March 15 Energy News

March 15, 2016

World:

¶ Brazil’s power sector regulator Aneel has authorized three wind energy plants, with a combined capacity of 60.1 MW, to start commercial operations. According to Brazil’s Ministry of Planning, the investment totalled more than BRL 284.7 million ($78.5 million, €70.7 million). [SeeNews Renewables]

Brazilian wind farm. Author: Carla Wosniak. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Brazilian wind farm. Author: Carla Wosniak.
License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ Climate laws will be tightened to cut carbon emissions effectively to zero, the UK’s government said. Under current law, emissions must be cut of by 80% by 2050, but ministers said it is clear the UK must not increase CO2 at all because the warming threat is so severe. [BBC]

¶ Uruguay went from having virtually no wind generation in 2007 to become a double world-record holder in less than a decade. By 2013, it was receiving the largest share of clean energy investment as a percentage of GDP, and in 2014, installed the most wind per capita of any country. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ A report from an expert panel at the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority says a fault beneath Hokuriku Electric Power Co’s Shika nuclear power plant can be “reasonably concluded to be active.” The fault lies directly under the plant’s Reactor 1 and may prevent its operation. [ZME Science]

¶ Mexico installed over 700 MW of new wind capacity in 2015 and is expected to add 800 MW more this year. Growth expectations for 2017 and 2018 are much more dramatic. The Mexican wind energy association says the country topped 3,000 MW of wind capacity at end-2015. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind turbines. Author: Rex Brown. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Wind turbines. Author: Rex Brown. License:
Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

¶ In Myanmar, a local company says it will pursue plans to build a 50-MW coal-fired power plant at Lut Lut village, in the Tanintharyi Region, once it has secured permission from Myanmar Investment Commission. This is despite continuing opposition from the community. [Myanmar Times]

¶ Tasmania’s energy crisis drags on. Water levels in the hydro reservoirs are at a record low of 14.8%. The fault in the Basslink interconnector between Tasmania and Victoria remains. There is not enough wind power to maintain the power supply, so diesel power must be used. [Energy Matters]

¶ Workers from Peru’s state-controlled petrol company have been mopping up and scooping oil from a pipeline spill for the past month, as it stuck in ravines and on vegetation in the smaller rivers. It is the second major spill this year in the northern part of Peru’s jungle region. [BBC]

The contaminated soil is shoveled into plastic sacks

The contaminated soil is shoveled into plastic sacks

¶ Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator awarded 16 contracts totaling 455 MW as part of a renewable procurement. Contracts have been awarded for five windpower developments with a total capacity of 299.5 MW and seven solar projects with total of 139.9 MW. [Power Technology]

US:

¶ New US solar power installations this year are set to break all previous records. They should be more than double what was installed last year at 16 GW. The total operating solar capacity in the US is expected to reach 25.6 GW of DC by the end of the year, GTM Research said. [Computerworld]

Workers for SolarCity install rooftop solar on a house. Credit: SolarCity

Workers for SolarCity install rooftop solar on a house.
Credit: SolarCity

¶ Total electricity sales in 2015 fell 1.1% from the previous year, marking the fifth time in the past eight years that electricity sales have fallen. The flattening of electricity sales reflects declining sales to industry and little or no growth in sales to the residential and commercial sectors. [Energy Collective]

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