January 11 Energy News

January 11, 2016


Nuclear power might be safe or cheap, but never safe and cheap • In spite of the problems of corrosive, hot, cancer-causing, deadly waste, the Wisconsin Legislature has been captured by industry lobbyists who love a good yarn like the one about clean, safe, cheap nuclear power. [Madison.com]

 Point Beach nuclear power plant on Lake Michigan.

Point Beach nuclear power plant on Lake Michigan.

8 reasons why building new nuclear power plants is a bad idea • The South African government seems intent on pushing through its plans to build a fleet of new nuclear power stations regardless of mounting public criticism and opposition. Alas, atomic energy remains a poor option. [News24]


¶ Egypt’s feed-in tariff renewable energy program is seen to provide a debt and equity investment opportunity of between $6 billion (€5.5 billion) and $7 billion through 2018, according to investment bank EFG Hermes. The country has a renewables goal of 20% by 2020. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Egypt. Author: Gigi Ibrahim. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Wind farm in Egypt. Author: Gigi Ibrahim. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon said it has received a 197.40-MW repeat order from a leading Indian renewable energy independent power producer. The order is for 94 wind turbines with rated capacity of 2.1 MW each and will be executed in Andhra Pradesh by February 2017. [BW Businessworld]

¶ Lightsource Renewable Energy connected 23 new sites in the UK in December, totalling more than 100 MW of new capacity. Lightsource plans to connect a further 14 ground-mount sites totalling 92 MW by March 31, bringing its total installed capacity in the UK to 1.3 GW. [Your Renewable News]

¶ Power output from Scottish wind turbines rose to record levels in 2015, producing enough electricity to power 97% of the country’s homes, a report from WWF Scotland suggests. In six out of 12 months, wind supplied more than 100% of Scottish household needs. [Scottish Daily Record]

Pic: PA

Pic: PA

¶ A £1 million project will see the construction of one of the first industrial-scale battery storage facilities in the UK. The joint venture project seeks to demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of connecting an energy storage facility at a solar farm to the mains grid. [Energy Matters]

¶ The aging nuclear power plant that provides much of Toronto’s electricity is set to get a new lease on life today. The provincial government and Ontario Power Generation are expected to announce plans Monday afternoon for refurbishing the Darlington nuclear generating station. [CBC.ca]


¶ TXU Energy will soon launch the first electricity plan in Texas backed 100% by solar-generated electricity from within the state, according to a press release from the company. The plan comes soon after the company’s decision to offer high-efficiency rooftop solar options. [CleanTechnica]

Photo by TXU Energy

Photo by TXU Energy

¶ Data compiled from daily reports by California’s major grid manager indicate that in 2015, solar became the No 1 source of renewable energy in the state. Not only did solar beat wind power for the first time, but it also topped drought-depleted hydropower, the long-standing leader. [KQED]

¶ IHS Research updated its solar installation outlook based on the US federal investment tax credit extension. The update increases the projected US solar growth for 2017 from 6-7 GW to 15 GW, but actually decreases the outlook for 2016 to 13 GW, from 17 GW. [CleanTechnica]

Image by SolarCity

Image by SolarCity

¶ An Iowa State University agronomy assistant professor, says perennial grasses can reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change and can be harvested to provide fuel. The plants’ deep roots help hold fertilizers, slow rainfall that causes flooding and feed the soil. [DesMoinesRegister.com]

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