January 29 Energy News

January 29, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ The past 30 years in Europe have likely been the warmest in over two millennia, new research says. The study used tree ring records and historical documents to reconstruct yearly temperatures going back 2,100 years. It says European summers have warmed 1.3° C between 1986 and 2015. [BBC]

Two thousand years of summer temperatures

Two thousand years of summer temperatures

World:

¶ Ignite Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Rwanda to provide off-grid solar power systems to 250,000 households by 2018. Media reports say Ignite Power is expected to install up to 1 million distributed solar systems at a cost of nearly $50 million. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Senvion has commissioned 14 of its 2-MW turbines for a second wind farm around the city of Nowy Staw, 50 kilometres south-east of Gdańsk, Poland. The wind farms are operated by RWE Innogy. With 36 turbines in total, they are Senvion’s biggest wind project in Poland. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Senvion wind turbines.

Senvion wind turbines.

¶ As private companies bite the bullet and write off billions of dollars off the value of oil, gas and coal assets in the face of declining demand, plunging costs and the growth in renewable energy sources, a new call has gone out for Australia’s state governments to do the same with their network assets. [RenewEconomy]

¶ The Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy have stated that a global solar power coalition will raise $1 trillion to increase renewable energy capacity around the world, Climate Action reported. The Indian government initiated the International Solar Alliance which has 120 member countries. [ESI Africa]

¶ Renewable energy company Siemens announced two orders for onshore wind projects in Ireland. Siemens will supply 36 Siemens turbines to the Cloosh Valley Wind Farm, adding 108 MW to its capacity and 20 SWT-3.2-101 wind turbines for the Irish Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm in County Roscommon. [Greentech Lead]

Siemens wind turbines in Scotland

Siemens wind turbines in Scotland

¶ India’s Union Minister of State for power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy has said, 30,000 MW more capacity of Thermal Power has been added during last 20 months. He said India’s Coal production has increased by 9.6% which has resulted in remarkable reduction in coal imports. [Indiainfoline]

¶ According to Global Construction Review, France is planning to pave 621 miles of its roads with polycrystalline silicon solar cells over the next five years. If the initiative is successful, it could produce enough power for about 5 million people’s homes — roughly 8% of the country’s population. [Mic]

Solar roadways in the Netherlands. Source: Peter Dejong/AP

Solar roadways in the Netherlands. Source: Peter Dejong/AP

¶ The Solar Energy Corporation of India announced a 750-MW solar power park in Gujarat. According to recent media reports the project will be developed by Gujarat Power Corporation Limited. The state government has identified around 1,500 acres of land for the solar park. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The number of Scottish businesses generating their own locally-generated renewable energy doubled in 2015, according to analysis of Renewable Heat Incentive data by Raggnar, the renewable energy provider. Last year, 1,245 Scottish business added 421 MW of clean capacity. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Scottish industry doubles use of renewable energy in 2015

Scottish industry doubles use of renewable energy in 2015

US:

¶ The California Public Utilities Commission narrowly ruled in favor of a successor program to net metering. The decision preserves many of the basic features of retail-rate net metering. It rejects utility attempts to change the program in ways that would make customer-sited solar less attractive. [pv magazine]

¶ EDF Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to supply Salesforce with 24 MW of wind energy from its Salt Fork Wind Project in Texas. The virtual power-purchase agreement advances Salesforce’s commitment to power 100% of its global operations with renewable energy. [Windpower Engineering]

Vestas will supply 87 of their V100 2.0-MW wind turbines for the Salt Fork wind project.

Vestas will supply 87 of their V100 2.0-MW wind
turbines for the Salt Fork wind project.

¶ A group of companies has filed a proposal to diversify New England’s energy supply via the Vermont Green Line transmission project. The partners say the proposal, “The Wind and Hydro Response,” is designed bring clean power to Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. [North American Windpower]

¶ Hawaii can reach its 100% renewable energy goal by 2045 at a reasonable cost, an energy expert said at the Electric Utility Consultants Inc Fifth Annual Power Summit in Waikiki. Energy storage is looked at as very important, but some say it is not the entire solution. [Pacific Business News (Honolulu)]

¶ Entergy Corp, which has already closed one money-losing reactor, said a proposal from New York regulators to save an upstate nuclear plant comes too late. The New York Public Service Commission plan, unveiled on January 25, would allow nuclear plants to receive credits for zero-emission power. [Bloomberg]

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