June 24 Energy News

June 24, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “We’re all going solar, rooftop panels or not” • Solar power has gone beyond a rooftop revolution. Thanks to rapid cost reductions that even surprised experts, solar is on the verge of transforming Australia’s energy mix, whatever the outcome of the July 2 election. [The Australian Financial Review]

Solar power is set to capture almost all the investment in new generation. Justin McManus

Solar power is set to capture almost all the investment in new generation. Justin McManus

¶ “EDF should delay Hinkley Point decision following Brexit: union” • EDF’s unions have argued for months that the state-owned firm should delay its investment decision on the Hinkley Point. Now, the UK has voted to leave the EU, and UK politics have taken uncertainty to a new level. [The Fiscal Times]

Science and Technology:

¶ BMW announced battery packs from its i3 model can power your home, integrating seamlessly with solar panels to store energy for use at night, to offset peak tariffs and act as a backup supply. Used BMW i3 battery packs could expand the system as they become available, extending their life. [Car Keys]

BMW i3

BMW i3

¶ A solution to help mitigate the impact of wind turbines on radar performance has been successfully implemented at two radar sites in the UK. It will enable the release of 600 MW of renewable energy by allowing otherwise impossible wind turbine developments to go ahead. [Air Traffic Management]

World:

¶ Giving a major push to clean energy, the Delhi’s AAP government on June 6, 2016, came out with an ambitious policy, announcing incentives and tax breaks to promote solar power and making it mandatory for government and public institutions to install rooftop solar panels. [Firstpost]

Delhi

Delhi

¶ The German state of Schleswig-Holstein announced plans to completely electrify its railway network, using hydrogen fuel cells to power it. The state expects to have a hydrail system in place by 2025, making the railway system more environmentally friendly and efficient. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

¶ The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s draft national policy for minigrids and microgrids aims to create up to 500 MW of capacity over the next five years, supporting rural electrification. This follows past challenges in getting the sector off the ground. [Greentech Media]

Building an Indian microgrid. UK Department for International Development photo.

Indian microgrid. UK Department for International Development photo.

¶ The French branch of Renewable Energy Systems Ltd inaugurated a 54-MW wind power plant in the Cote-d’Or department, in eastern France. The development has 27 turbines of 2 MW each. The total investment was less than €85 million ($96.7 million). [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Ulstein delivered a new offshore wind service vessel to BS Offshore, chartered to Siemens Wind Power Service to be deployed at the 600-MW Gemini offshore wind farm. It is designed to offer increased accessibility with less time lost waiting for suitable weather conditions. [reNews]

The vessel during sea trials (Ivan Schrooyen)

The vessel during sea trials (Ivan Schrooyen)

¶ Resistance from incumbents in the economy may be fierce, but according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the future is clear: In Australia, wind and solar will replace coal and gas, and a lot quicker than many people think, with one third of all capacity “behind the meter.” [Echonetdaily]

¶ Berlin’s parliament voted to pull its money out of coal, gas and oil companies. The new investment policy, part of the German capital’s goal of completely weaning off carbon by 2050, will make the city’s pension fund, of $852.8 million, divest itself of fossil fuel companies. [Huffington Post]

The Spree, Berlin. Photo by Botaurus stellaris. CC BY-SA 2.5. Wikimedia Commons.

The Spree, Berlin. Photo by Botaurus stellaris.
CC BY-SA 2.5. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Shikoku Electric Power Co started loading nuclear fuel Friday into a reactor at its Ikata power plant, paving the way for a scheduled restart next month. On Friday, a group of local residents shouted, “No to restart” near the power plant, saying the reactors should be decommissioned. [Japan Today]

US:

¶ The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission removed an exemption for wind generators from the requirement to provide reactive power as a condition of interconnection. The costs of building wind facilities that could provide reactive power had been high but have come down. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in USA. Author: Brian Jeffery Beggerly. License: Creative Commons. Attribution-2.0 Generic

Wind farm in USA. Author: Brian Jeffery Beggerly.
License: Creative Commons. Attribution-2.0 Generic

¶ The US is expected to deploy 77.3 GW of distributed renewables, especially solar PVs, distributed wind power and biogas, between 2016 and 2025, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The report takes changes in net metering and tax incentives into account. [North American Windpower]

¶ Maui Electric’s solar grid has reached its limit, but the electric company says those customers who want solar still have options. They can opt for the Self Supply program by installing PV systems, typically with batteries, providing power to the home but not exporting electricity to the grid. [KHON2]

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