December 22 Energy News

December 22, 2015

Opinion:

9 Signs from 2015 that the Clean Energy Transition is Accelerating • Fortunately, efforts to curb power sector carbon emissions, our nation’s largest source of global warming pollution, gained a lot of momentum in 2015. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

Apple’s solar PV facility in Maiden, North Carolina is helping the state become a national solar leader. Photo: James West/Climate Desk

Apple’s solar PV facility in Maiden, North Carolina is helping the state become a national solar leader. Photo: James West/Climate Desk

World:

¶ The Senyuan Group has announced commencement of construction at a 1-GW solar power park in Henan province. The project is expected to entail an investment of ¥10 billion ($1.5 billion). The Group has not announced the expected commissioning date for the project. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Australian LNG market underwent massive changes in 2015 despite a relatively small number of additional cargoes delivered. Buyers and sellers are starting to become nervous as to what will happen next year as LNG projects reach capacity and more volumes hit the market. [Interfax Global Energy]

Construction at the Gladstone LNG plant. It shipped its first cargo this year. (Santos)

Construction at the Gladstone LNG plant. It shipped its first cargo this year. (Santos)

¶ The government of the UK has confirmed emissions from the UK’s power sector have fallen sharply in recent years. In an update, it detailed how carbon emissions from the country’s fleet of power stations plummeted 23% between 2012 and 2014 to 121 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. [Business Green]

¶ Hydro-Quebec commissioned the second unit at its Romaine-1 hydroelectric generating station. The 270-MW Romaine-1 supplied its first power in November, with the commissioning of the first generating unit, and the second unit began generating power on December 13. [HydroWorld]

¶ Beothuk Energy Inc unveiled a plan for a $4-billion project to build a 1000-MW wind farm off the coast of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to supply power to New England. The 120-turbine venture would be built about 20 km off the coast. Plans include a 200-km submarine line. [TheChronicleHerald.ca]

Beothuk Energy Announces Offshore Wind Farm, Offshore Nova Scotia

Beothuk Energy Announces Offshore Wind Farm, Offshore Nova Scotia

US:

¶ Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia has made climate change initiatives the focal point during his final scheduled press conference of 2015. He announced a new partnership with Virginia Dominion Power and other companies to increase solar power in state government. [NBC 29 News]

¶ 2015 has been a big year for renewable energy in the US, with solar and wind power growing like crazy and now providing over 5% of the nation’s electricity. It has been one in a series of very good years, helping us get on track for the low-carbon future we need. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

These US DOE graphs show how the prices of wind and solar power have plummeted as installation has soared.

US DOE graph showing how the price of wind power has plummeted as installation has soared.

¶ Cypress Creek Renewables announced it has taken its first steps toward investing $8 million in a solar energy project in Allendale County, South Carolina. The company says the project will create 40 to 60 jobs during construction and will power approximately 1,600 homes per year. [WRDW-TV]

¶ The US wind power industry is celebrating after reaching a new milestone in November: 70 GW of generating capacity, enough to power about 19 million homes. There are more than 50,000 wind turbines operating across 40 states and Puerto Rico, according to the AWEA. [Innovation Trail]

Wind turbines stand in Western Maine along the Kibby Mountain range. Pat Wellenbach / AP

Wind turbines stand in Western Maine along the Kibby Mountain range. Pat Wellenbach / AP

¶ DTE Energy, in collaboration with the City of Lapeer, Michigan, plans to break ground in the spring of 2016 on 45 MW of new solar generating capacity at two project sites. The projects will generate enough to power 9,000 average size homes with clean, zero-emission solar energy. [PennEnergy]

¶ The US DOE is launching a consent-based process to site nuclear spent fuel storage and disposal facilities, as well as a separate repository for defense high-level waste. It expects to be in the second phase of that process by the end of next year, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in an interview. [Platts]

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