February 16 Energy News

February 16, 2016


¶ British demand response specialist Flexitricity Ltd said National Grid has adopted its Footroom service, which can make use of excess wind power. The service will have industrial, commercial and public-sector sites paid to adjust generation or consumption on request, so wind farms need not be shut down. [SeeNews Renewables]

Whitelee wind farm in Scotland. Author: ms.akr. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Whitelee wind farm in Scotland. Author: ms.akr.
License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ Lekela Power, a pan-African renewable power company, signed a deal with the Egyptian government to build a 250-MW wind power station in the Gulf of Suez area at an investment of $350 million. Lekela Power has over 1,100 MW of wind and solar projects under development in South Africa, Egypt and Ghana. [Trade Arabia]

¶ Construction work has begun on Europe’s largest floating solar farm at the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir near London. More than 23,000 panels will be floated on the reservoir, providing enough electricity each year to power the equivalent of around 1,800 homes. The array is due for completion at the end of March. [Business Green]

¶ Indian wind turbine maker Inox Wind Ltd said it will deliver 100 MW of its machines for a project in Gujarat state under a repeat order from Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd. The project is TPREL’s fourth with Inox Wind. Before it, the company had ordered over 300 MW of wind turbines from the firm. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in India. Author: Yahoo. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Wind farm in India. Author: Yahoo. License:
Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ French energy giant EDF is to extend generation from four of its UK nuclear power stations. Two stations due to be shut down in 2019 will continue for an extra five years. Another two will have extensions of seven years to 2030. EDF has still not made a final decision on building the Hinckley C plant. [BQ Live]

¶ Declaring renewable energy to be the future of India, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said 25 new solar parks will be added in the country. The minister said India’s target of generating 175 GW power by 2022 from renewable sources, includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind. [Odisha News Insight]


¶ Increasing awareness of the grid vulnerability is causing many to doubt the wisdom of relying solely on the prevailing grid model. Government agencies and private companies are increasingly looking to the remote electrical microgrids that power rural Alaska, where there are no transmission lines. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Wind turbines generate electricity in Kotzebue in September 2015. Loren Holmes / ADN

Wind turbines generate electricity in Kotzebue,
Alaska, in September 2015. Loren Holmes / ADN

¶ GTM Research has released its latest solar report, which found that 20 US states are at grid parity today, with 42 expected to reach that milestone by 2020. With a decline in costs of solar PVs and increases in retail electricity rates, the economics of home solar systems have become increasingly attractive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Oregon House approved a bill that would eliminate the use of coal power in Oregon by 2030 and double the state’s renewable energy standard goal for 2040. The bill was passed, with utility support, under pressure as they are trying to head off ballot measures in the general election in November. [KLCC FM Public Radio]

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

¶ Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order that prohibits state agencies or departments from developing plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan. Walker argued that the effects of the EPA’s plan would fall heavily on coal-dependent manufacturing states like Wisconsin. [The Daily Cardinal]

¶ Rocky Mountain Power will soon be offering its customers the chance to use solar energy, even if they don’t plan to install panels on the roof. The company announced that it has contracted construction of a 20-MW solar farm in Holden, Utah. Customers may subscribe to some or all of their electricity from solar power. [RadioWest]

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