June 1 Energy News

June 1, 2015

World:

¶ Renewable power produced 49.9% of the Spain’s electricity in the 29 days of May to Friday, grid operator Red Electrica de Espana said in its monthly report. Wind power was 25% share of total power. Hydroelectric plants generated 14.9%. The share of all major renewable sources grew in comparison to April. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind turbines in Spain. Author: petter palander. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic 

Wind turbines in Spain. Author: petter palander. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ French utility EDF will increasingly become a nuclear and renewable energy company, according to its new chief executive. Asked whether EDF has plans boost wind and solar as Germany has, he said the main question was how quickly EDF can boost its renewable assets and how much resources it can use. [Reuters Africa]

¶ The 630-MW London Array offshore wind farm has generated 5 TWh in its first two full years of operation. The facility in the Thames Estuary has also achieved an average availability of over 95% from its 175 turbines. London Array is owned by EON, Dong Energy, Masdar and Canadian pension fund La Caisse. [reNews]

¶ A Japanese consultative committee on Monday stuck to a controversial government plan for nuclear energy to generate 20%-22% the country’s electricity by 2030 despite public opposition following the Fukushima Disaster. The government will open the plan to the public for comment for a month. [Reuters]

¶ BP, Shell, and four other major energy companies who have written the UN calling for a global price on carbon to help them accelerate deployment of low emission technologies. The letter outlines the companies’ desire for a dialogue with the UN and governments about a scheme to put a price on emissions. [Business Green]

¶ The Renewable Energy Organisation of Iran will buy 80 wind turbines, most of which are for Sistan Balouchestan province. There are over 200 turbines operating in Iran. One of the biggest wind projects is the 180-MW Manjil wind farm. Iran’s coastal areas are not good locations because of irregular winds. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ A project to build the world’s first tidal lagoon for generating clean electricity off the coast of Swansea has triggered an environmental row on the south coast of Cornwall. The dispute centers on a project to reopen a quarry at on the Lizard Peninsula, to source at least 3 million tonnes of stone for the Swansea project. [The Guardian]

¶ China invested more than $89 billion in renewable energy projects in the country in 2014 – a growth of 31% on the previous year, according to a detailed report on the country’s energy sector. The soaring increase is revealed in a report by the US government’s Energy Information Administration. [eco-business.com]

Foziling Dam. Photo by Lastman. Wikimedia Commons. 

Foziling Dam. Photo by Lastman. Wikimedia Commons.

US:

¶ Sonoma Clean Power is rolling out service Monday to three additional cities and in doing so is set to become the main electricity supplier within Sonoma County, California, dislodging PG&E from its long domination in the region. Sonoma Clean Power will supply to 90% of the county’s customers. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

¶ In Connecticut, FuelCell Energy said that its megawatt-scale FuelCell Energy hydrogen delivery system is now available and can generate more than 1,200 kilograms of hydrogen per day, adequate to power a fleet of more than 1,500 fuel cell cars while also producing two megawatts of ultra-clean electricity. [Biobased Digest]

¶ A report from the nonprofit Brookings Institute says the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan will not reduce carbon dioxide emissions the way the Obama administration hopes it will without support of the states. The report analyzes individual state environment department comments on the rule. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

¶ SunEdison Inc, the world’s largest renewable energy development company, announced that it had signed agreements with five municipalities on Long Island to build seven solar power plants with a total capacity of 14 MW. The electricity from these power plants will be sold to the Long Island Power Authority. [AZoCleantech]

¶ Georgia Power executives will face questions this week about the delays and expense of building a new nuclear plant. Utility regulators in Georgia will begin a new cycle of oversight hearings Tuesday delving into the company’s progress in building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia. [Greenfield Daily Reporter]

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