December 23 Energy News

December 23, 2015

World:

¶ Scotland is celebrating early success in meeting its green energy targets. The original plan was for 50% of its gross electricity consumption to come from renewable sources by 2015. However new figures show the country got to a level of 49.7% from renewable sources in 2014. [Business Green]

EDF Energy Renewables Fallago Rig wind farm

EDF Energy Renewables Fallago Rig wind farm

¶ The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation signed an agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India to source electricity from solar power projects. The DMRC intends to source around 1,000 million kWh of electricity every year, and a project of 500-MW capacity has been planned for that. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Transport for London has unveiled plans for nearly one third of the city’s buses on B20 green diesel made from waste cooking oil by March 2016. They explained that two bus operators, Stagecoach and Metroline, have signed deals with Argent Energy to supply them with the B20 green diesel.
[Waste Management World]

¶ OPEC said it expects oil prices to start to recover over the next few years. Prices have fallen from over $100 a barrel in the summer of 2014 to below $40 a barrel now. However, in its World Oil Outlook report, OPEC said oil would rise to $70 a barrel by 2020 and in the long term would continue higher. [BBC]

Oil pumps

Some of OPEC’s nodding donkeys

¶ India expects to seal a contract with Westinghouse Electric Co LLC to build six nuclear reactors in the first half of next year, as its $150 billion dollar nuclear power program is getting off the ground. India plans to build roughly 60 reactors, making the second-biggest nuclear energy market after China. [Daily Mail]

¶ A social enterprise formed by local residents in New South Wales, has become Australia’s first community-owned electricity supplier after raising the $3 million of capital required for it to list on the Australian stock exchange. Enova will get its energy entirely from renewable resources. [eco-business.com]

Australian community-owned electricity provider Enova will begin operating in early 2016, and will buy renewable energy from the grid and from renewable energy generators to sell to customers. Image: Shutterstock

Australian community-owned electricity provider Enova will begin operating in early 2016, and will buy renewable energy from the grid and from renewable energy generators to sell to customers. Image: Shutterstock

US:

¶ Energy storage leader AES recently unveiled its new energy storage platform with a system it has installed in Maryland, and it is the largest grid-scale battery in that state. Brian Perusse, VP of International Market Development for AES, answered some questions about it for CleanTechnica. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Nevada Public Utilities Commission approved the new rate structure for net metering proposed by NV Energy, reducing the sum paid by the utility to customers for the excess power generated by rooftop solar systems. The PUC ruling was immediately criticised by companies in the solar power sector. [SeeNews Renewables]

Rooftop solar system in Nevada. Author: Pacific Southwest Region. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Rooftop solar system in Nevada. Author: Pacific Southwest Region. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ A Navajo community south of Monument Valley will be home to the tribe’s first utility-scale solar plant capable of powering 7,700 homes. The $64 million plant is on track to be built by the end of 2016, using federal loans and tax credits, the general manager of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority said. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

¶ The Center for Sustainable Economy has found the fight against the fossil fuel industry may work best at the local level. A number of local, state, and provincial leaders have committed to prohibiting new fossil fuel infrastructure in their jurisdictions. Recently, two resolutions were passed by Portland’s City Council. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The 392-MW Ivanpah solar power park in California will get six more months to reach the output levels agreed in its power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric. An NRG spokesman said external modeling for 2016 forecasts that Ivanpah will be able to meet the targeted output levels. [SeeNews Renewables]

Ivanpah - another CSP complex in California by BrightSource, NRG and Google. Author: Bill & Vicki T. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Ivanpah – a CSP complex in California by BrightSource, NRG and Google. Author: Bill & Vicki T. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ With solar power gaining popularity for renewable energy, the Scarborough, New York, town council gave initial approval to a zone change to allow communal solar arrays in residential neighborhoods. The council voted 7-0 to forward the proposal to the Planning Board for review. [KeepMEcurrent.com]

¶ Regulators directed Maine’s two major utilities to work out 20-year contracts to purchase power from four community-based renewable energy projects as part of a pilot program approved by the Legislature in 2009. The deals include a 9.9-MW solar project, which could be the state’s largest. [Bangor Daily News]

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