December 15 Energy News

December 15, 2015

World:

¶ There was no gnashing of teeth in the Canadian energy sector as details of the Paris agreement came out. Shares in energy companies were down on the TSX, but that had more to do with the sliding price of crude than concerns about climate change policy. The sector had already digested Alberta’s carbon tax. [CBC.ca]

Even with the Paris Agreement on climate change, the oilpatch expects the sun will not set on it. (Matthew Brown/Associated Press)

Even with the Paris Agreement on climate change, the oilpatch expects the sun will not set on it. (Matthew Brown/Associated Press)

¶ Suzlon Energy, a dominant company in the Indian wind energy market, is now in the solar power market. It has signed a landmark agreement with independent power producer Axis Energy Limited, under which it will develop 4 GW of solar and wind energy capacity for Axis Energy in the state of Andhra Pradesh. [CleanTechnica]

¶ India’s Minister of New & Renewable Energy has reported progress on the ambitious program of setting up ultra mega solar power projects across the country. He said the government has given in-principle approval to 27 ultra mega solar power projects across 21 states with a cumulative capacity of 18,418 MW. [CleanTechnica]

India One Solar Thermal Power Plant. Photo by Bkwcreator. CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikimedia Commons.

India One Solar Thermal Power Plant. Photo by Bkwcreator. CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Russia’s planning accounts for oil prices to drop to $30 per barrel in 2016. The country’s top finance official said the government must be prepared for prices to fall further in 2016 as the global glut grows and new supply – for example from Iran – enters the market. He said the country must prepare for difficult times. [CNN]

¶ The man leading the daunting task of dealing with the Fukushima nuclear plant that sank into meltdowns in northeastern Japan warns with surprising candor: Nothing can be promised. “This is something that has never been experienced. A textbook doesn’t exist for something like this,” he told the Associated Press. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ Invenergy LLC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its 200-MW Buckeye Wind Energy Center in Kansas. The wind complex is located in Ellis County and consists of 112 General Electric turbines of 1.79 MW each. It has a power purchase agreement for much of its output with a Nebraska utility. [SeeNews Renewables]

GE turbine of the type 1.6/1.7-100. Source: General Electric Company. License: All Rights Reserved.

GE turbine of the type 1.6/1.7-100. Source: General Electric Company. License: All Rights Reserved.

¶ A town council in North Carolina rejected plans to rezone land for a solar farm after residents voiced fears it would cause cancer, stop plants from growing, and suck up all the energy from the sun. The council later voted to put a moratorium on future solar farms in the area, according to the local newspaper. [Huffington Post]

¶ US technology materials company Corning Inc on Monday said it has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for solar electricity with Duke Energy Renewables. Corning said it will buy 62.5% of the output of a 80-MW solar farm Duke Energy Renewables is building in Conetoe, North Carolina. [SeeNews Renewables]

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Yeah!

¶ The Detroit Zoological Society says it will power the Detroit Zoo with 100% renewable electricity from wind farms. The organization says its commitment to sustainable electricity with the purchase of renewable energy certificates is through the support of ITC Holdings Corp until the end of 2018. [North American Windpower]

¶ Lifting the 40-year ban on oil exports is the top priority in a $1.15 trillion spending bill for many Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, because it would offer new markets to drillers suffering from a glut of crude. A trade to extend renewable support may be in the works. [Dickinson Press]

¶ Electricity generated from renewable sources accounted for more than 50% of all new US energy capacity installations in 2014, growing to 15.5% of total installed capacity and 13.5% of total electricity generation, according to a report from an annual report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [MIS Asia]

Renewable energy capacity growth from 2004 through 2014. Click on image to enlarge. Credit: NREL

Renewable energy capacity growth from 2004 through 2014. Click on image to enlarge. Credit: NREL

¶ Marylanders who rent apartments or have shaded roofs will be able to buy solar energy under rules being finalized this week by the Maryland Public Service Commission. Under the program, any business, utility, individual, organization or nonprofit can install solar panels on its property and sell the energy. [Baltimore Sun]

¶ A New York microgrid demonstration project will use an energy storage system from Eos Energy that the company describes as the lowest-cost battery storage on the market. The microgrid battery will be 250-kW, 1000-kWh. Eos Energy says that the battery can be manufactured in quantity at a cost of $91-$116/kWh. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co, has announced that its first wind project, the 299-MW Kay Wind facility in Oklahoma, is now fully operational. The project has 130 Siemens turbines and is will generating enough electricity for the energy needs of about 100,000 average homes. [North American Windpower]

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