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Vol.4, No.35, August 31, 2015

Pub Note-8-31-2

Sea Ice in the Greenland Sea; Image Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

As the northern hemisphere experiences the heat of summer, ice moves and melts in the Arctic waters and the far northern lands surrounding it. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of sea ice off Greenland on July 16, 2015.

Large chunks of melting sea ice can be seen in the sea ice off the coast, and to the south spirals of ice have been shaped by the winds and currents that move across the Greenland Sea. Along the Greenland coast, cold, fresh melt water from the glaciers flows out to the sea, as do newly calved icebergs. Frigid air from interior Greenland pushes the ice away from the shoreline, and the mixing of cold water and air allows some sea ice to be sustained even at the height of summer.

This is the week that was in Smart Energy News.

Enjoy whatever is left of the Summer and start getting your children ready for school!

Obama announces sweeping renewable actions: Plan is to have over 30% of Americans use               renewable energy by 2020                                                                                                                       

Plan to expand use of renewables by 300% by 2020

Obama Announces Actions to Bring Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to Households (Spotlight)

Cloud Peak Expands Cordero mine: Complex agreement gives access to 95 million tons of Coal       

The agreement primarily involves a land exchange and production payments

Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo Mine Gains Surface Access to 95 Million Tons of Coal (Renewable)

CRS provides complete analysis of CPP: CRS finds CPP expands the role of renewables                    

CRS: Energy efficiency is not allowed for use in compliance: States are now allowed emission trading towards compliance

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Highlights of the Final Rule (Utility News)

Collusion between White House and Environmental Advocacy Groups alleged by E&E: The Groups exchanged Information to promote Administration Policy on Climate Change                                  

E-mails and position papers were regularly exchanged

Coordination between Governors, the White House and the Tom Steyer Advocacy Groups to Advance the “Climate” Agenda (Renewable)

Total withdraws from Coal: Will halt all coal operations in South Africa                                             

Will focus on gas production which was 40% of business in 2014

Total Confirms Its Withdrawal from Coal Production and Marketing (Oil and Gas)

TransCanada reaches agreement with major Gas Distributors on Energy East: Pipeline routing         issues have been resolved                                                                                                                      

Energy East is a proposed 4,600-kilometer (2,900-mile) oil pipeline that will have the capacity to transport 1.1-million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan directly to refineries and port terminals in Eastern Canada.

TransCanada Reaches Agreement with Eastern LDCs on Energy East and Eastern Mainline Project (Oil and Gas)

RWE - nPower Loss leads to Management Dismissals: 40% losses, largest in history, led to the           restructuring.                                                                                                                                             

nPower is the only loss-producing business within RWE

RWE Restructures Top Management at RWE nPower (Utility News)

Angolan Oil Company buys Cobalt’s Interests in Angolan Oil fields: Cobalt was paid $1.75 billion for 40%                                                                                                                                                            

Carlisle Group and Investors own remaining 60%

Sonangol and Cobalt Announce $1.75 Billion Transaction (Oil and Gas)

Methane to Energy: Plans to convert CO2 to pure methane                                                                     

The process is cost-efficient.

New Methane Bioreactor Produces Environmentally Friendly Energy (Renewable)

IAEA Board gets briefing on Iran deal: The side deal between IAEA and Iran is consistent with           similar deals with other countries                                                                                                            

Director General Yukiya Amano said: “The additional protocol will be implemented in Iran as it is in around 120 other countries which have already brought it into force. Once the additional protocol is implemented, we will have greater access to information and to sites in Iran.”

IAEA Board Discusses Safeguards Implementation in Iran (Utility News)

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