June 11 Energy News

June 11, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “US Carbon Tax ‘Close To Inevitable,’ Conservative Leader Proclaims – Moral Disgrace Of Ignoring Global Warming Too Strong” • Some Republican congresspeople have taken the time to learn about global warming. They don’t want their party’s legacy to be denial supporting corruption. [CleanTechnica]

George Shultz, Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, has long been an outspoken supporter of a carbon tax.

George Shultz, Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, has long been an outspoken supporter of a carbon tax.

World:

¶ TenneT Holding BV presented a plan for building an island in the North Sea to connect over 30 GW of offshore wind farms and deliver power to countries in the region. The transmission system operator says the most suitable location for that island will be the Dogger Bank. [SeeNews Renewables]

The island. Image by Tennet (www.tennet.eu).

The island. Image by Tennet (www.tennet.eu).

¶ Costa Rica is finishing up the largest hydroelectric power project in Central America, as the last generators come on line. The Reventazon dam is expected to produce 305.5 MW, enough for 525,000 homes. Costa Rica already gets 98% of its power from renewables. [PennEnergy]

¶ When Prince Edward Island’s government crafted a plan to wean their grid off costly and carbon-intensive diesel, they turned to wind power, one renewable resource that the island has plenty of. Now, 34% of PEI’s electricity is wind powered, with 204 MW of wind capacity installed. [Huffington Post Canada]

A wind farm at North Cape, PEI, had a capacity factor of 69% for the entire month of January. Photo Wind Energy Institute of Canada

A wind farm at North Cape, PEI, had a capacity factor of 69% for the entire month of January. Photo Wind Energy Institute of Canada

¶ The UK solar power industry has lost more than half its 35,000 jobs due to recent changes in government energy policy, just at a time when solar power has eclipsed coal as a major generator of Britain’s electricity. Experts believe ministers had cut subsidies too far and too fast. [The Guardian]

¶ The Swedish government coalition, with some opposition parties, presented a new agreement for Sweden’s energy consumption. Sweden’s energy production will be 100% renewable by 2040, but nuclear power gets lower taxation, new facilities, and no expiration date. [Business Insider Nordic]

Forsmark nuclear power plant. Source: Tomas Oneborg - TT

Forsmark nuclear power plant. Source: Tomas Oneborg – TT

US:

¶ Coal production during in the first quarter of 2016 was the lowest its been since 1981. Demand for coal is down because of low natural gas prices, competition from renewables, and environmental regulations. An unusually warm winter also reduced demand. [Wyoming Public Media]

¶ Los Angeles’ City Council will consider a motion to direct the municipal utility to determine how to move the city to 100% renewable energy. The motion has broad support on the council, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is already working on the report. [ThinkProgress]

It takes a lot of energy to run all those lights. But could it all be green? Credit: Shutterstock.

It takes a lot of energy to run all those lights.
But could it all be green? Credit: Shutterstock.

¶ Consumers Energy celebrated its first solar power plant located at Grand Valley State University yesterday that will produce electricity for many Michigan homes and businesses. Called the Solar Gardens, the 17-acre facility generates 3MW, enough to power around 600 homes. [WHTC]

¶ The Kodiak Electric Association has two flywheels, each of which can store up to 1 MW. That’s enough power to lift a heavy cargo container from the dock and move it to the ship. Renewables are supplying power at a much reduced cost, and diesel is 99.8% out. [Environment & Energy Publishing]

Matson Inc's massive electric crane and the Pillar Mountain wind farm. Photo by Margaret Kriz Hobson.

Matson Inc’s massive electric crane and the Pillar
Mountain wind farm. Photo by Margaret Kriz Hobson.

¶ The Charlevoix, Michigan, City Council diversified one city portfolio Monday to give it less exposure to a particular sector of the market. The council approved an electrical purchasing agreement that will boost the city’s renewable energy portfolio to 22.4% for 20 years. [Petoskey News-Review]

¶ A solar energy generating facility to be built in Alabama will help the world’s largest retailer move a step closer to meeting its renewable energy goals. Under a long-term contract with Alabama Power, Walmart will subscribe to a majority of the solar plant’s renewable energy credits. [Yellowhammer News]

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