June 27 Energy News

June 27, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “IEA report says fossil fuels killing three million people a year” • The International Energy Agency has adopted a more informed vision in a new report. Anyone parroting the mantra that ‘coal is the lowest cost source of electricity’ is clearly also putting a pretty low value on human life. [RenewEconomy]

Coal worker suffering from pneumoconiosis. Photo: Greenpeace India.

Coal worker with pneumoconiosis. Photo: Greenpeace India.

Science and Technology:

¶ US solar panels maker and project developer SunPower Corp said it achieved a 24.1% efficiency for its X-Series solar module, beating the prior world record for PV panel efficiency for silicon cells. The record was validated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [SeeNews Renewables]

World:

¶ Indonesia’s decision to stop coal imports to the Philippines could spell problems for the local power industry that relies on coal-fired power plants to supply electricity, the Department of Energy said. The Philippines is heavily reliant on Indonesia for coal for power plants. [Philippine Star]

Transmission lines in the Philippines. Philstar.com/File photo

Transmission lines in the Philippines. Philstar.com/File photo

¶ Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has awarded a consortium led by Abu Dhabi’s Masdar to build the 800-MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The contract was awarded to the lowest bid, which is 2.99¢/kWh, which sets a new world record. [Emirates 24|7]

¶ BMW’s new $1 billion plant in Mexico will rely on renewable energy to become BMW’s most efficient factory. The ground-breaking for the plant was two weeks ago. The plant will have a capacity of up to 150,000 cars a year and will be powered entirely by the sun and wind. [BMWBLOG]

Image of BMW plant in Mexico.

Image of BMW plant in Mexico.

¶ In India, Greater Chennai Corporation will install solar panels on the rooftops of 130 buildings in the second phase of a project to power its offices. The civic body had identified 836 buildings suitable in a feasibility study. Of these, 77 buildings were part of phase one implementation. [Times of India]

¶ India is looking to announce a comprehensive policy to promote hydropower generation by September, with viability gap funding for projects, compulsory hydropower purchase obligations for distribution companies and a set of good practices that states have to follow. [Livemint]

US:

¶ Georgetown, a small city in Texas, about 40 kilometers north of the Lone Star state’s capital Austin, has a big dream to become greener by using 100% renewable energy next year. It will be the first in the state and one of the few in the nation to be entirely powered by wind and solar energy. [Xinhua]

Courthouse Square in Georgetown. Billy Hathorn.
CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Iberdrola Renewables is developing a 40-turbine wind farm project in the New York state towns of Hopkinton and Parishville. The project is moving forward despite five years of seeming inactivity. The 100-MW North Ridge Wind Farm could power up to 24,000 homes. [North Country Now]

¶ National Grid wants to build New York’s largest solar energy farm on Long Island, but residents are not welcoming the plan. The plan calls for a 350-acre farm near the former Shoreham Nuclear Plant. Some residents about cutting down trees to make space for solar panels. [WSHU]

Solar panels. Credit courtesy of Pixabay

Solar panels. Credit courtesy of Pixabay

¶ Greensmith Energy, founded in Herndon, Virginia, in 2008, has delivered over 70 MW of energy storage over the last two years for things like renewables smoothing, frequency regulation, and microgrids. It announced that at the current pace, it will install over 100 MW this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ After watching Iowa and other states harness the wind, Nebraska is working to catch up. New incentives are helping to build the largest wind farm in the state, in which 200 turbines will turn over farmland in Holt County by the end of the year. It will be Nebraska’s largest wind farm. [KETV Omaha]

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