February 26 Energy News

February 26, 2016


The Myth About Renewable Energy Subsidies • Ever hear the story that renewable energy can’t compete without a subsidy? You hear it all the time from the fossil fuel industry. And the renewables’ response? Take away fossil fuel subsidies; they’d be glad to compete on level terms. [CleanTechnica]

Cumulative historic federal subsidies.

Cumulative historic federal subsidies.

Science and Technology:

¶ Greenpeace Japan announced it is conducting an underwater investigation into radiation contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. The survey will be conducted from a Japanese research vessel using a one-of-a-kind Remotely Operated Vehicle. [Dominican Today]


¶ Mainstream Renewable Power has grid-connected and started commissioning turbines at its 80-MW Noupoort wind farm in the Northern Cape of South Africa. This ZAR1.9 billion ($121.6 million) project is expected to start supplying electricity to the national grid by July 2016. [reNews]

First turbine at Noupoort wind farm (Mainstream)

First turbine at Noupoort wind farm (Mainstream)

¶ Chile passed the 1-GW of solar PV project capacity milestone, with 1.013 GW of projects operating. And another 165 MW is expected to be installed shortly, according to new figures from the country’s National Center for Innovation and Promotion of Sustainable Energy. [Sustainnovate.]

¶ More than 12 GW of wind turbine contracts were awarded to nearly 140 wind projects worldwide, new research from Navigant Research says. It shows that Siemens and Vestas led turbine orders in the second half of 2015, with 2,852 MW and 2,810 MW of capacity respectively. [CleanTechnica]

¶ After news that EDF reported a 68% fall in profits and its lack of decision on the Hinkley C nuclear power plant, Dr Scott Cato, believing the UK should invest in renewables, commissioned a report on the viability of their producing 100% of the region’s energy. [Somerset County Gazette]

Clouded in doubt? Hinkley Point

Clouded in doubt? Hinkley Point

¶ ScottishPower Renewables made its final investment decision for East Anglia ONE. When built, it will be the best value offshore windfarm in the world, and one of the largest. East Anglia ONE will generate 714 MW, enough to power the equivalent of 500,000 UK homes. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

¶ Nowhere in Asia, is the solar growth story more evident than in the Philippines, where a combination of factors fuels a burgeoning solar industry. The government once expected 285 MW from solar by 2030. The target was raised in 2014 to 500 MW. And that goal was met last year. [eco-business.com]

ABB is setting up solar power plants in several provinces in the Philippines. Image: ABB

ABB is setting up solar power plants in several provinces in the Philippines. Image: ABB

¶ The UK’s CO2 emissions fell by 4.3% in 2015 on the back of the largest recorded annual drop in coal use, outside of a miners’ strike, Carbon Brief analysis shows. This leaves UK CO2 emissions 31.5% below 1990 levels and at its lowest level since the start of the industrial revolution. [Carbon Brief]

¶ Lawyers are expected to indict three former executives of TEPCO on charges of negligence resulting in death and injury, in relation to the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. The indictment will be filed at the Tokyo District Court by lawyers serving as prosecutors. [Asahi Shimbun]


¶ Up to 175,000 annual pollution-related deaths, and $250 billion in health costs, could be prevented by 2030 by implementing “low carbon” policies in the US to prevent a 2° C rise in temperature, according to analysis from Duke University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine and sun

Wind turbine and sun

¶ Four months after natural gas began leaking from a storage facility, residents of Porter Ranch, California, are returning home. Natural gas began leaking from the well at Southern California Gas’ Aliso Canyon storage facility on October 23 of last year. The leak lasted 112 days. [CNN]

¶ Owners of the last coal-fired power plant in Connecticut, Public Service Enterprise Group, have announced plans to replace the Bridgeport Harbor Station power plant with a natural gas-fired facility by the end of the decade. It has provided electricity for over 50 years. [Westfair Online]

Bridgeport Harbor station power plant. Photo courtesy of PSEG

Bridgeport Harbor station power plant. Photo courtesy of PSEG

¶ After Republicans in the Oregon Senate blocked a clean energy bill, the House Committee on Rules voted 7-2 to pass a separate piece of legislation already passed by the Senate in which supporters had inserted the renewable energy bill. That bill now goes to the full House for a vote. [Portland Tribune]


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