June 10 Energy News

June 10, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Illinois power plant closings reveal worldwide nuclear issues” • Exelon and Illinois are dancing around the issues, with the industry taking the position that government (read: the people) should subsidize the waning years of nuclear installations, or else. It is a global issue, however. [CleanTechnica]

Clinton power station, near Clinton, Illinois. Photo by Dual Freq. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

Clinton power station, near Clinton, Illinois. Photo by Dual Freq.
CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

Science and Technology:

¶ Researchers reported on an experiment in Iceland where they have pumped CO2 and water underground into volcanic rock. Reactions with the minerals in the deep basalts converted the carbon dioxide to a stable, immobile chalky solid. It took only months to covert 220 tonnes of CO2. [BBC]

World:

¶ Australian wind energy saw its biggest ever month in May, producing nearly a quarter more electricity than any previous month, and overtaking hydro to provide 8.5% of the country’s grid electricity. And new analysis shows wind generation keeps a lid on wholesale electricity prices. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm in Australia.

Wind farm in Australia.

¶ Siemens has received its first order from J-Wind Setana to supply, install and commission 16 direct-drive wind turbines of 3.2 MW capacity each. The Setana Osato wind farm, which will have a total capacity of 50 MW, will be installed off the Japanese coast. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ The Paris Agreement may provide a major to boost wind turbine sales over the next decade. In a report, Moody’s said it expects to see renewable energies such as wind and solar get a significant increased investment needed to meet carbon reductions implied by the Agreement. [Business Green]

Offshore wind farm.

Offshore wind farm.

¶ Portugal’s Economy Ministry and Morocco’s Energy Ministry have agreed to research the possibility of laying an undersea electricity interconnector between the two countries, according to an announcement published by the Portuguese government on Wednesday evening. [Platts]

¶ The European Investment Bank has signed a €125-million loan agreement with Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland, to finance a new geothermal power station and its geothermal wells at Þeistareykir, near Húsavik in north-eastern Iceland. [Iceland Monitor]

Construction at the Þeistareykjavirkjun power plant. Photo: Mbl.is

Construction at the Þeistareykjavirkjun power plant. Photo: Mbl.is

US:

¶ Apple became the world’s most valuable company by selling a lot of stuff. But one thing it’s never sold is power. That looks like it’s about to change, as Apple has created Apple Energy, a Cupertino-owned subsidiary that has the ability to sell power to end users at market rates. [Yahoo News]

¶ New US solar PV installations in the first quarter accounted for 64% of all new electric generating capacity installed across the country, according to new figures from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. They predict 14.5 GW of new solar PV installed in the US in 2016. [CleanTechnica]

Share of New US Electric Generating Capacity Additions

Share of New US Electric Generating Capacity Additions.
Please click on the image to see a larger view of it.

¶ A new report from the Brookings Institution points to numerous examples of solar actually lowering rates for utility customers, whether they have solar panels or not. Net-metered solar power reduced needs for more expensive power sources and helped stabilize the grid. [Grist]

¶ In Vermont, newly installed turbines at Ball Mountain Dam in Jamaica and Townshend Dam are now operational. Crews remain on site for final details, but the projects have been successfully tested and have met state commissioning deadlines, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy said. [vtdigger.org]

Ball Mountain Lake and Dam. US Army Corps of Engineers photo. Public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Ball Mountain Lake and Dam. US Army Corps of
Engineers photo. Public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ After 11 hours in the Vermont Statehouse, there has been a policy resolution. A renewable energy bill vetoed by Governor Peter Shumlin earlier this week has been replaced by lawmakers with a substantially similar stand-in that addresses the governor’s concerns. [Vermont Public Radio]

¶ Some rural electric co-ops in Nebraska are exploring renewable energy to help them reduce costs in months when power demand peaks. Just 10% of power in Nebraska comes from renewable sources like wind and hydroelectricity, but declining costs are changing that. [Nebraska Radio Network]

Wind turbine in Nebraska. Photo by Urban. CC BY 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Wind turbine in Nebraska. Photo by Urban.
CC BY 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ An agreement administered through the Michigan Public Power Agency Energy Services Project Agreement would allow the Zeeland Board of Public Works to buy up to 11.796 MW of wind energy from Huron Wind for 20 years, eliminating the need to buy energy credits. [HollandSentinel.com]

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