June 26 Energy News

June 26, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ An energy storage technology company, BioSolar, has claimed a breakthrough in the field of lithium-ion batteries. In a press release, the company said a technology that it is developing can significantly expand the life, increase the energy capacity, and lower the costs associated with lithium-ion batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Scientific models supported by the UK’s Foreign Office show that if we don’t change course, in less than three decades industrial civilization will collapse due to catastrophic food shortages, triggered by climate change, water scarcity, energy crisis, and political instability. NOTE: “…if we don’t change course, …” [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ RES and GE are to build the 240-MW Ararat wind farm in south-west Victoria. The project, worth $450 million, will use 75 GE 3.2-103 wind turbines and will be the third largest wind farm in Australia, supplying annual needs of 123,000 homes. It will be financed by Partners Group, RES, OPTrust and GE. [reNews]

GE will provide turbines for Ararat wind farm (GE)

GE will provide turbines for Ararat wind farm (GE)

¶ Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son is indicating that he wants to invest $20 billion over the next 10 years, working with Bharti Enterprises Pvt and Foxconn Technology Group, to build about 20 GW of new solar capacity in the country in India. This investment alone could build 20% of India’s 100-GW solar target. [Treehugger]

¶ Bill Gates, co-founder of computing giant Microsoft, has called on governments to step up investment in clean tech research and development in order to deliver a green Manhattan Project or Apollo Project. His comments represent a boost to the recently launched campaign for a new global Apollo Project. [Business Green]

US:

¶ US senators Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), and representatives Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Mike Thompson (D-California) reintroduced their MLP Parity Act. It would allow renewable energy developers to form master limited partnerships, now only available to fossil fuel projects. [Argus Media]

¶ In Manchester, Connecticut, Allied Printing Services Inc, unveiled a massive 4,591 solar panel system on the roof of its 275,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The 1.4-MW system is comprised of 4,591 panels. It will provide about 17% of Allied’s total annual electricity usage, equivalent to 145 homes’ use. [FOX CT]

¶ Google is planning its newest data center, and not only will Google be using renewable energy to power it, but it will do it reusing a retired coal power plant. Google announced the development on its Official Blog. The data center will be reusing the soon-to-be retired Widows Creek coal power plant, in Alabama. [CleanTechnica]

The Widows Creek coal power plant, Jackson County, Alabama, will become a renewably-powered Google data center.

The Widows Creek coal power plant, Jackson County, Alabama, will become a renewably-powered Google data center.

¶ Powered by growth across all solar sectors, the state of Texas recorded its best-ever first quarter results for newly installed solar capacity coming online at with 49 MW, according to the recently released US Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ The US wind and solar power generation capacity grew by 1,649 MW and 447 MW, respectively, in January-May 2015. At the same time, the country saw 1,158 MW of natural gas-fired power plants go live. In May, 480 MW of wind farms went online, though only 19 MW of solar parks were commissioned. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ EDF Renewable Energy has placed a firm order with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to supply the 150-MW Salt Fork Wind Project in Texas. The order marks the first draw on the 1,000 MW Master Supply Agreement announced in December 2014. Delivery of 75 2-MW turbines is set for third quarter 2016. [Yahoo Finance UK]

¶ An analysis prepared by Advanced Energy Economy Institute using the models of ICF International, a leading authority on natural gas markets, finds that existing and planned natural gas infrastructure will be able to handle the bulk of future natural gas needs under EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. [Your Oil and Gas News]

¶ Microgrid capacity in the United States is set to double, exceeding 2,800 MW by 2020, Greentech Media reported in the kick off to its Grid Edge Live conference. The move toward microgrids is driven partly by the declining price of battery storage and renewable power, and partly by a need for energy security. [Utility Dive]

¶ The US DOE has issued the last of three conditional loan guarantees, $1.8 billion for Vogtle units 3 and 4, meaning that the construction of the first AP1000 nuclear power plant in the USA is now fully financed. The DOE says the units’ output should avoid 10 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. [World Nuclear News]

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