March 23 Energy News

March 23, 2016

Opinion:

How California got way ahead of the rest of the world in fighting climate change • Today, California can claim first place in just about every renewable-energy category. It has also attracted more venture capital investment for clean-energy technologies than the European Union and China combined. [Grist]

Reuters | Steve Marcus

Reuters | Steve Marcus

World:

¶ PowerStream unveiled Canada’s first of its kind virtual power plant. The virtual power plant dubbed Power House, is meant to showcase how residential customers can simultaneously generate their own clean energy and work together as a virtual power plant to augment the grid. [CTV News]

¶ Morocco is investing about $2.6 billion on the construction of the Ouarzazate complex, which forms the heart of a $9 billion strategy to harness one of the country’s greatest natural resources, sunshine. And impressively, the complex can continue to operate after the sun sets. [CNN]

Morocco's Noor I solar plant near Ouarzazate currently powers over 100,000 homes.

Morocco’s Noor I solar plant near Ouarzazate currently
powers over 100,000 homes.

¶ Bolivia’s Hydrocarbons and Energy Ministry said it expects the country to add 411 MW of renewable energy by 2020. Bolivia plans to install a total of 2,954 MW of generation capacity by 2020, including thermal, renewable, and hydro sources, investing $5.85 billion. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Breaking with tradition, cheap oil no longer foretells disaster for renewable energy companies. On the contrary, disillusioned fossil fuel investors are seeking high-growth opportunities, just in time to ride the renewables wave in the wake of the 2015 Paris climate talks. [GreenBiz]

Low fossil fuel prices are evolving from an omen to an opportunity for the renewable energy market. Shutterstock | nopparatk

Low fossil fuel prices are evolving from an omen to an opportunity for the renewable energy market. Shutterstock | nopparatk

¶ Mongolia has vast renewable energy resources. They could help boost energy security, reduce pollution, meet global climate commitments and grow the economy, according to a report prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency and the Ministry of Energy of Mongolia. [solarserver.com]

¶ Building materials supplier Hanson UK is pioneering a demand-side response approach to energy management, with the technology being rolled out to 29 of the company’s quarries across the country. It will reduce energy consumption for de-watering Hanson’s quarries. [edie.net]

Hanson’s West Drayton Asphalt Plant in the London Borough of Hillingdon will be used for grid balancing.

Hanson’s West Drayton Asphalt Plant in the London Borough of
Hillingdon will be used for grid balancing.

US:

¶ The Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust released its first Clean Jobs Midwest report on Tuesday, looking at the status of clean energy jobs in 12 states. The report found that Illinois had nearly 114,000 clean energy jobs and posted 9% job growth in 2015, making it the regional leader. [Chicago Tribune]

¶ Officials of St Petersburg, Florida, are taking on the seemingly daunting challenge of remaking the way the city consumes energy. It will be one of the 100 US cities to embark on the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign, opting for 100% renewable energy for all municipal power needs. [Creative Loafing Tampa]

St. Petersburg Florida. Photo by John O'Neill. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

St. Petersburg Florida. Photo by John O’Neill.
CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Former Democratic Governor Deval Patrick’s three former energy secretaries offered their public support for Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s proposal to solicit long-term contracts for hydroelectric energy. A press conference gave Baker a chance to boast of bipartisan support. [MassLive.com]

¶ Over 100 Long Island community groups and local leaders hosted a rally prior to a Long Island Power Authority board meeting. They called on LIPA to invest in offshore wind energy to help meet the goal of sourcing 50% of the state’s electricity from renewable power by 2030. [The Indypendent]

Offshore wind supporters march on Monday to a meeting of the Long Island Power Authority.

Offshore wind supporters march on Monday to
a meeting of the Long Island Power Authority.

¶ The New York State Public Service Commission has announced new regulations that it says will make it faster and easier for solar energy, microgrid and other distributed generation projects to connect to the electric grid and advance renewable power development in the state. [Solar Industry]

¶ The economic viability of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station, the largest power plant in New England, is about to become a major issue. The Connecticut legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee is opening a public conversation over whether the state should act to ensure its profitability. [The CT Mirror]

Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford. Dominion Resources photo.

Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford.
Dominion Resources photo.

¶ Bloomberg has expanded its commitment to renewable energy and sustainability by committing to 100% clean energy by 2025. Bloomberg partnered with the Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, which aims to support organisations committing to 100% renewable power. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ US wind farms now pay $222 million dollars a year to farming families and other rural landowners, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association today, with more than $156 million dollars going to landowners in counties with below average incomes. [Windpower Engineering]

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