October 23 Energy News

October 23, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “India’s Solar Power Is Set to Outshine Coal” • India wants to provide its entire population with electricity and lift millions out of poverty, but in order to prevent the world overheating it also needs to switch away from fossil fuels. Different analysts disagree on the future of Indian power generation, but solar power costs are dropping. [Truthdig]

India One Solar Thermal Power Plant  (Brahma Kumaris via Flickr)

India One Solar Thermal Power Plant
(Brahma Kumaris via Flickr)

¶ “Coal will not recover” • As recently as 10 years ago, coal provided half of America’s electric power needs. Today that number is closer to 30% and falling. Coal is not likely to fade entirely from the scene any time soon, but informed analysts see its share of the US energy mix dropping to less than 20% in the near future. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

World:

¶ Infinity Solar and the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company have signed an agreement to purchase the former’s renewable energy. The Director of Infinity Solar said that the company has agreed with the German bank LP to finance the required foreign funding for the solar power plant by 85% of the total cost. [Daily News Egypt]

Renewable power in Egypt

Renewable power in Egypt

¶ India’s premier technical institute, National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, will soon be equipped with one of the largest solar rooftops in a government academic institute in the region. The 1-MW rooftop solar plant will be inaugurated on November 12. The power grid is being installed across 11 academic buildings. [NYOOOZ]

¶ Taking a step towards renewable energy, the power department of New Delhi Municipal Council plans to install solar panels at 102 buildings within their jurisdiction. Under the Smart City project, one set of solar panels would be installed at 28 buildings to produce a total of 1.5 MW and another on 74 more buildings to generate 1 MW. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Civic Center in New Delhi (CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Civic Center in New Delhi (CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Jordan signed an agreement Saturday with Masdar, a company in the United Arab Emirates, to build a 200-MW PV plant, the largest solar plant in Jordan, according to the country’s Ministry of Energy. The agreement marks the “forward progress of a significant investment in Jordan’s energy security,” said Jordan’s Energy Minister. [Global Times]

¶ In a rare move for power-hungry Asia, the government of Taiwan has decided to abolish nuclear power generation by 2025 to meet the public’s demand for a nuclear-free society following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Taiwan’s Executive Yuan, which is equivalent to the Japanese Cabinet, has approved revisions to the law. [Asahi Shimbun]

Lungmen nuclear plant, before construction was stopped (Photo by Mastehr, public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

Lungmen nuclear plant, before construction halted (Photo by Mastehr, placed in the public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ China’s first molten salt solar thermal power plant has started to send electricity to the grid, its developer said. The Tianjin Binhai Concentrating Solar Power Investment Co Ltd said its 50-MW molten salt trough project in northwest China’s Gansu Province shows the mature commercial development of solar thermal technology. [Global Times]

US:

¶ American Municipal Power dedicated West Virginia’s newest hydroelectric plant at the Willow Island Locks and Dam on the Ohio River in Pleasants County. At the ceremony, US Senator Shelley Moore Capito said the regulatory process required for a hydroelectric plant took too long and should be streamlined. [The Exponent Telegram]

Hydro project at Willow Island Locks and Dam (Photo by Jim Foss / for the State Journal)

Hydro project at Willow Island Locks and Dam
(Photo by Jim Foss / for the State Journal)

¶ The Bureau of Land Management will hold a competitive geothermal lease sale later this month in Sacramento, offering parcels in California, Nevada and Utah. For Utah, it will be the first time federal geothermal resources have been up for bid in six years, and a total of 15,782 acres of public lands will be offered. [KSL.com]

¶ A pending settlement between Xcel Energy and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission would give ratepayers a break based on time of use, so they can get lower rates by running a dryer at night, for example. It would also give them the option of buying power produced entirely by renewable sources such as wind and solar. [Pueblo Chieftain]

 

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