Energy infrastructure News for March 2009

Energy infrastructure News Archive

Discussion draft of US House clean energy Bill released

Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J. Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee have released a draft plan for US clean energy legislation, that they say will create jobs, help end "dangerous dependence on foreign oil", and combat global warming.

Updating power grids essential for renewables

Updated European power grids would allow larger amounts of wind and other renewables onto the European energy system, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Importance of the US smart grid not matched by its PR

Sentec, a UK-based product development company with a particular focus on energy management and metering, has posed the question “What will be the impact of the smart grid on the US clean tech industry?”

Details of Round 3 offshore windfarms bids announced

The UK Crown Estate has received multiple bids for each of the nine Round 3 development zones for offshore windfarms in UK waters.

California Fuel Cell Partnership sets out plan for future hydrogen infrastructure

The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) has released an action plan that details a strategy for deploying hydrogen fueling stations and fuel cell vehicles in California. The document, 'Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and station deployment plan: A strategy for meeting the challenge ahead', specifies the steps needed to meet the fuel needs of 4300 passenger vehicles and 20 fuel cell buses in California by 2014, and prepares for even more growth though to 2017.

Hamburg expands clean vehicle fleet, including fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen stations

The northern German city of Hamburg has started a major project with Daimler, Shell, Total and Vattenfall Europe that aims to increase the use of emission-free vehicles, including ones powered by fuel cells, and to create a corresponding infrastructure of hydrogen fueling stations.

Denmark publishes plan for promoting electric, hydrogen, fuel cell cars

Ambitious plans to promote the use of electric and hydrogen powered cars have been published in Denmark by the country’s Conservative People’s Party and the Municipality of Copenhagen.

Ontario proposes feed-in-tariffs Ontario proposes feed-in-tariffs

Ontario has proposed feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for renewable energy generated from sources such as onshore and offshore wind, hydroelectric, solar, biogas, biomass and landfill gas.

North America to get Linde’s efficient hydrogen fueling

Linde North America, a member of industrial gases and engineering company Linde Group, is introducing fueling technology for hydrogen-powered vehicles to the US and Canada which, it claims, is safe, fast and efficient.

Climate change congress: 40% renewables by 2050

The International scientific congress Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions has voiced the possibility of 40% of the world’s power coming from renewable energy by 2050 with adequate financial and political support.

ECOtality and Nissan partner to launch EVs in Arizona

ECOtality Inc has entered into a commitment with Nissan North America and Pima Association of Governments (PAG) to facilitate the establishment of electric vehicle (EV) charge infrastructure throughout Pima County, Arizona, USA.

Austin Energy buys electricity from 30 MW solar project

The City Council of Austin, Texas, USA, has approved an agreement under which the municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy, will purchase all of the electricity produced by a 30 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project over at 25-year period.

UK Low Carbon Industrial Strategy

The UK Government launched its Low Carbon Strategy on 6 March mapping the UK’s industrial priorities for taking advantage of the new global low carbon economy.

First Israeli commercial solar-thermal power station licensed

Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructures, Binyamin Ben Eliezer, has licensed AORA to provide solar electricity to the national grid at its solar thermal power plant in Israel’s southern Arava region.

UK electricity grid needs £4.7bn by 2020

Investment worth up to £4.7 billion could be needed to upgrade the UK electricity grid network to accommodate new power generation including renewables by 2020, according to the Electricity Networks Strategy Group (ENSG).

Ontario, Canada, proposes renewables legislation

Ontario, Canada, is proposing sweeping new legislation to attract new investment, create new ‘green economy jobs’ and better protect the climate.