April 7 Energy News

April 7, 2016

Opinion:

Wind and solar are crushing fossil fuels • Recent auctions in Mexico and Morocco ended with winning bids that show solar and wind will soon be least expensive sources, worldwide, said Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Investment in renewables is outpacing fossil fuel investment by a significant margin. Photo: Supplied

Investment in renewables is outpacing fossil fuel investment by a significant margin. Photo: Supplied

World:

¶ Since 2000, more than 20 countries have successfully curbed greenhouse gas emissions while boosting their gross domestic product, according to World Resources Institute analyst Nate Aden. No single trend has driven GDP-GHG decoupling across all countries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ After a seven-year delay, the New South Wales Government approved a wind farm project for the southern part of the state. Epuron Project’s $670 million project across the Harden and Yass Valley shires it will be around one-third of the size originally proposed in 2009. [ABC Local]

Wind turbine on a hill near Collector in NSW. ABC News photo.

Wind turbine on a hill near Collector in NSW. ABC News photo.

¶ After several solar power plants were inaugurated in the northern areas of the Philippine island of Negros, the first solar farm in southern areas was unveiled by Negros Island Solar Power Inc. The 32-MW solar power plant can supply sufficient power for over 19,000 homes. [Sun.Star]

¶ In a drive to power its Irish facilities with 100% renewables, US social networking major Facebook has inked a deal with Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners for the supply of 150 MW of wind power. The newly-signed renewable energy supply agreement has a term of at least 10 years. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Ireland. Author: Harry Pears. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Wind farm in Ireland. Author: Harry Pears. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

¶ In the five days ending on the 4th of April, Vestas announced four separate orders for a total of 447 MW in wind turbines, set for four separate countries and continents. The orders include 48 MW of turbines for China, 27 MW for Spain, 200 for the United States, and 172 MW for Brazil. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Ireland must add up to 300 MW of onshore wind capacity every year until 2020 in order to meet its renewable electricity targets. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has said that significant renewables deployment is needed to avoid stringent EU fines for missing the 40% electricity target. [reNews]

Acres wind farm in Donegal (Element Power)

Acres wind farm in Donegal (Element Power)

¶ Tesla has “no current plans to open a factory in Europe,” a spokesperson said. But French Energy and Environment Minister Ségolène Royal said her best idea for an old nuclear power plant in northeastern France is to try to convince Tesla to build a car factory there. [Ars Technica UK]

US:

¶ Rural electric cooperatives are spreading the word on how local clean power can save money, support communities, and diversify energy supplies. Community-scale solar is becoming an important tool as they move from centralized systems based on fossil fuels to distributed renewable power. [CleanTechnica]

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Map

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Map

¶ In a 31-14 vote, the Maryland Senate passed a bill expanding the state’s renewable portfolio standard. The bill aims to increase Maryland’s current RPS from 20% by 2022 to 25% to 2020. The state House of Delegates passed a similar bill by a 92-43 margin last month. [North American Windpower]

¶ Sixty-four major American cities are now home to almost as much solar capacity as the entire country had at the end of 2010, according to analysis that ranks America’s major cities for their solar power. Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix topped the list for most solar power. [Environment America]

Solar panels on the roof of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. US Navy photo by Rick Naystatt. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Solar panels on the roof of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. US Navy photo by Rick Naystatt. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Thousands of Michigan jobs in the clean energy industry could be created in coming years, according to a recent report. The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council and Clean Energy Trust report that more than 87,000 Michigan residents already work in that industry. [Great Lakes Echo]

¶ Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was sentenced to a year in federal prison and fined $250,000 for conspiracy. Massey had a history of “systematic, intentional and aggressive efforts” to evade safety regulations, resulting in a 2009 explosion that killed 29 coal miners. [CNN]

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