July 8 Energy News

July 8, 2015

World:

¶ Market Research Store says the wind turbine market is poised to grow to $96.7 billion as countries impose stricter environment controls on the use for fossil fuels and coal to generate electricity. The fact that wind energy has reached parity for the long term comparative cost of energy, bodes well for growth. [CMO]

Tauernwindpark Oberzeiring, Styria, Austria. Photo by Kwerdenker. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons.

Tauernwindpark Oberzeiring, Styria, Austria. Photo by Kwerdenker. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc announced that it has signed a contract with Petawawa Renewable Power Corporation to build three 600-kW ground-mount solar PV projects in Ontario under the Ontario Power Authority / IESO Feed-in Tariff programs. Construction should start this summer. [solarserver.com]

¶ France’s Wind Energy Association said Tuesday the country has hooked 523 MW of wind parks to the grid in the first half of 2015, thus boosting its total installed wind capacity to 9,713 MW. The additions in the first six months show that the country is on track to meet its 1.2-GW target for the year. [SeeNews Renewables]

US:

¶ As US coal production has seen gradual decline in the last few years, mountaintop removal mines have taken the hardest hit, according to a report from the US Energy Information Administration. Total US coal production decreased about 15%, but mountaintop removal mining saw a 62% drop. [State Journal]

Mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky. Photo by iLoveMountains.org. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky. Photo by iLoveMountains.org. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

¶ In Nevada, NV Energy has lined up what may be the cheapest electricity in the US, and it comes from a solar farm. The Berkshire Hathaway company agreed to pay 3.87¢/kWh for power from a 100-MW First Solar project. Include subsidies, and it is close to a record of 5.85¢/kWh set in January in Dubai. [Daily Democrat]

¶ States are pressing ahead with their plans to comply with the Obama administration’s forthcoming rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants despite a recent setback dealt to the Environmental Protection Agency by the Supreme Court. The court ruling applied to the cost of controls on mercury. [Washington Examiner]

¶ According to a recent announcement made by Facebook, the computer servers at the company’s massive new $500 million data center in Fort Worth, Texas, will run solely on wind power. The company is partnering with Alterra Energy for the construction of a 202-MW wind farm on 17,000 acres. [Northern Californian]

Ice Energy's Ice Bear.

Ice Energy’s Ice Bear.

¶ NRG and Ice Energy will meet recently awarded 20 year contracts to provide 25.6 MW of behind-the-meter energy storage using Ice Energy’s proprietary Ice Bear technology for Southern California Edison. NRG and Ice Energy will deliver the peak energy reductions associated with these contracts. [PennEnergy]

¶ The White House has taken steps to boost installation of solar power and other renewable energy for federally subsidised housing. The new goal is to install 300 MW of solar and other renewable energy in affordable housing by 2020, tripling a goal set in 2013 which has already been surpassed. [Business Recorder]

¶ The waves of Hawaii are a big draw for tourists and surfers, but now they’re also a source of electricity. For the first time in the US, energy from waves is being turned into electricity that is heading onto the grid, and powering homes in Hawaii. Half the people in the US live within 50 miles of the coast. [Popular Science]

 

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