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Vol. 3, No. 49, December 22, 2014

 

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Credit: Suomi NPP

Data from the Suomi NPP satellite shows that, even from space, the holidays shine bright – hinting at how culture can influence energy use.

The image is a representation of the glitter of the Holiday Season. SEU had satellite images of every major city glittering in the dark during this holiday season. We chose a graphic image which captures the same theme.

As holiday season comes to a peak this week, SEU wishes all our readers and customers VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

SEU will continue to cover the smart energy news even during holidays. Just drop in for a few minutes and catch up on the latest news.

A guide to SEU regular features follows the discussion below of major smart energy trends.

The COP-20 meeting in Lima, Peru on Climate Change has just ended and the outcome is being debated everywhere. We expect the Climate Change will continue to be a hot topic in the coming months.

The Special End of the Year report is the ViewPoint article. The Smart Energy business is now converging. Players in different energy arenas are coming together as the industry moves forward. Storage, renewable transportation, distributed generation, are converging to develop synchronized/optimum solutions. This article is in the Spotlight area – “ViewPoint- Special End of the Year Report-Does Anybody have a Crystal Ball?”

This past week was the monthly meeting of the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC). We have presented the meeting results in three special parts:

  •  Reports presented by staff to the Commission on Coal Availability and Gas-Electricity Coordination
  • Commission Actions relating to Utilitie
  • Commission Actions relating to Oil and Gas Pipelines

Utilities: One sees a trend in grid stabilization activities to support multiple energy sources. Energy Efficiency projects are on the rise. Energy efficiency programs are on the rise. Many Utilities are aggressively pursuing activities on storage and renewable generation in the grid. Europe is wrestling with the long-term energy security issue.

FERC Special Report- Part I- Coal Delivery Issues; Gas-Electric Coordination: The report covers the period September -December 2014. It focuses on significant new national and regional developments since September 2014, and briefly summarizes recent industry applications filed with the Commission. The reports cover Gas-Electric Coordination and Coal Delivery Issues. (Spotlight)

FERC Special Report –Part II – Commission Utility Actions: Summary of Utility-related actions taken by the Commission at its December monthly meeting. (Spotlight)

NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses: It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data. (Spotlight)

Government Should Examine Costs of Small Nuclear Reactor (SMR): Government should work with industry to better understand the economics of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and set out a clear explanation of the conditions under which they might become cost competitive in the UK. It will be important to understand the future cost comparison with large-scale nuclear reactors as well as the comparison with other small-scale energy generation or demand management, according to new report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee. (Spotlight)

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