December 28 Energy News

December 28, 2015

Opinion:

What India Inc could gain from the Paris climate summit • India’s strong stance at the recently concluded climate talks in Paris won it both accolades and brickbats. The country’s negotiators at Conference of Parties-21 Paris ensured they brought back what they believed to be the best possible deal. [Forbes India]

Coal being unloaded at a port in Andhra Pradesh. India plans to double its coal output by 2020. Image: Amit Dave / Reuters

Coal being unloaded at a port in Andhra Pradesh. India plans to double its coal output by 2020. Image: Amit Dave / Reuters

Renewable energy stymied by roadblocks • Converting the wind and sun into electricity is increasingly affordable, but it can be difficult to get that electricity from distant plains and deserts to where it’s needed. The reasons range from technical to regulatory, but they include local opposition. [Huntington Herald Dispatch]

Science and Technology:

¶ Four Phi Suea solar homes being developed in Chiang Mai, Thailand, will convert excess energy into hydrogen and store it in fuel cells. Excess solar power from PV panels will run electrolyzers producing hydrogen during daylight, which can be used to generate electricity with a fuel cell storage system in other times. [CleanTechnica]

Image via CNX Construction

Image via CNX Construction

World:

¶ Scotland met its target for community or local ownership of renewables five years early. Capacity of 508 MW is now operational; the target was 500 MW by 2020. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing foresees continued growth. Last year, renewables returned over £10 million to communities. [The Edinburgh Reporter]

¶ Wind power output in Estonia hit 5,210.47 MWh on December 25 and 4,925.12 MWh on December 26. Estonia has long surpassed its renewable energy target for 2020. The country reached a 25.6% renewables share in gross final consumption of energy in 2013; its goal was 25% by 2020. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ In the first quarter of 2016, Jordan will sign deals with two international companies to build solar-run power plants with a total capacity of 100 MW. The government has awarded contracts to Greece-based Sunrise Photovoltaic Systems and Saudi Oger Ltd, each to build a 50-MW solar plant. [Zawya]

Photo Credit:Reuters/Toby Melville

Photo Credit:Reuters/Toby Melville

¶ China has embarked on an ambitious plan to install nuclear power stations at just the same time it is committing to over 100 coal-fired power plants that may never burn a single tonne of the widely-condemned fossil fuel. The disconnect, a bit of a puzzle, has been analyzed by Greenpeace. [OilPrice.com]

¶ The Nigerian Minister of Environment, said the government is planning to develop about 13,000 MW of off-grid electricity from solar energy. She said the government was working on the possibility of diversifying the country’s energy mix and laid emphases on renewable energy and efficient gas power. [NAIJ.COM]

¶ Morocco postponed without explanation the inauguration of Noor-1, a solar power plant due to open Sunday in Ouarzazate, part of what will eventually be the world’s largest solar power production facility. The Noor-1 facility is to have an electricity production capacity of 160 MW. [Mail & Guardian Africa]

A view of the Noor-1 Concentrated Solar Power plant. (Photo/AFP).

A view of the Noor-1 Concentrated Solar Power plant. (Photo/AFP).

¶ South Africa’s plan to build nuclear power plants will go ahead with Pretoria green-lighting a process that could lead to its adding up to 9,600 MW of nuclear power to its national grid, the department of energy said. Analysts estimate the nuclear project will cost as much as 1 trillion rand ($66 billion). [The BRICS Post]

US:

¶ The Navajo Nation is pursuing an ownership stake in a coal-fired power plant in New Mexico as many utilities are divesting from coal. The Navajo Transitional Energy Co is negotiating with the operator of the Four Corners Power Plant for a 7% interest as a way to build expertise in energy production. [PennEnergy]

Navajo coal plant

Navajo coal plant

¶ US Law firms over the past few years have gone green, focusing on sustainability, according to a report in the New York Law Journal. In many cases, law firms are moving to, or building out, space that is LEED-certified. And the firms are making their efforts in sustainability known. [Proud Green Building]

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