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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Landmark Report from DOE Highlights New Challenges, Opportunities for the Energy-Water Nexus

Landmark Report from DOE Highlights New Challenges, Opportunities for the Energy-Water Nexus

By Environmental Defense Fund Energy Exchange Blog
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If we can send a man to the moon, we can ensure the viability of essential resources – such as energy and water – in an unpredictable future affected by climate change. A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities, attempts to plan for this uncertainty

Energy News Roundup: The EU is Burning Too Much Coal and IOCs Bid on Abu Dhabi Oil Field Expansion but Guess Who Didn’t?

Energy News Roundup: The EU is Burning Too Much Coal and IOCs Bid on Abu Dhabi Oil Field Expansion but Guess Who Didn’t?

By Jared Anderson
Neurath Power Plant Rated Germany's Biggest CO2 Emitter
Germany, the UK and Poland have the dirtiest coal plants in the EU, where the share of coal in power generation is currently around 25%. The IEA says EU coal-fired generation needs to be below 4% by 2035 to combat climate change. Germany exported a record amount of power in 2013 as it generated more

Help Wanted in China’s Energy Sector

Help Wanted in China’s Energy Sector

By Conway Irwin
China Plans New Energy Strategy
China’s race to meet rapidly rising energy demand is driving a scramble to find experienced talent to staff its booming energy sector. China is among the world’s top ten producers of oil and gas, and is the world’s largest coal producer, according to BP’s latest Statistical Review of World Energy. And an Energy Information Administration

Energy Access, Rising Production Boost America

Energy Access, Rising Production Boost America

By Energy Tomorrow Blog
BP Attempts "Static Kill" To Permanently Plug Damaged Oil Well
Recent Improvements in Petroleum Trade Balance Mitigate U.S. Trade Deficit EIA Today in Energy: Since the mid-1970s, the United States has run a deficit in merchandise trade, meaning that payments for imports exceeded receipts for exports. This large and growing deficit on the merchandise trade balance reached a maximum of $883 billion in the second

PennEnergy's Energy News and Insights 7/23



Free White Paper: Mobility and Utilities

Utilities are experiencing rapidly changing field mobility requirements as they race to keep up with constant change in the industry. This business paper reviews new mobile technologies that enable utilities to eliminate much of the cost and lag time associated with job paperwork. Download Now!
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GE: Fuel cell startup could spark a revolution (Video)

Scientists in GE labs recently cracked an important conundrum involving one iteration of fuel cell technology called solid oxide fuel cell, or SOFC. The breakthrough allowed the company to start building a new pilot fuel cell manufacturing and development facility in upstate New York. …more>>
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Navigant: Wind to deliver over 7 percent of world’s electricity by 2018

According to a recent report from Navigant Research, wind power will deliver 7.3 percent of the electricity consumed worldwide by 2018. …more>>
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US nuclear power regulator looks to reposition staff

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Allison Macfarlane said NRC officials are in the early stages of researching how to reposition its roughly 3,800-member workforce as the industry's outlook changes. …more>>
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Bluewater wind power plant begins commercial operation in Ontario

NextEra Energy Partners announces completion of the 60 MW Bluewater Wind Energy Center in Ontario. …more>>
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Tecogen to supply northeast school districts with CHP systems

Tecogen to supply and install combined heat and power (CHP) systems to a group of public schools in northern New Jersey, and Long Island, New York. …more>>
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Navajo Generating Station welcomes latest round of graduates

Sixteen students graduate from intensive training program for the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station - give families credit for inspiration, determination, and success. …more>>
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Yingli Solar continues expansion in Latin America

Yingli Solar continues expansion in Latin America by opening new office in Santiago, Chile. …more>>
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Achieving independence: US oil production

Achieving independence: US oil production

Continuing its remarkable pace, Bank of America confirmed that the United States is still the number one producer of oil worldwide. …more>>http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2014/07/achieving-independence-us-oil-production.html?cmpid=EnlResearchJuly232014

Opponents petition regulators against gas pipeline

Opponents petition regulators against gas pipeline

Critics of a natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont want construction halted while state regulators review a recent 40 percent increase in the project's cost estimate. …more>>http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2014/07/opponents-petition-regulators-against-gas-pipeline.html?cmpid=EnlResearchJuly232014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Obama Names Picks for Nuclear Regulatory Commission


Obama Names Picks for Nuclear Regulatory Commission

President Says He Will Soon Nominate Energy Experts Jeff Baran and Stephen Burns


http://online.wsj.com/articles/obama-names-picks-for-nuclear-regulatory-commission-1406066478

Corrected Link: The utility view of microgrids report


The utility view of microgrids report


http://app.assetdl.com/landingpage/microgrid-2014/

Russia targets 2030 for BN-1200

Russia targets 2030 for BN-1200

Lockheed goes global to build its nuclear business

Lockheed goes global to build its nuclear business


http://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/20140721-lockheed-goes-global-to-build-its-nuclear-business.ece

Russia Planning 3 Advanced Fast-Breeder Reactors at Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant by 2030

Russia Planning 3 Advanced Fast-Breeder Reactors at Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant by 2030


http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140722/191105664/Russia-Planning-3-Advanced-Fast-Breeder-Reactors-at-Beloyarsk.html

New York environment regulators seek summer shutdown at Indian Point

New York environment regulators seek summer shutdown at Indian Point


http://news.yahoo.com/york-environment-regulators-seek-summer-shutdown-indian-point-180830534--finance.html

Report: Glare from Solar Power Plant Endangering Flights over California

Report: Glare from Solar Power Plant Endangering Flights over California


http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/07/19/Fed-Report-Aviation-Hazard-near-Cali-Nevada-Border-Due-to-Solar-Installation

US nuclear regulator looks to reposition staff

US nuclear regulator looks to reposition staff


http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/07/21/3220865/us-nuclear-regulator-looks-to.html

Persian Nuclear Carpet Ride

Persian Nuclear Carpet Ride

The U.S. gets four more months to dress up concessions to Iran.


http://online.wsj.com/articles/persian-nuclear-carpet-ride-1405893703

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review


http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2014/07/18/fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-plant-weekly-review-071802.aspx#.U854sLGGeVo

A noble gas cage: New material traps gases from nuclear fuel better and uses less energy than currently available options

A noble gas cage: New material traps gases from nuclear fuel better and uses less energy than currently available options



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140720204228.htm

Shell, Exxon Mobil employees aboard downed flight

Shell, Exxon Mobil employees aboard downed flight


http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/07/18/shell-exxon-mobil-employees-reportedly-aboard-downed-flight/

IBERDROLA and GE Hitachi join forces in a project to reuse UK nuclear waste

IBERDROLA and GE Hitachi join forces in a project to reuse UK nuclear waste
http://energyandnuclear.com/2014/07/22/iberdrola-and-ge-hitachi-join-forces-in-a-project-to-reuse-uk-nuclear-waste/

How Power Plants Prep

How Power Plants Prep


http://www.nei.org/Why-Nuclear-Energy/Reliable-Affordable-Energy/Unmatched-Reliability/How-Power-Plants-Prep

Nuclear Energy’s Unmatched Reliability

Nuclear Energy’s Unmatched Reliability


http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/

Unmatched Reliability

Unmatched Reliability


http://www.nei.org/Why-Nuclear-Energy/Reliable-Affordable-Energy/Unmatched-Reliability

Always-On Power

Always-On Power


http://www.nei.org/Why-Nuclear-Energy/Reliable-Affordable-Energy/Unmatched-Reliability/Always-On-Power

China signs US1.6B engineering deal for Siberian LNG project

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A subsidiary of Chinese state oil giant CNOOC has signed an approximately US1.6B deal to build equipment for a liquefied natural gas project in Siberia. http://www.ogfj.com/articles/2014/07/china-signs-1-6b-engineering-deal-for-siberian-lng-project.html?cmpid=EnlOGFJJuly222014.html

Utility Views of Microgrids


There has been a lot of discussion about microgrids lately, but not much has been revealed about utilities' views on them. Utility Dive recently surveyed over 250 utility experts with their opinion in mind, and compiled their answers into a revealing report (
http://goo.gl/nAcFvZ ).

"The Utility View of Microgrids" examines the utility perspective on questions like:

- Do utilities believe that microgrids heighten the risk of a central grid failure?
- Do utilities want to partner on microgrids or run the show themselves?
- How should microgrid development costs be passed along to customers?
- What role do utilities think regulation should play in microgrid development?

I am pleased to announce that we are now sharing this report for free with group members, available for download here:
http://goo.gl/nAcFvZ

I'd love to hear the group's feedback in the comments section.

Kathleen
Energy & Utilities Network

China has more people going online with a mobile device than a PC | Reuters

China has more people going online with a mobile device than a PC | Reuters China's total number of internet users crept up 2.3 percent to 632 million by the end of June, from 618 million at the end of 2013, said CNNIC's internet development statistics report. Of those, 527 million - or 83 percent - went online via mobile. Those doing so with a PC made up 81 percent the total. China is the largest smartphone market in the world, and by 2018 is likely to account for nearly one-third of the expected 1.8 billion smartphones shipped that year, according to data firm IDC.http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/21/us-china-internet-idUSKBN0FQ0UL20140721?utm_source=The+Sinocism+China+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7d17da9d13-Sinocism07_22_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_171f237867-7d17da9d13-29615013&mc_cid=7d17da9d13&mc_eid=5935182a65

China to launch HD observation satellite this year - Xinhua

China to launch HD observation satellite this year - Xinhua China will launch Gaofen-2, a high-definition Earth observation satellite, to space this year, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). As one of China's major science and technology projects, the Gaofen satellite series will help in geographic and resources surveys, environment and climate change monitoring, precision agriculture, disaster relief and city planning.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2014-07/21/c_133500347.htm?utm_source=The+Sinocism+China+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7d17da9d13-Sinocism07_22_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_171f237867-7d17da9d13-29615013&mc_cid=7d17da9d13&mc_eid=5935182a65

Beijing Researchers Use Gene Editing to Create Disease-Resistant Wheat | MIT Technology Review

Beijing Researchers Use Gene Editing to Create Disease-Resistant Wheat | MIT Technology Review

US Should Learn from Germany’s Renewable Energy…Mistakes?

US Should Learn from Germany’s Renewable Energy…Mistakes?

A new report finds that Germany has made costly mistakes in its transition to renewable energy, and suggests that the US should heed warnings when developing its own energy future. http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/07/us-should-learn-from-germanys-renewable-energymistakes?cmpid=BioNL-Tuesday-July22-2014

Drought puts California's renewable goals at risk

Drought puts California's renewable goals at risk


http://www.utilitydive.com/news/drought-puts-californias-renewable-goals-at-risk/288755/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Utility+Dive+Newsletter+created+2014-07-22+091236579823&utm_content=Utility+Dive+Newsletter+created+2014-07-22+091236579823+CID_6a1281104ca8eb65d37c19621835ebb8&utm_source=campaignmonitor&utm_term=Drought%20puts%20Californias%20renewable%20goals%20at%20risk

Con Ed Looks to Batteries, Microgrids and Efficiency to Delay $1B Substation Build

Con Ed Looks to Batteries, Microgrids and Efficiency to Delay $1B Substation Build

By GreenTech Media
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A new demand-side program will be a training ground for future utility reforms in New York Consolidated Edison is taking a new approach to delivering reliable power that is as radical as the gentrification sweeping New York’s outer boroughs. Con Ed filed a proposal on Wednesday with the New York Public Utilities Commission for a

IEA Executive Director Denounces Subsidy-fueled ‘Wasteful Consumption’

IEA Executive Director Denounces Subsidy-fueled ‘Wasteful Consumption’

By Roman Kilisek
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Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) spoke last week at the two-day Energy Information Administration (EIA) conference in Washington, D.C. expressing her view – as reported by Jennifer A. Dlouhy for fuelfix.com – that “ending ‘wasteful fossil fuel subsidies’, which may encourage overconsumption of oil and gas, particularly in

New House Bill Aims to Restrain EPA Regulatory Agenda

New House Bill Aims to Restrain EPA Regulatory Agenda

By Enerknol Research
Congress Struggles With Funding Repairs To U.S. Capitol Dome
The “Stop the EPA Act” calls for a retroactive review of all EPA regulations and Congressional approval for major EPA actions. On July 9, 2014, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced the Stop the EPA Act of 2014 (H.R. 5034) that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulations until EPA completes a review of