October 10 Energy News

October 10, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Xcel’s Plan to Cut Carbon 60 percent is Affordable and Will Benefit Minnesota’s Economy” Xcel’s revised proposal for Minnesota would accelerate investments in renewable energy by adding wind power solar power. They are doing this to take advantage of lower costs and replace coal. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

Source: Xcel.

Source: Xcel. (Click on image to enlarge.)

World:

¶ According to the International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency Market Report 2015, energy efficiency improvements of IEA member countries contributed to a total 10 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions avoided over the last 25 years. This is roughly equivalent to annual emissions by all IEA member countries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The UK government announced it still intends to end subsidies for onshore wind farms, but has included a grace period to soften the blow. The government expects about 2.9 GW of onshore wind capacity will be eligible for grace period criteria, but believes 12.3 GW can still be installed by 2020, even without subsidies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind power plant has been officially inaugurated. It has 78 Siemens wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.6 MW. Its output will supply around 320,000 German households with ecofriendly electricity. Siemens is also providing service and maintenance for the turbines for 10 years. [7thSpace Interactive]

Construction of a wind turbine in the offshore wind park. Photo by Rscbelgium. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Construction of a wind turbine in the offshore wind park. Photo by Rscbelgium. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

US:

¶ The US will add 11 GW of utility-scale solar power plants in 2015 and 2016, doubling the cumulative capacity in that segment, the US Energy Information Administration projects. California, North Carolina and Nevada will get 70% of the expected new solar capacity. About 4.4 GW will be deployed in California alone. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill AB 693, which designates $100 million to solar installations in low-income communities over the next 10 years. The bill should assist installations in 215,000 multifamily housing units. Low-income families using solar power will also be eligible for credits toward utility costs. [Grist]

¶ Burlington, Vermont, is installing solar arrays on city buildings, serving as a model to encourage private businesses and organizations to do so, too. The arrays help ensure low-cost and locally generated power will be available during times of high use, such as hot summer days when demand for energy is greatest. [BurlingtonFreePress.com]

A new solar array on the roof of the Burlington Electric Department headquarters on Pine Street. Photo courtesy of Burlington Electric Department

A new solar array on the roof of the Burlington Electric Department headquarters on Pine Street. Photo courtesy of Burlington Electric Department

¶ The House passed legislation approving U.S. oil exports, setting up another showdown with President Obama, who threatened a veto. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 261 to 159. Twenty-six Democrats voted in favor of the bill. The measure undoes a 40-year-old ban on exporting American oil. [Texas Insider]

¶ Two pieces of legislation introduced by Senator Murkowski, R-Alaska, would expand Alaskan hydro power. They would authorize expansion of the 33.5-MW Terror Lake hydropower plant on Kodiak Island and allow FERC continue an existing stay on the proposed 9.6-MW Mahoney Creek project near Ketchikan. [HydroWorld]

¶ Lawmakers in Wisconsin have introduced legislation to end the state’s 32-year-old ban on the construction of nuclear plants. Bills introduced to both of the state’s legislative houses seek to change the approval process for new nuclear power plants by repealing current legislation and including nuclear as a generating option. [World Nuclear News]

Point Beach: Wisconsin's only operating nuclear plant (Image: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

Point Beach: Wisconsin’s only operating nuclear plant (Image: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

¶ Real estate company Farmland Partners has signed a deal with Iberdrola Renewables that will provide green energy to an Amazon data center. Farmland announced that two of its farms in North Carolina will become part of the 208-MW Amazon Wind Farm US East. Iberdrola will build, own, and operate the farm. [Commercial Property Executive]

¶ New York may be giving California a run for its money as the most progressive state at transforming the electric grid. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new goals, increasing the state’s commitment to clean energy. Topping the list is a target to install solar arrays on 150,000 additional homes and businesses by 2020. [pv magazine]

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