April 16 Energy News

April 16, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Greenland’s massive ice sheet has started its annual summer melt earlier than ever before, according to stunned scientists who said they had to recheck their calculations before releasing the results. The previous earliest dates were all later by weeks, in May. [CNN]

Franz Josef Fjord, glacier, Greenland. Jerzy Strzelecki. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons

Franz Josef Fjord, glacier, Greenland. Jerzy Strzelecki.
CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons 

World:

¶ The latest figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency show that Poland is on course to increase the proportion of power it generates from renewable energy from 7% in 2010 to nearly 38% by 2030. Poland benefits from a very favorable natural wind resources. [Maritime Journal]

¶ Germany’s economic affairs ministry proposed a 2.5 GW annual gap on new subsidized onshore wind power capacity, which is likely to slow down wind power expansion. Germany has a target to increase onshore wind capacity 2.4 Gw to 2.6 GW annually, but growth was 3.5 GW last year. [ICIS]

Windpark Sintfeld Sauerland Ost. Photo by Teta. CC-BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Windpark Sintfeld Sauerland Ost. Photo by Teta. CC-BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Most families should come out slightly ahead next year under Alberta’s proposed carbon tax, more if they cut back on their fossil fuel use. The tax starts at $20 per tonne of greenhouse gas produced in 2017 and rises to $30 in 2018, and applies to both consumers and big industry. [St. Albert Gazette]

¶ Ghana has recently added to its solar plant portfolio with a new 20-MW plant developed by Beijing Xiaocheng Company. This is the first large-scale project of its kind in Ghana, and aligns itself with government incentives to increase the renewable energy output to 10% by 2020. [PV-Tech]

The PV plant will feed 20 MW of clean energy into the national grid. Source: Flickr - Magahrebia

The PV plant will feed 20 MW of clean energy into the national grid. Source: Flickr – Magahrebia

¶ Rising production of the dry fuel may lead India to completely stop thermal coal imports in the coming 2-3 years, resulting in annual savings of ₹40,000 crore ($6012 million), Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal said on Friday. [indiatvnews.com]

¶ Japan is working out what to do with the tons and tons of water being used to cool the melted-down nuclear reactors. The water still has tritium in it after other substances such as cesium and strontium are removed. Japan says it will begin dumping the tanks this year. [Digital Journal]

US:

¶ With the development of fracking, the former backwater of Williston, North Dakota was transformed into the unofficial capital of the energy renaissance. Its economic growth was staggering. Now, many workers have packed their bags and gone home. Williston has become a ghost town. [BBC]

Many of those who came here to work in North Dakota's oil industry have now gone home.

Many of those who came here to work in North Dakota’s oil industry have now gone home.

¶ According to pv-magazine, a study by EuPD Research shows only 34% of US PV installers offer storage solutions to customers. The report said that about 26% of these installers who are not offering storage right now hope to offer storage options in their portfolios this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Ohio Supreme Court confirmed a site permit granted to EverPower Wind Holdings for the Buckeye 2 wind project. A 5-2 decision upholds approval granted in 2013 by the Ohio Power Siting Board. The permit is for building up to 56 turbines on 13,500 acres in Champagne County. [reNews]

EverPower's Mustang Hills wind farm (EverPower)

EverPower’s Mustang Hills wind farm (EverPower)

¶ Fifteen years after blackouts swept the state, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission judge has found that a division of Shell Oil engaged in fraud and market manipulation during California’s energy crisis. The tentative decision holds Shell and Iberdrola liable for $1.1 billion. [SFGate]

¶ The renewable portfolio standards that many states have enacted are responsible for 60 percent of the growth in non-hydro renewable energy generation, according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Most has come from wind, but solar energy is gaining traction. [Greentech Media]

2 Responses to “April 16 Energy News”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: