March 10 Energy News

March 10, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Estimates from the Oxford Martin Future of Food Program published in The Lancet say changes in diets and bodyweight from reduced crop productivity could kill more than 500,000 adults in 2050. Reduced fruit and vegetable intake could cause twice as many deaths as under-nutrition. [CleanTechnica]

‘What do I water next…’ by Dennis Jarvis, via Flickr

‘What do I water next…’ by Dennis Jarvis, via Flickr


¶ SkyPower and Sachigo Lake First Nation have collaborated to develop a multitude of utility-scale solar photovoltaic projects in Ontario. The partnership is in line with the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s mandate to involve First Nation and Métis communities in new projects. [Power Technology]

¶ The International Renewable Energy Agency says 45% of China’s power plants rely on fresh water and are located in areas of high water stress. Scaling up renewable energy and introducing improved plant cooling technologies can reduce water-intensity by up to 42% in 2030. [pv magazine]

¶ Siemens announced an agreement with the government of Morocco to build a €100-million-plus ($110 million) wind turbine rotor blade factory in the North African country. Siemens expects to begin construction work on the facility as early as the spring of 2016. [SeeNews Renewables]

Siemens wind turbine blades. Source: Siemens. License: All rights reserved

Siemens wind turbine blades.
Source: Siemens. License: All rights reserved

¶ Global clean energy research firm Mercom Capital Group said India will add nearly 4,000 MW of solar power in 2016, up from 2,133 MW it added in 2015. Mercom’s CEO said, “The Indian solar sector is finally coming out of hibernation.” This follows increases of 142% in 2015 from 2014. [Livemint]

¶ France closed 2015 with 421 biogas-fired plants, with a total of 365 MW of electricity generation capacity, recently published data of the ministry of energy shows. Last year, France added 40 MW of new capacity, confirming the steady growth levels observed from 2011 to 2014. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ High Wind has highlighted the role its Boom Lock technology, with reduced sensitivity to weather, can play in reducing the cost of energy for offshore wind. The company said its component lifting system could contribute to LCOE savings due to reduced vessel use and earlier power generation. [reNews]

The Boom Lock in action (High Wind)

The Boom Lock in action (High Wind)

¶ France is to begin closing the Fessenheim nuclear power plant this year. The French Government’s decision following criticisms from the Swiss and German governments over the plant’s safety. Reports had indicated a 2014 incident was worse than the French Government claimed. [Power Technology]

¶ In the UK, threatened animals need all of the habitat they can get, even if it’s under solar panels. That’s the idea behind a joint project by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and alternative energy firm Anesco that aims to create and restore natural habitats at solar farm sites. [TakePart]

Solar panels in England (Photo: Getty Images)

Solar panels in England (Photo: Getty Images)

¶ More than 10,000 (and perhaps as many as 66,000) excess cases of cancer are expected among residents of the Fukushima area and elsewhere in Japan, because of radiation exposure from the March 11, 2011 Fukushima Disaster, according to the report, 5 Years Living With Fukushima. [Medscape]


¶ Twenty-one teenagers appeared in an Oregon courtroom to challenge the federal government over what they claim is a failure to protect them from the impacts of climate change, while several hundred schoolchildren protested outside. The case is just one of a large group of similar cases. [The Guardian]

Children protesting outside the courthouse in Eugene, Oregon. Photograph: Matthew O Berger for the Guardian

Children protesting outside the courthouse in Eugene, Oregon. Photograph: Matthew O Berger for the Guardian

¶ Three of Nevada’s largest casino companies have recently announced plans to use more renewable energy. Twenty acres of sun-catching glass sit atop the Mandalay Bay convention center, and when new installations are complete, it will become the biggest rooftop solar array in the US. []

¶ Burlington has been named one of three finalists in the Earth Hour City Challenge by the World Wildlife Fund, based on Burlington Electric Department’s 100% renewably-sourced generation accomplishment. It will compete for the title of US Earth Hour City Capital this spring. [Vermont Biz]

Burlington waterfront

Burlington waterfront

¶ A proposed New York state subsidy for nuclear power will come too late for the James A FitzPatrick plant near Oswego. An Entergy vice president told the state Public Service Commission that the subsidy will not affect company plans to shutter the plant by January 2017. [Albany Times Union]

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