2014-04-03 Energy Week

3-28

¶   Scotland generated a record 17,011 GWh of electricity in 2013, a rise of 16.4% on the previous year, according to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. That means about 46.5% of Scotland’s energy needs came from sources such as wind or hydro power. [Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra]

¶   Analysts Frost & Sullivan expect the global market for micro-grids to accelerate rapidly from next year as a thirst for renewable energy – driven by solar PV – prompts greater demand for power in off-grid locations. [eco-business.com]

3-29

¶   Wind generation in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas on Thursday set a record for power production at one time for the second time this month. Wind generators met 10,296 MW, or nearly 29% of ERCOT’s demand. ERCOT manages power for 23 million customers. [Platts]

¶   German utility E.ON said Friday it plans to retire its 1.3 GW Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor in May 2015, seven months ahead of the planned shutdown under Germany’s nuclear phase-out law. [Platts]

¶   Climate change has already left its mark “on all continents and across the oceans”, damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers, according to the leaked text of a blockbuster UN climate science report due out on Monday.[The Guardian]

3-30

¶   The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday said it reluctantly approved letting the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station operate through the end of this year. The board also approved a deal between Entergy and the Shumlin administration. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

¶   The 8-MW co-generation plant at the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, California will be one of the lynchpins of a computerized microgrid the base is developing to manage its energy as efficiently as possible, save taxpayer dollars and operate off grid in an emergency. [The Desert Sun]

¶   Signs are increasingly pointing to the formation of an El Niño in the next few months, possibly a very strong one. When combined with the long-term global warming trend, a strong El Niño would mean 2015 is very likely to become the hottest year on record by far. [Energy Collective]

3-31

¶   Up to 24% of all coal-fired electric power plants in the United States may shut down because of EPA regulations, according to a new “Today in Energy” report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). [DigiNews]

¶   Altaeros Energie says it is set to break the world record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed. The next generation BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) will be the first long-term demonstration of such a device. [Energy Matters]

4-1

¶   Vermont’s “net metering” bill that nearly quadruples the amount of power that utilities can buy from renewable energy projects is becoming law, raising  that amount to 15% of peak load. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will sign the bill into law on April 1. [WPTZ The Champlain Valley]

¶   The state of New Jersey is trying to flesh out details of a proposed $200 million Energy Resiliency Bank that would dole out federal funds to projects aimed at curtailing outages during extreme weather. [NJ Spotlight]

4-2

¶   In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, states in the Northeast have been putting the weight of government policy and budgets behind microgrids, self-sustaining islands of electric power to keep critical services running in the midst of broader grid blackouts. [Greentech Media]

¶   Northern Ireland’s biggest power generator plans to build a huge battery facility that can store energy produced by wind farms. AES, owner of Kilroot and Ballylumford power stations, plans to build the 100 MW facility at Kilroot. [BBC News]

¶   West Lindsey District Council has granted planning permission for a 50 MW solar park on the site of a former RAF base in Lincolnshire. When completed, the project is anticipated to share the title of the largest solar farm development in the UK. [Solar Power Portal]

4-3

¶   The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its second of four planned reports examining the state of climate science. This one summarizes what the scientific literature says about “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” [Energy Collective]

¶   American-made wind power has long enjoyed popular support across the country. There’s even evidence to suggest that the more wind power there is in a state, the more support wind power receives. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Noting that electricity rates from Hawaii Electric Light Co. are consistently more than 37¢ per kWh despite nearly half of the island’s power being renewable, Parker Ranch announced it has created a new subsidiary aimed at providing electricity on its own microgrid. [Big Island Now]

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