September 17 Energy News

September 17, 2015

World:

¶ Offshore wind installation vessel Pacific Osprey has installed the 100th pile installation at Northland Power’s 600-MW Gemini offshore wind project. The 161 meter, six-legged jack-up is pushing on to complete work at the project, located in the Dutch North Sea. Two substations and the first transition pieces are already in place. [reNews]

Substation lifted into place at Gemini (Rambiz)

Substation lifted into place at Gemini (Rambiz)

¶ A report looks at whether coal from two sources would be sold at all without subsidies. It concludes that significant subsidies backing the production of coal in Australia and in the Powder River Basin in the US are “distorting the market, driving up emissions, and acting as a barrier to entry for cleaner energy sources.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ Israeli clean energy firm NewCO2Fuels Ltd is in final discussions to install and test technology for the conversion of carbon dioxide emissions into fuel at a large industrial coal-fired power plant. It will have two commercial reaction units able to turn around 160 tonnes carbon dioxide annually into fuel and oxygen. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Investment in renewable energy in Canada almost doubled last year as developers largely in Ontario and Quebec built solar, wind and hydropower projects, according to Clean Energy Canada. Spending on generation capacity rose 88% to C$10.9 billion ($8.3 billion), and the industry now employs about 27,000 people, the group says. [Bloomberg]

¶ Siemens AG has entered into an agreement to supply two wind turbines for Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm. Formosa I Wind Power Co (海洋風電公司) is to start operating two offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 8 MW in the third quarter of next year, with plans to add 30 units by the fourth quarter of 2019. [Taipei Times]

US:

Consumers Energy's Cross Winds Energy Park opened in November 2014 in Tuscola County, in Michigan's Thumb area. Photo by Consumers Energy Co.

Consumers Energy’s Cross Winds Energy Park opened in November 2014 in Tuscola County, in Michigan’s Thumb area. Photo by Consumers Energy Co.

¶ Consumers Energy Co plans to contract with Geronimo Energy to build a new 100-MW wind farm in Huron County in the Thumb area. The wind power facility is expected to push Consumers past its 10% renewable energy production requirement under Michigan’s 2008 energy law, which expires at the end of this year. [Crain’s Detroit Business]

¶ To highlight the plea by Pope Francis, spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, that all people of good will respond to the moral imperative of solving climate change, faith leaders today hand-delivered “Laudato Si’,” the Pope’s first complete encyclical to the faithful, to all Catholic members of the US Congress. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The California legislature has passed SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. The bill calls for energy efficiency in buildings to increase by 50% and for 50% of the state utilities’ power to come from renewable energy by 2030. Petroleum use was not covered by the bill in its final form. [Energy Manager Today]

¶ The first Colorado Climate Plan has been rolled out, focusing on seven key sectors and highlighting ways business and local governments can play a role. In 2013, the Colorado legislature passed a bill saying climate change “presents serious, diverse and ongoing issues for the state’s people, economy and environment.” [Denver Business Journal]

¶ San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted 4-0, to “add to the County’s Legislative Program support for legislation that would remove and relocate outside of the San Diego region the spent nuclear fuel stored at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.” San Diego says NO to spent nuclear fuel. [CleanTechnica]

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station by Jelson25 via Wikipedia (CC BY SA, 3.0 License)

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station by Jelson25 via Wikipedia (CC BY SA, 3.0 License)

¶ A 52-MW battery system being developed by SolarCity in Hawaii will be adjacent to one of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s existing 12-MW solar fields. Under a 20-year power purchase agreement with SolarCity, the co-op will pay 14.5¢ per kWh for battery-stored power, primarily during KIUC’s evening peak demand hours. [Electric Co-op Today]

¶ A scathing report commissioned by a power industry trade group is hammering Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to tap Canadian hydropower as “ill conceived” and warns the move could increase the already sky-high price of electricity in the state. The state’s electric utilities stand to lose money if the plan is put in place. [Boston Herald]

¶ Producers of motor fuels from plant waste say they have been left behind in President Barack Obama’s push to fight climate change. Executives from about two dozen companies that produce advanced biofuels say a proposal to reduce the amount of the cleaner-burning fuel refiners must use in gasoline is crimping investment. [Bloomberg]

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