May 5 Energy News

May 5, 2016

World:

¶ A fire has forced evacuation of all 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The fire, which broke out on Sunday in the heart on the country’s oil sands region, has already gutted 1,600 buildings, including a new school. High temperatures and wind are driving the fire. [BBC]

Fort McMurray fire. AP photo. According to the Weather Channel, high temperatures were at 90° F, or 32° C, breaking the old record of 82° F.

Fort McMurray fire. AP photo. According to
The Weather Channel, high temperatures were at 90° F,
or 32° C, breaking the old record of 82° F.

¶ According to the fourth edition of the Asset Owners Disclosure Project’s Global Climate 500 Index, 246 of the world’s 500 biggest investors, with $14.3 trillion in funds, are ignoring climate risks completely, 97 are taking tangible action to mitigate the risk, and 147 are taking first steps. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Offshore wind can fill the low-carbon gap left by the potential non-delivery of the delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, according to Scottish Power Renewables. They said the offshore wind supply chain, projects, developers and funding were in place to plug any shortfall. [reNews]

Scottish Power's West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm (Scottish Power)

Scottish Power’s West of Duddon Sands
offshore wind farm (Scottish Power)

¶ India has taken its first major step at probably one of the most ambitious rooftop solar power capacity addition targets in the world. The Solar Energy Corporation of India recently floated a tender for the implementation of 500 MW of rooftop solar power capacity across the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Independent renewable generators supply 7.6% of UK power demand. They have a capacity of almost 11 GW, or 40% of the country’s green power, a report from SmartestEnergy said. Over 5,400 renewable projects were developed last year. [Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy]

SmartestEnergy photo.

SmartestEnergy photo.

¶ Enel Green Power RSA has grid connected a 82.5-MW solar power plant in South Africa’s Western Cape province. It is Enel’s largest solar plant in South Africa and is supported by a 20-year power supply agreement with utility Eskom. Enel has 430 MW more under construction. [reNews]

US:

¶ Tesla just released its quarterly shareholder letter. The first item is a whopper: Tesla aims to move its 2020 target to produce 500,000 vehicles a year to 2018. This is clearly in response to the high demand for the Tesla Model 3, which topped 400,000 reservations weeks ago. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 @ Unveiling Event | Image Credit: Kyle Field, for CleanTechnica

Tesla Model 3 @ Unveiling Event
Image Credit: Kyle Field, for CleanTechnica

¶ A Superior Court judge in the state of Washington ruled in favor of 7 young plaintiffs who brought suit on climate change. He ordered the state’s Department of Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule during 2016 and bring recommendations to the state legislature in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Vestas is to supply 54 of their V117 3.3MW turbines for Capital Power’s 178-MW Bloom wind farm in Kansas. Manufacturing and shipment of the units is expected this year, with commissioning scheduled for the first and second quarter of 2017. The deal includes a 5-year service agreement. [reNews]

Vestas 3MW v90 turbine wind. Photo by Davagh.

Vestas 3MW v90 turbine wind. Photo by Davagh.

¶ Dynegy Inc will shut down three coal-fired units at two Illinois power plants because they are no longer economical in the Midwestern power market, the Houston-based electric utility said. The three units together have over 1,800 MW of capacity, about 30% of southern Illinois’ total. [Reuters]

¶ Caterpillar Inc announced the launch of Cat® Microgrid technology, a suite of power systems that adds solar panels, state-of-the-art energy storage, and advanced monitoring and control systems to Caterpillar’s traditional line of power generation equipment. [POWER magazine]

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