November 2 Energy News

November 2, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Renewables key in race against climate change clock” • Humanity has dithered for so long in the fight against global warming that the window of opportunity for decarbonizing the global economy fast enough to avoid devastating climate change is barely ajar. And fossil fuels get four times the subsidies of renewables. [The Nation]

Wind turbines and sustainable transportation

Wind turbines and sustainable transportation

World:

¶ Figures from China’s National Energy Administration proclaim that the country installed 9.9 GW of new solar PV capacity in the first nine months of 2015. The National Energy Administration says China new solar PV capacity so far this year included 8.32 GW in solar PV power stations and 1.58 GW of distributed PVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Around 8.5 million diesel vehicles sold by Volkswagen over the past few years in Europe will be recalled, following the testing scandal of a few weeks ago, according to reports. A recall timeline has bee approved. The company is apparently currently considering the option of simply buying back affected vehicles in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Scottish government has approved Statoil plans for the 30-MW Hywind 2 floating offshore wind project some 25 km off Peterhead. The Norwegian company was issued with a marine licence to build five Siemens 6-MW turbines on spar foundations. Statoil plans for final commissioning of the project before end-2017. [reNews]

Hywind 1 off Norway. Statoil Image.

Hywind 1 off Norway. Statoil Image.

¶ Bio2Watt is producing power from its first plant at a Beefcor feedlot in Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa, making it the country’s first viable commercial biogas project. The plant produces 4.4 MW, but that could be increased to 10 MW in the future. Most of the power it produces is going to a BMW plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. [Independent Online]

¶ The Australian Financial Review told readers that South Australia’s large renewables share could cause blackouts. There were blackouts. They blamed renewable energy for volatile power prices that were spiking to A$13,800/MWh (A$1.38/kWh). As it turns out, the problems were caused by aging equipment. [Business Spectator]

¶ Africa’s largest solar car park opened recently at the Garden City Mall in Nairobi. It aims to cut carbon emissions by 745 tonnes annually from non-renewable energy sources. The car park has a total of 3,300 solar panels, which are capable of generating 1,256 MWh of electricity annually. It also provides shade to the cars. [The Straits Times]

Photo: Agence France-Presse

Photo: Agence France-Presse

¶ The UK’s climate change credentials are under fire again after it emerged it had spent £2.2 billion in poor countries to help build coal power plants and other fossil fuel energy projects responsible for global warming. That is more than double the £1 billion spent on cleaner, renewable sources of power in developing countries. [Financial Times]

¶ Kyushu Electric Power Co said the No 2 reactor of its Sendai nuclear plant began full-capacity operation on Sunday, with its thermal output reaching the maximum level, about two weeks after it was reactivated. The reactor will be in commercial operation after examinations by the Nuclear Regulation Authority. [The Japan News]

US:

¶ Public Service Electric and Gas Company is halfway through the construction of a 12.93-MW community solar farm at the closed L&D Landfill in Burlington County, New Jersey. The facility is on property of over 50 acres in three communities. It will be made up of 41,720 solar panels and will become operational later this year. [reNews]

PSE&G's Jacksonville solar facility (PSE&G image)

PSE&G’s Jacksonville solar facility (PSE&G image)

¶ Hanwha Q Cells USA Corp said start construction of a new 170-MW solar plant in the US after sealing a power purchase agreement with Austin Energy. The company says the solar plant will be built on roughly 580,000 square meters of land in western Texas to generate enough electricity to supply around 1 million people. [The Korea Herald]

¶ While New Jersey is stepping up its reliance on natural gas, most residents would instead prefer it ramp up its use of renewable energy, such as solar and wind, according to a recent poll. More than three-quarters of those responding said they favor a pending bill that would require a target of 80% renewables by 2050. [NJ Spotlight]

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