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January 26 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “How Smart Grid Technology Can Build a Better Utility Industry Future: Part 2” Each of IDC’s 10 total predictions bears some significant relevance to smart grids and smart grid technology. Here are the smart grid implications of IDC’s final five predictions: [Energy Collective] (Part 1 is in yesterday’s blog.)

Science and Technology:

  • It may sound far-fetched to some people, but the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports in the new study Active Power Controls from Wind Power: Bridging the Gaps, that wind turbines actually improve grid reliability. [CleanTechnica]
  • While Americans deal with a wintery January and try to understand what a polar vortex is, one thing is clear: 2013 was the fourth hottest year since records began in 1880. For the 37th consecutive year, global temperatures were higher than average. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • China’s National Energy Administration has reportedly increased the 2014 target for new solar PV capacity installations to 14 GW – up from its previous target of 12 GW. The target represents a near 50% increase on the actual capacity installation. [CleanTechnica]
  • India added just over 1 GW of solar energy to its electrical grid last year, a major milestone that nearly doubles the country’s cumulative solar energy capacity to 2.18 GW. India hopes to install 10 GW of solar by 2017 and 20 GW by 2022. [CleanTechnica]
  • China’s solar panel industry is showing signs of booming again after a prolonged downturn. Chinese firms are racing to develop multi-billion dollar solar generating projects in the Gobi desert and barren hills of China’s vast north and northwest. [Oman Daily Observer]

US:

  • Oil has begun flowing on the southern segment of North America’s most controversial pipeline project: the Keystone XL. TransCanada announced that it had begun operations to send crude from Cushing, Oklahoma to the refining center of the U.S. Gulf Coast. [Energy Collective]
  • U.S. trains spilled 1.15 million gallons of crude oil in 2013 — more than was spilled in the nearly 40 years since officials began tracking such accidents, federal data show. The majority of that volume came from two major derailments. [CleanTechies]
  • As the issue of environmentalism pops up, fissures are forming among conservatives, with some, like Barry Goldwater, Jr, joining forces with environmental groups. In Georgia, a Tea Party activist and the Sierra Club formed a “Green Tea Coalition.” [New York Times]
  • Utility-sized concentrating solar plants are beginning to appear across the United States, with 232 under construction, in testing or granted permits. Many of them in the Southwest and California, according to the Edison Electric Institute. [Yakima Herald-Republic]

 

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