2014-10-09 Energy Week

Please note that this post is being developed.

Friday, October 3:

¶   Navigant Research says in a new report that between January 2013 and September 2014, 91 new grid-scale energy storage systems totaling 362.8 MW were announced or launched. Lithium-ion technology is most commonly used, but flywheels and flow batteries are emerging as storage options. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The US and India are committed to creating a binding climate deal next year, a joint statement from the two nations said. US president Barack Obama and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi held talks in Washington yesterday, at which they recognized the importance greenhouse gas emissions and improving resilience. [Argus Media]

¶   NJ Transit has received $1.3 billion in federal funds to improve the resilience of the state’s transportation system in the event of devastating future storms. The funds include $410 million to develop the NJ TransitGrid into a first-of-its-kind microgrid capable of keeping the power running when the electric grid goes down. [Energy Collective]

Saturday, October 4:

¶   Suggestions that the current Australian Renewable Energy Target of 41,000 GWh by 2020 is infeasible have been laughed off by global wind development company Windlab, who have released figures showing that not only is the target feasible, but could be met by existing approved wind energy that has simply yet to be constructed. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The cost of solar power plus battery storage is about to dip below the average electricity bill in Germany, according to new analysis by the global investment bank HSBC. The bank projects that the dropping prices of home solar and home battery storage is about to massively disrupt traditional power generation. [ThinkProgress]

¶   In his recent speech on climate change at the United Nations, President Obama stated: “Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution by more than any other nation on Earth.” According to data found in the BP Statistical Review, he is correct. [Canada Free Press]

¶   Renewables have been capturing a larger and larger portion of the total global energy infrastructure pie, while the portion nuclear energy has not just been stagnating but actually shrinking somewhat. More interestingly, solar and wind energy are each gaining fast on nuclear independently. [CleanTechnica]

¶   There is good news coming for nearly 25,000 Indian villages still passing nights under darkness due to unavailability of electricity. Instead of relying over power grids, these villages will get electricity by using novel clean energy solutions, achieving the dream illuminating rural areas without grid electricity. [Oneindia]

¶   New England has always endured high electricity costs, but this year’s 37% price surge reflects a relatively new problem: As many old coal-burning plants have retired, natural gas accounts for about half the region’s electricity generation. Utilities and customers  are both exposed to gas price spikes. [Boston Globe]

Monday, October 6:

¶   Younicos is a company that combines different kinds of battery systems with software to provide grid backup. A system of 2 GW, providing 1 hour of backup capacity, could replace all thermal power plants in Germany that are used for frequency regulation, providing for 60% renewables on the grid. [RenewEconomy]

¶   California just achieved a new record for utility-scale solar power generation. On September 29, 4.903 GW of electricity was generated by solar PV from utility-scale sources and concentrated solar power. About 2.8 GW of California’s solar capacity is not included in the data because it is not utility-scale. [Solar Love]

¶   You might not picture former Secretary of State George Shultz as someone who drives an electric car, or has solar panels on the roof of his home. But he does — and Shultz has become a vocal proponent of action to combat climate change. He brought that message to MIT in a talk on advocating further efforts. [Energy Collective]

Tuesday, October 7:

¶   At least 54 GW of US offshore wind energy generation capacity could be deployed by 2030, according to a new study funded by the DOE, which focused on helping DOE achieve two goals: reducing the cost of offshore wind energy and shortening the time required to deploy offshore wind generation capacity. [Triple Pundit]

¶   Two agencies in western Massachusetts, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Connecticut River Watershed Council, are intervening in a proposal to allow the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station temporarily to boost output by pumping and releasing more river water at its mountaintop reservoir. [The Recorder]

Wednesday, October 8:

¶   Britain won EU approval for a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point on Wednesday, allowing the government to commit to 35 years of financial support for Europe’s biggest and most controversial infrastructure project. EU commissioners from at least five countries voiced opposition to the plan. [Financial Times]

¶   Offshore wind power is not usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 GW of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the US by an astounding $7.68 billion a year. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶   As the drought in California continues to strain the state’s hydropower resources, natural gas and renewables are locked in competition to determine which will capture the lion’s share of the lost hydropower capacity. Natural gas output has an inverse relationship with hydropower generation. [Platts]

Thursday, October 9:

¶   The US DOE has issued a Presidential Permit for the 1 GW Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission Project, which will deliver hydro generation from Quebec in Canada to New York City. The buried 333-mile HVDC line will run the length of Lake Champlain and through parts of the Hudson River. [reNews]

¶   Reports yesterday claim the government has ditched the Warburton review, which called for renewable projects to be scrapped or phased out. Talks between the government and Labor to save the target have begun after both sides agreed to exempt struggling aluminium smelters from the RET costs. [Warrnambool Standard]

¶   Less than five months since breaking ground on a new 2-MW solar project in Brattleboro, Vermont, Winstanley Enterprises was joined by development team members and supporters to officially mark the project’s completion. The system will produce 40% of Brattleboro’s immediate electrical needs on a clear afternoon. [AltEnergyMag]



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