April 4 Energy News

April 4, 2016

Opinion:

Ontario’s challenge is to have enough power for all the new electric cars • When Ontario’s power planners look down the road, they see electric vehicles coming at them. They just might be coming a little faster now than even the forecasters imagined.
[London Free Press]

Plug'n Drive, Ontario. CC BY-SA 2.o. Wikimedia Commons

Plug’n Drive, Ontario. CC BY-SA 2.o. Wikimedia Commons

The $2.6 billion buying binge that pushed SunEdison to the
brink
• Just nine months ago, SunEdison was Wall Street’s favorite clean-energy company. It put every dollar it could find into a buying binge of wind and solar farms, and now, it is at the brink of bankruptcy protection. [Chicago Tribune]

World:

¶ Danish energy company Dong Energy awarded a $250 million contract to ABB for a 220-kV high-voltage cable system for the 1.2-GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The cable connecting the wind farm with the UK mainland grid will be 120 km long. [Energy Business Review]

ABB's high-voltage cable manufactured in Karlskrona factory, Sweden. Photo: courtesy of ABB.

ABB’s high-voltage cable manufactured in Karlskrona factory, Sweden. Photo: courtesy of ABB.

¶ Canadian oil sands workers who felt “guilty about developing the infrastructure that is creating climate change” have been building an oil and gas worker-led nonprofit called “Iron & Earth,” to help those who were laid off diversify their skill sets and transition to renewable energy sector. [Truth-Out]

¶ A rising share of renewables in India’s power sector will pose a serious challenge to conventional power generators, said a report released by rating firm Moody’s Investors Service. It also said that achieving the government renewable power target of 175-GW by 2022 will be challenging. [Livemint]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased India’s target for solar power from 20,000 MW to 100,000 MW by year 2022.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased India’s target for solar power from 20,000 MW to 100,000 MW by year 2022.

¶ Energía was awarded a contract for 585.7 GWh of renewable electricity in the first long-term power auction in the wholesale electric power market organized by the National Energy Control Center of Mexico. A 168-MW wind farm will enter service in the State of Tamaulipas in 2018. [Renewable Energy Focus]

¶ In the UK, g2 Energy completed work on 47 large scale solar farms totalling 356.4 MW in the six months leading up to closure of the Renewables Obligation on 31 March. The year is the fifth running that it has connected 100% of its contracted renewable energy projects on time. [Solar Power Portal]

g2 Energy completed work on 356.4MW worth of solar farms in the six months before the 31 March deadline for the RO. Image: OPDE.

g2 Energy completed work on 356.4MW worth of solar farms in the six months before the 31 March deadline for the RO. Image: OPDE.

¶ The UK’s first “dry store” for spent nuclear fuel has officially been opened in Suffolk. The facility will store spent fuel from EDF Energy’s Sizewell B nuclear power plant from autumn this year until a Geological Disposal Facility is available for the longer term storage. [Energy Live News]

¶ More than 300 doctors and other medical professionals have signed an open letter demanding the government of the Australian state of Victoria develop a plan to retire the Latrobe Valley’s brown coal power plants because of the health damage they cause in the local community. [The Age]

A giant dredging machine at work in the brown coal mine at Loy Yang in the Latrobe Valley. Photo: John Woudstra

A giant dredging machine at work in the brown coal mine at Loy Yang in the Latrobe Valley. Photo: John Woudstra

US:

¶ Solar companies have recently blanketed rural areas of New York, seeking leases on farmland for solar arrays of 20 acres or more. Some farmers welcome the opportunity to earn up to $2,000 an acre annually for the next 20 years or so, but some advisers are urging caution. [The Baytown Sun]

¶ A 62-MW solar project in southwestern Minnesota by NextEra Energy Inc has been unanimously approved by the state Public Utilities Commission, Minnesota Public Radio reported last week. The solar farm, on 500 acres near Marshall, is expected to supply 15,000 homes. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar PV park. Author: mdreyno. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Solar PV park. Author: mdreyno. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ Consumers Energy, Michigan’s second-largest electric utility, says it is developing a program to meet the needs of large energy users who want more of their electricity to come from renewable sources. Business customers are driving the push for alternative energy even more than state policy. [MiBiz]

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