January 8 Energy News

January 8, 2016

Opinion:

Will we ever see a White Christmas again? • Climate change is like Santa Claus – not everyone believes. Nevertheless, last month wasn’t just the wettest and warmest December on record in the UK, it was the wettest of any month since records began in 1910. Experts say the trend could now be the norm. [Plymouth Herald]

Will we ever see a White Christmas again?

Will we ever see a White Christmas again?

World:

¶ India is likely to have an operational solar power capacity of close to 20 GW by March 2017 if projects under the states’ and central solar power policies go ahead as planned. The solar energy capacity is expected increase four-fold from the current 5 GW during the next fiscal year, which ends in March 2017. [CleanTechnica]

¶ UK Energy secretary Amber Rudd has admitted new policies will have to be put in place during this Parliament if the UK is to meet its renewables and climate targets. She said she would be working “across government” to deliver new policies for meeting the UK’s 2020 renewables target and fourth carbon budget. [reNews]

¶ German wind power generation jumped from 57.3 TWh in 2014 to 86 TWh in 2015. Renewables met 32.5% of Germany’s power needs last year, up by more than 5 percentage points on 2014. Onshore wind farms produced 39% more year-on-year, while offshore generation surged nearly fivefold. [SeeNews Renewables]

Renewable power generation in Germany 1990-2015. Source: Agora Energiewende

German renewable generation by type. Agora Energiewende image

¶ The vision for energy storage technologies took another step towards becoming reality this week, as AES UK & Ireland announced the UK’s largest battery array is now online. The Kilroot Advancion Energy Storage Array in Northern Ireland was now offering 10 MW of energy storage capacity to the grid. [Business Green]

¶ 2015 was a record year for UK wind power, with both onshore and offshore wind farms supplying enough electricity to meet the needs of 8.25 million homes. National Grid statistics show wind generated a whopping 11% of the UK’s electricity annual demand last year, up from 9.5 percent in 2014. [Energy Matters]

¶ Solar PV electricity generation has surpassed hydro in the UK for the first time in 2015. EnAppSys has revealed the impressive result in a report this week. In the report, it concluded that renewables growth in Britain is causing, “the continued fall in power supply from coal-fired power stations.” [pv magazine]

SolarCentury's Blackfriars Bridge array in London. Solarcentury image

SolarCentury’s Blackfriars Bridge array in London. Solarcentury image

¶ The program to build nine nuclear plants across South Africa has raised a storm of controversy, as environmentalists object to the dangers, and economists decry the costs. And a study published in 2013 by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Center says that they are not even needed. [Fulton News]

US:

¶ A massive report suggests a framework on how the US can get to 100% renewable energy sources by 2050. 100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water and Sunlight all-sector Roadmaps for the 50 United States suggests this is possible even within 35 years and what 100% renewable energy in the US could consist of. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Duke Energy is to build a 17-MW AC solar plant at Naval Support Activity Crane base, 40 miles southwest of Bloomington in Indiana, if granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. It will feature approximately 76,000 solar panels on 145 acres. [reNews]

Image: Duke Energy

Image: Duke Energy

¶ Utah utility regulators rejected PacifiCorp’s bid to shorten contracts with renewable-energy generators from 20 to just three years. The Utah Public Service Commission decided to make the terms 15 years, finding that the balance of policy interests favors a more gradual reduction in contract duration. [Salt Lake Tribune]

¶ Johns Hopkins today announced a new solar project that will produce affordable and reliable solar energy to power to its facilities. The solar project, Johns Hopkins’ first, is located in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland and is expected to offset about 18% of the total energy Johns Hopkins facilities use. [Your Renewable News]

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