Energy infrastructure News for November 2009

Energy infrastructure News Archive

States make “significant strides” in adopting pro-renewable energy practices such as net metering and interconnection

A report on net metering and interconnection practices that could enable renewable energy adoption across the United States, has given top marks to California, Colorado, New Jersey and Oregon, but failing grades to Georgia, Idaho and Texas.

Funding secured for hydrogen station, fuel cell vehicles in West Denmark by late 2010

The full financing of €5 million (US$7.5 million) has been secured for R&D and demonstration of a 700 bar hydrogen fueling station and fuel cell vehicles in the city of Holstebro in West Denmark. The LINK2009 project will act as the next step for hydrogen for transport in Denmark.

3TIER selected for US$178m smart grid demo

3TIER along with a Pacific Northwest team, have been selected by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to conduct a US$ 178 million regional smart grid demonstration project.

US$620m for smart grid demonstration and energy storage projects in USA

Demonstration projects for advanced smart grid technologies and integrated systems will receive US$620 million, US Energy Secretary Chu announced this week.

EIB lends €270m for renewable energy projects in Pakistan and Iceland

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide €100 million to Pakistan and another €170m to Iceland, to finance renewable energy projects.

REF Webinar: "Renewable energy in the Middle East" - speakers confirmed

Helene Pelosse, interim Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is confirmed as one of the guest speakers for Renewable Energy Focus’ next interactive webinar taking place on Wednesday 9 December (10.00 EST/15.00 GMT/19.00 UAE), in association with the World Future Energy Summit.

Air Liquide adds Vancouver airport to Canadian hydrogen demonstration

Vancouver International Airport is the second of two Canadian airports in a hydrogen and fuel cell demonstration project led by Air Liquide Canada. The Vancouver airport will deploy several hydrogen transportation technologies in shuttle buses, as well as passenger and utility vehicles provided by the Vancouver Airport Authority and Air Canada.

Six renewable energy sources judged to be best prospect for future, says report

The best prospects for large-scale renewable energy production and net-energy performance remain wind and certain forms of solar, according to a study released by two California-based think tanks.

European utilities must invest more in renewable energy, says analysis

The economic recession has prompted utilities in Europe to invest less in renewable power and the smart grid, even though they need to invest more to meet goals, says the European Energy Markets Observatory.

Fuel cell industry unity needed to achieve policy goals

The successful effort to restore US Department of Energy funding for hydrogen and fuel cell programs has made the industry stronger and more united, but the fuel cell industry still must fight for its place in the energy agenda of the 21st century, says the President of the US Fuel Cell Council (USFCC).

Women and older people are less likely to support renewable energy in UK

Men are more likely to say they support the use of renewable energy than women, according to an opinion survey conducted by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Australia funds utility-scale wave power station

Four renewable energy projects will receive AU$235 million from the federal government in Australia, including a 19 MW wave farm off the coast of Victoria.

Renewables must be key ingredient in future energy supply, says IEA

Investment in renewable energy technologies could decline by 20% this year, but renewables are expected to make large contributions in the latest forecast from the International Energy Agency.

Wind energy receives 45% increase in US budget allocation

Wind energy will receive US$80 million in federal government funding appropriations, a 45% increase over the last fiscal year.

Indesit, RLtec and npower dynamic demand smart grid technology

Indesit Company is joining the smart grid technology company RLtec, and energy company npower, in what the companies call the Europe’s largest residential trial of dynamic demand smart grid technology in the UK.

EIB examines over £300m of funding for connecting offshore wind farms

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UK Ofgem E-Serve say the EIB is considering provision of over £300 million of funding to investors in high voltage transmission links to offshore wind farms in the UK.

Reports shows job potential in US renewable energy sector

Four of the top publicly-traded clean tech employers in the United States are renewable energy companies from abroad.

Renewable energy could help create 1.9 million jobs in the USA

Comprehensive clean renewable energy and climate policies would create jobs, increase consumers’ income and strengthen the economy, according to a study conducted by three universities in the USA.

Integration of renewable energy is top issue for next decade for US regulator

The integration of renewable energy facilities is one of the top factors that will require changes to policy, planning and operations over the next decade, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

US government allocates US$2.2bn in bonds for renewable energy development

The US Department of Treasury has allocated US$2.2 billion in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREB) as part of the Obama administration's efforts to spur production of renewable energy.

UK could miss target for renewable energy

Targets for renewable energy in Britain and the government’s carbon budgets could be missed, under one of the scenarios for future energy supply envisaged by Ofgem, the country’s energy regulator.

Australian utility implements GE’s 4G communications smart grid solution

SP AusNet, one of Australia’s largest utilities, could be the first to implement GE’s WiMAX fourth-generation (4G) smart grid solution.

Ocean Power Technologies completes trials of offshore underwater substation pod

Ocean Power Technologies has completed trials of its Underwater Substation Pod (USP) product in Spain, which is designed to facilitate the collection, networking and transforming of offshore power and data generated by up to 10 of its wave power device, PowerBuoy, for transmission to a shore-based electricity grid by one subsea power cable.

Renewable energy grow slowly in Asia-Pacific region

New and renewable energy sources will increase at an annual rate of 1.3% in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

3TIER expands geographical coverage of its advanced solar map and dataset solution

3TIER has announced that its advanced solar map and dataset - previously available for the Western Hemisphere - now includes Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.