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  • U.K. Moving to Eliminate Renewable Subsidies (Spotlight)
  • SkyPower Sign $2.2 Billion Agreement (Renewable)
  • Senators and Secretary Kerry Spar over Iran Nuclear Deal(Spotlight)
  • Microsoft Financial Report (Spotlight)
  • IBM Loses Money Despite Strong Cloud Services (Spotlight)
  • BSEE Approves Arctic Drilling (Spotlight)
  • EC Approves Nokia-Alcatel/Lucent Merger (Smart Grid)
  • House and Senate Committees Markup Energy Bills(Spotlight)
  • France Adopts Super Energy Efficiency Plan (Renewable)
  • Insurance Industry Backs up Sustainables (Renewables)


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Midweek Update: July 29, 2015; Vol.4, No.30, July 27, 2015


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Image Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

On July 3, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of a river of smoke passing over the Greenland Sea. The smoke most likely arose from fires in Canada and Alaska. Smoke was also reported to have crossed the North Pole by July 12. The 2015 wildfire season in the Arctic has been very intense – and very smoky.

Hope you are all planning or in the middle of your summer vacations.

This is the week that was in Smart Energy News.

Walmart and Others ask PSC permission to opt out of Utility Energy Efficiency Commitment:          Walmart says it can implement the same programs without utility involvement and at lower cost.

Utilities claim this will penalize other users by increasing their cost

Florida PSC Cost Recovery Opt-Out Hearing; (Utility News)

Oil/Gas delivery and processing are major issues:                                                                              

  • California deals with crude oil delivery system: Processes over 1.6 million barrels per day of crude oil at 15 refineries                                                                                                               
  • Expanding America's pipeline infrastructure would relieve the nation's overburdened freight rail network: The booming energy business in the Upper Midwest spiked rail congestion and freight costs for farmers in the region and cut their profits by $570 million during the 2014    harvest                                                                                                                                           

Several pipeline projects are in process or have been approved in California

Gap in California’s Oil infrastructure require major investments (Oil and Gas);New Pipeline Infrastructure Key to Unloading Freight Rail Backlog (Oil and Gas)

Major Investments in Renewables:                                                                                                        

  • SunEdison expands into UK Renewable market: Acquires Mark Group active in the residential solar business                                                                                                                                 
  • KKR Gets majority interest in GESTAMP Solar for $1 Billion: GESTAMP Solar has 2.5 GW in       operation or development                                                                                                             

SunEdison paid $200 million plus stock to have access to 2 million residential customers.

SunEdison Acquires Mark Group, a Leading UK Energy Solutions Provider (Renewable); KKR Acquires an 80% Stake in Gestamp Solar (Renewable)

French Company to invest $100 million in Urugyay’s Wind farm: The new 50 MW wind farm will be complete by end of 2015                                                                                                                         

This will complement two other wind farms with 92 MW capacity

Akuo Energy’s 50 MW Wind Farm Project in Uruguay (Renewable)

China leads in nuclear generation: Leads over South Korea, Russia and Japan                                   

Projects started to add 58 GW of nuclear power by 2020

China Will Soon Surpass South Korea, Russia, and Japan in Nuclear Generating Capacity (Utility News)


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