- “Five energy surprises for 2015: The possible and the improbable” Predictions: Oil and gas production both going into decline, oil going below $30 per barrel, a breakthrough in solar thermal, an international agreement calling for binding GHG emissions limits, and oil at over $100 per barrel by the end of the year. [Resilience]
- 2014 saw new records for German renewables, which produced 25.8% of the year’s power. Wind power hit a new record peak of 29.7 GW on December 12. Coal-fired power in Germany during 2014 was 10% less than in 2013. Gas-fired power plants dropped to 9.7% while nuclear energy’s share increased by half a percent to 15.9%. [Energy Matters]
- The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant stopped sending electricity to the grid Monday after producing total of 171 billion kWh over its 42-year lifetime. The shutdown came just after noon as the plant completed its 30th operating cycle when workers inserted control rods into the reactor core and stopped the nuclear reaction process. [Washington Times]
- Oslo-based Scatec Solar has clinched financing of $157 million for construction of the 104-MW Red Hills solar plant in Parowan, Utah. It will have 325,000 modules on a single-axis tracking system. Red Hills will generate around 210 million kWh of electricity per year, under a 20-year power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power. [reNews]
- Two major power line projects that have progressed by fits and starts over the past six years would lay the groundwork for a next-generation power grid throughout the West. Once completed, the new transmission lines would carry 1,500 megawatts of electricity across the West – from the Pacific Coast and the edge of the Great Plains. [The Idaho Statesman]
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