In the Spotlight
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Vol.3, No.9: March 03, 2014; Midweek Update: March 05, 2014 (articles with asterisk*); Weekend Update: March 07, 2014
For us movie fans there is a Super Hero who is supporting Renewables - Spider-Man will be the first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour, with a message to inspire individuals to use their power to become Super Heroes for the planet.
Following that piece of important news there is much to report:
The EPA gets Double Billing this week: The Supreme Court heard from the Utility Air Regulatory Group (Petitioners) vs the EPA (See Spotlight for details of the pleadings by the parties) and the EPA is seeking comments on its on its interpretation of the provisions in the Energy Policy Act including the federal tax credits, which limit the EPA's authority to rely on information from facilities that received assistance under that Act (CCS) (Feature Article –Utility Section)
The IEA Wind and Power Study finds that wind power and solar photovoltaics (PV) are crucial to meeting future energy needs while decarbonising the power sector (Feature Article – read in depth coverage in Renewables Section)
Energy is one of the issues as the Ukraine remains unsettled: Europe is Concerned about Gas Transit Pipelines through Ukraine- A project involving Ukrainian gas transport system has made it to the list of 250 key energy infrastructure projects, adopted by the European Commission. The projects will receive funding of EUR 5.85 billion during 2014-2020. Financing these energy infrastructure projects would create most benefits to European consumers, according to EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger ( Read current reports on the issues and background on Ukraine pipelines in the Oil and Gas Section)
The long awaited report from the State Inspector General Review of Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Process was released - OIG found no evidence that TransCanada (the applicant) had improperly influenced the Department’s selection of Cardno Entrix as the Keystone XL EIS third-party contractor. SEU’s has an analysis of the IG Report and TransCanada comments - catch up with details (Oil and Gas ).
There are a number of developments in the Cloud and Virtualization area from major players (IBM, Telefonica, Alacatel-Lucent, NTT , Toshiba ..among others)
Australia’s Climate Change Authority has released its final report on “Reducing Australia’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions”. The Authority’s major recommendation is that Australia target a minimum reduction of 15 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions ( Feature Article in Utility Section).
There is a lot more of news to report from the ‘week that was’ but space limitations don’t allow discussion of all the important stories. Please keep reading to make sure you stay abreast of smart energy happenings …
Note: “Feature” items are at the beginning of each section . Click on the Button for the Section (Renewables, Oil and Gas, Smart Grid, Utility) to go directly to the Section.
Question of the Week: Does the Obama Administration Cyber Security Framework address all the issues in the cybersecurity area?
Last week, SEU provided interim results. The final tabulation is provided below:
Total(N)=3150; YES=36.1%; NO=59.8%; No Comment=4.1%
- AMI Information for Improved Outage Management
- *NRC Preparing to License Small Modular Reactors
- Smart Energy: What the 3rd Platform Means for the Utility Industry
- Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting Ecosystems and Economies
- *Bipartisan Policy Center's Recommendations to Improve Preparedness for a Cyber Attack on the North American Electricity Grid
- Suzlon Seeks FERC Approval to Acquire Interest in Big Sky Wind