April 5 Energy News

April 5, 2016

World:

¶ Dutch shipping company Wagenborg has set sail with the topside for the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind substation ahead of installation off Denmark. A pair of vessels left Schiedam with the HSM-built structure, which will export power from Vattenfall’s 400-MW offshore wind farm. [reNews]

Image: Wagenborg

Image: Wagenborg

¶ The US, China, and India, largest projected emitters into the next several decades, have each agreed to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on April 22, the first day they can do so. More than 190 countries agreed in principle in Paris last December. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Panasonic recently hit the 50,000 mark in its quest to distribute more than 100,000 solar lanterns throughout the world’s poor, in rural communities that don’t have reliable access to electric light. The “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project” is now half-way to completion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Solar deployment in Japan is on track to meet the country’s target. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is considering reducing the incentives for solar systems by between ¥2.00 ($0.018) and ¥3.00 per kWh each year through fiscal 2019, regardless of their capacity. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar panel installation in Yokohama, Japan. Author: CoCreatr. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Solar panel installation in Yokohama, Japan. Author: CoCreatr. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

¶ A report by the UK’s Intergenerational Foundation forecast that the country could save £39.9 billion ($56.7 billion) over the next 35 years if government steered the estimated £24 billion ($34 billion) required to build and run the Hinkley Point nuclear plant towards solar PV investment instead. [pv magazine]

¶ Spanish wind power group Gamesa said it has won contracts to build two wind farms along the Red Sea coastline in Egypt with a combined capacity of 160 MW. Gamesa expects to start delivering the turbines for both in the third quarter of 2016, with completion in 2017. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Egypt. Author: Gigi Ibrahim. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Wind farm in Egypt. Author: Gigi Ibrahim. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ The £16.8 million Monnaboy wind farm, Gaelectric’s third to operate in Northern Ireland, is being opened. The company is progressing through a program to commission a near term portfolio of about 100 MW on consented wind energy projects on the island of Ireland by 2017. [U.TV]

¶ Equitix will allocate more than £100 million to Scottish tidal power, after entering into a partnership agreement with leading developer Atlantis to aid the development of the world’s largest tidal stream project. The pair will collaborate to develop tidal power projects in Scotland. [edie.net]

Equitix plans to acquire at least 25% of each “project vehicle” Atlantis develops for tidal power initiatives in Scotland

Equitix plans to acquire at least 25% of each “project vehicle” Atlantis develops for tidal power initiatives in Scotland

¶ European nations have set aside just over half of the €253 billion ($389.67 billion) needed to dismantle old nuclear plants and manage waste, although the shortfall could shrink as the lifetime of some reactors is extended, EU regulators said on Monday. [THE BUSINESS TIMES]

US:

¶ Hawaii’s main utility, HECO, says smart grid, demand response, and storage technologies will help Hawaii reach 100% renewables by 2045. A plan submitted to the regulator shows how the state can continue to steer a course to meet its ambitious “100% renewable energy-powered” target. [PV-Tech]

Hawaii. Image: Renewable Energy Services Facebook page

Solar PVs in Hawaii. Image: Renewable Energy Services Facebook page

¶ The US community solar energy project market could be worth up to $2.5 billion in revenue by the year 2020, according to a report from Navigant Research. The report notes that achieving such a figure would require changes as far as common utility company business strategies go. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Dominion Power filed an amicus brief in the national lawsuit against the federal Clean Power Plan, pushing back against arguments plan critics have made in an effort to derail new carbon rules. Nevertheless, the brief puts the weight of Virginia’s energy giant behind key aspects of the plan. [Daily Press]

¶ A key section of the Keystone pipeline has been shut down due to an oil spill in South Dakota, TransCanada said on Monday. TransCanada, which operates the pipeline, reported a spill of about 187 gallons of crude oil to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center on Saturday afternoon. [CNN]

Keystone pipeline infrastructure

Keystone pipeline infrastructure

¶ As the price of electricity in the eastern US fell by half over the last decade, utilities raised monthly bills for residential customers by 26%, government data says. Utilities say that it’s payback for billions of dollars worth of government-mandated improvements to long-neglected infrastructure. [Bloomberg]

¶ Continued operation of the “decaying” 40-year-old Indian Point nuclear power plant up the Hudson River from New York City “makes no sense,” according to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The plant is within 50 miles of the homes of 20 million residents. [RT]

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