June 25 Energy News

June 25, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Overview – Brexit charts uneasy future for renewables” • The “world’s most complicated divorce” will have a huge impact on the UK’s environment and energy policies and on climate policy in the EU, the world’s largest political bloc, with a combined population of 500 million people. [SeeNews Renewables]

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Brexit CC0 1.0 Universal by PublicDomainPictures.net

World:

¶ The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says the final round of bidding for its large scale solar funding shows technology costs are still falling, and will likely continue to fall. ARENA may be in its last grant funding round before funds are stripped by the Coalition government. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Dong Energy is to go ahead with the 448-MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The company said the project, which is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2019, will consist of 56 MHI Vestas 8-MW turbines with rotor spans of 164 meters. [reNews]

Borkum Riffgrund 1 (Dong Energy)

Borkum Riffgrund 1 (Dong Energy)

¶ The World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the EU’s 50 most-polluted cities are in Poland, largely in the mining region of Upper Silesia. As other European countries shun coal, Poland is still addicted, getting almost 90% of its electricity from it. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

¶ The Australian electric utility company AGL will be offering a flat AUS$1 a day for all-you-can-do electric vehicle charging to customers with one of the company’s smart meters, according to recent reports. Media reports say the offer applies any car that plug into a charger. [EV Obsession]

Toyota Prius Plugin charging

Toyota Prius Plugin charging

US:

¶ Rhode Island is already leading the way on utilizing the nation’s vast offshore wind energy potential, and its General Assembly has just signed on to an extended renewable energy standard that sets an ambitious statewide goal of 38.5% by 2035, based on the state’s wind capacity. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ According to Bloomberg, Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to $10 billion to resolve all issues pending before the US District Court in the cheating scandal. The agreement will be presented in court on June 28. Details are not known, but people who bought the cars in question may be paid $1,000 to $7,000. [Gas2]

¶ Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker visited a Belchertown fish hatchery for the groundbreaking of a new pipeline and hydropower turbine that will bring water from the Quabbin Reservoir. The pipeline is intended to add renewable energy and improve trout production. [GazetteNET]

¶ Key lawmakers in the Massachusetts Senate released a version of an energy bill that is more comprehensive than the House has passed. The Senate bill would require more renewable energy and would also include new provisions related to energy efficiency and energy storage. [MassLive.com]

Searsburg Wind Power Facility in Searsburg, Vt. (AP File Photo/Tim Roske)

Searsburg Wind Power Facility in Searsburg, Vt.
(AP File Photo/Tim Roske)

¶ The North Carolina Senate this week approved a bill to add siting restrictions for wind farms, including new noise restrictions, requiring a review by the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as giving some oversight to the Department of Military Affairs. [Utility Dive]

¶ Polling has revealed widespread support for New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, which was already transforming utility stakeholders views of the sector’s future. Strongly positive consumer attitudes toward the plan have major implications for utilities. [CleanTechnica]

Solar installation under construction in New York State. Photo by Lucas Braun. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons

Solar installation under construction in New York State. Photo by Lucas Braun. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Georgia Power Co will add 1,200 MW of renewable energy to its generating portfolio during the next five years, enough to power nearly 200,000 homes, under an agreement with the state Public Service Commission. The agreement envisions 150 MW of distributed power. [Atlanta Business Chronicle]

¶ Approximately 80 protesters gathered and locked down the entrance to Greenpeace’s San Francisco headquarters because PG&E announced a closing date for the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. SFPD officers reported that multiple groups were protestong from opposing positions. [SFist]

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