2013-11-14 Energy Week


¶   UK renewable energy expert UrbanWind is getting new orders. It believes the government’s price guarantees for the new Hinkley Point nuclear reactor will move companies towards less expensive renewable alternatives and energy independence. [AltEnergyMag]

¶   A Dutch organization called Better Energy puts some perspective on German power in a new study. Facts: Subsidies for Nuclear and fossil fuels are three times those of renewables; the Leipzig Insurance Forum says a meltdown could cost up to €6 trillion; … [CleanTechnica]


¶   German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed to retain a moratorium on fracking for gas and cut incentives for wind power in areas where it is abundant, if they form a new coalition government. [Reuters]


¶   The owner of a North Texas nuclear power plant has tabled its request for federal permission to expand the plant. Luminant Generation had asked the NRC for a license to build two new reactors at Comanche Point, but is putting the request on hold. [CBS Local]

¶   The European Commission’s energy chief says a proposal on mandatory disaster insurance for nuclear power plants will be presented in coming weeks. The proposal may be one of the first items on the European Parliament’s agenda after May elections. [Las Vegas Sun]


¶   The United States Department of Energy has announced a plan to spur solar power deployment by cutting red tape for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems. Cutting red tape can cut a large part of the costs of a system. [SmartMeters]

¶   Starting in 2014, California is implementing a tsunami of building code revisions called Title 24. These revised building codes will move California’s residential and commercial buildings toward Zero Net Energy, making as much energy as they take. [Triple Pundit]

¶   The Chief Development Officer of Energy and Climate Change for Sydney, Australia, intends to have the city rely 100% on renewable energy sources for power, heating, cooling, and transport by 2030. [CleanTechnica]


¶   ”The $523 Billion In Fossil Fuel Subsidies Is Money We’re Not Spending On Renewables” One of the hardest problems in halting climate change is the way countries continue to subsidize the problem, and the problem is fossil fuels. [Co.Exist]

¶   China will build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the European Union, U.S. and Japan combined, according to the IEA. The share of renewable energy sources in world electricity supply will rise above 30% in that period. [Businessweek]

¶   The Vermont Electric Cooperative hopes to build the state’s largest utility-owned solar power project as part of the effort to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The 5 MW project would be built in the western part of the co-op’s service territory.[Barre Montpelier Times Argus]


¶   Japanese officials have admitted for the first time that thousands of people evacuated from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may never be able to return home. [The Guardian]

¶   Ontario Power Generation wants a 30% increase in the rate it is paid for electricity generated by nuclear power. The rate increase, if approved by the Ontario Energy Board, could add about $5.36 each month to the bill for typical residential customers. [Waterloo Record]

¶   The Australian federal government said it will cut funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by $435 million. A bill to defer a further $370 million to nearly a decade hence is also enacted in proposed new legislation.[RenewEconomy]

¶   The International Energy Agency says the world will likely need to have around 48% of total electricity generation produced by renewable energy sources by 2035, if it is to meet the stated climate change goals of international governments. [RenewEconomy]
… World Energy Outlook 2013 expects renewables to represent 31% of the global electricity supply in 2035, and warns that the path which we are currently on will not come close to limiting warning to two degrees centigrade.[solarserver.com]


¶   The head of the World Energy Council has warned that without governments providing financial support to nuclear power projects, the sector’s share of the power generation market will remain stationary. [PennEnergy]

¶   A remote-controlled robot has succeeded in pinpointing two holes in the containment vessel of the damaged Unit 1 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi. The robot’s camera captured images of water leaking into the building housing the reactor. [RTT News]

¶   Eos Energy Storage says it has a breakthrough energy storage systems that could make a huge impact on the energy market. The 1-MW/6-MWh Aurora energy storage system can reportedly achieve 10,000 cycles and costs $160/kWh for a DC system. [CleanTechnica]


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