June 6 Energy News

June 6, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Big Energy is dying as $90 trillion low-carbon world emerges” – The aging fossil-fuel industry, Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Gas, doesn’t want you to hear the relentless drumbeat leading investors away: Falling stock prices, rising costs, spills, depleting reserves. But Sustainable Energy is pushed them aside. [MarketWatch]

World:

¶ The French gas utility named Engie (formerly GDF Suez) is developing new geothermal projects in the Paris, France, area to the tune of 50 MW, which will bring the company’s total geothermal capacity there to 100 MW. A single plant, Noisy-le-Sec, has a capacity of 10 MW. The new addition will be done in 2016. [CleanTechnica]

The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars. Photo by Wladyslaw, Wikimedia Commons.

The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars. Photo by Wladyslaw, Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The cabinet of Maharashtra has approved the state’s new renewable energy policy which envisages addition of 14.4 GW of capacity by 2020. Solar power accounts for 7.5 GW of the total, wind power for 5 GW, biomass power for 1 GW, small-scale hydropower for 400 MW, and agro-waste for 300 MW. [Greentech Lead]

¶ Donald Trump has lost his latest legal challenge against an offshore windfarm project near his Aberdeenshire golf resort. Proposals to build the 11-turbine scheme in Aberdeen Bay were approved by the Scottish Government in 2013. Trump claimed it would spoil the view from his luxury golf links. [Ellon Times]

¶ The Philippine Department of Energy approved on May 27, 2015, the service contract of the largest solar PV power plant in the country. A 25-year service contract was signed between Living Project 4 People Philippines Inc and the DOE for a 100-MW Solar PV Project in Ilagan City, Isabela, Philippines. [eco-business.com]

¶ Britain’s new nuclear power stations and other energy infrastructure projects must be designed to look beautiful to garner essential public support, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, says. When spending so much on infrastructure, it is crucial to ensure the public is on your side by making projects visually inspiring. [The Independent]

US:

¶ The Energy Information Administration’s analysis of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan shows that renewable energy play a critical role under a range market conditions and policy assumptions. The key difference involves the timing and the extent of wind and solar electric generating capacity additions. [PennEnergy]

Energy Information Administration graph

Energy Information Administration graph.

¶ Officials of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Oklahoma’s Panhandle have announced they will offer its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy produced by a system at their new headquarters in Hooker, Oklahoma, making it the first electric utility in the state to offer “community” solar. [Tulsa World]

¶ One corner of the Whitcomb Farm in Essex Junction, Vermont now has 12,000 solar panels generating electricity on it. The system was built by New Jersey developer PSEG. Its 3.6-MW capacity makes it the largest solar system in the state. It will supply annual needs of about 600 households. [WPTZ The Champlain Valley]

¶ Over 30 states are at least halfway toward meeting early CO2 emissions targets called for by the US EPA’s proposed regulations for existing power plants, according to a study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Of those states, 14 can meet the 2020 interim target based on prior actions. [Argus Media]

¶ A lawsuit filed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of 10 environmental organizations challenges the approval of Shell’s exploration plan in the Arctic. The plan for exploration in the Chukchi Sea, off the northwest coast of Alaska, was approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. [Dutch Harbor Fisherman]

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