May 21 Energy News

May 21, 2016

World:

¶ HeliosAltas Corp, of Roseville, California, and DA Green Power Consulting, of the Philippines, announced their partnership to deploy Helios PowerWheel™ riverine energy technology in the Philippines. Helios said the agreement during the first four years is for a minimum of $16.2 million. [HydroWorld]

Helios Powerwheel™

Helios Powerwheel™

¶ Norway’s foremost institute for interdisciplinary climate research has launched a new initiative pairing scientists with leading investors to better explain climate risk. The Climate Finance Initiative will provide “a meeting place for climate scientists and leading global investors.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ Japanese companies Venti, Mitsubishi and C-Tech have agreed to develop a 66-MW wind farm in the north of the country. Construction on the 22-turbine plant is scheduled to start in September and finish in early 2019. It will supply electricity to Tohoku Electric Power Co. [reNews]

Mitsubishi image.

Mitsubishi image.

¶ According to GlobalData, the uptake of smart metering systems in the EU, where at least 80% of existing electricity meters are to be replaced by smart meters, could reduce EU emissions by up to 9%, and cutting annual household energy consumption by a similar amount. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Prince Edward Island’s legislative energy committee issued a report to the legislative assembly recommending a new energy strategy with an overarching goal of transitioning the province to 100% use of wind, solar and water power for all purposes by 2050. [The Guardian Charlottetown]

Committee says 100% renewable energy

Committee says 100% renewable energy

¶ Britain’s Rugeley coal power plant will close by the end of June because of worsening conditions for coal generation, its operator said. The 1-GW plant provides enough electricity to power a million homes, but with renewable energy and cheap gas it has become uncompetitive. [euronews]

¶ Poland’s parliament approved a bill that introduces extra requirements for building wind parks as the country aims to curb the booming industry. The bill is intended to help prop up its declining coal industry. The country now has 5.6 GW of installed wind capacity. [Bloomberg]

US:

¶ Conservatives for Clean Energy commissioned a poll of 800 North Carolina voters on attitudes towards energy sources. It found deep support among both Democrats and Republicans for solar and wind energy, but less enthusiasm for nuclear power and offshore drilling. [Charlotte Observer]

Apple's solar farm near Newton, North Carolina. Mark Hames mhames @ charlotteobserver.com

Apple’s solar farm near Newton, North Carolina.
Mark Hames, mhames @ charlotteobserver.com.

¶ The Florida Supreme Court, in a 6-1 decision, ruled that the Florida Public Service Commission did not have legal authority to approve a Florida Power & Light request to invest ratepayer’s money in a controversial Oklahoma natural-gas project. [Tampa Bay Business Journal]

¶ Exelon said it will shut down the Clinton nuclear plant next year unless it gets financial support from the Illinois legislative session, which is scheduled to end May 31. The chair of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee said it won’t get to the Senate floor for a vote anytime soon. [Herald & Review]

The Clinton nuclear plant in Illinois.

The Clinton nuclear plant in Illinois.

¶ New analysis of the Clean Power Plan shows average US electricity demand growth would decline from 0.61% to 0.31% annually, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corp. Combined wind and solar capacity would rise by an additional 10 to 20 GW over the next 15 years. [Utility Dive]

¶ Twenty New York state senators, led by Senators Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman, are urging Governor Andrew M Cuomo, and Audrey Zibelman, chair of the state’s Public Service Commission, to include an offshore wind tier in the state’s clean energy standard. [North American Windpower]

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