Greenpeace against Arab world’s first nuclear power plant

Green Prophet

The first nuclear energy plant in the United Arab Emirates goes online on the Gulf Coast east of Qatar. The plant in Abu Dhabi was set to open in 2017 but its start-up was delayed for what officials say were “safety requirements” according to the BBC.

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Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity day and night

Green Prophet

This one-way process, means that the energy center can act as a “buffer” between the solar field and the power block, and dispatch the power of the sun’s heat when it is needed. The facility will be backed up by biomass to produce power during the four hours of the day that solar energy can’t be utilized. Energy biomass Dimona Israel plant solar Solar Energy solar power plant solar thermal energy Solar energy is a pretty hot topic right now.


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Radioactive Material Was Stolen From an Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant

Green Prophet

A search is underway to find whoever stole a safe containing radioactive material from Egypt’s first nuclear power station. . While hundreds of protestors surrounded the El Dabaa nuclear power plant in Egypt last week, someone managed to sneak in and steal some of its radioactive material. Located on the Mediterranean Sea , the Dabaa nuclear plant still under construction was the scene of violent protests as 500 Egyptians showed up to demand its relocation.

Protecting Americans from Power Plant Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency will release new safeguards against carbon pollution that, if expectations are on target , will confirm something investors, governors, community leaders, and everyday Americans have been saying for a decade -- in the 21st century, it just doesn't make sense to build new coal-fired power plants.   As a result of that scrappy, tenacious effort, almost no one is trying to build a new coal plant in America today.

SunEdison Builds Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant in Italy

Solar Power Ninja

SunEdison have announced the project to build a photovoltaic solar power plant in Northeastern Italy, near the town of Rovigo. The proposed solar power plant will have a capacity of 72 MW, making it the largest solar power plant in Europe. SunEdison finances, installs and operates distributed power plants using photovoltaic technologies. Government / Industry Solar Power Plant

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Cryogenic energy storage promises more efficient power plants

Green Prophet

Highview Power, a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions, and TSK, a leading global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company headquartered in Spain, have entered into an agreement to co-develop gigawatt-hour scale, long-duration energy storage systems for the Middle East market using Highview Power’s proprietary cryogenic energy storage solution. Highview Power has already built and connected two cryogenic energy storage plants to the UK grid.

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15 year study: Coal power plants create extreme rainfall

Green Prophet

It found that filtration systems on modern coal-fired power stations are the biggest individual source of ultrafine particles (UFPs) ahead of urban road traffic. The research aircraft followed the ultrafine particles for more than 1000km and could still identify from which power plant they originated. That means that there can be less rain close to the power station and more intense rain further away.”.

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"How Stringent Are the US EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants?"

Environmental Economics

In March 2012, the EPA announced a proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants. Matthew J. Kotchen and Erin T. Mansur: In the absence of legislation for a US national climate policy, regulatory responsibility has fallen to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Then in September 2013, the EPA withdrew the proposal upon issuing a revision as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Jordan Quietly Opens First Combined Gas and Oil Shale Power Plant

Green Prophet

While Israeli activists fight oil shale exploration, Jordan quietly opens a combined gas and oil shale power plant next door. . While activists continue to fight against oil shale testing in Israel because of its potentially harmful environmental and social impacts, on the other side of the Dead Sea, Jordan has just opened its first combined gas and oil-shale power plant. The 373 MW Qatraneh Power Plant is expected to increase electricity generation by 12 per cent.

EPA greenhouse gas emission limits on new power plants may not be cost minimizing

Environmental Economics

s proposal remain confidential, experts predict that it will include separate standards for carbon dioxide emissions from plants fired by natural gas and by coal. Plants using comparatively clean gas would be permitted to emit perhaps 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, a ceiling within easy reach using modern technologies. Coal-fired plants, meanwhile, may be allowed to emit as many as 1,400 pounds per megawatt-hour. Shame on you!

No New Dirty Power Plants, Yes to Renewable Energy!

Sierra Club Compass

Why All Parents Should Take Action Against Dirty Fossil Fuel Power Plants. Pio Pico Dirty Power Plant: Bad for the health of our families, bad for our pocketbooks, and bad for our climate Because I care about Iskra''s health, I am concerned about California''s push to build more dirty power plants. One example is the Pio Pico Power Plant that San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is proposing to build in San Diego.

Abu Dhabi’s Shams 100 MW CSP Solar Power Plant To Switch On … Soon

Green Prophet

Shams 1 will displace 175,000 tons of CO 2 per year and its power output will be enough to power 20,000 homes. Abu Dhabi’s push into clean energy is to get a massive boost by the end of the year with the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power plant going live in the emirate and will begin supplying solar power to residents in the city. Almost all of Dubai’s current power supply comes from burning natural gas.

What the New Power Plant Carbon Standard Means for Coal

Sierra Club Compass

On Friday, September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency released draft carbon pollution standards for new power plants. If finalized as written, the draft will make it impossible to build a new, conventional, climate-destroying coal plant in the U.S. As I wrote earlier this week , despite much whining by the coal industry, the simple fact is that no one is building new coal plants anymore. Conventional coal plants release at least 1,700 lbs/MWh.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Announces End of Operations

Sierra Club Compass

Yesterday, the Entergy Corporation announced its plans to close and decommission its Vermont Nuclear Power Station located in Vernon, Vermont. The station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and move to shut down in the fourth quarter of 2012.   Earlier closure this year includes the Kewaunee nuclear power plant, in Wisconsin; the two-unit San Onofre facility , in California; and Crystal River, in Florida.

Earthquake Damage to Japanese Nuclear Power Plants Should be Warning to Mideast Planners

Green Prophet

Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami waves in Japan have left that entire country in a state of shock, and power outages – even in the country’s capital, Tokyo. magnitude quake, the most massive Japan has ever experienced and the 7 th largest in world recorded history, has not only caused a disastrous amount of property damage as well as well as loss of life, it has also resulted in some damage to a few of the country’s 52 nuclear power plants.

Morocco to Tender Two More Solar Power Plants

Green Prophet

Morocco recently announced that it has pre-selected several solar power producers to build two additional concentrated solar power plants (CSP) in Ourzazate. Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power , which is currently building a 160MW CSP plant in the same area, is among the firms picked to bid. Acwa’s 160MW plant will generate energy at a cost of just $0.19

World’s largest solar power plant goes live in Morocco

Green Prophet

Morocco has activated the Noor I concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the first part of a three-phase development in the Sahara Desert intended to supply more than a million homes with electricity by 2018. The 500,000 crescent-shaped solar mirrors of Noor I, which sits on thousands of acres of desert terrain near Ouarzazate, will generate up to 160 MW of power.

Conventional Power Plants Get Hybrid Dance Partner, the Sun

Green Prophet

Traditional power plant operators have been loathe to adopt renewables for infrastructure investment. While solar energy is the environmentally-friendly alternative of choice for power plants, it’s an expensive option because of the equipment and technology needed to harvest the sun’s rays. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher says that “going hybrid” is a quicker and cheaper route to cleaner electrical power.

Floating Power Plants from Turkey to Ease Energy Cuts in Lebanon

Green Prophet

In some parts of the country, outside of Beirut, people are often without power for twelve hours a day. Business & Politics Energy energy shortages floating power plantLike Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian territories , Lebanon has been slammed with energy shortages this summer. These cuts have inflamed the local populace, sometimes resulting in tire-burning protests that further degrade the environment.

Egypt To Build 1000 MW Wind Power Plant

Wind Power Ninja

Egypt plans to invite bids for the construction of a 1,000-megawatt wind energy plant in the Gulf of Suez at an international tender in September, according to Aktham Abou El- Ella, a spokesman for the Electricity Ministry of Egypt. With solar power, plant costs are very high, and with hydraulic power reaching its maximum capacity, wind farms remain the best option for renewable energy in Egypt.”. Government / Industry egypt wind power

Arava Power Switches on Solar Power Plant at Kibbutz Ketura

Green Prophet

The folks at Arava Power , based at Kibbutz Ketura near Eilat will be inaugurating Israel’s first full solar field on Sunday, June 5, World Environment Day. The event will be an opportunity to brush shoulders with some big players in renewable energy: Siemens Project Ventures, which has already participated in the development of 14 international power plant projects, is a stakeholder in the Arava Power venture. :: Arava Power.

10,000 Turks Gather To Protest Coal-Fired Power Plant

Green Prophet

“We don’t want a thermal power plant to come to our Gerze…” On Saturday, the Turkish Black Sea town of Gerze — population 11,260 — was host to a 10,000-strong protest against a coal-fired power plant. “The pollution that is going to be caused by that plant will affect the environment, health, economy, climate and the [people's] livelihood beyond repair,” said P?nar

Landmark Wind Power Plant To Be Built In Pakistan

Green Prophet

A landmark wind power project is set to be built in south Pakistan, which will form part of the 6% target renewable energy in the total power mix by 2030. million to Pakistan’s first privately owned wind farm by the Turkish company, Zorlu Enerji Electrik Uretim, that is utilising it to raise the power output from the current 6 megawatts (MW) to 56.4 million in Zorlu Enerji Pakistan Limited to support the construction of the only wind power project in the Sindh Province.

Plans For Turkey’s First Nuclear Power Plant Revealed

Green Prophet

Located in the southern province of Mersin, on the Mediterranean Sea, the Akkuyu nuclear plant has been controversial since it was first proposed in the 1970s. The meltdown at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant last year didn’t stall Turkey’s plans to build its own nuclear reactors. Like many Middle Eastern countries, as Green Prophet reported , Turkey announced its intent to continue full-speed with its nuclear power program.

Plans to close coal-fired power plants in a coal state

Environmental Economics

They say the new power mix is what will be needed to keep their rates as low as possible amid tightening environmental regulations, even as electricity demand grows.

Victory in California: Troubled San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Will Close

Sierra Club Compass

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, as seen from the north from San Onofre State Beach (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).   Last Friday, Southern California Edison announced that it will permanently close its San Onofre nuclear plant, located right above a popular surfing and recreation area between Los Angeles and San Diego. All of these activities were vital in securing the closure of this plant. The decision to close the plant confirms what we’ve known all along.

Putting pollution controls on Mill Creek power plant to create hundreds of jobs | The Courier-Journal |

Environmental Economics

Construction of four new pollution scrubbers at Louisville Gas & Electric’s Mill Creek power plant will create nearly 700 jobs over three years and allow the site to generate electricity more cleanly for decades, company officials said Thursday. With this groundbreaking, we begin a new chapter in this plant’s history,” said Victor Staffieri, the chairman, chief executive officer and president of LG&E and KU Energy.

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Will burning birds shut down Brightsource, world’s largest solar thermal power plant?

Green Prophet

The switch was flipped this week as California’s Ivanpah solar thermal power plant went live. The 392 megawatt concentrating solar plant (CSP) is now delivering renewables to power the equivalent of 140,000 homes in California. The plant is located on five square miles of the Mojave Desert, near the California / Nevada border, and is the largest CSP plant of its kind in the world. Business BrightSource California concentrated solar power CSP Israe

Thousands In Bangladesh March for 5 Days to Stop Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant

Sierra Club Compass

The participants -- men and women, students and professionals -- joined this massive undertaking with one unifying goal: to stop the 1,320-megawatt Rampal coal-fired power plant backed by the Indian state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and the Bangladesh state-owned Power Development Board (PDB). trillion taka), according to Professor Anu Muhammad, Secretary Chair of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports.

Negev Energy Wins Bid for Israel’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

Green Prophet

Spain’s super solar giant Abengoa has teamed up with Israel’s Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy (SKBN) to build a concentrating solar power plant in the Negev desert. When the company announced their win of the BOT tender of the Ashalim plant, they also claimed it will be the largest of its kind in the country. Recall that Abengoa is the company behind the first solar power plant that can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of weather conditions.

$571m solar power plant planned for Spain


Mridul Jerath: The power of the Sun has delivered a large number of solar photovoltaic systems across the world over the past decade. Sun Power builds and connects solar power plants on-time and on-budget. Currently the western expanse of Spain dubbed as Extremadura, is planning to construct a photovoltaic power plant, the largest of its kind, in the region. 571 Million Solar Plant.

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Power Plant in Ohio to Retire, Not Refuel With Natural Gas

Sierra Club Compass

  Muskingum River Plant, Waterford, OH (Photo: Google Maps ). On the heels of President Obama’s climate action speech, coal-fired power plants will soon be retired, mitigating what’s been a persistent risk to human health and the environment. Environmental Protection Agency finally came to an agreement with AEP to shut down four units of the Muskingum River Nuclear Power plant, with plans to study the feasibility of refueling a fifth unit with natural gas.

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EPA: Coal Power Plants Must Install Pollution Controls By 2016

Eco Friendly Daily

In 1990, the United States Congress granted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to regulate air pollution created by power plants. The power plants being impacted by the new regulations are those using coal power generation. 1,400 such power plants exist across the U.S. However, power plants are one of the greatest sources of air pollution nationally.

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Can Bio Coal Turn Coal Power Plants into Green Energy Producers?

Green Living Ideas

Is it possible to turn coal power plants into renewable energy producers? According to the supporters of bio coal, the answer is yes – coal plants can burn bio coal, created from biomass, without retooling their storage, handling, or burning systems. Bio coal is somewhat similar to charcoal, but created from biomass harvested from plantations, urban [.] [ Can Bio Coal Turn Coal Power Plants into Green Energy Producers?

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Five Senators Urge President Obama To Address Climate Change with Tough Standards on Carbon From Power Plants

Sierra Club Compass

As the the impacts of climate change grow more severe, the pressure mounts on President Obama to address climate change by curbing the country’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions: coal-fired power plants.  In April, the Obama administration missed a key deadline for finalizing carbon pollution standards from new power plants. Extreme weather is here once again.

California to Shut Down State’s Most Polluting Power Plant

Green Living Ideas

California’s dirtiest power plant–the Potrero Point station located on San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront–could close this fall according to Mayor Gavin Newsom. The 40 year old, diesel-powered plant is the cause of heavy pollution in one of San Francisco’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Tags: News and Events oil burning power plants pollution San Francisco

Newest Alternative Energy – Portugal’s Wave Power Plant

Eco Friendly Daily

This is quite an amazing breakthrough in power generation. A Scottish company will deploy sausage-shaped tubes off Portugal to create the world’s first commercial wave power plant, providing electricity to 1,500 homes from 2006, a partner in the Scottish firm said on Friday. Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) will build the wave farm about three miles off Portugal’s northern coast, near Povoa de Varzim, OPD’s Norwegian backer Norsk Hydro said.

US EPA claims that waste incinerating power plant emit more carbon dioxide

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) According to a recent Tweet by TerraCycle the United States Environmental Protection Agency claims that power plants based on waste incinerators emit more carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour than coal, natural gas or oil-fired power plants. Scandinavian countries have been using closed loop combined heat and power generating plants based on waste incinerators for decades and, apparently, they work well and have very low emissions.

Turkish Natural Wonder Threatened By Erosion And Power Plant, Geologist Says

Green Prophet

A hydroelectric power plant built on a nearby river could also pose a threat to the rock formations, says Kasapo?lu, A UNESCO World Heritage site, the iconic “fairy chimney” rock formations of Cappadocia, in central Anatolia, draw more than 1 million tourists to Turkey each year. Only 300 of the formations are officially registered with the Tourism Ministry, according to official statistics, although the 40-square-kilometer site is covered with them.

Jellyfish Attack on Israel Power Plant A Clear Sign of Global Warming?

Green Prophet

New Mediterranean jellyfish invasions are causing big problems for coastal power plants. One species in particular, a relatively new one to the “Med&# is causing a lot of headaches to employees of Israel’s Hadera Electric Power Plant, according to an article published a few days ago in the Jerusalem Post. Although not a threat to humans, the jellyfish are being sucked into the filters for the plant’s sea water intakes.

World’s First Integrated Renewables Combined Cycle Power Plant To Be Built in Turkey

Green Prophet

General Electric’s design integrates a traditional combined cycle plant with wind and solar energy, allowing it to generate electricity with unprecedented efficiency. Less than 100 kilometers from the planned site for Turkey’s first nuclear power plant , another alternative energy “first&# has been planned. And by supplementing energy from natural gas with solar and wind energy, the plant will achieve record rates of efficiency.

Newest Alternative Energy – Portugal’s Wave Power Plant

Eco Friendly Daily

This is quite an amazing breakthrough in power generation. A Scottish company will deploy sausage-shaped tubes off Portugal to create the world’s first commercial wave power plant, providing electricity to 1,500 homes from 2006, a partner in the Scottish firm said on Friday. Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) will build the wave farm about three miles off Portugal’s northern coast, near Povoa de Varzim, OPD’s Norwegian backer Norsk Hydro said.

Vermont shuts down Fukushima-type nuclear power plant

Green Blog

A nuclear power plant near the town of Brattleboro, Vermont is being shut down thanks to local environmental activism. The Vermont Yankee plant ceased splitting atoms on Dec. The victory is one that will surely bring relief to activists and citizens alike, as the plant''s reactor was the General Electric Mark I, the same design as that of Fukushima, which infamously melted down and exploded, spewing radiation into the atmosphere.