2014-11-06 Energy Week

Friday, October 31 :

¶   Northern Power Systems of Barre, Vermont has commissioned four of its NPS 100 wind turbines as part of a South Korean island hybrid energy project. The 100 kW turbines are in a hybrid system with solar, storage, and diesel to provide power at $.25 per kWh, a substantial saving for customers. [AltEnergyMag]

¶   Earlier this year, the Denmark’s leadership announced that it planned to phase out coal by 2030 and run its economy entirely on renewable power by 2050. Soon after, the Danish government reported that wind was becoming far cheaper than fossil fuels. Now, it says it wants to kill coal in ten years, not fifteen. [Motherboard]

¶   The French Interior Minister said the government has begun investigating drones flying above as many as 10 French nuclear power plants this month. The French office of the environmental activist group Greenpeace has denied any connection to the drone flights and denounced the lack of security. [Ars Technica]

¶   During the eight-month period from January through August, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert generated 254,263 MWh of electricity, according to US Energy Information Administration data. That’s roughly 38% of the power output that had been anticipated. [RenewablesBiz]

New Hampshire nod for Jericho image¶   New Hampshire has approved Palmer Capital’s 14.25-MW Jericho Mountain wind project in Coos County. The state executive committee voted in favor of a $4 million bond to help finance the fully-permitted project, which will employ 5 GE 2.85-MW turbines. Jericho Mountain is expected to come online in 2015. [reNews]

Saturday, November 1:

¶   Australian households and businesses have installed more than 1 GW of rooftop solar since July, 2013, with the rate of installations growing in the last few months due to uncertainty about the future of the renewable energy target. Queensland the biggest market, followed by Victoria, NSW and South Australia. [CleanTechnica]

¶   More than 100 people rallied in support of a wind farm proposed off Long Island’s coast at a meeting of the Long Island Power Authority board. Ratepayers, community activists, labor and political leaders convened outside the utility’s headquarters, and once inside the building, they packed the conference room. [Long Island Press]

Sunday, November 2:

UN panel adopts landmark climate report

¶   The United Nations’ expert panel on climate science on Saturday finished a report on global warming that the UN’s environment agency said offers “conclusive evidence” that humans are altering the Earth’s climate system. The document is scheduled to be released on November 2. [Phys.Org]

¶   Plans for what will soon be the biggest municipal fleet of electrified vehicles in the nation were recently pushed through in the City of Indianapolis, through a new initiative dubbed the “Freedom Fleet.” The EV fleet of 425 EV or PHEV sedans is expected to be deployed in early 2016. Police will continue with gas-powered cars. [CleanTechnica]

Monday, November 3:

¶   When the European Commission came forward with its proposal for a 2030 energy and climate framework earlier this year, transportation was a missing piece. Transportation is responsible for around a quarter of EU CO2 emissions – a share that is increasing while CO2 emissions from other sectors are generally falling. [Business Green]

¶   Staff at South Africa’s Majuba electric station noticed a crack in a coal storage silo on Saturday afternoon. Forty minutes later, the structure collapsed, causing the station’s output to drop from 3,600 MW to 1,800. Now there are rolling blackouts in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth. [AllAfrica.com]

¶   A 750-mile interstate power line promises to deliver wind-generated electricity to Columbia, Missouri at nearly half the price the city now pays. Columbia would pay $20 to $30 less per megawatt-hour for electricity, according to Clean Line Energy Partners, the company behind the project. [Columbia Missourian]

Tuesday, November 4:

WWF Scotland analysed figures from the WeatherEnergy organisation, looking at the estimated amount of power produced by the wind and the sun in Scotland.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Picture: Ian Rutherford

¶   Scottish wind turbines generated an estimated 982,842 MWh of electricity last month – with environmental group WWF Scotland suggesting this was enough to power 3,045,000 homes, the equivalent of 126% of the electricity needs of every home in Scotland, based on analysis of data from WeatherEnergy. [Scotsman]

¶   The potential for saving electricity from used car batteries is growing steadily. The International Energy Agency estimates that there will be 4 million electric cars on the roads by 2015, rising to 20 million in 2020. An estimate of capacity could be 40 kWh, implying that used car batteries could provide storage capacity of 128 GWh by 2020. [Bellona]

¶   The Indian power sector is heading for a $1 billion, or Rs 6,000 crore, saving in coal transportation cost and earnings of another Rs 3,600 crore by additional generation as the government plans to tweak fuel supply arrangements to ensure that coal from each mine or port is shipped to closest plant. [Economic Times]

Wednesday, November 5:

¶   The cost estimates for solar PV used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its latest report fail to take into account most recent cost reductions for the technology, reports Helle Abelvik-Lawson, and exaggerate financing costs. The result is to understate the importance of PV in a low carbon future. [The Ecologist]

Japan's wrecked nuclear plant removes first set of spent fuel rods¶   TEPCO completed the removal of 1,331 spent fuel rods from the upper levels of the badly damaged reactor No. 4 building at Fukushima Daiichi on Wednesday. The No. 4 building was a source of concern during the disaster because of fears it would collapse in another earthquake, leading to exposure of the spent fuel. [AsiaOne]

rsz_screen_shot_2014-11-04_at_111842_am¶   According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), no new coal-fired plants came to service in the first 6 months of 2014, and only two small units are projected to come on line by the end of the year. The prospects for more coal-fired plants in the future look dismal for several reasons. [RenewEconomy]

Thursday, November 6: 

¶   On Tuesday night in the US, Republicans – and particularly those who reject climate science and despite renewable energy, won big in the US Congressional elections. This is not good news for climate. The Senate is now in the hands of a group of people who make pro-coal Australian politicians look moderate. [RenewEconomy]

A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant built along the Monongahela River, 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, on Sept. 24, 2013 in New Eagle, Pa.(Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

¶   Environmental groups lost big in the elections, but there was one surprising winner: The Northeast’s multi-state carbon-trading plan. Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf, the sole bright spot for Democrats on the state level, has promised to move Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [National Journal]

¶   The sulfur levels in marine bunker fuel are as high is 100 to 3,500 times what is permitted in diesel fuel for road traffic in China. As a result, one container ship cruising along the coast of China emits as much diesel pollution as 500,000 new Chinese trucks in a single day. [Energy Collective]

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