2014-02-20 Energy Week


¶   Even before TVA finishes building its new nuclear unit, the utility is preparing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to replace faulty steam generators in the new reactor within the first decade of its operation. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]


¶   In a study by iSeeCars, the Tesla Model S had an averaged used sale price of more than $99,700. That’s about $10,000 more than the top-tier 85 kWh P85+ model sells for new, and doesn’t even factor in the $7,500 Federal tax credit or local incentives. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Leading investment bank Citigroup says Australian utilities will be impacted by the ‘energy Darwinism” that is currently sweeping the global electricity industries. And Australian utilities have a high risk that they will come off second best.[CleanTechnica]

¶   New analysis shows that the additional costs associated with building to the proposed Zero Carbon Standard in the UK have declined significantly since 2011, and are expected to continue to fall as we approach 2020. [CleanTechnica]


¶   A new white paper report finds that wind energy is keeping electric bills low for American homes and businesses, thanks to plummeting wind energy costs driven by technological improvements. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues have put online a new roadmap to renewable energy for all 50 states. The interactive roadmap is tailored to maximize the resource potential of each state. [Science Codex] (The site is not given in the article, but is at THIS LINK. Scroll down for the roadmap.)

¶   Operators of the Davis-Besse nuclear plant that sits beside Lake Erie say workers there found a gap within the concrete of a protective wall. An NRC spokeswoman told The Blade newspaper in Toledo it’s too early to say whether the gap was a problem. [Michigan Radio]

¶   2013 was more than a rough year for weather. It was a sign of things to come. Drought and storms have always been with us, but climate change is making them more intense—the equivalent of pumping them with steroids. [Energy Collective]


¶   Farmers in the UK are increasingly finding that renewable power production makes their farms financially more viable. Almost 40% of U.K. farmers are investing in renewable energy compared with just 5% in 2010. [Triple Pundit]

¶   The Abbott government has appointed a self-professed climate sceptic to head an “extensive” review of Australia’s renewable energy target. Abbott has signalled before Christmas the target could be wound back or the scheme scrapped. [The Guardian]

¶   Larger companies from a variety of backgrounds, including ExxonMobil, DuPont, and BP, are seeing the potential in biofuels and are investing in a range of different advanced biofuel technologies. [DailyFinance]

¶   Exposure to companies with extensive fossil fuel reserves and companies with high carbon emissions ranks as the top concern among trends in environmental, social and governance issues, driving pension funds to examine the risks and to craft responses. [Pensions & Investments]


¶   A Seattle company hopes to harness some of the fiercest winds off the Pacific Coast. Principle Power has got a nod from the U.S. Department of the Interior to proceed with its application to lease 15 square miles of federal waters near Coos Bay, Oregon. [Yakima Herald-Republic]

¶   International ratings agency Fitch said that nuclear generators are likely to be cash-flow negative in 2014 because of large spending programmes and weak electricity demand in western Europe, amid a general environment of uncertainty.[Nuclear Engineering]

¶   Egypt’s domestic market may reach 80% usage for new and renewable energy by 2025, according to Mohamed Moussa Oumran, first secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Electricity. [Al-Bawaba]

¶   China is set to become the global leader for electric vehicle (EV) fast charging. ABB, a power and automation technology group, is working together with Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. on the rollout of a record EV fast-charger network. [CleanTechnica]

¶   ”Benefits of a 100% renewable New York” How does this sound for New Yorkers: saving $2,000 in annual energy costs – or saving $4,100 per person in energy, health and climate costs each year? [Investigative Post]


¶   Wind power has saved Ireland more than €1 billion in imported energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and has not added to customers’ energy bills, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. [Irish Times]

¶   A recent poll of climate experts asked what investments they would recommend to combat climate change. The numbers are: 29% for distributed renewable power, 26% for efficiency, 17% for next-generation nuclear, and 10% for centralized renewables. [IEEE Spectrum]


¶   Imperial College research says useful life of turbines may be longer than some people have asserted, countering claims machines need replacing after just 10 years. Wind turbines can remain productive for up to 25 years. [Business Green]

¶   Saudi Arabia will spend $173 billion on energy projects between now and 2018. Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in renewable energy in a bid to curb domestic consumption of fossil fuels, which eats into oil export revenues. [ArabianBusiness.com]

¶   A large amount of radioactive water, estimated to be 100 metric tons, has leaked from a holding tank at Fukushima Daiichi. The water is being absorbed into the ground, and is not going directly into the ocean, according to TEPCO. [CNN]

¶   Stanford University professor Mark Z Jacobson’s proposed roadmap t0 a 100% renewably-powered US has a lot of solar and hydro in it, but for the most part, it is full of windpower. Bio-mass is notably absent. [Motherboard]

¶   Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 18 projects that receive funding through the Renewable Heat NY program, to help install high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment, according to a recent article in Biomass Magazine. [EIN News]


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