December 31 Energy News

December 31, 2015

World:

¶ The new energy policy of Chile targets 70% of power to come from renewable sources by 2050. The new national plan Energy 2050 is aimed at reducing energy blackouts. It will allow Chileans access to electricity and ensure that 70% of Chile’s energy supply comes from renewable sources by 2050. [Greentech Lead]

Solar, wind, sheep

Solar, wind, sheep

¶ A fully renewable energy system is achievable and economically viable in Russia and Central Asia in 2030. Researchers from Lappeenranta University of Technology modelled a renewable energy system for Russia and Central Asia. Results show that renewable energy is the cheapest local option. [Eurasia Review]

¶ Nova Scotia Power is stabilizing electricity prices at the same time it performs the most rapid transition to renewable energy in Canada. It has gone from generating nine per cent of electricity from renewable sources in 2007 to more than 25% in 2015, and will reach or exceed 40% by 2020. [The News]

¶ India’s Union cabinet has decided to provide ₹5,000 crore ($756 million) for solar rooftops in the next five years. The new scheme, providing capital subsidies of 30% to 70% depending on which state the installation is in, could potentially revolutionize decentralised energy generation in India. [Hindustan Times]

The decision to approve a new subsidy for rooftop solar power generation is a major leap towards a clean energy future. (HT File Photo)

The decision to approve a new subsidy for rooftop solar power generation is a major leap towards a clean energy future. (HT File Photo)

¶ More than a thousand Chinese coal mines will be shut down next year, removing 60 million metric tons of capacity, as the country fights air pollution from coal. China is on track to produce 3.58 billion tons of coal this year, down 0.5% from 2014, according to the National Environmental Agency. [Waltonian]

¶ Peak wind power production in Portugal hit 4,211 MW at 0215 local time on Monday, surpassing for the first time national electricity consumption, according to figures by power utility Redes Energeticas Nacionais. This was 80 MW more than the record set in January, 2015. [SeeNews Renewables]

US:

¶ Battery storage is already showing itself as a hotly contested race in the US, even before the 2016 expected retail launch of the Tesla Powerwall. This storage race has been fueled by German-based Sonnenbatterie launching its plug-and-play home battery system in the US prior to Christmas. [CleanTechnica]

Image via Sonnenbatterie

Image via Sonnenbatterie

¶ The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted an application from Energy Resources USA Inc for a three-year preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the proposed Lock and Dam No. 22 Hydroelectric Project, on the Mississippi River, near the City of Hannibal, Missouri. [HydroWorld]

¶ Millions of dead trees in California create a risks of wildfire. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency that will require utilities, power plants and state agencies to work together. Nevertheless, several biomass plants have been idled because they cannot compete with solar and wind. [Capital Public Radio News]

The 18 MW Buena Vista Biomass Power facility in Ione, CA turns forest debris into energy. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The 18 MW Buena Vista Biomass Power facility in Ione, CA turns forest debris into energy. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

¶ GOP leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature are moving to eliminate restrictions on nuclear power that were enacted after the 1979 meltdown at the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania focused public attention on the potentially dire consequences of accidental releases of radioactive material. [Chippewa Herald]

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