January 31 Energy News

January 31, 2016

Opinion:

Politicians take note: Iowa is the US’s most wind-powered state – and everyone loves it! • Wind supplies 30% of the state’s power, more than any other US state. Windpower also gets real bipartisan support in Iowa. A recent poll taken by Public Opinion Strategies shows an 85% approval rating. [The Ecologist]

Wind power in Iowa, where it's big, getting bigger, and everyone loves it. Photo: Andrew Huff via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

Wind power in Iowa, where it’s big, getting bigger, and everyone loves it. Photo: Andrew Huff via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

Nuclear renaissance? Failing industry is running flat out to stand still • Ten new power reactors began supplying electricity last year (eight of them in China), and eight reactors were permanently shut down. In 1995 there were 434 ‘operable’ reactors. In 2005 there were 441, and now there are 439. [The Ecologist]

Science and Technology:

¶ A new design from Sandia National Laboratories, for wind turbines with gigantic blades longer than two football fields, could help bring 50-MW offshore wind turbines to the United States and the world. The design’s load-alignment is bio-inspired by the way palm trees move in storms. [Windpower Engineering]

Todd Griffith shows a model of the cross-section of a 50-meter blade. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Todd Griffith shows a model of the cross-section of a 50-meter blade. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

World:

¶ Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies announced that it has secured investments worth $70 million to support the development of a module production facility in Vietnam. It entered into agreements with the International Finance Corporation on a package of loans and investment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A framework program of €200 million includes programs supporting Eritrea to achieve a shift in its energy policy, harnessing its rich potential of solar, wind, and geothermal energy, as well as contributing to international efforts to mitigate climate change. It brings renewable power to people without electricity. [Caperi]

100-kW Smart grid solar energy at Embatkala in Eritrea.

100-kW Smart grid solar energy at Embatkala in Eritrea.

¶ South Korea’s public companies will invest some 1.5 trillion won ($1.24 billion) in 2016 and 2017 to fuel the development of the country’s renewable energy sector, the government said. Efforts will be made to significantly increase investment in the renewable energy areas such as solar and windpower. [Yonhap News]

¶ The Iranian Energy Ministry offers incentives to companies that will make investment in the generation of electricity from clean energy resources in the country. Over the next ten years, Iran aims to generate 50,000 MW of electricity, 10% of which is slated to be generated from renewable sources. [Tehran Times]

¶ The UK’s Conservative government has ‘missed the point’ on hydro energy in its recent review of feed-in tariffs, according to one of the leading figures in the industry. He believes that the UK’s hydro energy industry will ‘all but disappear’ by the end of the decade as a result. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Community-scale hydro. Image by Hammer51012

Community-scale hydro. Image by Hammer51012

¶ Amazon has announced its plans to enter the Canadian market in 2016.Amazon is ensuring their region aligns with Quebec’s environmental goals. A spokesperson said Amazon’s new region will have a limited environmental footprint, being carbon-neutral and powered almost entirely by hydro power. [InfoQ.com]

¶ The head of Hitachi has warned that the debacle surrounding the construction of Hinkley Point nuclear plant throws up “very serious concerns” about its own investment in the UK. He said the setbacks experienced by Hinkley’s developer EDF raised questions about how plants are funded. [Yahoo Finance UK]

US:

¶ A consortium says it wants to bring renewable wind and solar energy to Arizona cities by building two power lines from New Mexico. But it’s fighting hard against having to promise it will put renewables on the line. Opponents want a guarantee that at least 50% of one line set aside for renewables. [Arizona Daily Star]

The ridge line above the canyon is the proposed route of the SunZia project. A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

The ridge line above the canyon is the proposed route of the SunZia project. A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

¶ Oregon’s two biggest electric utilities told state regulators that their compromise plan to eliminate coal-fired electricity and meet half their customers’ demand with renewable energy would be affordable, technically feasible and preferable to ballot measures that environmentalists propose. [OregonLive.com]

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