June 5 Energy News

June 5, 2015

World:

¶ ScottishPower Renewables said it has received consent for its Glen App wind farm, of up to 33 MW, in the South Ayrshire, southwestern Scotland. South Ayrshire Council gave the thumbs up to the 11-turbine scheme on Wednesday. The wind farm is expected to be fully operational by 2017. [SeeNews Renewables]

Haggis Hill in Ayrshire with wind farm in background. Photo by Walter Baxter. Wikimedia Commons. 

Haggis Hill in Ayrshire with wind farm in background. Photo by Walter Baxter. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ A huge number of Australians already have solar PVs on their rooftops. That is only part of the reason many global battery storage developers are targeting Australia as their first big market. Australian attitudes on energy also include cynicism about utilities and yearning for energy independence. [CleanTechnica]

¶ IKEA Group announced it will invest €600 million in wind and solar power, on top of the €1.5 billion invested since 2009. Also, IKEA Foundation, the charitable arm of the group, will invest €400 million to support families and communities in nations vulnerable to floods, droughts and desertification. [brandchannel.com]

¶ A working paper from the influential New Climate Economy initiative says the climate benefits of gas, including shale gas, could in theory be significant. But it warns that any theoretical benefits could easily be wiped out without controls on methane leakage. The paper questions the premise of the gas bridge. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Renewable energy group Gaelectric has revealed plans for a £300 million storage facility in Northern Ireland which could lead to more than 500 jobs. The facility in Larne will use compressed air energy storage technology, its first adaptation for use along with intermittent sources such as wind and solar. [Belfast Telegraph]

¶ The value of Europe’s five biggest energy utilities dropped €100 billion ($113 billion) between 2008 and 2013, in part because of a dogged preference for coal over clean power investments, a new report says. EON, RWE, GDF Suez, EDF and Enel collectively lost 37% of their share value in the period. [The Guardian]

¶ Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Energy and Petroleum, Mr John Abdulai Jinapor, and the Deputy CEO for International Business Cooperation of Rosatom, Mr Nikolay N. Spasskiy, signed an agreement for cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear energy in Ghana at the ATOMEXPO International Forum in Moscow. [spyghana.com]

US:

¶ A study by the US DOE found that a proposed $1.2 billion power transmission line under Lake Champlain would have very little effect on the surrounding environment. The proposed New England Clean Power Link is a project designed by TDI New England to bring Canadian electricity to the New England market. [Vermont Public Radio]

Light house in Lake Champlain at dusk, as seen from Burlington Vermont. Photo by Nagaraju.ramanna. Wikimedia Commons.

Light house in Lake Champlain at dusk, as seen from Burlington Vermont. Photo by Nagaraju.ramanna. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ It wasn’t Honolulu, or Los Angeles, or Austin, or Phoenix. No, the US city that installed more solar power than any other in 2014 was … Indianapolis? Yep. Indianapolis added a whopping 51 MW of solar capacity in 2014, nearly all the result of a voluntary program offered by Indianapolis Power & Light. [EarthTechling]

¶ Advanced Microgrid Solutions has selected Tesla as the primary technology provider for its utility-scale energy storage projects. AMS will install up to 500 MWh of Tesla batteries in its energy storage projects. AMS also signed an agreement with Black & Veatch for engineering and construction services. [Your Renewable News]

¶ Great River Energy, a Minnesota not-for-profit electric cooperative, and its participating member cooperatives, have launched Revolt, a program allowing customers to charge their electric vehicles with 100% wind energy at no extra cost. This is done through dedicated wind energy RECs. [North American Windpower]

¶ Dairyland Power Cooperative, based in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, has issued a request for proposals for up to 25 MW of renewable energy from one or more new utility-scale photovoltaic solar facilities. The RFP seeks proposals for up to 25 MW of capacity with commercial operation to begin by July 1, 2016. [Your Renewable News]

¶ A proposal to install over floating wind turbines offshore of Oahu, Hawaii’s most populous island, could generate 30% of the island’s energy needs according to a report from Fusion. The state produces the bulk of its power from imported oil. The state legislature has passed a 100% by 2045 renewables mandate. [Utility Dive]

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