June 22 Energy News

June 22, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “The U.S. Nuclear Boom Has Turned Into a Dud” • Five years ago, we were supposed to be entering a nuclear renaissance. New nuclear plants were being planned and there were loan guarantee programs in place. Today, the nuclear industry in the US is dying. [Motley Fool]

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. NRC photo. Public domain.

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. NRC photo. Public domain.

World:

¶ Warmer winters played an important role in the decline in EU greenhouse gas emissions. A report says CO2 emissions across the bloc dropped by almost 25% from 1990 to 2014. Renewable energy, a switch from coal to natural gas, and recession also contributed to the fall. [BBC]

¶ The University of Cambridge has blacklisted all investment in coal and tar sands companies following mounting pressure to divest from fossil fuels. The University currently has no coal or tar sands investments, and has “no expectation of having any such exposure.” [CleanTechnica]

Image Credit: University of Cambridge

Image Credit: University of Cambridge

¶ Dutch technology company Royal Philips has committed to a new sustainability program that it hopes will render its operations carbon neutral by 2020. The company announced a new 5-year sustainability program, “Healthy people, sustainable planet.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ Leading investment bank Morgan Stanley believes the Australian energy market is seriously underestimating the grow of solar and battery storage, and says the technology will be installed at rates four times quicker than the incumbent energy industry expects. [RenewEconomy]
¶ A new £20-million biogas plant is being built in Ireland to generate 3 MW of renewable energy from up to 40,000 tons of chicken litter each year. One important goal of the project is to avoid the unhealthy spreading of untreated litter on land. [Power Technology]

¶ Brazil’s wind power hit an average of 2,935 MW in the first two weeks of June, marking a 30.6% year-on-year increase, according to preliminary figures. Wind power’s share of the country’s electricity generation grew to 4.9% from 3.8% a year ago. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Brazil. Author: Otávio Nogueira. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Wind farm in Brazil. Author: Otávio Nogueira.
License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ A wind farm in the Scottish borders will power Nestlé’s operations in the UK and Ireland. The deal will see a brand new nine-turbine wind farm open in Dumfries and Galloway in the first half of 2017. It will produce enough power annually for 30,000 homes. [Your Renewable News]

¶ The NorthConnect project cleared its first hurdle as Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, granted a licence to the developers, paving the way for the project to begin navigating a set of complex regulatory rules governing electricity transmission in Europe. [Telegraph.co.uk]

Credit Alamy / Alamy

Credit Alamy / Alamy

¶ The utility that ran the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant admitted its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized. TEPCO’s president in 2011 instructed officials to avoid using the word “meltdown.” [Japan Today]

¶ Solar Citizens says it has calculated the savings solar owners have made on their electricity bills since 2007-2008. It says solar households have saved $4.4 billion on their power bills since that time and almost a billion dollars every year for the past three years. [Energy Matters]

Rooftop Solar in Australia. Photo by Orderinchaos. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Rooftop Solar in Australia. Photo by Orderinchaos.
CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

US:

¶ The nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon, the last two in California, will close in 2024 and 2025 when their licenses expire, according to a proposal by PG&E, environmental groups, and unions. They are not economically viable, as costs for solar and wind power decline. [Bloomberg]

¶ Exelon, known mostly as the largest nuclear generator in the US, is to become a wind energy developer as well. It notified the Ohio Power Siting Board of its intent to install up to 87 turbines to generate as much as 200 MW in northern Ohio’s Seneca County. [Platts]

Wind farm in Ohio. Photo by Nyttend, released into the public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Wind farm in Ohio. Photo by Nyttend, released
into the public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The Missouri Chamber of Commerce backs wind energy is endorsing the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, which would transmit wind-generated electricity from Dodge City, Kansas, across northern Missouri and Illinois, to a substation in Sullivan, Indiana. [CBS Local]

¶ As part of an effort to transform how it delivers energy, DTE Energy Co recently said it will retire eight coal-fired generators at three coal plants in Michigan in the next seven years. It will also build one of the largest solar arrays east of the Mississippi River. [Daily Energy Insider]

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