April 21 Energy News

April 21, 2016

Opinion:

Inflexible baseload power is just what we don’t need • Amory Lovins is absolutely right. It is time to recognize that inflexible baseload power is a dinosaur and a fallacy. We are quickly moving to a more democratic system involving small-scale generators and thousands of individuals. [Financial Times]

Baseload power plant. National Park Service photo. Public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Baseload power plant. National Park Service photo.
Public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Science and Technology:

¶ The wireless electric vehicle charging technology company Momentum Dynamics will deliver a 200-kW wireless charging system for the municipal bus market by the end of the year, going by recent comments made by company reps. Even higher-powered systems may be coming. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Vestas Wind Systems A/S will partner with the Technical University of Denmark to test the technical feasibility of a multi-rotor turbine. A demonstration unit with four refurbished V29-225 kW nacelles mounted on a support structure is being installed at a site in Denmark. [SeeNews Renewables]

Illustration of the multi-rotor concept demonstration turbine. Source: Vestas (www.vestas.com).

Illustration of the multi-rotor concept demonstration turbine. Source: Vestas (www.vestas.com).

World:

¶ A tidal power site off the Isle of Wight has been given the green light. Perpetuus has been given the go-ahead from the Marine Management Organisation to place turbines off the south coast of the Island. The turbines are expected to generate enough power for 25% of Island homes. [Isle of Wight Radio]

¶ Global wind power installations will nearly double in the next five years as prices continue to fall and countries develop renewable energy to comply with emissions reduction targets, according to research published in Global Wind Energy Council flagship publication. [edie.net]

UK National Grid data revealed that 2015 was a record-breaking year for wind energy generation

UK National Grid data revealed that 2015 was a
record-breaking year for wind energy generation

¶ The German government asked Belgium to shutter two nuclear reactors citing security concerns. The German Environment Minister said that this was an unprecedented request, but it reflects serious concerns. German authorities are not satisfied the two reactors are safe. [New Europe]

¶ The joint venture between private equity firm Actis and Ireland’s Mainstream Renewable Power has ordered 93 turbines from Senvion for two wind projects in Chile totalling 300 MW. The two orders are for 50 of Senvion’s 3.4M114 turbines and 43 units of the 3.0M122 model. [SeeNews Renewables]

Senvion's 3.4M104 turbine. Source: Senvion SE 2014. License: All rights reserved.

Senvion’s 3.4M104 turbine. Source: Senvion SE 2014.
License: All rights reserved.

US:

¶ Work on the controversial Northeast Energy Direct pipeline has been suspended by energy giant Kinder Morgan. A company statement blamed the suspension on “inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers.” The project’s cost was estimated at $3.3 billion. [The Recorder]

¶ When world leaders gather in New York on Friday to sign the Paris climate accord, they will do so against a changing backdrop. As the cost of wind and solar power has plummeted, the solid consensus against alternative energy in the US Republican Party has begun to crack. [Bloomberg]

A wind farm in Marshalltown, Iowa. Photographer: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg

A wind farm in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Photographer: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg

¶ The Senate passed a far-reaching energy bill Wednesday that reflects significant changes in US oil and natural gas production and boosts alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power. The Senate’s first ambitious energy bill in nearly a decade passed 85-12. [Farmington Daily Times]

¶ San Francisco just took a big step toward its goal of powering the city with 100% renewable electricity by 2025 with the passage of a bill that will require new residential and commercial buildings to include rooftop solar, either solar electric or solar water heating. [Treehugger]

San Francisco. CC BY 2.0 Germán Poo-Caamaño

San Francisco. CC BY 2.0 Germán Poo-Caamaño

¶ Over half of all Americans are exposed to unhealthy levels of either ozone or particulate pollution, putting them at risk for premature death and other serious health effects, including lung cancer, asthma attacks and developmental harm, according to the American Lung Association. [InsideClimate News]

¶ New York’s Con Edison is now generating over 100 MW of renewable energy for customers in New York City and Westchester County. Customers have completed 8,415 PV systems atop houses, condos, skyscrapers and warehouses, generating a total of 105.4 MW, enough for 16,000 homes. [PV-Tech]

Source: Flickr/Glenn Wedin.

New York. Source: Flickr/Glenn Wedin.

¶ An appeals court Wednesday overturned a decision by Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet that could have helped clear the way for Florida Power & Light to add two nuclear reactors in Miami-Dade County. The ruling sent the case back to the siting board for further review. [WWSB ABC 7]

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