February 25 Energy News

February 25, 2016

Opinion:

Five years on and the Fukushima crisis is far from over • Five years ago the Rainbow Warrior sailed along the Fukushima coast conducting radiation sampling. Now, as we approach the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster, it’s back, and has Japan’s ex-Prime Minister on board. [Greenpeace International]

Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Sailing past the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Sailing past the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

World:

¶ The reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2011 should have been announced much sooner, the operator has admitted. In a statement, TEPCO said that a public declaration of the meltdown should have been done within days of the disaster, but took almost two months. [CNN]

¶ The World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has struck a blow to India’s solar power program, ruling that New Delhi violated global trade rules by imposing domestic content restrictions on the production of solar cells and modules as part of its National Solar Mission. [Livemint]

The US said its solar exports to India had fallen by 90% from 2011, when India imposed the domestic content requirement measures. Photo: Bloomberg

The US said its solar exports to India fell 90% since India imposed the domestic content requirement measures. Photo: Bloomberg

¶ Sri Lanka has given indications it intends to increase its goal for renewable energy generation significantly by the end of the next decade. The government is considering a goal for renewable energy in electricity generation of 100% by 2030, a significant increase over the current plans. [CleanTechnica]

¶ One of the largest solar power parks under India’s National Solar Mission will have provisions for storage as well. The Solar Energy Corporation of India is expected to release a tender for a 750 MW solar park in Andhra Pradesh that will include provisions for storage up to 100 MW. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ SunPower has signed with the Escondido Union High School District in California to offset 75% of its electricity demand. The agreement will see SunPower build 2 MW worth of solar power systems at four schools in the district, saving the district $13.4 million over a 20 year period. [CleanTechnica]

Image credit: via Sunpower Twitter

Image credit: via Sunpower Twitter

¶ Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are much higher than previous official estimates, according to draft revisions of the US greenhouse gas emissions inventory from the EPA. Revised estimates of 2013 emissions are 27% percent higher than the previous tally. [CleanTechnica]

¶ EDF Renewable Energy, a major developer in North America, has brought online its first battery storage project, a 20-MW nameplate capacity system in McHenry County, Illinois. The installation adds 40 MW of flexible capacity to the PJM regional transmission organization. [SeeNews Renewables]

EDF Renewable Energy's first commercial storage project in McHenry County Illinois. Photo: Business Wire

EDF Renewable Energy’s first commercial storage project in McHenry County Illinois. Photo: Business Wire

¶ Dairyland Power Cooperative has finalized agreements with two developers to purchase over 15 MW of renewable energy from multiple new PV solar facilities in Wisconsin. The installations will range from 0.5 MW to 2.5 MW in scale. They will power over 2,500 homes. [Leader-Telegram]

¶ NV Energy Inc wants to acquire 35 MW of renewable energy capacity and to award long-term power purchase agreements for at least a further 100 MW of renewables in Nevada. The company issued a request for proposals, with a bidding deadline for March 18, 2016. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar park in Nevada. Author: BlackRockSolar. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic

Solar array in Nevada. Author: BlackRockSolar.
License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ From tougher environmental regulations to more competition from renewable energy and electric cars, top US officials warned world energy leaders gathered in Houston that change is coming. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, “The clean energy train has left the station, folks.” [Houston Chronicle]

¶ Legislation intended to increase the share of renewable power in Oregon and stop use of coal for the state’s power has stalled. Republicans in the state Senate were absent from the Senate floor on Wednesday, leaving Democrats without a quorum and unable to proceed on the vote. [OregonLive.com]

Republican seat sit empty in the Oregon Senate. Ian K. Kullgren/staff.

Republican seat sit empty in the Oregon Senate. Ian K. Kullgren/staff.

¶ The American Wind Energy Association’s Q4 2015 market report contained a surprise. “Approximately 75 percent of the megawatts contracted through PPAs during the fourth quarter were through companies including Procter & Gamble, General Motors, and Google Energy.” [GreenBiz]

¶ Developers are proposing the second-largest solar array in Windham County, Vermont, and the Vermont Army National Guard appears to be an enthusiastic partner in the project. An application has been submitted for a 1.8-MW net-metered project in Westminster. [vtdigger.org]

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