February 6 Energy News

February 6, 2016

World:

¶ Aviva stadium, home of the Ireland rugby team, will be fully powered by renewable energy for the upcoming 2016 Six Nations tournament. The move is expected to save almost 2,500 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2016 alone. The stadium has teamed up with SSE Airtricity, who will supply green electricity and gas. [edie.net]

The move is expected to save almost 2,500 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2016 alone

The move is expected to save almost 2,500 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2016 alone

¶ Global energy efficiency investment will reach $5.8 trillion by the year 2030, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Authority. By 2030, yearly energy efficiency investment will total around $385 billion, the report says. The focus will be buildings, manufacturing, and transportation. [Sustainnovate]

¶ Danish energy giant DONG Energy released its 2015 financial results, reporting a 13% increase in operating profit over 2014 figures. DONG said the the increase was thanks primarily to “higher production from offshore wind.” The company’s Oil & Gas division had an impairment from low oil and gas prices. [CleanTechnica]

One type of geothermal system. 1 Wellheads, 2 Ground surface, 3 Generator, 4 Turbine, 5 Condenser, 6 Heat exchanger, 7 Pump. From Wikipedia

One type of geothermal system.
1 Wellheads, 2 Ground surface, 3 Generator, 4 Turbine, 5 Condenser, 6 Heat exchanger, 7 Pump. [Wikipedia]

¶ What will be the first geothermal power plant in Canada is under construction in Saskatchewan. The pilot plant for the project is set to total just 5 MW in capacity, but the potential is there for much more power, as the resource is a 40,000 square kilometer aquifer with a temperature of about 120° Celsius. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Tetsuji Imanaka spent his professional life, since 1976, as a nucear scientist who opposed nuclear power. He says he never experienced harassment, but then again he never got promoted beyond the post of research associate. Now, the last of the so-called Kumatori Group of Six, is about to retire. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ A study from Oklahoma State University found that wind projects in the western part of the state are bringing revenues of hundreds of millions of dollars into local county coffers and school districts, while increasing the state’s energy independence. Some counties with small populations have had impressive windfalls. [Sustainnovate]

¶ Sleek new lithium-ion battery systems are poised to connect with Texas’ electric grid for the first time this year as more companies seek to revolutionize the power market. For example, Duke Energy is updating a 36-MW battery system at its wind farm in West Texas from outdated lead-acid batteries. [Houston Chronicle]

Duke Energy said it will upgrade the battery storage system at its Notrees wind farm in West Texas. Duke Energy photo.

Duke Energy said it will upgrade the battery storage system at its Notrees wind farm in West Texas. Duke Energy photo.

¶ About 579 kW of low-income solar projects have been announced by the Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives. Five projects will be built to help provide electricity to those most in need – people who spend more than 4% of their income on utility bills in rural areas, who could save about 50% on their energy bills. [CleanTechnica]

¶ US utility Georgia Power plans to add 525 MW of renewable generation by 2019. The proposal includes up to 425 MW of utility-scale solar, wind and biomass, according to the utility’s integrated resource plan filed with state regulators. The strategy also includes a carve-out for distributed solar resources. [reNews]

Linemen at work. Georgia Power image.

Linemen at work. Georgia Power image.

¶ ISO New England’s chief operating officer reported that total capacity is projected to decrease by 396 MW in 2016, but then increase by almost 9.8 GW in the following three years. About 4.1 GW of that total is wind and other renewables. ISO New England’s peak load in January was 19,412 MW. [Platts]

¶ In recent months, local officials from many Massachusetts communities have been considering ways to save money on innovative ways to fund upkeep projects and improvements to the town’s energy infrastructure. These range from efficient lighting to power-purchasing or net metering agreements. [Woburn Daily Times]

A Mass. Department of Energy Resources map shows some of the 57 communities and school districts that have taken action on energy through an Energy Management Services contract.

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources map showing some of the 57 communities and school districts that have taken action on energy through an Energy Management Services contract.

¶ The Army will lease land and grant easements to Hawaiian Electric for the company to construct, own, operate, and maintain a 50-MW biofuel-capable generating station. The decision was based on the project’s final environmental impact statement, which explored potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts. [KHON2]

¶ Vermont Electric Cooperative is working on increasing its renewable energy portfolio. It’s currently proposing solar projects in Alburg and Grand Isle. And this week the co-op presented plans for a new project in Hinesburg. But some residents feel the project isn’t a good fit for their neighborhood. [Vermont Public Radio]

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