July 23 Energy News

July 23, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ What if rather than using fuels that add carbon dioxide, we could create fuels that recycle carbon dioxide from the atmosphere? Researchers at Arizona State University are exploring the idea of creating fuels that do just that. They are synthesizing carbon-neutral liquid fuels. Think of them as fuels created out of thin air. [AZoCleantech]

Interior of a mobile methanol synthesis trailer, hydrogen is produced and mixed with carbon dioxide for a fuel process. Photo courtesy of Steve Atkins.

Interior of a mobile methanol synthesis trailer, where hydrogen is
produced and mixed with carbon dioxide. Photo courtesy of Steve Atkins.

World:

¶ India has invited its first-ever bids for solar energy projects that include storage as a requirement as part of a trial program aimed at making the renewable resource more reliable. Solar Energy Corp of India sought bids for 300-MW of solar power to be built in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. [Bloomberg]

¶ Japan’s nuclear power is unlikely to meet a government target of nearly returning to former levels, and the world’s No-3 economy needs to get serious about renewables, a senior executive at a top business lobby said. The Japan Association of Corporate Executives is urging Tokyo to remove hurdles for renewable power. [StreetInsider.com]

Police officers and security personnel stand guard at an entrance of Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear power station, during a protest. Photo by Issei Kato / Reuters.

Police and security personnel guard an entrance of Kyushu Electric Power’s Sendai nuclear power station during a protest. Photo by Issei Kato / Reuters.

¶ The United States and Mexico are set to begin negotiating a new nuclear power cooperation agreement, the White House said. Officials for the two countries will look to craft a “123” nuclear agreement before the end of the year. The deal would allow American nuclear companies to export their products and technologies to Mexico. [The Hill]

US:

¶ Ambitious pro-coal plans were put on full display at the Republican National Convention. But the same day that US Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) spoke to the convention in support of the coal industry, a federal court issued a ruling that upheld the EPA’s veto of the notorious Spruce No 1 mine in her home state. [CleanTechnica]

Abandoned coal mine in West Virginia. Photo by ForestWander. CC BY-SA 3.0 US. Wikimedia Commons.

Perhaps this abandoned coal mine in West Virginia is a valuable antique. Photo by ForestWander. CC BY-SA 3.0 US. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Lawyers for Entergy say the company will support a proposal to provide $1 billion in subsidies to nuclear power plants struggling to remain profitable. This comes after the Public Service Commission changed the proposal’s language, removing requirements that the plant be licensed and be struggling financially. [The Journal News | LoHud.com]

¶ North Dakota’s elected leaders and utilities have been vocal in opposing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Some predicted it would require facilities to close, given the 45% carbon dioxide emissions reduction target the plan required by 2030. But the Stanton Station coal-burning power plant is closing for economic reasons. [Grand Forks Herald]

Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station in Underwood, ND. Photo credit: Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald.

Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station in Underwood, ND.
Photo credit: Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald.

¶ Illinois’ 25 largest wind farms generate $30.4 million in annual property taxes and $13.86 million in extra income annually for landowners who lease their land to their developers, according to a study released at Illinois State University. The study said the total economic benefit for the life of the projects is $6.4 billion. [Bloomington Pantagraph]

¶ An E.ON subsidiary and Digital Realty, a global provider of data centers, announced a long-term agreement to procure energy from the 200-MW Colbeck’s Corner Wind Farm near Amarillo, Texas. The agreement allows Digital Realty to offset 100% its US co-location and interconnection energy footprint. [PennEnergy]

Texas wind farm.

A Texas wind farm will power Digital Reality’s operations.

¶ The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority will soon release its offshore wind blueprint. The Long Island Power Authority postponed its board of trustees meeting until after the release. The 90-MW Deepwater ONE project awaits their vote, and environmentalists are disappointed at the delay. [North American Windpower]

¶ The US Coast Guard may endorse opening wider swaths of the Atlantic for offshore wind farms by shrinking the buffer zones around shipping channels and ports along the coast. Currently, wind projects must be at least two nautical miles away from shipping lanes and five nautical miles from port access areas. [Windpower Engineering]

 

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