August 25 Energy News

August 25, 2015


¶ A recent earthquake of magnitude 4.6 is the largest of over 500 seismic events in British Columbia believed to be caused by fracking. The quake’s epicentre was just 3 kilometres from Progress Energy’s fracking site. The company immediately shut down operations and notified the province’s oil and gas commission. [CleanTechnica]

Image of Wonowon, BC, from Google Maps Streetview

Image of Wonowon, BC, earthquake site, from Google Maps Streetview

¶ Most carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine did not represent cuts in emissions, according to a new study. The authors say that offsets created under a UN scheme “significantly undermined” efforts to tackle climate change. In some projects, chemicals known to warm the climate were created and then destroyed to claim cash. [BBC]

¶ Australian utility Ergon Energy is launching a tender for 150 MW of renewable energy projects for its regional grid in Queensland, which up till now has been largely devoid of large-scale renewable projects despite strong solar resources. The firm will take on new solar, wind and hydro power opportunities. [PV-Tech]

¶ Germany’s shift to renewable energy sources will have a greater impact on operators of traditional power plants than originally thought, according to new data from the country’s grid supervisor. Fifty-seven traditional gas and coal power plants are set to close in Germany as a consequence of Energiewende, or energy transition. [Daily News Egypt]


¶ President Barack Obama accused fossil fuel interests of trying to restrict consumer access to solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to protect the status quo. The president also questioned the ideology of those who champion free-market solutions, except when the free market is pointing to the wisdom of renewable energy. [Stockhouse]

¶ The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) is developing the guidelines under which it will accept Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding. The development means that PACE will soon be available to all US homeowners. Ed Golding, Head of the FHA, acknowledged the value of the program in a press release. [CleanTechnica]

SolarCity in Arlington, TX – courtesy SEIA)

SolarCity in Arlington, TX – courtesy SEIA)

¶ The Asia Pacific Resilience Summit kicked off this morning, showcasing clean tech solutions for island grids, communities, and military applications across the Pacific. Hawaiian Governor David Ige’s opening keynote speech made headlines, as he stated for the first time publicly a strong opposition to proposed LNG projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Hawaiian Electric Co. is not backing down from its commitment to ship liquefied natural gas to Hawaii, following Gov. David Ige’s new stance made known on Monday that he is in opposition to LNG being imported to the state as a replacement for oil. They are looking at LNG for a transition from oil. [Pacific Business News (Honolulu)]

¶ Determining the potential energy your roof could generate with solar is an ever-increasing business. Following in the footsteps of Google’s new Project Sunroof, Mapdwell, an MIT cleantech spinoff, has revealed that New York City has the potential to install 4.7 GW worth of solar PV across over 1 million buildings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Idaho Public Utilities Commission gave the state’s three major electric utilities what they asked for in limiting the length of contracts for renewable energy from independent developers. Contracts were limited to 2 years, down from 20 years, nearly ensuring that no new contracts will be signed any time soon. [The Idaho Statesman]

Workers install a SunEdison/First Wind solar project in Massachusetts. The company is one of the developers that has a contract to sell power to Idaho Power.  Provided by First Wind.

Workers install a SunEdison/First Wind solar project in Massachusetts. The company is one of the developers that has a contract to sell power to Idaho Power.  Provided by First Wind.

¶ The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved Duke Energy’s 20-year agreements with two solar developers to buy up to 20 MW of solar power for its customers in the US state. The developers, Cypress Creek Renewables and Inovateus Solar, will build and operate four projects, each producing up to 5 MW. [reNews]

¶ The town of Strafford, Vermont, has changed its tune on approving a 4.9-MW solar array at the Elizabeth Mine. In a letter sent to the Public Service Board, the Selectboard wrote they will not let Wolfe Energy and Brightfields Development install solar at the site if the array’s renewable energy credits are sold out of state. []

¶ US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell  announced the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of the Blythe Mesa Solar project in California. The 485-MW photovoltaic facility will be constructed on 3,587 acres of previously disturbed private land and will generate enough electricity to power more than 145,000 households. [Energy Matters]

¶ Exelon Corp. announced Monday that three of its aging nuclear stations did not clear the regional power grid’s capacity auction on Friday, calling the plants’ long-term financial viability into question. The plants include Unit 1 at Three Mile Island, one of the units at Quad Cities, and Oyster Creek. []

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