June 19 Energy News

June 19, 2015

World:

¶ German company Nordex SE said it has received orders to build 55 MW of wind farms in Turkey for two customers. Its turbines are expected to produce 148 GWh annually, for a capacity factor of above 37%. The wind farm’s output is expected to be enough to power about 42,000 households. [SeeNews Renewables]

2.4-MW Nordex turbines. Source: Nordex SE

2.4-MW Nordex turbines. Source: Nordex SE

¶ The annual overview of the European electricity market, from the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, says 33% of electricity produced in the EU now comes from renewables, of which 18.5% is hydropower and 14.4% “other renewables” (mostly wind and solar power). [CleanTechnica]

¶ In six months, delegates from nearly 200 countries will gather in Paris with the intention of signing the first truly global climate agreement. The talks will not be replay of the fractious talks held in Copenhagen, in December 2009, according to Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate diplomat. [Earth Island Journal]

¶ A Canadian Senate committee on energy, environment and natural resources said June 17 in a report, that the territory of Nunavut’s electrical power system is unsustainable. The committee found that 17 of the 25 existing diesel facilities operating in Nunavut are operating beyond their service dates. [Nunatsiaq News]

Ceremony on the occasion of the foundation of Nunavut, April 1st 1999 

Ceremony on the occasion of the foundation of Nunavut, April 1st 1999

¶ Australian strategic metals miner TNG Limited and renewables group Energy Made Clean signed a memorandum of understanding covering evaluation, implementation and installation of a solar array and vanadium batteries. The system would power a mining project in the Northern Territory. [Australian Mining]

¶ Hydropower is the world’s largest source of renewable electricity. With a century-long head start over wind and solar power, large hydropower was 52% of the world’s renewable energy capacity in 2014. But new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency show the picture is changing. [International Rivers]

US:

¶ The California Senate recently passed SB 350, legislation that sets a goal of 50% electricity from renewables in the Golden State by 2030. The bill doesn’t stop there, though; it also calls for doubling the energy efficiency of buildings in the next 15 years, and cutting petroleum use in transportation by half. [CleanTechnica]

¶ North Elba, New York, has decided to use a small-scale anaerobic digester designed for source-separated municipal food and organic wastes at a regional level. BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group will supply the system, the first of its kind in the US. The project is expected to begin this year. [Biomass Magazine]

This small-scale, plug-flow EUCOlino digester will be used at North Elba to generate power from their community food waste. BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group photo.

This small-scale EUCOlino digester will be used at North Elba to generate power from community food waste. BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group photo.

¶ Actors Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio joined a large group of people with widely differing backgrounds at a pop-up event in the East Village to launch a national campaign that aims to make clean energy more accessible and affordable for 100% of the people. The campaign is called “100%.” [Satellite PR News]

¶ The 20th Century model of large baseload electricity generation, including nuclear reactors, is in an irreversible decline in the face of the emerging 21st Century decentralized power model relying on renewables, energy efficiency, and demand management, says Mark Cooper of the Vermont Law School. [Fierce Energy]

¶ Exelon, the parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co and the largest owner of nuclear power plants in the United States, notified the US NRC that it found dangerous levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, in a monitoring well at Peach Bottom nuclear plant in Delta, Pennsylvania. [Baltimore Sun]

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