February 10 Energy News

February 10, 2016

Opinion:

SCOTUS Clean Power Decision NOT Just “A Blow To Obama” • The headline on the Los Angeles Times reads “Supreme Court deals blow to Obama by putting his climate change rules on hold.” This is not “Obama’s plan.” It has been drawn up and legalized for the entire country. It is OUR plan. [CleanTechnica]

Coal Fired Power Plant at Sunset

Coal Fired Power Plant at Sunset

Obama’s clean power plan may be on hold, Coal’s fate is not • The US Supreme Court may have put President Barack Obama’s most aggressive plan to curb power-plant emissions on hold, but that’s not going to save coal from a shrinking market, or stop some states and utilities from moving on their own. [Energy Voice]

Science and Technology:

¶ A new study suggests we don’t actually need to store power from the wind and sun. Because the wind is always blowing somewhere in the US, and a cloudy day in one city will be sunny elsewhere, researchers suggest we just need a bigger grid, and better power lines that could send energy wherever it’s needed. [Co.Exist]

The wind is always blowing somewhere. Photo: Andrei Mayatnik via Shutterstock

The wind is always blowing somewhere.
Photo: Andrei Mayatnik via Shutterstock

¶ Burning wood to produce electricity has growing in Europe, where it is heavily subsidized by national governments because it counts as renewable energy. It can be environmentally friendly at local scales, but used on large industrial levels it can accelerate global warming and worsen deforestation. [Climate Central]

World:

¶ Offshore wind energy giant DONG Energy unveiled a Renewable Balancing Reserve service. DONG is entering the demand management market and will invite large business customers to adjust their energy consumption when wind strength varies from forecast, simplifying grid operation. [Business Green]

Walney offshore wind farm

Walney offshore wind farm

¶ AGL Energy Ltd, Australia’s largest electricity producer, plans to use its renewable energy fund unveiled Wednesday to kick-start as much as A$3 billion ($2.1 billion) in new projects, focusing on large wind farms. AGL expects the fund to help finance two stalled projects in New South Wales and Queensland. [Bloomberg]

¶ Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems posted a full-year profit for 2015 that beat forecasts. Despite low global oil prices, Vestas expects revenues to continue rising this year. Net profit for the year rose to €685 million ($766 million) from €392 million last year, beating a forecast €637 million. [IndustryWeek]

Vestas turbines. Getty Images.

Vestas turbines. Getty Images.

¶ Japan’s nuclear watchdog has put the kibosh on TEPCO’s plans to freeze underground soil at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a stunningly expensive project intended to solve the crisis of accumulating radioactive groundwater at the site. Freezing the ground was intended to hold ground water in place. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ Reacting to a lawsuit from 29 states, as well as the energy industry, The US Supreme Court blocked the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan from going forward while the rule is challenged in court. This was not expected. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit will hold oral arguments in June. [CNN]

¶ There’s enough untapped wind howling across the vast plains of Oklahoma and Kansas to generate more electricity than a dozen nuclear power plants. What’s missing are transmission lines to ship it from spinning turbines to faraway homes and businesses. But they need permits from every state they cross. [Daily News]

Tapping the power of the great plains to light up faraway cities.

Tapping the power of the great plains to light up faraway cities.

¶ The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report giving the history of an Eastern Interconnect working group in 2010 to 2012, which developed research showing the eastern US could cut carbon by 42% and reach 30% renewable energy by 2030. The numbers exceed those required under the Clean Power Plan. [Utility Dive]

¶ A generous incentive for the Massachusetts solar industry has quietly evaporated, as subsidies that helped finance solar power projects reached a limit set by the state. Also, the Legislature has yet to lift the cap that had been hit earlier on the amount of power utilities must buy from net-metered sources at retail rates. [The Boston Globe]

¶ On January 20th, the missile destroyer USS Stockdale officially became the first US Navy ship to use a biofuel mixture for regular military operations. It is part of the “Great Green Fleet,” a Carrier Strike Group that will serve as a test for the tactical viability and cost-effectiveness of biofuels. [EarthTechling]

Great Green Fleet

Great Green Fleet

¶ Invenergy has signed a 120-MW wind power purchase agreement with 3M to provide the global science-based company with renewable energy to help support its operations across North America. The agreement with 3M includes the sale of wind energy from the Gunsight Wind Energy Center in Texas. [North American Windpower]

¶ By growing wind energy, Coloradans could save $2.7 billion on their electricity through 2050 and attract over $18 million in annual property tax revenue by 2030, according to new calculations made by the American Wind Energy Association and Wind Energy Foundation through DOE data. [North American Windpower]

One Response to “February 10 Energy News”


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