8,157 MW of capacity. The $16.31 billion (€15 billion) of green power plants will be located on 47,188 hectares of governmental land. [SeeNews Renewables]

US:

¶ Dominion Virginia Power’s argument for building a controversial transmission line from its Surry nuclear plant across the James River to prevent rolling blackouts is based on flawed electricity demand projections, according to analysis by a Maryland-based energy consulting firm. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Surry Power Station. Circa 1972. US DOE photo. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Surry Power Station. Circa 1972. US DOE photo. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ A survey in South Carolina conducted by Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions says voters not only expect renewable energy support from elected officials, they now demand it. 80% of S.C. Republican primary voters think renewable-energy sources should be a priority. [The State]

¶ According to GlobalData, non-hydro renewable energy will be the fastest growing power source in the U.S. through 2025. Installed capacity is expected to increase from 121.9 GW in 2015 to 216 GW in 2025. However, the positive forecast could be subject to the result of the 2016 election. [Hoosier Ag Today]

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