June 16 Energy Week

June 16, 2016

World:

¶ The global wind power industry now employs 1.1 million people, representing growth of 5%, according to International Renewable Energy Agency data. The increase in jobs is mainly due to strong installation rates in China, the US, and Germany, and it is being driven by declining costs. [reNews]

Onshore wind farm turbines pic credit MorgueFile.

Onshore wind farm turbines pic credit MorgueFile.

¶ Australia is expected to be producing 25,000 GWh of annual power from rooftop PV systems by 2035-36, as compared to 5,600 GWh today, the Australian Energy Market Operator said. This would be equivalent to 11% of current electricity consumption from the grid. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ An energy park in Scotland will be used for the construction of a £2.8 billion wind farm. Siemens will use Nigg Energy Park’s facilities in Moray Firth to build the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm. The engineering giant has signed a contract to use the site from spring 2018. [Energy Live News]

An artist's impression of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm. Image: SSE

Artist’s impression of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm. Image: SSE

¶ The Indian Ministry of Power says slowing demand growth means India doesn’t need any power plants over the next three years beyond those already under construction, or renewable projects which the government is committed to. It is a sign that the coal industry is weakening. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Siemens said it will deliver the steam plants and generators for the Noor II and Noor III concentrating solar power plants in Morocco at the end of 2016. Noor II and III are parts of a huge solar thermal power complex, which is to become the world’s largest of its type. [SeeNews Renewables]

Below the mirrors at the Noor I CSP park in Morocco.
Source: http://www.kfw.de. All Rights Reserved.

¶ A senior official of the German government stated that all new cars registered in Germany will need to be emissions-free by the year 2030. If the Germans hope to cut 80%-95% of their carbon dioxide output by 2050, they need to radically reduce pollution from transportation. [Carscoops]

US:

¶ Maryland could soon join 10 other US states with community solar programs, as the state’s Public Service Commission has just approved its final regulations for establishing a three-year pilot community solar program, which are expected to be published in the coming weeks. [CleanTechnica]

SunGen Sharon Solar Farm in Sharon, Vermont. Photo by SayCheeeeeese. CC0 public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

SunGen Sharon Solar Farm in Sharon, Vermont. Photo by SayCheeeeeese. CC0 public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ LG Chem delivered and installed batteries for a 7 MW/3 MWh system in Minster, Ohio, which is combined with a 4.2 MW solar PV array. The system benefits will be shaving of peak demand, improving power quality, and deferring $350,000 in transmission and distribution costs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Embracing the sun or wind isn’t necessarily a scalable option for islands such as Hawaii that have limited soil-bound real estate. The state is also still heavily dependent on oil, which was responsible for about 68% of its electricity as recently as 2014. Ocean energy is an option. [GreenBiz]

A WindFloat prototype, sited off the shore of Portugal. Courtesy of WindFloat.

WindFloat prototype in Portuguese waters. Courtesy of WindFloat.

¶ The New York Power Authority has completed the Marcy South Series Compensation Project, a $120 million transmission upgrade that will move up to 440 MW of additional capacity from upstate, where there are abundant wind and hydro resources, to downstate cities. [Greentech Media]

¶ Wyoming’s energy-based economy is faltering with increased fossil fuel regulations and dropping prices, but the University of Wyoming is taking steps to expand its renewable options. The university’s solar array, which was old and had fallen into disrepair, has been replaced. [Wyoming Business Report]

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