November 19 Energy News

November 19, 2015

World:

¶ A report by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, distributed just days before the crucial climate talks in Paris, is directed at policymakers. It shows how keeping global warming to less than 2° C from pre-industrial levels is not only feasible, but also urgently needed and economically viable. [The Climate Group]

McCarty Glacier, in Alaska. These US government images are in the public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Where did it go? McCarty Glacier, in Alaska. These images are in the public domain. For more information, go to Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The Philippines will soon have over 600 renewable energy projects operational, as it significantly expands its clean energy infrastructure. As of 31 October, 2015, the Philippine Department of Energy had approved 616 renewable energy projects with a total capacity for all renewable energy technologies over 12 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Inox Wind, an Indian wind turbine maker, announced that it expanded its turbine manufacturing facility in Madhya Pradesh. The company reported that it commissioned a new production facility in the state. The facility will increase the company’s overall production capacity to 1.6 GW annually of turbine production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Wind energy could be the largest power source in the EU by 2030 if governments drive ambition in climate and energy policies, according to a European Wind Energy Association report. If European member states stick to the policy framework already set in place, wind could surpass other forms of energy within a decade. [edie.net]

The Aiming High report suggests that wind power has the potential to exceed gas and other forms of energy within the next decade.

The Aiming High report suggests that wind power has the potential to exceed gas and other forms of energy within the next decade.

¶ Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says 50% of the province’s power will come from renewable sources by 2030. The announcement is scheduled for Monday, but Wall slipped in the details while answering questions in the legislature about the province’s position on climate change. Wall believes the goal is achievable. [620 CKRM.com]

US:

¶ More than 160 corporate executives gathered at Bloomberg’s New York City headquarters for a meeting of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center. Through November 17, 2015, their corporations had signed more than 2 GW of power purchase agreements for large-scale, off-site renewable energy in 2015. [CleanTechnica]

¶ US Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced Monday that the US Department of Energy will award an additional $3.7 million to an offshore wind project designed by a University of Maine-led consortium. The funding builds on the $3 million committed to the project, Maine Aqua Ventus 1, in May 2014. [Mainebiz]

Habib Dagher, director of UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center, in front of the VolturnUS prototype wind turbine deployed off the shores of Castine in 2014. Mainebiz file photo / James McCarthy

Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, in front of the VolturnUS prototype wind turbine deployed off the shores of Castine in 2014. Mainebiz file photo / James McCarthy

¶ Ten years ago, Walmart made a pledge to become environmentally clean and shift to 100% renewable power. Now, a report, titled Walmart’s Dirty Energy Secret: How the Company’s Slick Greenwashing Hides Its Massive Coal Consumption, found that the company is “one of the nation’s largest users of coal-fired electricity.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ Vermont’s Green Mountain Power announced last week that it reached its 112-MW net metering cap for solar power, 15% of their peak load. Now, it has asked state regulators for permission to buy 7.5 MW more of net metered solar power. The net metering cap does not apply to consumers with home-sized solar installations. [vtdigger.org]

A worker checks a fuel cell in the FuelCell Energy manufacturing facility in Torrington. Photo: Douglas Healey / Bloomberg

Fuel cell in the FuelCell Energy plant. Photo: Douglas Healey / Bloomberg

¶ The microgrid for municipal buildings in Woodbridge, Connecticut, will have a central plant by FuelCell Energy of Danbury. The contract calls for a 2.2 MW power plant to serve the micro-grid. Buildings in the micro-grid include the police station, fire department, town hall, senior center and Amity Regional High School. [Danbury News Times]

¶ Duke Energy, LG Chem, and Greensmith brought new technology to the site of a 1952 retired coal plant in Ohio with the completion of a 2-MW battery system. The new project is designed to increase reliability and stability for the electric power grid. The fast-response system regulates grid frequency. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ A study commissioned by Massachusetts’ Attorney General concludes that New England does not need additional natural gas pipelines for energy reliability in the coming years. The authors take the recent announcement that the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth will close by 2019 into account. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]

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