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Weekend Highlights: January 30, 2015; Midweek Update: January 28, 2015; Vol. 4, No. 4, January 26, 2015


Chandra Celebrates the International Year of Light. Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light (IYL) by the United Nations. Organizations, institutions, and individuals involved in the science and applications of light will be joining together for this yearlong celebration to help spread the word about the wonders of light. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory explores the universe in X-rays, a high-energy form of light.

To recognize the start of IYL, the Chandra X-ray Center is releasing a set of images that combine data from telescopes tuned to different wavelengths of light. In this image, an expanding shell of debris called SNR 0519-69.0 is left behind after a massive star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. Multimillion degree gas is seen in X-rays from Chandra, in blue. The outer edge of the explosion (red) and stars in the field of view are seen in visible light from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Now let us get back to the Smart Energy News.

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

Falling oil prices still command the news cycle. Nearly everyone has some opinion on what will happen next. President Obama delivered the State of the Union  last Tuesday night. We covered the highlights pertaining to the energy policy in his speech in the “Spotlight” section. The World Economic Forum (WEF) met in Davos, Switzerland last week. Topics getting the attention were: Climate Change, Sustainability/Clean Energy, Declining Oil Prices, Internet of Things, and Smart Energy. All through the week, we have covered some highlights. In this issue, we have several key articles from WEF. On Saturday, President Obama landed in Delhi, India. He was able to clinch agreements on nuclear energy and Climate Change. Prime Minister Narendra Mody seems intent on moving India forward towards cheap clean energy.

In this week’s issue, we have many articles dealing with the current state of the oil and gas industry. The industry is worried and has started streamlining its operations; all are cutting back on Capex and expenses. All the experts seem to feel this situation will last for some time, but nobody is spelling gloom.

In this issue, we have provided a summary of filings made by the States on EPS’s proposed rules on power plant carbon emissions. We will publish it this week.

The Spotlight articles are embedded in the News Categories they are part of. We first deal with news trends and highlights in each category. Then we briefly go over our regular features.

Utilities: FERC has approved the Cyber- and Physical security standards. tilities are being urged to implement them. FERC had its monthly meetings. It will be looking at inter-regional filings. NERC released a report on winter fuel adequacy. Unless there is a severe winter, it feels the supplies are adequate. NRC reported that all U.S. reactors are working at the highest efficiency. Nuclear Power Plants are a major part of the energy security.

Power from the Moon: Many activities are in progress to mine for Helium-3 and other minerals on the Moon’s surface. Moon has been bombarded with large quantities of Helium-3 by the solar wind. It is thought that this isotope could provide safer nuclear energy in a fusion reactor, since it is not radioactive and would not produce dangerous waste products. (Spotlight)

Death on the Job Report: This is the 23rd year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers. The job fatality rate has been cut by 81 percent; more than 492,000 workers lives have been saved. (Spotlight)

CEDEC Suggests Adding an Additional Pillar to the Concept of the Energy Union (Utility/Feature): CEDEC, the European Federation of Local Energy Companies, urged the European Commission to add an additional pillar to the five existing ones in order to include citizens and local actors in the concept of the Energy Union which is currently based on five pillars: solidarity and security of supply, completion of the internal energy market, moderation of energy demand, decarbonization, and research and development of new technologies.


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