2014-01-16 Energy Week


¶   The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an unprecedented safety alert on the transport of hydraulically fractured oil from North Dakota’s booming Bakken oil fields that could also cool Canada’s unconventional oil rush.[Resilience]

¶   A chemical spill in West Virginia got into the water system of nine counties, with the result is that 300,000 people have tap water that can be used for no purpose at all, other than flushing toilets. The chemical was there to clean coal.[CleanTechnica]


¶   According to the NPD analysts, new PV installations in the United States throughout 2013 reached a record 4.2 GW. This figure is a 15% growth on 2012 figures, and places the country as the leading solar market outside of the Asia-Pacific region. [CleanTechnica]

¶   A look at peer-reviewed articles on climate change in scientific journals, from Nov. 12, 2012 through December 31, 2013, found 2,258 articles written by a total of 9,136 authors. Only one article, by a single author, rejected man-made global warming. [CleanTechnica]

¶   ”Deceiving Energy Information Administration Forecasts  (Letter From CleanTechnica Readers)” The Energy Information Administration forecast that we would reach 0.45 GW of Solar PV on the grid by 2035, but in November 2013 we reached 7.11 GW according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [CleanTechnica]


¶   EPA’s proposed standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants will be published here in the government’s official newspaper, the Federal Register, kicking off a 60-day period for public comment. An online version is already available. [Energy Collective]

¶   A report identifying 9,300 megawatts of potential new sites of hydro-generated electricity in Northern Ontario says water-power expansion will help remote First Nations get rid of their outdated diesel-powered stations. [The Chronicle Journal]

¶   Wind energy company Ogin Inc is seeking approval to install 40 of its “shrouded” turbines in Altamont Wind Resource Area, a wind farm with unusually high numbers of avian deaths, to test its theoretically more bird-friendly turbine design. [Go Lackawanna]


¶   Renewable energy in the typhoon-battered Philippine archipelago received a boost as the government issued a green light for several proposed wind and hydro power plants as part of efforts to become 100% powered by renewables within a decade. [eco-business.com]

¶   There are early signs of a consensus, as discussions are under way in Vermont’s House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. The committee is considering lifting limits on the amount of power connected consumers may contribute to the grid. [BurlingtonFreePress.com]


¶   South Korea said on Tuesday it has revised down its future reliance on nuclear power to 29% of the country’s total power supply by 2035, from a planned 41% by 2030. The country’s nuclear power reliance stood at 26% as of the end of 2012.[Straits Times]

¶   In April 2011, one month after the onset of the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, demonstrators staged a sit-in outside the head office of Kyushu Electric Power Co. On Jan. 14, the activists marked the 1,000th day of their sit-down protest.[Asahi Shimbun]

¶   Former Prime Minister Hosokawa, who is aiming to make Japan a nuclear-free country, says he has the backing of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, another anti-nuclear advocate, as he runs in next month’s Tokyo gubernatorial election. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶   The world’s 48 leading fossil fuel companies will be asked to run a ‘climate stress test’ at a summit hosted at UN Headquarters in New York. US low-carbon business group CERES, with a network of investors worth $12 trillion, is organizing the event. [Responding to Climate Change]


¶   Vermont Lawmakers are considering a plan to tax the state’s natural gas pipelines to fund renewable energy projects. The new taxing scheme could raise millions for renewables as gas lines are expanded in the western side of the state. [vtdigger.org]

¶   United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres has urged financial institutions to triple their renewable energy investments to around $1 trillion a year, the Guardian has reported. [The9Billion]


¶   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published a rule requiring oil and gas companies using hydraulic fracturing off the coast of California to disclose the chemicals they discharge into the ocean. [CleanTechies]

¶   Global investment in renewable energy for 2013 fell 12% from 2012, the second consecutive year of decline. Much of the decline was due to technological advances that are driving down costs and making clean power more affordable.  [Businessweek]

¶   Power generated by photovoltaics systems covered 4.5% of Germany’s total electricity production last year, according to estimates released by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries. [PV-Tech]


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