February 8 Energy News

February 8, 2016

World:

¶ Wind power provided almost half of Scotland’s entire energy needs last month, According to WWF Scotland. January had 22 days when the wind generated sufficient power for every home in the country. Wind turbines supplied a total of 1,125,544 MWh to the national grid. [Scotsman]

Whitelee windfarm in Eaglesham is the UK's largest onshore windfarm. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Whitelee windfarm in Eaglesham is the UK’s largest onshore windfarm. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

¶ Labour’s London Mayor candidate Sadiq Khan outlined his ambition to ignite a clean energy revolution in the capital, as the “greenest mayor ever.” Khan’s plans were headlined by Energy for Londoners, a not-for-profit company working to bring the city clean and green energy. [edie.net]

¶ Under a new plan from the African Development Bank to scale up power in the 54 African states by 2030, the continent needs to boost investment in energy from 0.4% of GDP to 3.4% and consider scaling down subsidies for petroleum products such as diesel and kerosene. [Southern Times Africa]

Transmission lines.

Transmission lines.

¶ The New Joneses is a fully-functional, sustainable, off-grid pop-up home that is launching to the public in Melbourne. The project is a collaboration between more than 10 companies providing eco-friendly home solutions, one of which is Enphase Energy, with its own modular home battery. [Gizmodo Australia]

¶ A solar power plant will be built in the northern Argentine province of Jujuy, bringing it renewable energy, according to President Mauricio Macri. A solar power plant is also planned in the western province of Mendoza. Projects like these will reduce the outages that now occur. [Latin American Herald Tribune]

¶ The combination of hydropower, wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy will generate more electricity than coal by 2030, according to the Paris-based International Energy Agency. Of the renewables the agency predicts will grow, wind power is the largest segment. [Wheeling Intelligencer]

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US:

¶ With two reports commissioned by the Repower Our Schools Coalition, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools & Durham Public Schools would save millions of dollars with solar power, while improving basic education for students. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The US had over 20 GW of solar capacity as November ended, with nearly half of that located in California, the US Energy Information Administration said. Of California’s total solar capacity of 9,976 MW, 55% is utility-scale PV, and 13% is utility-scale solar thermal. [SeeNews Renewables]

Source: US Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly

Source: US Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly

¶ Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer. [Valley News]

¶ An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning the dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid. Nassau will rely on solar, wind, landfill gas and battery storage to power a microgrid by 2020. [Press Herald]

¶ While many states are just beginning to work out plans to meet the goals of the Clean Power Plan, Colorado is already most of the way there, thanks in part to Xcel Energy’s move away from coal-fired plants. Western Resources Advocates says Colorado is up to 70% of the way there. [energybiz]

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