June 6 Energy News

June 6, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Using data from satellites, scientists at NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and two universities have found 39 unreported and significant human-made sources of emission of toxic sulfur dioxide. Sulfur Dioxide is a known health hazard and acid rain contributor. [Maine News Online]

Scientists located 39 unreported sources of sulfur dioxide emissions.

Scientists located 39 unreported sources of sulfur dioxide emissions.


¶ RedT Energy plc will install a power storage system at a 1-MW wind farm on the Scottish Isle of Gigha. The 1.68-MW vanadium flow system was chosen for this remote location, which has limited grid connection, for their ability to balance variable renewable generation. [reNews]

¶ Global electric vehicle sales figures for the first quarter of 2016 were recently released by EV-Volumes, revealing that plug-in sales in 2016 to date totaled 180,500 units, including cars and light commercial vehicles. That is an increase year-on-year increase of roughly 42%. [CleanTechnica]

EV sales by region.

EV sales by region.

¶ The Pact of Amsterdam has been released, seeking collaboration from EU cities concerning pressing challenges such as air pollution, climate adaptation, transportation, and energy transition. European cities are set to benefit from greater involvement in EU legislation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A new 4.75-MW solar energy installation was recently brought online by Nissan outside of the company’s Sunderland production plant in the UK. The new PV plant adds to 6.6 MW of wind capacity at the manufacturing plant, helping power manufacture of the Nissan LEAF EVs. [evObsession]

Nissan solar and wind farm in the UK.

Nissan solar and wind farm in the UK.

¶ Leading players in the offshore wind industry pledged to reduce costs to €80 per megawatt-hour by the middle of the next decade. Eleven companies signed a declaration ahead of today’s meeting of the Energy Council outlining the “crucial role” that offshore can play and its competitiveness. [reNews]

¶ Wärtsilä announced that it is to enter the solar energy business and begin to offer utility-scale solar PV solutions. Wärtsilä’s new solutions include solar PV power plants of 10 MW and above, as well as hybrid power plants combining PV plants and internal combustion engines. [Industrial PRIME]

Solar panels on trackers. iStock image.

Solar panels on trackers. iStock image.


¶ Last month, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled the state needed to act on greenhouse gas limits. Lawmakers are considering a carbon tax, which would start at $10 per ton of CO2 and rise $5 per year. Collections would be used for rebates on utility bills. [The Daily News of Newburyport]

¶ SunPower is planning to start construction on a 10-MW solar PV power plant in Alabama this month. The plant is expected to generate up to 18,000 MWh per year for the Redstone Arsenal US Army post. SunPower is delivering the energy from the plant under a power purchase agreement. [Greentech Lead]

SunPower Solar Project South Africa.

SunPower Solar Project South Africa.

¶ A federal appeals court ruled that the US NRC’s generic environmental impact statement on the continued storage of utility spent nuclear fuel meets federal National Environmental Policy Act requirements. It said the petitioners in the case could take their concerns to Congress. [Platts]

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