Taiwan nuclear-free in 2025

Taiwan will become a nuclear-free country in 2025, leaving nine years to work on the alternatives, Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung said Wednesday. The statement of the new minister, who was sworn in last Friday, confirmed a campaign promise by President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party. Lee said the landslide victory for Tsai and the DPP in the January 16 ...

Supreme Court upholds ruling against PacifiCorp

The Utah Supreme Court upheld a ruling this week that information the regional power company PacifiCorp used constructing a Mona power plant included trade secrets. In a unanimous decision handed down Tuesday, the Utah Supreme Court backed a trial court's 2012 ruling that imposed a $134 million fine against PacifiCorp, the owner of Rocky ...

Utah aglow with new solar

Solar |
Utah, identified four years ago by the U.S. Department of the Interior as one of six states in the country with prime solar potential, is riding a boom of new utility-scale developments harnessing the energy of the sun. Nearly 680 megawatts is in development in central and southern Utah, and by next year, nearly 850 megawatts of new solar ...

Nuclear threats in US worse than previously reported

Aerial photo of Beaver Valley Power Station in Pennsylvania, showing evaporation from the large cooling towers. Ninety-six nuclear facilities in the United States are unsafe and insecure due to risks from terrorism and sabotage, a new study shows contradicting a prior industry analysis. The new research by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine shows that used reactor ...

Polite voices, high stakes for both sides

Fossil & Biomass | John Serfustini
With two Rocky Mountain Power coal-fired units shut down and hundreds of thousands of tons lying on the ground unburned, it would appear that Utah mines are producing more than enough coal to keep the lights lit. That's today. What provoked a massive turnout at a Bureau of Land Management hearing in Salt Lake last Thursday was concern about the future of Utah coal mining and its communities. ...

$5m Chivayo payment a mistake

International | New Zimbabwe
Living large … Harare businessman Wicknell Chivayo Undenge is under pressure to explain an unsecured advance of $5 million by the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), the energy infrastructure subsidiary of power utility Zesa Holdings, to Intratrek, a company fronted in Zimbabwe by Wicknell Chivayo. The payment was purportedly for preparatory work on the 100MW Gwanda solar plant, one of several power ...

Solar power plant launched in Kimberley

Pretoria - Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has launched its second solar power plant at the Kimberley Airport, in the Northern Cape. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the construction of the solar plant, which started on 18 September 2015, was completed within 24 weeks, on 18 April 2016. The solar plant is in line with government's developmental imperatives, energy security priorities ...

Wind energy is safe, in many ways

Wind |
One subject of debate when wind energy comes to a local area is the safety of the technology and the impact a wind turbine generation facility would have on local residents. As a Nelson County-raised Wind Turbine Technician currently working out of Lena, Illinois, I can speak to the safety of wind energy. Recently, it was brought to the greater readership of The Roanoke Times that there is an ...

Does wind energy payoff justify the cost?

Wind |
It is heresy for an environmentalist to argue against a renewable energy project. But this environmentalist is also an engineer, and the engineering approach involves a cost-benefit analysis. Apex Clean Energy plans to build an industrial wind facility, the Rocky Forge Wind Farm, on North Mountain in Botetourt County. The plan is to construct 25, 550-foot-tall wind turbines. Each turbine is ...

Pilgrim Station gets passing grade in latest inspection

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is operating safely, for the most part. Federal regulators recently completed an inspection of the plant as part of its increased oversight due to the NRC's decision in September to downgrade the plant's safety status to the NRC's lowest ranking. Pilgrim is now ranked at the bottom of the performance list among the ...

Eskom keeping the lights on

Pretoria - Eskom is continuing to deliver uninterrupted electricity supply with no load shedding having being experienced in the last nine months. In a statement on Tuesday, the power utility said it is progressing well with the maintenance of its power generating plant. Eskom provided uninterrupted electricity over the weekend despite the cold snap experienced in most parts of the country. ...

Protests against labor reforms in France hit electric utilities

Union protests against government-proposed labor reforms in France spread Wednesday to electric utilities, with work stoppages that might affect at least one nuclear power plant.The General Labor Federation, or CGT, called on members Tuesday night to stage stoppages in electricity services and, in particular, at nuclear power plants, which will delay the re-start of one ...

Power producers to contribute 7000 MW

Pretoria - The contribution of independent power producers under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) is expected to grow to about 7 000 MW. "The energy contribution of independent power producers is expected to grow to approximately 7 000 MW with the first 47 renewable energy independent power producers fully operational by mid-2016. Private investment in the ...

Germans to build solar power plants in Iran

Iranian officials have granted a German company with permission for building three solar power plants in Tehran Province. Seyyed Ali Barband, head of the Power Distribution Company of Tehran, said the new power plants with the total capacity of 500 megawatts will be constructed in the towns of Malard, Shamsabad and Varamin, IRINN reported May ...

150-million euro solar power plant will be built near Astana in Kazakhstan

Written by TCA ASTANA (TCA) — A ground-breaking ceremony was held for construction of a solar power plant in the village of Kabanbai Batyr in the Akmola province, some 30 kilometers from Kazakhstan's capital city, Astana, Novosti-Kazakhstan news agency reported. According to the press service of the province's administration, KB ENTERPRISES (a wholly-owned Kazakh company) is implementing a ...

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