May 11 Energy News

May 11, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Almost Everything You Know About Climate Change Solutions Is Outdated, Part 1” • First, climate science and climate politics have been moving quickly to broad consensus. Second, technology for key climate solutions has become very affordable. Third, the media is largely clueless. [ThinkProgress]

Credit: Schalk Van Zuydam, AP

Credit: Schalk Van Zuydam, AP

¶ “It’s the economy: Maryland RPS debate illustrates national divide on clean energy policy” • States with renewable portfolio standard (RPS) laws are doubling down, while those without take little interest. Taking a look at changes in Maryland’s RPS could help explain why. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Is this the end of the centralised energy network?” • What will the death of centralised energy networks look like? Turns out, what’s going on in Western Australia right now paints a pretty good picture. Having a low customer density makes centralized power a big challenge. [RenewEconomy]

Sandfire Roadhouse, Western Australia. Increasingly, grid service to remote areas is being replaced with renewable power. Photo by Nachoman-au. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

Sandfire Roadhouse, Western Australia. Increasingly, grid service to remote areas is being replaced with renewable power. Photo by Nachoman-au. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

World:

¶ Irish solar developer Solas Éireann and the UK’s Golden Square Energy have formed a joint venture to develop more than 250 MW of photovoltaic projects in Ireland. Solas Éireann said it will commit more than €100m to the development and construction of solar farms across the country. [reNews]

¶ The foundation has been installed for the offshore substation at Northland Power’s and RWE’s 332-MW Nordsee 1 offshore wind farm, in the German North Sea. The foundation, weighs more than 1400 tonnes. The 50-meter foundation was anchored with four 240-tonne piles on four pedestals. [reNews]

Nordsee 1 offshore substation foundation (RWE Innogy)

Nordsee 1 offshore substation foundation (RWE Innogy)

¶ Development company Mainstream Renewable Power has received environmental approval for a 264-MW windfarm near the town of Antofagasta, Chile. The project involves an investment of nearly $630 million and has been approved by the Service of Environmental Assessment. [Power Technology]

¶ Australia has bounced back up three spots into the top 10 rankings of EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices. The report notes that state-level tenders and corporate off-take potential is driving activity, as opposed to policies of the federal government. [Invest in Australia]

House in Noranda, Western Australia. Photo by Orderinchaos. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

House in Noranda, Western Australia. Photo by Orderinchaos. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ All the electricity consumed in Uruguay over a 24-hour period at the start of this week came from renewable sources. Over a 24-hour period on Monday, 70.53% of electricity came from hydro plants, 21.3% from wind, 7.96% from biomass, and 0.39% from solar. [Latin American Herald Tribune]

¶ Automotive manufacturer Nissan and power company Enel confirmed plans to launch the UK’s first major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial. They will connect one hundred V2G units at locations agreed by private and fleet owners of the Nissan LEAF and
e-NV200 electric van. [Automotive World]

¶ Britain generated no electricity from coal on Tuesday for what is believed to be the first time since the 19th century, in a major milestone in the decline of the polluting power source. National Grid confirmed that none of Britain’s coal stations were running between midnight and 4 AM. [Telegraph.co.uk]

Coal plants are increasingly unprofitable to run Credit: Phil Noble / Reuters.

Coal plants are increasingly unprofitable to run Credit: Phil Noble / Reuters.

¶ Mars, Incorporated is producing enough renewable electricity to power 100% of its UK operations. The RE100 company partnered with Eneco UK on a new 20-turbine wind farm located in the Scottish Highlands, committing to buying its electricity via a power purchase agreement. [The Climate Group]

US:

¶ Vermont-based manufacturer AllEarth Renewables announced a new program for Vermont homeowners, small businesses, and non-profits to go solar for just $1,000, which can be applied to purchasing the solar system after 5 years. Customers will see immediate electric bill savings. [pv magazine]

¶ Duke Energy Renewables has commenced building a 25-MW solar power facility in New Mexico, its first such project in that particular US state. The plant will power about 5,000 homes with 103,000 PV panels. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar panels. Featured Image: Jackiso / Shutterstock.com

Solar panels. Featured Image: Jackiso / Shutterstock.com

¶ The first new nuclear plant in 20 years is about to be turned on in the US, in Tennessee. At the same time the Tennessee Valley Authority starts up the [1150-MW] Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (Unit 2), it is also looking to add 3.8 GW of solar power and 1.75 GW of wind by 2033. [SustainableBusiness.com]

¶ New Mexico’s wind-energy industry has reached a major milestone, having surpassed 1,000 MW of capacity. Analysts say the state is well-positioned to expand its renewable power capacity, as the state has excellent wind resources, and investors already have put almost $2 billion into developing it. [Public News Service]

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