September 1 Energy News

September 1, 2015

World:

¶ Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has bagged the top spot for highest capacity installation of solar power plants in stations and depots across its vast network. Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal made the award. The solar PV plants DMRC has so far installed generate a total of around 2,794 kW (peak) currently. [YourStory.com]

Image Credit: Shutterstock

Image Credit: Shutterstock

¶ The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar has been falling. Now, a report details the contrasting costs for different power generation technologies and shows that renewable sources can produce electricity at close to or even below the cost of new fossil fuel-based power stations. [The Maritime Executive]

¶ The Climate Change (Scotland) Act demands a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 80% 2050, across sectors ranging from electricity generation to the food sector, building efficiency, and transportation. The goal is shared across political parties, though they will outline competing proposals for how they might be reached. [Scotsman]

¶ Brazil has concluded its second reverse auction for solar power plant projects, with 834 MW of parks being awarded bids, with an average price of 301.79 Real per megawatt-hour (8.42¢/kWh). The average price was 13.5% below the maximum price set for the auction. Thirty large-scale solar projects will be developed in five states. [pv magazine]

¶ Reports from three Chinese agencies all point to the continuing decline in use of coal in the first half of 2015, continuing a trajectory already notable in 2014. These are not declines in the rate of growth, but absolute declines in the amount of coal consumed. Meanwhile, China is working on new laws to speed reduction of pollution further. [Energy Collective]

¶ The bulk of South Africa’s power is currently generated by coal and the nation is looking at all of its alternatives. The ruling African National Congress has come under fire for its plan to build a 9,600-megawatt nuclear facility at a cost of as much as $100 billion to meet future demand. Disturbingly, nuclear procurement decisions are secret. [BizNews]

Nuclear power plant at Cattenom. Photo by Gralo. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Nuclear power plant at Cattenom. Photo by Gralo. CC BY-SA 3.0.

¶ Not many Japanese nuclear reactors are likely to restart in the next few years, as safety worries and legal challenges persist. Reuter’s analysis shows that of the other 42 operable reactors remaining in the country, just seven are likely to be turned on in the next few years, down from the 14 predicted in a similar survey last year. [PanARMENIAN.Net]

US:

¶ California investor-owned utilities PG&E, SCE and SDG&E recently submitted proposals to the California Public Utilities Commission designed to destroy the rooftop solar industry and customer choice in California. Meanwhile, these same utilities are running misleading ad campaigns to greenwash their anti-solar position. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Aspen is one of three US cities to run on 100% renewable energy, according to city officials. The shift to energy that is generated from natural resources, including wind power, solar power and geothermal heat, follows a “decade-plus” city goal. Earlier US cities to reach the goal were Greensburg, Kansas and Burlington, Vermont. [Aspen Times]

¶ A private group proposing to build the world’s largest fuel cell park submitted its application to the Connecticut Siting Council. The Beacon Falls Energy Park, with 63.3 MW of output, would use fuel cells purchased by FuelCell energy of Danbury, Connecticut. It would be located in a former sand and gravel mine. [Hartford Courant]

¶ The clean energy industry supports nearly 10,000 jobs in Rhode Island, according to a new state report from the Office of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Commerce. The report found that the sector has a total of 9,832, and projected that another 1,600 positions would be created over the next year. [The Providence Journal]

Welders for Specialty Diving Services in the Quonset Business Park working on the Deepwater Wind project. Photo by Sandor Bodo, The Providence Journal

Welders for Specialty Diving Services working on the Deepwater Wind project. Photo by Sandor Bodo, The Providence Journal

¶ Vermont’s forests could substantially contribute to renewable energy goals if sustainably harvested methods, according to a study from Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment. Managing the health of local forests will likely be challenged by an expanding renewable energy market. [BurlingtonFreePress.com]

¶ Public health experts at Harvard University evaluated the impacts of different renewable energy or energy efficiency installations in six locations in the mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions and produced with a model to compare climate and health benefits. They found that benefits ranged from US $5.7 million to $210 million per year. [IEEE Spectrum]

¶ The economic potential for deploying renewable energy resources today is enormous nationally. Across the three primary cases that NREL examined, the range of results show that renewable energy resources have the potential to affordably supply as much as 10 times total current US generation [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

¶ The former CEO of Duke Energy, the country’s biggest power company, now says that the way big US power companies operate is out of date. “It’s very clear to me that the system of electric power we have in North America … is not sustainable for the future of the planet. So we’re going to have to figure out something else, and soon.” [Tampabay.com]

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