June 25 Energy News

June 25, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Why are the government’s energy forecasts so bad?” In 2009, the US DOE’s Energy Information Administration forecast that US wind power would grow modestly, reaching 44 GWof generating capacity in 2030. Just six years later, US wind capacity is already up to 66 GW. So what’s up with this? [Politico]

World:

¶ Data released by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change show that Scotland’s wind farms generated record amounts of power in the first quarter of 2015. Statistics confirmed that Scotland hit record levels of green energy generation in 2014, with 49.8% of all electricity used coming from renewables. [reNews]

Wind projects such as the Farr wind farm in Scotland have contributed to generating record amounts of power (Siemens).

Wind projects such as the Farr wind farm in Scotland have contributed to generating record amounts of power (Siemens).

¶ It’s illegal to knowingly ignore the dangers of global warming, according to a Dutch court. The court ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared to 1990 levels by 2020 in order to preserve the low-lying Netherlands and protect its people from the dangers of global warming. [ThinkProgress]

¶ Bullish on a changed economic and regulatory environment, the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association expects a 52% jump in capacity addition this year. The association expects that 3.5 GW worth of wind energy capacity will be added in the 12 months between April 2015 and March 2016, a new record. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Germany’s transition to renewable energy is being undermined by its continuing dependency on coal-fired power, according to a report from GlobalData. An expected increase in renewable capacity from 86 GW in 2014 to 147 GW by 2025 will be undermined by simultaneous coal-based power additions. [PennEnergy]

¶ Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said the country has put into operation 18,757 MW of renewable energy capacity since it launched a feed-in-tariff program three years ago. By far, the top renewable energy source in the country is solar, which accounted 94% of additions approved. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar panel installation in Yokohama, Japan. Author: CoCreatr. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Solar panel installation in Yokohama, Japan. Author: CoCreatr. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

¶ A study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology says about half of European electricity should come from renewable sources by 2030. Greater integration of power systems can help balance out electricity fluctuations, while reducing demands on other parts of the system. [solarserver.com]

¶ Under a new scheme of Ministry of Urban Development, India’s Central government is likely to make it mandatory for buildings to install solar roof-top systems. The proposal is among the initiatives planned by the Government of India to support the massive solar capacity addition target (100 GW by 2022). [The Hindu]

¶ In Germany, average day-ahead electricity prices for May were €25.30/MWh, the lowest monthly average in 12 years, the result of output from wind, solar and hydro. Solar and wind outstripped the energy production of the country’s nine remaining nuclear reactors, showing a 22% increase from last year. [pv magazine]

¶ As part of its plan to focus on renewable energy generation, Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB is disposing of its last fossil fuel asset in Denmark, namely the Nordjylland coal-fired power plant. District heating company Aalborg Forsyning will take over the combined heat and power station. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind turbines on the coast, Denmark. Author: Tambako The Jaguar. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Wind turbines on the coast, Denmark. Author: Tambako The Jaguar. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

US:

¶ New research from GTM Research forecasts that the US community solar sector is to reach a tipping point soon, growing five-fold in 2015 and regularly reaching 500 GW by 2020. The report forecasts community solar to reach 115 MW installed in 2015, and predicts 500 MW annually by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ SunEdison is set to launch a power purchase agreement product across seven US states. And the initiative is to be financed by Morgan Stanley in a partnership fund with TerraForm Power, owned by SunEdison. Morgan Stanley is to make tax equity financing available for the initiative immediately. [Greentech Lead]

¶ The Ivanpah concentrating solar plant projections have always assumed a four-year ramp rate to 100% capacity. That being said, the plant has seen operating days when it is meeting, and in some instances exceeding, projections for this stage of operations, and the expectation is that it will meet its goals. [Wall Street Journal]

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