May 14 Energy News

May 14, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ French scientist and yachtsman Raphael Dinelli is preparing to make the first carbon-free transatlantic flight a reality by June 2016. He will attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in the Eraole, hybrid biplane powered by solar panels and biofuel. The trip will last 60 hours. [CleanTechnica]

Frenchman Raphael Dinelli hopes to fly the Eraole across the Atlantic Ocean.

Frenchman Raphael Dinelli hopes to fly the
Eraole across the Atlantic Ocean.

¶ A German startup, Lilium Aviation, is working on a 100% electric jet that may fulfill the promise of the flying car. It says the jet can land or take off from an area the size of a typical garden, can fly about 500 km (310 miles), and recharges overnight from a standard household outlet. [BBC]

World:

¶ China is expected to raise its power storage capacity ten-fold to 14.5 GW by 2020. China is the world largest wind and solar power producer, but some regions are estimated to be losing more than 40% of their power because of technical restraints and bottlenecks in the grid. [Reuters]

Wind turbines and solar panels in China. Reuters/Jason Lee

Wind turbines and solar panels in China. Reuters / Jason Lee.

¶ One of the world’s largest offshore wind farms achieved financial close today, after its developers Masdar, Statoil and Statkraft announced they have secured £1.3 billion in recourse financing for the project. The 402-MW farm is being built 32 km off the coast of Norfolk. [Business Green]

¶ The 295-MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm in the German North Sea generated 1 TWh of electricity in the first year since the formal opening ceremony. The 48 Senvion 6.2M126 turbines delivered enough power to supply some 320,000 households, owner RWE innogy said. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm. RWE image.

Offshore wind farm. RWE image.

¶ Việt Nam’s power needs could be fully met by renewable energy by 2050, according to a report by World Wide Fund for Nature – Việt Nam and Việt Nam Sustainable Energy Alliance. The report suggests various scenarios for the country’s energy sector development strategy. [Viet Nam News]

¶ On May 9, several old UK power stations broke down, leading to a growing deficit in the wholesale electricity market. National Grid issued an emergency request for more supplies. Prices spiked accordingly to £1,250 per MWh ($1.79/kWh, wholesale). The price in summer is usually £50. [FT Alphaville]

¶ The Chinese company helping EDF with plans to build new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point has flatly dismissed the idea it would go it alone if the French company dropped out. CGN issued a statement saying it has no independent plans to build reactors at Hinkley Point C. [The Guardian]

A view of the proposed site for Hinkley Point C in Somerset. Photograph: Geoff Pagotto / EDF

A view of the proposed site for Hinkley Point C in Somerset. Photograph: Geoff Pagotto / EDF

US:

¶ After Exelon, the company owning the Clinton nuclear power plant, threatened to shut it down because it is no longer profitable, Illinois lawmakers filed bill of over 300 pages that they say will save the plant. They estimate the bill will cost the state around $150 million. [FOX Illinois]

¶ Massachusetts’ omnibus House energy bill will likely come in below Governor Charlie Baker’s proposal for hydropower procurement and below what the offshore wind industry wants to produce and sell to ratepayers, according to a House chairman working on the bill. [wwlp.com]

Offshore wind farm. AP Photo/ Peter Dejong, File

Offshore wind farm. AP Photo/ Peter Dejong, File

¶ Invenergy announced it has signed a 225-MW wind power purchase agreement with Google to provide renewable energy for its data center operations. The agreement includes the sale of 965,000 MWh of wind energy from the Bethel Wind Energy Facility in Texas. [invenergyllc.com]

¶ An 80-acre solar farm on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is slated to be completed later this year and will be one of the largest solar installations on the East Coast. The Amazon Solar Farm is being built by Community Energy Solar. The farm is expected to have a capacity of 80 MW. [Lancaster Farming]

Solar array at Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, VA. USDA photo. Public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Solar array at Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, VA.
USDA photo. Public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ New York is partnering with several private companies to invest up to $220 million in new clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The move, announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is part of the state’s effort to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. [PennEnergy]

¶ The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced that it has become a partner in the DOE’s Better Buildings Combined Heat and Power Resiliency Accelerator, to help the nation seize opportunities to improve critical infrastructure in communities. [Long Island Exchange]

¶ Xcel Energy Inc filed a plan with Colorado state regulators to build, own and operate its $1 billion Rush Creek Wind Project, including a 600-MW wind farm and 90-mile power line in the eastern parts of the state. As proposed, it would be Colorado’s biggest wind farm. [Denver Business Journal]

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