Archive for June 18th, 2016

June 18 Energy News

June 18, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ The Dead Sea, the salty lake located at the lowest point on Earth, is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. It surface level is dropping by more than a meter (3.4 feet) per year. For those who live on its shores it’s an ongoing slow-motion crisis. [BBC]

The ruins of the Naharayim hydro-electric power plant.

The ruins of the Naharayim hydro-electric power plant.


¶ According to Solar Intelligence analyst Finlay Colville, the UK installed 1.553 GW of new solar PV capacity during the first quarter of 2016. The UK’s first quarter was the second highest quarter ever for the UK solar PV industry, as the first quarter of last year retains its record. [CleanTechnica]

¶ El Salvador will conduct an auction to deploy 170 MW of renewable electricity. This follows an award of 100 MW of PV projects in its previous auction, even though no project is operational yet. The solicitation is structured for a 100 MW block using solar PV and 70 MW using wind. []

El Salvador. Image via Shutterstock

El Salvador. Image via Shutterstock

¶ German industrial megalith Siemens and Spanish wind energy giant Gamesa have announced they will merge their wind energy businesses. They have signed binding agreements to merge Siemens’ wind business with Gamesa, to create a leading global wind power player [CleanTechnica]

¶ The president of SaskWind says a report from Canada’s parliamentary budget office shows carbon capture technology will double the price of power from Boundary Dam Unit 3. The wholesale cost of power is about $60 per megawatt hour. Removing CO2 has about the same price. []

Saskatchewan's power utility says its carbon capture and storage project at Boundary Dam is the world's first commercial-scale operation of its kind. (Michael Bell/Canadian Press)

Carbon capture and storage project at Boundary Dam is the first such commercial operation. (Michael Bell / Canadian Press)

¶ Construction has started on Scotland’s first community hydro scheme. When complete, the Donside Hydro scheme will produce electricity to be sold to the national grid, generating clean, renewable electricity and a sustainable income for the local community to invest in local priorities. [Third Force News]

¶ EDF EN Canada Inc has dedicated the 74-MW Mont Rothery Wind Project, which generates enough electricity for about 15,000 Quebec homes. The project consists of 37 wind turbines supplied by Senvion. Construction began in 2014 and was completed in December. [Windpower Engineering]

The 74-MW Mont Rothery Wind Farm in Quebec. (Credit: Business Wire)

The 74-MW Mont Rothery Wind Farm. (Credit: Business Wire)

¶ The Japanese government has advised Nigeria to adopt renewable energy for the provision of electricity in the country. The leader of a Japanese delegation gave the advice in relation to the continuous militant activities which is disrupting gas supply for the generation of electricity. []


¶ Renewable power production in the US is expected to overtake coal-fired generation by 2029, according to the Reference case of the US Energy Information Administration. This projection is based on the assumption that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) is implemented. [SeeNews Renewables]
NB The EIA is notorious for overstating the time it takes for renewable energy to grow.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2016.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2016. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ The EPA proposed adding new hydropower and geothermal generation to the criteria of projects eligible to receive emissions reductions credits under a voluntary program that would reward states that choose to make early investments in preparation for the Clean Power Plan. [Bloomberg BNA]

¶ Iowa is a leader in wind energy due to bipartisan support. Amid the variability in crop prices, the turbines mean a steady annual income for the farmers who have long-term leases for turbines on their land. Such lease payments can net $5,000 to $10,000 a year per tower. [chinadialogue]

Wind turbines near the small farming town of Nevada, Iowa. (Image by Carl Wycoff)

Wind turbines near Nevada, Iowa. (Image by Carl Wycoff)

¶ Ameresco Inc has completed an 18.6-MW solar project at the US Army Garrison Fort Detrick Army installation in Frederick, Maryland. The project consists of 59,994 solar panels on 67 acres, and is designed to serve about 12% of Fort Detrick’s annual electric load requirements. [Solar Industry]

¶ Exelon Corp’s recent threat to close the Nine Mile 1 and Ginna nuclear reactors if it doesn’t get a subsidy from utility ratepayers by September has drawn barbed complaints from business, municipal and green energy advocates, many of whom would rather the money go to wind or solar power. []

Exelon Corp is looking for state incentives. (Michael Greenlar)

Exelon Corp is looking for state incentives. (Michael Greenlar)

¶ Florida Power & Light Co will install several different types of battery systems in southern Florida as part of a pilot project. The systems will be at locations in the counties of Miami-Dade and Monroe to research a range of potential future benefits of energy storage. [North American Windpower]