Blowout lite this week with 16 links mainly to renewable stories. The story that caught my eye this week describes a massive $8billion Wyoming wind to Los Angeles renewables plan that includes compressed air storage in constructed salt caverns in Utah. In my opinion, all renewables projects should be mandated to provide load balancing capacity either through storage or fossil fuel based back up.
Four companies today jointly proposed a first-in-the-U.S., $8-billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023.
The project would require construction of one of America’s largest wind farms in Wyoming, one of the world’s biggest energy storage facilities in Utah, and a 525-mile electric transmission line connecting the two sites.
Power produced by wind farms slumped by a fifth in the second quarter of this year, despite hundreds of new turbines being built – because it wasn’t very windy.
Official Government statistics published on Thursday show that in the three months to the end of June, the amount of electricity produced by offshore wind farms fell by 22 per cent, to 2 terawatt-hours (TWh), compared with the same period the year before.
The EU’s energy commissioner is hopeful of a deal between Ukraine and Russia to end their dispute over gas deliveries after three-way talks in Berlin.
Guenther Oettinger outlined a plan which would see Russia supply Ukraine over the winter and into the spring.
Ukraine would pay Russia $2bn (£1.2bn) of its gas debt by the end of October and another $1.1bn by the year’s end.
The tallest wind turbines ever approved on the UK mainland are to form part of a new project in South Lanarkshire.
Seven of the 15 turbines in the Middle Muir facility, just over a mile from Crawfordjohn, will stand 152m high.
The wind farm, which has been approved by the Scottish government, will have the potential to generate up to 60MW of electricity, enough for 28,000 homes.
We will not achieve economic growth without tackling climate change — the economic cost of inaction is now greater than action and our politicians must show leadership.
For too long, we have been told that we have to choose between economic growth or climate action. In fact, the opposite is true, as over the next 15 years we will not have one without the other.
A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.
There was a time when Germany’s power was mostly generated by the traditional sources of coal, nuclear, oil, natural gas and hydro. These sources were reliable and keeping the power grid under control was a routine matter. Germany’s power grid was among the most stable worldwide. But then came Germany’s renewable energy feed-in act, and with it the very volatile sources of sun and wind.
Europe should only push ahead with its planned cuts to carbon emissions if the rest of the world agrees to a global climate change deal at a crunch summit in Paris next year, according to the EU’s energy chief.
Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.
Flanders Today: Plan for winter brownouts revealed
The energy ministry has released details of the brownout plan to take effect if Belgium runs short of energy this winter because of the closure of the Doel 4 nuclear facility
Large cities unaffected
The federal government’s plans for selectively turning off the electricity supply to certain areas this winter – the so-called brownout – have been announced by federal interior minister Melchior Wathelet.
The change in UK drilling legislation is on the way if the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which had been considering a change in drilling law for some time, moves ahead with the change, despite opposition from poll respondents, the DECC said Thursday.
Mexico’s potential oil and gas reserves, including shale, could be second only to the Arctic region in size and scope, and offer a wide range of opportunities for foreign firms in the wake of its reforms, according to a report by Ernst & Young (EY).
The cost of conventional nuclear power has spiralled to levels that can no longer be justified. All the reactors being built across the world are variants of mid-20th century technology, inherently dirty and dangerous, requiring exorbitant safety controls.
This is a failure of wit and will. Scientists in Britain, France, Canada, the US, China and Japan have already designed better reactors based on molten salt technology that promise to slash costs by half or more, and may even undercut coal. They are much safer, and consume nuclear waste rather than creating more. What stands in the way is a fortress of vested interests.
South Africa signed a partnership agreement with Russia’s state-owned nuclear company that may see Rosatom Corp. build reactors in Africa’s second-biggest economy.
“The agreement lays the foundation for the large-scale nuclear power plants procurement and development program” using Russian VVER reactors with installed capacity of about 9,600 megawatts, or as many as eight nuclear units, Rosatom and the South African government said in an e-mailed statement today. The country also has a draft nuclear cooperation pact with China.
WSJ: Germany’s Coal Binge
Berlin’s “energy revolution” is going great—if you own a coal mine. The German shift to renewable power sources that started in 2000 has brought the green share of German electricity up to around 25%. But the rest of the energy mix has become more heavily concentrated on coal, which now accounts for some 45% of power
The consortium of solar companies seeking to build a 500-megawatt solar power tower project in Riverside County has formally withdrawn the project’s application from consideration by the California Energy Commission.
Almost half of the power generated in Scotland now comes from renewable sources, according to official figures.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change said renewables achieved 46.4% of gross electricity consumption in 2013 – up from 39.9% in 2012.