2014-02-27 Energy Week


¶   By a 4-1 vote, the Vermont Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee approved S.201, a bill that would give communities hosting new energy projects more say in the Public Service Board’s review process. [Brattleboro Reformer]

¶   The world’s largest district heat pump is on show. Located in the city of Drammen in Norway, it harvests heat from the freezing waters of the fjord and boosts it to 90⁰C for heating the buildings of the city. [PR Web]

¶   China’s National Energy Administration announced it has set a 2014 goal of incentivizing 14 gigawatts of domestic solar capacity, 6 gigawatts aimed at utility-scale and 8 gigawatts aimed at distributed generation. [Energy Collective]


¶   According to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the FERC, non-hydro renewable energy sources accounted for more than 99% of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed during January 2014 for a total of 324 MW. [PennEnergy]

¶   The Guardian has run an unprecedented banner headline in response to the record-smashing deluges that have inundated the UK: “Climate change is here now. It could lead to global conflict. Yet the politicians squabble.” [Energy Collective]

¶   ”Despite New Plants, Nuclear Future Still Decades Away” The Energy Department provided financing for the nation’s first new nuclear plants in years, but a generation of new plants remains a long way off. [U.S. News & World Report]


¶   EIA’s latest prediction that about 60 gigawatts of coal will retire by 2016 is up from about 40 gigawatts that it predicted just last year, and more than double the 27 gigawatts it predicted in 2012. [Energy Collective]

¶   The government of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has drawn up an ambitious plan to generate 3,400 MW through solar energy, of which 700 MW of solar power plants are expected to be commissioned this year. [The Hindu]


¶   Numerous investors, including state government agencies, have filed shareholder resolutions with such fossil fuel companies as Exxon Mobil and Chevron, seeking an explanation of their strategies for competing in a low-carbon global market. [Triple Pundit]

¶   As Exxon Mobil’s CEO, it is Rex Tillerson’s job to promote the hydraulic fracturing enabling the recent oil and gas boom, and fight regulatory oversight. Nevertheless, he joined a lawsuit that cites fracking’s consequences when it is near his home. [CleanTechnica]

¶   A report on Australia’s liquid fuel security warns that a severely declining oil refining industry, and increasing demand, could result in a scenario in 2030 where it has less than 20 days worth of fuel in reserve, and 100% imported liquid fuel dependency. [RenewEconomy]

¶   With the right policy and regulatory support, the Baringa report and Scottish government analysis shows renewables in the Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles can deliver up to 5% of Britain’s electricity demand by 2030. [reNews]


¶   Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has begun commercial operation of the 17.5 MW Northwest Stave River run-of-river hydroelectric facility. The facility is located in British Columbia, Canada . [RenewablesBiz]


¶   Yet another Florida nuclear plant may be in trouble. More than 3,700 tubes that help cool a nuclear reactor at Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie facility exhibit wear. Most other similar plants have between zero and a few hundred.[Tampabay.com]

¶   After years of predictions that China would begin investing more in a smart grid than the US, Bloomberg New Energy Finance has reported that China invested $4.3 billion on smart grid in 2013, far outpacing U.S. spending of $3.6 billion in the same period. [Energy Collective]

¶   Australia’s largest renewables company, Infigen Energy, is confident the fixed renewable energy target of 41,000 GWh will remain in place, citing the emergence of sovereign risk among financiers, and soaring domestic gas prices as key arguments for its retention. [RenewEconomy]


¶   Research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego now shows the impact of melting arctic sea ice on global warming has likely been significantly underestimated. [Energy Collective]

¶   One thing we did not see prominently in the news was that in 2013 China installed about 40 GW of solar water heating capacity. You see solar hot water may be quite boring, but it still owns solar power in terms of installed capacity. And China has the most. [Energy Collective]

¶   Advanced Energy Economy, has released a report finding that the global advanced energy economy — which includes efficient transport, biofuels, commercial and industrial efficiency, and clean electricity generation — was valued at $1.1 trillion in 2013. [Energy Collective]


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