June 26 Energy News

June 26, 2016

World:

¶ Sweden is testing its first electric highway system for trucks. Siemens will help the country for next two years to test the eHighway system on a 1.25 miles stretch of highway on the north of Stockholm. The project may see a similar testing phase unveiled soon in California. [The TeCake]

Electric highway in Sweden

Electric highway in Sweden

¶ The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, addressing a seminar of Chinese companies and businesses, said the state is planning to increase its installed renewable energy capacity by five times in coming three years. The capacity is currently 2567 MW. [The Hitavada]

¶ The World Bank has approved a loan of $90 million to Vietnam. This is the first in a series of three credits that will support climate change and green growth policy actions under the Vietnamese government’s Support Program to Respond to Climate Change. [Thanh Nien Daily]

Flooded street after a heavy rain in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Photo: Pham Hai Sam / Thanh Nien

Flooded street after a heavy rain in the northern province
of Quang Ninh. Photo: Pham Hai Sam / Thanh Nien

¶ Indian state-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation is planning to set up a 600-MW solar power project at the Koyna power complex in Maharashtra as part of an initiative to expand its solar portfolio. The company is already carrying out the feasibility study for the project. [Moneycontrol.com]

¶ New Brunswick Power customers received a record amount of renewable energy in 2015-16, experienced fewer and shorter outages and took advantage of rebates that will save them millions of dollars’ worth of energy in the years ahead, according to utility financial statements. [Sackville Tribune Post]

Cape Enrage, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick. Photo by Tango7174. CC BY-SA 4.0 international. Wikimedia Commons.

Cape Enrage, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick. Photo by Tango7174. CC BY-SA 4.0 international. Wikimedia Commons.

US:

¶ Democrats approved a draft of the party platform that shows Bernie Sanders’ influence. Among lacking elements, however, were a carbon tax to address climate change and a moratorium on fracking. Bernie Sanders has said climate change is our biggest problem. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

¶ Idaho has been slow to adopt solar power. It ranks 43rd on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s list of solar production, though members of the Snake River Alliance say that the state has great solar producing potential. Now Canyon County has a Solarize campaign. [Idaho Press-Tribune]

Aerial view of a CPV solar farm in Canyon County, Idaho. Photo by Morgan Solar. CC BY-SA 2.0 generic. Wikimedia Commons.

Aerial view of a CPV solar farm in Canyon County, Idaho. Photo by Morgan Solar. CC BY-SA 2.0 generic. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Every year, the EPA releases a proposed figure for the Renewable Volume Obligations, the amount of biofuel that fuel blenders are required to blend into fuel. The EPA proposed 14.8 billion gallons for 2017, rather than the anticipated 15 billion. Some political leaders are upset. [The Dickinson Press]

¶ In Colorado, the El Paso County Assessor’s Office reported in February that values on property around a recently constructed wind farm near Calhan were on the rise. That trend still has not changed, county assessor told the county commissioners on Tuesday. [Colorado Springs Gazette]

One attraction in El Paso County is Pike's Peak. Photo by Aravis. Released into the public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

One attraction in El Paso County is Pike’s Peak. Photo by Aravis. Released into the public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ A new report addresses the important issue of solar equity and access, the idea that we need to do more so underserved people have better access to solar PV systems and the benefits that come from them. The report focuses on three things utility companies can do. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Public Service Company of New Mexico, the state’s largest utility, is buying a controlling interest in one of three units at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona, which it has leased for 30 years. And the company is asking its customers to pay for the purchase. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

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