April 14 Energy News

April 14, 2016

World:

¶ According to RenewEconomy, the Greens want to have “… South Australia source 100% of its electricity needs from clean energy by 2030.” Such a clean energy achievement will generate 1,000 jobs and include a SolarReserve 100-MW solar tower and storage plant near Port Augusta. [CleanTechnica]

South Australian windpower. Image via Shutterstock

South Australian windpower. Image via Shutterstock

¶ Quebec has a plan to increase the overall output of renewable energy 25%, pushing the total amount to 60.9% by 2030 from its current 46.6%. The plan is meant to significantly alter Quebec’s energy profile. Hydro-Quebec is looking at opportunities to provide power to New York and New England. [Platts]

¶ A wine production plant in the South Africa’s Western Cape has commissioned a rooftop solar plant that will provide up to half the energy needed to make 3-million liters of wine a month. The 2‚600 solar panels cover four roofs at Douglas Green Bellingham in Wellington. [Times LIVE]

The company won the 2011 UK Drinks Business Green Award for supply chain and logistics. Image by Terra Firma Solutions

The company won the 2011 UK Drinks Business Green Award for supply chain and logistics. Image by Terra Firma Solutions

¶ The UK’s solar panels have generated more electricity than coal in a full day for the first time ever, Carbon Brief analysis shows. On Saturday 9 April, solar generated 29 GWh of electricity, 4% of the total used that day. Coal generated 21 GWh, which was 3% of demand. [Carbon Brief]

¶ The Australian Renewable Energy Agency said a 1.1-MWh residential battery storage trial it supported is now up and running in Western Australia. The system, which was installed in two shipping containers in a suburb, will store power from over 100 rooftop solar PV systems. [SeeNews Renewables]

Rooftop solar array. Featured Image: Ralf Gosch/Shutterstock.com

Rooftop solar array. Featured Image: Ralf Gosch/Shutterstock.com

¶ Five years after the Fukushima Disaster began, the Japanese nuclear industry and government are struggling to revive the country’s nuclear power plants. Much of the public remains wary, and only a handful of the 43 operable reactors have implemented the new safety regulations. [The Straits Times]

US:

¶ One of America’s largest owners and operators of renewable energy projects, ConEdison Development, has jointed CPS Energy in dedicating the Alamo 5 dual-axis solar farm in Texas. Alamo 5 is a 95 MW-AC, dual-axis solar installation that will deliver power to San Antonio. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

ConEdison Development joins CPS to dedicate Alamo 5 solar farm in Texas

ConEdison Development joins CPS to dedicate
Alamo 5 solar farm in Texas

¶ Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal miner, announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Its entire industry is reeling from low production and demand, and facing an upsurge in both gas and renewable energy electricity generation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The University of Guam and University of Alaska Fairbanks announced a broad partnership for climate change and energy generation. This took place at a collaborative energy workshop at the 7th Regional Island Sustainability Conference at the Lotte Hotel Guam in Tumon. [The Guam Daily Post]

Wind turbine in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Photo by energy.gov. Public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Wind turbine in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
Photo by energy.gov. Public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The clean energy sector in Rhode Island is supporting nearly 14,000 jobs this year, a 40% increase over 2015 levels, according to a state report. About 84% of clean energy jobs are in energy efficiency, while about 14% of jobs are in renewable energy. Transportation has about 1.8%. [The Providence Journal]

¶ US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said that the Navy expects its major vendors to report on greenhouse gas emissions and work to lower them. The US Military is the world’s single largest user of fossil fuels, and the Navy is responsible for about a third of its use of fossil fuel. [The Maritime Executive]

¶ The small modular nuclear reactors being evaluated for the Clinch River Site in west Oak Ridge, Tennessee, could provide an emissions-free fuel source, but it could be a decade or so before they start operating. And that’s assuming all goes according to plan, officials said Tuesday. [Oak Ridge Today]

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