June 10 Energy News

June 10, 2015


¶ “Australia isolated on climate after G7 meeting” – Many countries can see the writing on the wall. After the G7 nations announced a goal of moving away from fossil fuel dependence, a question arises: Could Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Government be any more out of step with the world on climate policy? [SBS]

Energy Brix Power Station, Victoria, brown coal fired power station and briquette factory. Photo by Marcus Wong. Wikimedia Commons.

Energy Brix Power Station, Victoria, brown coal fired power station and briquette factory. Photo by Marcus Wong. Wikimedia Commons.



¶ On Monday, renewable energy development company SunEdison was awarded an additional five solar photovoltaic power projects in South Africa under round 4.5 of the country’s procurement program. The five projects will be located in the North West Provinces and will have a total generation capacity of 371 MW. [ESI Africa]

¶ Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay got planning consent from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change for construction of the £1 billion tidal lagoon project in Swansea Bay, Wales. The company will start construction of the 320-MW project next year, after of a guaranteed price for power is established. [Energy Business Review]

¶ A new roadmap released today at the International Renewable Energy Agency’s ninth IRENA Council meeting has set out a pathway for advancing renewable energy supported by battery storage. They call for 150 GW of batteries and 325 GW of pumped storage to be brought online by 2030. [pv magazine]

¶ Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a personal energy cell that, like Tesla’s Powerwall, uses batteries to charge up during off-peak hours. The German car manufacturer revealed that each pack holds 2.5 kWh of electricity. Combined, eight of them to can hold 20 kWh to cover grid failure or backup solar power. [Daily Mail]

¶ The Japanese government and TEPCO are planning to push back the start of removing spent fuel at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex by two to three years from the current schedule. Work to begin removing the spent fuel from the Unit 3 pool is expected to be delayed until fiscal 2017. [The Japan Times]


¶ Renewable energy accounted for 9.8% of US energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply. In 2014, slightly more than half of all renewable energy was used to generate electricity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Michigan utility DTE Electricity has asked regulators to let it cut monthly residential electricity rates because wind energy costs are falling. DTE is working to comply with the state’s 10% by 2015 renewable portfolio standard, and the result is a decline in energy costs as more windpower goes online. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine at farm.

Wind turbine at farm.

¶ The US is expected to install 7.9 GW of solar PV capacity in the full 2015, according to GTM Research and SEIA. They expect the residential solar segment to grow the most. The US PV capacity expanded by 1,306 MW in Q1, including 225 MW of non-residential and 644 MW of utility-scale installations. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Advanced Microgrid Solutions announced plans to install up to 500 MWh of Tesla’s Powerpack batteries over the coming years. That would make it Tesla’s biggest single battery customer yet. The plans are based on contracts with Southern California Edison and the expectation of more to come. [Greentech Media]

¶ The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed an attempt by more than a dozen states and other entities to block US EPA from finalizing its greenhouse gas standards for power plants. The court said it could not rule on standards before they were finalized. [Environment & Energy Publishing]

¶ Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday asked utility executives to partner with his company to deliver more reliable power to homes and businesses. Musk said utilities could use the larger-scale Powerpack batteries to be better able to use renewable sources, improve power delivery and defer infrastructure upgrades. [Manufacturing.net]

¶ Northern Power Systems, located in Barre, Vermont, and MCM Energy Labs sri, of Italy, announced they will partner to deliver hybrid power systems for both grid-connected and off-grid applications. Offerings are expected to include multiple source power generation with advanced power technology solutions. [Stockhouse]

¶ Cape Cod Bay Watch has generated a report they say documents marine destruction and pollution of Cape Cod Bay by Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. An attorney with Cape Cod Bay Watch said the crux of the problem is what they call “a once-through cooling system” that kills marine life. [95.9 WATD-FM]

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