June 3 Energy News

June 3, 2016

World:

¶ The first large-scale ground based solar electricity generation park on the island of Ireland has opened in County Antrim. The 30-acre solar farm at Crookedstone Road, which cost £5 million ($7.21 million) to build, produces up to 5 MW from 20,000 photo-voltaic panels. [RTE.ie]

The 30-acre solar farm cost £5 million to build.

The 30-acre solar farm cost £5 million to build.

¶ Chile’s solar industry has expanded so quickly that it’s giving electricity away for free. Spot prices reached zero in parts of the country on 113 days up until April this year, a number that is already on track to beat last year’s total of 192 days, according to Chile’s central grid operator. [The Independent]

¶ Principle Power’s 2-MW WindFloat prototype floating turbine, installed 5 km off Portugal, completed five years of testing. The company said the prototype has met or exceeded all design expectations. Despite high waves and winds, WindFloat delivered 17 GWh of electricity. [reNews]

Windfloat turbine. Principle Power image.

Windfloat turbine. Principle Power image.

¶ A raft of new companies have pledged to source 100% renewable energy as part of a RE100 initiative that will be galvanised by a government-led push to promote the renewables revolution to 1,000 businesses. The new campaign is led by Denmark and Germany. [edie.net]

¶ Northland Power and Giiwedin Noodin FN Energy Corp have brought online the 100-MW Grand Bend wind farm near Lake Huron in Ontario. It was created to hold the equity interest of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation) in the project. [reNews]

Northland's Mont Louis wind farm in Quebec (Northland Power image)

Northland Power wind farm in Quebec (Northland Power image)

¶ According to analysis published this week by Australia’s Clean Energy Council, momentum is building for the country’s renewable energy sector. To meet the 2020 target, approximately 6000 MW of new capacity must be installed; 10,600 MW of projects have been approved, and more is coming. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ The US plans to auction a 33,000-hectare offshore wind lease area off New York State with a sale possible by the end of the year. The proposed lease area starts about 11 miles south of Long Island and is based on a 700-MW proposal by the New York Power Authority in 2011. [reNews]

Offshore wind. Credit Sif.

Offshore wind. Credit Sif.

¶ The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced today it will participate in the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s auction for a commercial offshore wind energy lease off the coast of Long Island. [Long Island Exchange]

¶ Appalachian Power announced an agreement to buy of 120 MW of new wind generation. The 20-year purchased power agreement will bring its total wind generation to 495 MW. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will provide the power from a planned Indiana wind farm. [WCYB]

Wind turbines in Indiana. Photo by Mattchobbs, released to the public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Wind turbines in Indiana. Photo by Mattchobbs, released to the public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Maryland’s Republican Governor, Larry Hogan, stunned the state’s solar industry with his recent unexpected veto of a bill that would increase the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 25% by 2020. The veto may bring about the loss of numerous solar jobs in Maryland. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Exelon Corp announced that it will shut two Illinois nuclear power plants after the Legislature failed to approve a financial-support plan. An email obtained by The Associated Press, however, indicates the company is enlisting employees in an ongoing, full-steam lobbying effort. [SaukValley.com]

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