March 4 Energy News

March 4, 2016

World:

¶ The Canadian province of Ontario will invest $100 million into “green energy” projects in its push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 37% by 2030. Ontario’s premier said this will help the province cut greenhouse gas emissions while improving local business prospects. [CleanTechnica]

Ontario wind turbine. Image via Shutterstock

Ontario wind turbine. Image via Shutterstock

¶ German utility E·ON will partner with Solarwatt GmbH to develop and release modular energy storage systems based on Solarwatt’s MyReserve battery. The first models are expected in the next few months. E·ON’s domestic marketplace has over 1½ million private rooftop PV systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ India gave a big clue about how serious it is about energy transformation policy when it doubled a national tax on coal. The increase, to ₹400 per tonne ($6/tonne), applies to all domestic and imported coal. The coal tax represents 30% of the wholesale price of domestic coal. [Corporate Knights Magazine]

¶ Indonesia’s importance as a solar market looks set to grow following the announcement of a 5-GW goal. At the Bali Clean Energy Forum, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources launched a program for a national energy mix with up to 23% renewable energy by 2025. [Solarplaza]

A new wind farm will provide power to Canberra.

Solar PVs in Indonesia

¶ Dulas has begun construction on two medium-scale run-of-river hydro schemes in central Scotland. The projects have a total capacity 1.3 MW and are being developed for existing clients seeking to expand their clean energy portfolios ahead of Scotland’s 2020 targets. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ Many British companies are missing out on the benefits of the switch to renewable power, according to a new report from energy supplier SmartestEnergy. The report highlights how businesses can secure multiple currently overlooked benefits from procuring clean electricity supplies. [Business Green]

SmartestEnergy report outlines the gains businesses can enjoy from switching to a cleaner electricity supply

SmartestEnergy report outlines the gains businesses can enjoy from switching to a cleaner electricity supply

¶ In a first ministers’ summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won agreement from the premiers on a broad strategy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and build Canada’s clean economy, but could not gather enough support for a national minimum carbon price. [The Globe and Mail]

¶ China plans to set up a market for renewable energy certificates to increase the use of cleaner energy and reduce its reliance on coal. Power suppliers will be able to trade “green certificates” that represent the proportion of non-hydro renewable energy that they generate. [Reuters]

Workers install solar panels on the rooftop of a company in Shangrao, Jiangxi province, China, October 11, 2015. Reuters / Stringer

Workers install solar panels on the rooftop of a company in Shangrao, Jiangxi province, China, October 11, 2015. Reuters / Stringer

¶ Greenpeace said the environmental impact of the Fukushima nuclear crisis on nearby forests is just beginning to be seen that after five years, and they will be contaminated for years. Radiation forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, many of whom will likely never return. [Malay Mail Online]

¶ Almost 50,000 homes in Canberra will be powered by renewable energy thanks to a new wind farm contract awarded by the Australian Capital Territory Government. The Sapphire Wind Farm will have 32 wind turbines. The project is expected to be complete by 2018. [Australia Network News]

A new wind farm will provide power to Canberra.

A new wind farm will provide power to Canberra.

US:

¶ A group of engineers in the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they have identified a design flaw in nearly all nuclear reactors in the country that should result in their mandatory shutdown unless operators fix the problem, Reuters reports. The issue became known in 2012. [Utility Dive]

¶ The US energy storage market grew a phenomenal 243% in 2015, the largest year on record, according to new figures from GTM Research. The US energy storage market deployed 112 MW in the fourth quarter, bringing the full year 2015 to a record 221 MW. The figure for 2014 was 65 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Xcel Energy completed a $39-million high-voltage transmission project in Texas, allowing more wind and solar onto the grid. The new Bower-Howard transmission project on the Panhandle power grid would meet growing electricity demand in the area. The 115-kV was energised on Wednesday. [reNews]

Grid infrastructure. Image: Arteche

Grid infrastructure. Image: Arteche

¶ Nearly 49% of electricity provided to the Big Island by the Hawaii Electric Light Co in 2015 came from renewable energy, according to a statement from HELCO’s parent company, Hawaiian Electric. Maui County reached 35% renewable and Oahu is at nearly half that level. [Honolulu Civil Beat]

¶ A bird dropping appears to have caused the temporary shutdown of part of the Indian Point nuclear plant in upstate New York. A report issued by the plant’s owner, Entergy, said a bird “streamer,” a long stream of excrement from a large bird, was the cause of a three-day shutdown in December. [CNN]

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