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Vol. 4., No. 17, April 27, 2015



Left: Everglades National Park (Credit: White House)

Right: Alligator in the Everglade Swamp (Credit: National Park Service)

President Obama visited the Everglades National Park in Florida to celebrate the Earth day. He emphasized the importance of combating Climate Change.

This is the week that was in Smart Energy:


The Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) – 2015 was released by the White House last week. SEU has covered the details in our Weekend Highlights.

The QER is linked to the Administration’s Climate Action Plan. The QER is the first-ever review that focuses on national energy infrastructure and identifies threats, risks, opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the federal government to translate the policy goals into a set of integrated actions. This week SEU covers Policy Plans in a Spotlight article.

As described in the President’s Climate Action Plan, this first-ever QER focuses on energy infrastructure and identifies the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions. This is the final piece in a series of three articles on QER that SEU has published. (Transforming U.S. Energy Infrastructures in a Time of Rapid Change: Quadrennial Energy Review - Spotlight)

NERC (National Electric Reliability Council) has released an assessment of the EPA Clean Power Plan (CPP) and its impact on the grid reliability. NERC sounds warning that the CPP will raise major reliability issues regarding power availability, variations, and impact. NERC says the solutions are expensive and time-consuming.

NERC’s assessment – Potential Reliability Impacts of EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan: Phase I –calls attention to potential areas of concern for reliability and identify challenges that, if addressed, could ease the transition and allow for both environmental and reliability goals to be achieved. (NERC Sounds Warning on Grid Reliability from EPA Clean Power Plan Spotlight)

Defense and Commercial Nuclear Waste Disposal Strategy and Efforts: Energy Secretary Moniz addressed the Bi-Partisan Council and laid out in details the administration’s policy and implementation efforts. According to Moniz, there will be parallel efforts to deal with solutions to High-level defense waste and commercial waste from nuclear reactors.

The Congressional Appropriators have increased the budget of NRC so it can improve its licensing and monitoring efforts. Waste management analysis issue is also covered in the funding

A major Nuclear Plant for 4400 MW gets Parliament approval in Turkey. EU support will be sought in waste management decisions.

DOE Secretary Moniz discussed defense and commercial nuclear waste disposal strategies and current efforts in a speech at the Bi-Partisan Policy Center. He gave details on how the DOE is approaching the Defense and Commercial Nuclear waste Disposal plans. (Nuclear Waste Disposal Strategy and Efforts - Spotlight)

Nuclear energy programs would receive $936 million in fiscal 2016 under a $35 billion energy and water spending bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee. This is an increase of $22.5 million (2.5 percent) from the current budget and an increase of $28.5 million (3.1 percent) from the administration’s request for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. (House Appropriations Committee Shows’ Strong Support for Nuclear Energy Utility News)

Turkey’s proposed 4,400 MW Nuclear Power Plant project consists of four ATMEA1 nuclear power units built on a site in the Sinop district on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. ATMEA1 is a generation III+ pressurized water reactor (PWR) designed to the highest standards of safety, reliability and operating economy by a company co-owned by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. and AREVA. (Turkish Nuclear Power Plant Project near Sinop Receives Parliament Approval Utility News)

France released an ambitious transition plan analysis as the power generation and the grid will undergo radical changes in the environment of Climate Change. There is an assumption the transition plan by 2030 can rely on renewables for 50% of power requirement.

The scenarios in the French study identify a possible pathway for the energy transition in France. They are based on two time horizons and two separate methodologies. One projection, applicable from the present day, seeks to maximize potential energy savings and renewable energy production in an ambitious but realistic manner, up to 2030. The second exercise is a normative scenario that targets a fourfold reduction in greenhouse gas emissions generated in France by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. (France Energy Transition Scenarios 2030-2050 Spotlight)

Energy Efficiency is seen as an important tool in dealing with the issue of lowering emission limits.

Congress passed a bi-partisan energy efficiency bill and Obama has promised to sign it.

Germany is pursuing Energywiende with energy efficiency being the core driver.

The energy efficiency legislative package includes a measure to ensure energy-saving grid-enabled water heaters can continue to be manufactured and sold, a solution to facilitate greater cooperation between landlords and tenants to lower energy consumption in commercial buildings, and improvements the collection and use of data regarding energy usage in federally-leased buildings. (House Sends Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill to the President Utility News)


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