2014-07-03 Energy Week

Please Note: This post is still under development.

Friday 6-27

¶   Utilities in Queensland are looking to limit and even stop households exporting excess electricity back into the grid from their rooftop solar panels, in a move that other Australian network operators are expected to follow. [RenewEconomy]

¶   China’s renewable energy capacity increased from 27.8 GW in 2001 to 183 GW in 2013, and alternative sources are expected to account for more than 20% of the country’s total electricity generation by 2020, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. [Business Spectator]

¶   The Fish and Wildlife Service expects to grant a permit to the Shiloh IV Wind Project near Rio Vista, California within 30 days that would allow for the deaths of five golden or bald eagles over a five-year period without penalty. [CNN]

Saturday 6-28

¶   An important new World Bank report concludes that just a few key policies aimed at cutting carbon pollution would boost the global economy, with an estimated GDP growth of between $1.8 trillion and $2.6 trillion. [Energy Collective]

¶   During the year’s first four months, renewables provided 14.05% of all electricity nationwide. Wind power grew past the 5% threshold, to 5.15% of US electricity production, and solar increased 108.9% from last year. But carbon emissions are growing too. [Justmeans]

¶   German lawmakers adopted a law on Friday to reduce renewable energy subsidies as the government seeks to keep its green “energy transformation” on track, curb rising prices and fight nagging criticism. [Yahoo News]

Sunday 6-29

¶   Microgrids are attractive to universities, hospitals and military installations aiming to protect their critical loads. They are also attractive to communities looking to survive the next storm, a dynamic spurring development of a new, potentially controversial grid model. [Scientific American]

¶   In the past, renewable power needed incentives. In Germany, however, the energy market is on the cusp of evolving to the next step: An era in which the sun and the wind replace fossil fuels through the sheer, unstoppable force of the market. [Engadget]

¶   Risky Business, an organization founded by Tom Steyer, Hank Paulson, and Michael Bloomberg, three business giants, released a report detailing the extraordinary risks that climate change poses to the nation’s economy and to the future business climate in the US. [Energy Collective]

Monday 6-30

¶   The UK Government has given consent to go ahead with the East Anglia One offshore wind farm. It is scheduled to install up to 240 wind turbines and will generate enough electricity to power approximately 820,000 homes. [SmartMeters] (1.2 GW)

¶   UK plans to drive investment in a new fleet of nuclear power stations took a step forward today after Toshiba and GDF Suez inked a deal to build three new reactors on the West Cumbria coast by 2024. [Business Green]

Tuesday 7-1

¶   New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to lift a six-year-old statewide moratorium. [Bloomberg]

¶   ACIL Allen, the modellers hired for the Australian government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET), suggest that the uptake of rooftop solar will be more without the RET because customers would pay higher electricity bills. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The next decade and a half will see renewable energy raise its share of European electricity generation capacity from 40% in 2012, to 60% in 2030, while the share of fossil-fuel sources such as coal and gas falls from 48% to 27%, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [Nanowerk]

¶   Several research studies have shown that renewable energy could wind up saving US consumers tens of billions of dollars. Two of them found that $26.7 billion a year could be saved in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. [CleanTechnica]

Wednesday 7-2

¶   Bloomberg New Energy Finance foresee that by 2030 the world’s power mix will have transformed to one with over half from zero-emission energy sources, saying, “Economics – rather than policy – will increasingly drive the uptake of renewable technologies.” [Business Spectator]

¶   The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern generates 120% of its electricity from renewable sources, according to a new publication. Reportedly, there are over 1600 wind turbines in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which is also a top tourist destination. [CleanTechnica]

¶   After studying production data from 65,000 wells from 31 different unconventional shale rock formations in 2012, geologist David Hughes predicted big trouble ahead for North America’s unconventional hydrocarbon revolution. [Resilience]


¶   Despite five months of below-average temperatures and twice the normal of snowfall, when the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility ended its one-year test run, it had produced 491 kWh more than it used. [ScienceDaily]

¶   Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority could give de facto approval for the restart of Kyushu Electric’s Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at its Sendai plant in southern Japan as soon as July 9, the Sankei newspaper reported without attribution. [Businessweek]

¶   The United States will hold a commercial lease auction on 19 August 2014 for the up to 1.45-GW Maryland wind energy area, the county’s third such sale for offshore wind development. [reNews]

¶   Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems received 740 megawatts worth of new orders in the last several days, with its machines destined to generate electricity at wind farms in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, and North Dakota. [Denver Business Journal]


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