June 15 Energy News

June 15, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ A new study by Harvard University shows why criticisms of high costs to lower carbon emissions are nothing more than 100% baloney. It not only gives the lie to such absurd notions, it demonstrates in stark terms just how much economic value lowering emissions can create. [CleanTechnica]

Smokestacks.

Smokestacks.

World:

¶ As grids get smarter and consumers get savvier about energy consumption, letting customers have more control over their own energy needs is one way to get to a more efficient, less costly, and lower carbon system. The EDF Group is transforming its residential PV solutions accordingly. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Scotrenewables Tidal Power has launched its SR2000 turbine at the marine engineering company Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 2-MW machine is the company’s first commercial-scale turbine and also the largest in the world. [Power Technology]

SR2000 tidal turbine. Photo courtesy of Scotrenewables Tidal Power.

SR2000 tidal turbine. Photo courtesy of Scotrenewables Tidal Power.

¶ The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation reportedly has signed an agreement to purchase electricity generated from a planned 750-MW solar power park in Madhya Pradesh. Power generated from the Rewa-based solar park will be transmitted to Delhi, around 800 km away. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Zambia set a new benchmark for low-cost solar power in Africa with a competitive auction under the ‘Scaling Solar’ program. The winners of the auction are France’s Neoen SAS and American PV manufacturer First Solar, who jointly bid at just 6.02¢/kWh, and Enel SA, which bid 7.84¢/kWh. [PV-Tech]

Northern Cape scenergy. Source: Flickr - Zoe Shuttleworth

Northern Cape scenergy. Source: Flickr – Zoe Shuttleworth

¶ Saudi Arabia’s first wind turbine will be operational later this year. It will be installed by GE and Saudi Aramco at Turaif bulk plant and will replace diesel as the primary source of power generation for the site. It has been specially designed to cope with the harsh climate. [Energy Live News]

¶ The average cost of electricity from renewable sources is set to decline more, according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. The cost from PVs could fall as much as 59% by 2025. Offshore wind may see cost reductions of 35%, followed by onshore wind at 26%. [Bloomberg]

Source: International Renewable Energy Agency

Source: International Renewable Energy Agency.
Please click on image to enlarge.

¶ Struggling French nuclear giant Areva said Wednesday it will create a new nuclear fuel subsidiary as it withdraws from the business of building reactors. Areva, 87% owned by the French state, is restructuring after being hit by a slump in demand for nuclear power. [The News International]

¶ Vienna will soon be home to the world’s tallest wooden building, the so-called HoHo project. It will be 276 feet tall and cost about $65 million to construct. The project developer told The Guardian that her firm chose wood because of its environmental benefits. [CleanTechnica]

HoHo mixed-use wooden high-rise. Credit: Rüdiger Lainer and Partner

HoHo wooden high-rise. Credit: Rüdiger Lainer and Partner

US:

¶ Con Edison and SunPower Corp will partner on a pilot program to offer solar power systems with battery storage to more than 300 New York homeowners. In aggregate, they can be a cost-effective and innovative “virtual power plant” to improve grid resiliency, reliability, and sustainability. [PennEnergy]

¶ The Boardman Hill Solar Farm is a great example of neighbors coming together to get affordable power through community-scale solar. The 150-kW project in West Rutland, Vermont arose when two people invited the town to a meeting to talk about a community project. [GreenBiz]

Aerial view of Boardman Hill Solar Farm in Rutland, Vermont.

Aerial view of Boardman Hill Solar Farm in Rutland, Vermont.

¶ Senator Chuck Grassley accused those who oppose wind energy tax credits of employing a double standard, pointing to “market-distorting” benefits to other electricity sources such as nuclear power. The Iowa Republican has championed the production tax credit for wind power since 1992. [Morning Consult]

¶ Exelon Generation told the New York State Public Service Commission the company needs to know by September whether the regulator will approve a compensation plan for nuclear generators, otherwise Exelon will shut the Nine Mile Point-1 and Ginna reactors, according to a letter. [Platts]

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