September 10 Energy News

September 10, 2015


¶ China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed Sunday that the country’s major polluting emissions declined in the first half of 2015. Year-on-year figures showed that the emission of ammoniacal nitrogen by 3.18%, sulfur dioxide by 4.63%, and nitrogen oxide decreased by 8.8%, along with other reductions. [CleanTechnica]

A visit by Greenpeace at Feldheim in 2011. Uploaded by Energiequelle. CC BY 3.0

A visit by Greenpeace at Feldheim in 2011. Uploaded by Energiequelle. CC BY 3.0

¶ Global renewable energy development company SunEdison has signed a memorandum of understanding to develop 2,000 MW of renewable energy projects in the Tamil Nadu state of India, with an investment of around ₹130 billion ($1.9 billion). The company will develop both wind and solar power plants. [Energy Business Review]

¶ The UK’s Renewable Energy Association is calling for removal of the Minimum Import Pricing for China-made solar modules coming to the EU, as it would soften the effects of subsidy cuts in the UK. The not-for-profit trade association said ending the MIP would help modules to cost parity with the rest of the world. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ With the absence of coherent climate change policy from the Abbott government, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT are picking up the gauntlet. Unlike Abbott, these states can see the economic benefit of investing in the future. Renewable energy and other emerging technologies offer jobs and growth in a new economy. [Sourceable]

¶ With the installation of a 10-MW battery, the village of Feldheim near Berlin is now truly independent of electricity from outside. An array of 3,360 lithium-ion battery modules has been installed to at least allow the town to buffer excess electricity in order to bridge shortages without resorting to electricity from the grid at all. [Renewables International]

A visit by Greenpeace at Feldheim in 2011. Uploaded by Energiequelle. CC BY 3.0

A visit by Greenpeace at Feldheim in 2011. Uploaded by Energiequelle. CC BY 3.0

¶ Primus Power, a flow battery startup that’s worked primarily with the US military to date, has raised a $25 million Series D round, led by a group of investors that wants to try its technology out at MW scale in Kazakhstan. The deal is for 25 MW/100 MWh of Primus’ zinc-bromide-based, single-tank energy storage systems. [Greentech Media]

¶ The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Park is a $130 million project on nearly 500 acres of land in a desert in Pakistan. When the entire project is complete in 2017, it could produce as much as 1,000 MW of electricity, equivalent to an average sized coal-fired power station, and enough to power about 320,000 households. [EcoWatch]

¶ A Japanese nuclear power plant started commercial operations on Thursday for the first time after two years of shutdown triggered by the Fukushima crisis. Utility Kyushu Electric Power said a reactor at Sendai, started normal operation following final inspections conducted by the Nuclear Regulation Authority on the day. [The Asian Age]


¶ A new 28-mile transmission line costing $200 million will provide another path for power to cross between Oregon and Washington. Most importantly, it will bring added capacity to an area that has seen rapid growth in renewable resources and has become a hot spot for energy intensive data centers. [Transmission and Distribution World]

Big Eddy-Knight 500-kV transmission line

Big Eddy-Knight 500-kV transmission line

¶ California is about to make a historic move on climate change with a package of bills to be voted on this week. One calls for a 50% reduction in petroleum use in cars and trucks, a 50% increase in energy efficiency in buildings, and for 50% of the state’s utility power derived from renewable energy, all by 2030. [ThinkProgress]

¶ The US residential solar market grew 70% during the first half of 2015. With another 729 MW of utility-scale solar during the second quarter, the nation has installed more than 1 GW of PV for the last 7 quarters. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association’s latest report, US solar power capacity now exceeds 20 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Department of the Navy and Georgia Power Company are breaking ground on a large-scale solar facility at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Approximately 136,000 solar photovoltaic panels will be installed on 258 acres and generate up to 42 MW when fully operational. Construction should be completed by the end of 2016. [Florida Times-Union]

Georgia Power photo

Georgia Power photo

¶ The Long Island Community Microgrid Project will use solar and energy storage to meet the East Hampton area’s growing electricity needs. Renewable energy will provide nearly 50% of the local electricity consumed and enable the utility to avoid investing hundreds of millions of dollars in new generation and transmission. [Huffington Post]

¶ The Hardwick Electric Department is the first utility in Vermont to reach the new cap on how much electricity it can buy from small renewable energy producers. The department surpassed the 15% maximum that the Legislature set to represent the maximum amount of net-metered energy a utility must buy from customers. []

¶ A broad coalition of Ohio business, health, community and environmental groups called Wednesday for Ohio lawmakers to reinstate mandatory targets for the use of renewable and advanced energy sources such as wind, solar and clean coal. A law to have the state get 25% of its power from renewables is on hold for two years. []

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