We learned from The Local Germany that dismantling that country’s nuclear plants will cost €18 billion. The German government made the decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 in the wake of the Japanese earthquake and nuclear disaster earlier this year.  Meanwhile The Local Sweden reported that the Swiss government has voted to phase out that country’s nuclear plants over a 15 year period starting in 2019.  Again, the Fukushima earthquake was the catalyst for this decision.

gulfnews said that Saudi Arabia is going to build 16 nuclear reactors to lessen its dependence on oil.  Saudi Arabia is looking at spending $100 billion over the next two decades to reach this goal. Nuclear plants and solar generation are seen as part of the desert kingdom’s plan to diversify energy sources away from crude oil. Arabian Gulf oil producers are seeking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels for electric power generation to maximise exports of valuable crude and allocate natural gas to petrochemicals production. Growing Saudi oil consumption may lead to less and less being available for export.

Dubai wants 12% of its total energy from nuclear power by 2030. gulfnews told us that Dubai does not plan to build nuclear power plants of its own but would import power from other nations.  Currently 99 per cent of Dubai’s energy production uses gas and one per cent using diesel.  By 2030 the country want’s 5% of its energy from renewable sources such as solar.

albawaba told us that Jordon’s first nuclear reactor is expected to be running by 2019. It will add 1 GW to the country’s electrical generation capacity.

Saudi Arabia announced it is building the world’s largest gas-fired power project according to RTT News.  The 3,9 GW of electricity will be sold to Saudi Electricity Company starting in 2014 under a 20 year contract. Saudi Arabia is planning to spend $80 billion over the next ten years for new electric power transmission and distribution facilities as well as to restructure existing facilities

Renewable Energy Magazine revealed that Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTE Corporation) has won a contract in the Bahamas to design its first two commercial plants that generate electricity from temperature differences in ocean water. The process is called Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and was the focus of a previous Earth’s Energy post here. It uses the ocean’s temperature differential between the warm surface water and the cold deep water to generate both electricity and potable water. Each plant would have a nameplate capacity of between five and 10 MW.

Human waste to energy is back in the news.  Home Heating Guide told us that Britain’s largest water and sewerage company, Thames Water has announced plans to use human waste to generate electricity.  The company estimates that 16% of its electricity needs will be covered in the current year by this means – enough to run about 40,000 average family homes in the UK. The Guardian also covered this story here.  Power Green Energy, a Florida, firm, announced plans to do this as well, according to CBS Tampa. The anaerobic digestion operations will be built in Fort Lauderdale and commence operations next year producing 4 MW of electricity to be fed to Florida Power & Light.

Another Florida county is turning garbage into electricity.  The St. Petersburg Times announced that Covanta Energy is producing 47 MW of electricity from municipal waste and selling it to Seminole Electric Co.  This is enough electricity to power 30,000 homes. You can read more about Covanta Energy’s operations here.

Waste Management World mentioned that a landfill gas to energy project has been completed by Waste Management Inc. in Orion, Michigan. The gas will generate 3.2 MW of electricity, enough to power the equivalent of 2700 homes.  The electricity is sold to DTE Energy, a General Motors assembly plant, a Ford Motor stamping plant, and natural gas provides fuel for a local business.  Waste Management claims that it’s operations currently generate enough electricity to power over one million homes, and is looking to double that to two million by 2020.

REVE notified us that Florida will have the world’s largest solar farm. National Solar Power’s planned $1.5 billion 400 MW farm will be capable of using the Sun to power roughly 32,000 homes. The company is choosing among four locations to build the project.

From Energy Matters we find that Walmart is saving big with solar.  It has announced it will install solar panels on 60 more of its stores in California and its solar initiative has already saved the company a million dollars in electricity costs.  This will see 75 percent of Walmart’s stores in the state hosting solar energy systems. Walmart’s solar stores in California will collectively generate up to 70 million kW hours of electricity a year, enough to provide the power needs of 5,400 homes.

The US has its first gas station with a quick charger for electric vehicles.  autobloggreen disclosed that the quick charger at Murphy Express Gas in Chattanooga can recharge EVs to 80-percent capacity in less than 30 minutes. Murphy Express said the quick-charge station is open to the public and is free to use. Its parent company, Murphy Oil, plans to install similar units at “several more gas stations” by the end of 2011.

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