April 19 Energy News

April 19, 2016

World:

¶ To avoid reduced values of existing renewable production, Norway does not plan to introduce new targets under its green certificate program, which will be ended by 2021. Norway’s green certificates scheme is operated jointly with Sweden and was introduced in 2012. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Norway. Author: John Christian Fjellestad. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

Wind farm in Norway. Author: John Christian Fjellestad.
License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ An Enel subsidiary has started building the Cristalândia wind farm in Brazil. It will have a capacity of 90 MW and should go into service in the second half of 2017. It will be able to generate more than 350 GWh per year, enough to meet the needs of 170,000 Brazilian households. [Your Renewable News]

¶ A plan to transform Australia’s energy use to 100% renewables was published by GetUp! and SolarCitizens on Tuesday after a modelling study commissioned by the groups suggested such a transition was technically feasible and would be cheaper than the status quo. [The Guardian]

A "homegrown power plan" can employ fossil fuels industry workers. Photograph: Bloomberg / via Getty Images

A “homegrown power plan” can employ fossil fuels industry workers. Photograph: Bloomberg / via Getty Images

¶ Australia’s Coalition government has kicked off its informal re-election campaign by repeating its desire to build a massive coal-fired power station in north Queensland, only this time it proposes to use climate funds to help pay for the project, confirming a continuation of Abbott policies. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Philippine President Benigno Aquino III led the ceremonial switch-on of the 59-MW San Carlos Sun power plant in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. The plant started delivering energy to the Visayas grid on March 9. It delivers more than 80 GWh per year, enough for 27,600 homes. [CNN Philippines]

Negros power plant

Negros power plant

¶ The lower house of the Dutch parliament passed a motion that would ban the sales of non-electric cars by 2025. The motion still needs to pass the Senate to become binding, but if it does, it would mean that anyone in the country looking to buy a new car would have to buy electric. [ThinkProgress]

¶ Work on the 500-kW Kirkthorpe hydro project in Yorkshire has kicked-off after developer Barn Energy secured the green light from local planners. The £5.3-million run of river project on the River Calder is expected to be completed later this year on lands owned by Wakefield Council. [reNews]

Kirkthorpe hydro project. Barn Energy image

Kirkthorpe hydro project. Barn Energy image

US:

¶ The Washington-based Center for International Environmental Law says it can show the petroleum industry has been obscuring data on climate change for seventy years. By combing through documents, it traced the industry’s coordinated deception back to a 1946 meeting in Los Angeles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A 1.25-MWh Aquion aqueous hybrid-ion battery has just been commissioned to support a 16-MW Puerto Rican solar power installation. The 16-MW solar power plant is located in Salinas, and the Aquion battery will generate 100% of the electricity used to operate it at night. [CleanTechnica]

Aquion battery. Image credit Aquion

Aquion battery. Image credit Aquion

¶ In its monthly report, the EIA says US energy production hit a record, equivalent to 91% of total consumption. Liquid and gas fuels production increased, while coal declined 10%. The shift goes on, for generation of electricity, from fossil fuels to solar and wind. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

¶ Georgia Power is before the state’s Public Service Commission to defend its latest Integrated Resource Plan. The plan must be approved every third year by the commission in a months-long review process. The company said it bought land to explore building a nuclear power plant. [WABE 90.1 FM]

Georgia Power said it bought land in Stewart County to explore building a nuclear power plant there. Bob Edme / Associated Press

Georgia Power said it bought land in Stewart County to explore building a nuclear power plant there. Bob Edme / Associated Press

¶ Tennessee Valley Authority has awarded Nashville-based renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch Corporation a power-purchase agreement for a 53-MW solar project in Tennessee. The solar array will be the largest in the state and will provide power to for the next 20 years. [The Chattanoogan]

¶ Exelon Corporation announced that its Clinton nuclear power plant will operate for at least another year after it cleared a recent power capacity auction. A Clinton power station spokesperson says the plant hasn’t been profitable for several years because of falling energy prices. [Peoria Public Radio]

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