March 22 Energy News

March 22, 2016

World:

¶ TenneT delivered 7.4 TWh of electricity from offshore wind farms in the German North Sea to the grid, an almost six-fold increase compared with 2014. The transmission operator said offshore wind farms in the German North Sea accounted for about 9.6% of Germany’s overall wind energy generation. [reNews]

TenneT increased offshore capacity in German North Sea to 4.3GW last year (TenneT)

Laying a cable at sea. TenneT increased offshore capacity in
German North Sea to 4.3GW last year (TenneT)

¶ Australia has added 100 MW of rooftop solar in the first two months of 2016, as Victoria overtakes New South Wales to be the country’s second biggest market. The 55 MW added in February still represented a fall from a year ago, with Queensland, the biggest market,down nearly 20%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Tidal energy projects in the UK can be developed for nearly half the price of the proposed Swansea Bay project, according to the founder of Ecotricity. He said tidal energy projects in the region could be built for around £90/MWh, rather than the £168/MWh price-tag proposed for the project. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Together, China, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia have plans for 1,824 coal power plants, three-quarters of the total worldwide. But analysis from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit suggests fewer than half of those, and possibly as few as 500, will be built by 2020. [Climate Home]

Many coal plants planned in Asia will not be built, say analysts(Pic: Peabody Energy)

Many coal plants planned in Asia will not be built, say analysts.
(Pic: Peabody Energy)

¶ Coal plants are draining a dwindling global water supply, consuming enough to meet the basic needs of one billion people and deepening a worldwide crisis, Greenpeace warned. They said newly built plants will further stress the world’s major river basins and threaten communities. [Times LIVE]

¶ Jordan has announced that its first nuclear power reactor would be ready by 2025, aimed to meet the rising demand for the country’s electricity needs, said a report. The reactor with a total capacity of 1,000 megawatts will be ready and connected to the grid by 2025. [Trade Arabia]

¶ Commercial PV developer EvoEnergy has completed the fourth largest rooftop PV system in the UK for Lyreco, a global office and workplace solutions provider. The project has a capacity of 3.811 MW and 13,860 panels. It is at Lyreco’s national distribution center in Telford. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

EvoEnergy completes UK’s fourth largest rooftop solar array

EvoEnergy completes UK’s fourth largest rooftop solar array

¶ An 18-month battle to discover the true cost to consumers of building the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactors is to come to a climax in London. The Information Commissioner has been blocking freedom of information requests. However, it has finally agreed to a hearing. [The Ecologist]

US:

¶ Consumers Energy says it is on track to close seven Michigan coal-fired power plants this spring. The plants have 1,000 MW of capacity. They say power will be replaced by a gas plant they bought, and they plan to continue to invest in wind power and other renewable energy sources. [Midland Daily News]

¶ The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has found a lease request for a floating wind project of up to 800 MW off California to be qualified and will proceed with the next step in its leasing process. It is the first formal interest in wind development off the California coast. [SeeNews Renewables]

Map byBureau of Ocean Energy Management

Map by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

¶ Apple today announced that 93% of its facilities run on renewable energy, including 100% of its facilities in the US, China, and 21 other countries. Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Issues made the announcement. Apple had set a goal of 100% renewable two years ago. [The Verge]

¶ A pioneering experiment, leveraging mass-market purchasing power on energy, promises to bring cheaper, “greener” electric supplies to Somers, New York. The lower rates are expected to make the price of so-called green energy attractive enough to encourage its widespread adoption. [TAPinto.net]

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