February 26 Energy News

February 26, 2015

World:

¶ The UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change awarded contracts worth more than £315 million to 27 projects. ScottishPower got one to build a 714-MW offshore wind farm, RWE Innogy GmbH won for three onshore wind projects totaling 166 MW, and Lightsource will build a 14.67-MW solar facility. [Bloomberg]

¶ Ground was broken for the 36.3-MW wind farm at Malvern, St Elizabeth forms part of a concerted push to reduce Jamaica’s $2-billion oil bill through the use of renewable energy. The project, at one of the most windswept points in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is being developed by BMR Jamaica Wind Limited. [Jamaica Observer]

¶ GDF Suez profits dropped last year amid falling oil prices, unusually warm weather in Europe and lower electricity prices, prompting the group to announce short-term restructuring measures. The plunge in oil and gas prices has had significant short term impact and is set to cost them €900m in 2015 profits. [Financial Times]

¶ Germany’s renewable energy production has been steadily growing, with a fourfold increase since 2000. Around 40 terawatt hours were generated with renewables 15 years ago and in 2014, the level was at 157.4 terawatt hours. But a study shows the potential of renewables is far from being fully exploited. [EurActiv]

¶ SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy development company, is planning to supply electricity to 20 million unserved people around the world. The initiative will be led by a company group focused on developing sustainable business models and technologies for renewable energy in rural areas. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ The European Commission has leaked a 19-page draft blueprint for an “energy union.” It is a grab bag of policies and proposals designed to transform the 28-member European Union into a more cohesive energy market. Despite its widespread appeal, the initiative shows fractures and double standards. [OilPrice.com]

¶ European transmission system operators have been preparing for an eclipse that will happen in March for several months, evaluating and attempting to mitigate risks. Some 35,000 MW of solar energy, the equivalent of nearly 80 medium size conventional generation units, will stop producing during the event. [Phys.Org]

¶ Fukushima fishermen appear to have finally run out of patience with TEPCO. They lambasted TEPCO at a meeting on February 25 over the utility’s failure for half a year to disclose the flow into the ocean of water contaminated with radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ Under a new plan by governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, electric distribution companies will collaborate with state agencies on a bidding process for proposals for clean energy resources including wind, solar, small hydro, biomass, fuel cells and other low-carbon sources. [Lexington Herald Leader]

¶ Iberdrola Renewables, the owner and operator of the Blue Creek Wind Farm, along with Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite presented checks to Van Wert County, Ohio for more than $2,070,000, and Paulding County for $666,000. Iberdrola pays the counties $18,000 per year for each Iberdrola turbine they have. [Delphos Herald]

¶ The Department of the Navy announced the signing of a lease with Duke Energy that will allow the development of a large-scale, ground-mounted solar array at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The lease grants Duke Energy access to 80.65 acres of land at Camp Lejeune to develop a 17 MW solar PV array. [Camp Lejeune Globe]

¶ In Hawaii, the Big Island’s electric utility has asked Ormat Technologies to supply it with more geothermal power. The additional 25 MW will come from a new power plant at a new location, Hawaii Electric Light Co said Tuesday. The precise location has not yet been announced, under a nondisclosure agreement. [Thegardenisland.com]

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