June 30 Energy News

June 30, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Floating Solar: A Win-Win for Drought-Stricken Lakes in
U.S.” • Floating PV projects are increasingly used around the world. One prime spot for them could be the US Southwest, where they could prevent evaporation in major man-made reservoirs as they make energy. [Yale Environment 360]

A 2.3-MW floating solar array in Kasai City, Japan.

A 2.3-MW floating solar array in Kasai City, Japan.

¶ “The End of the Era of Baseload Power Plants” • PG&E’s plan to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant marks a historic transition for the electric power industry. While it ends nuclear power in California, it also ushers in an entirely new paradigm for our electric system. [Greentech Media]

World:

¶ HVDC grid connections in the German North Sea could be planned and built almost two years faster than is currently the case, and technical innovations could also help cut costs by up to 30%, according to a new report commissioned by Germany’s offshore wind industry. [reNews]

Riffgat offshore wind farm in the German North Sea (EWE image)

Riffgat offshore wind farm in the German North Sea (EWE image)

¶ The UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate said the UK’s energy plan of offshore wind, new nuclear, and gas would remain despite the EU referendum. She added small modular nuclear reactors to the mix, despite the fact that they are decades away from any delivery. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

¶ Pope Francis’ Laudato Si makes clear that the Catholic Church is committed to the environment. So top Vatican officials responded enthusiastically as all 31 schools in one Queensland diocese switched to solar power. The switch resulted in annual electricity savings of $250,000. [CleanTechnica]

Solarized catholic schools in the Townsville Diocese are now saving $250,000 a year. Credit: catholicleader.com.au

Solarized catholic schools in the Townsville Diocese are
now saving $250,000 a year. Credit: catholicleader.com.au

¶ The British government is set to confirm a world-leading climate change target. Ministers are expected to announce that the UK will cut carbon emissions by 57% by 2032, from 1990 levels. This may be reassuring for investors needed to overhaul the UK’s ageing energy system. [BBC]

¶ The Global Wind Energy Council has set out the basis for future offshore wind feasibility assessments in the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu in India. In a new report, the council assesses key supply chain elements, port infrastructure, logistics, vessel requirements and installation strategies. [reNews]

London Array. Credit reNews.

London Array. Credit reNews.

¶ India won’t buy GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s atomic reactors that haven’t been used in nuclear power plants before, the country’s top atomic-energy bureaucrat said. GE Hitachi has signed an accord for supplying reactors for a nuclear power plant in the state of Andhra Pradesh. [Livemint]

¶ French renewable energy company Akuo Energy has been chosen to build 100 MW of PV power plants on the Indonesian island of Bali. The scheme will be carried out based on the Agrinergie model for production of clean energy and organic farming on the shared land. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar park in Indonesia. Author: Bart Speelman. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Solar park in Indonesia. Author: Bart Speelman.
License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S said it has received an order for 22 turbines to be installed at the Lyrestad wind park in Mariestad, Sweden, with power produced from the development sold to Google as part of the tech company’s drive to power its entire operations on clean energy. [Nasdaq]

¶ A grand opening ceremony has been held for Ontario’s 180-MW Armow Wind power facility, expected to generate enough energy to power approximately 70,000 Ontario homes each year. The wind farm’s 91 Siemens turbines have locally made towers and blades. [Windpower Engineering]

Armow wind farm.

Armow wind farm.

US:

¶ The District of Columbia took another step toward nation-leading climate action today, as the DC Council unanimously approved legislation to expand DC’s renewable energy target to 50% by 2032. The bill creates incentives for 1,500 MW of new solar and wind power. [RealEstateRama]

¶ The San Diego region reached a milestone on Wednesday, as private, rooftop solar power produces 5% of the city’s peak electricity demand. San Diego Gas & Electric and major solar installers cheered the milestone in what has become a $1 billion local industry. [Times of San Diego]

Solar panels on a San Diego home. Courtesy San Diego County News Center

Solar panels during installation on a San Diego home.
Courtesy San Diego County News Center

¶ Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter has offered an energy plan that sets goals of reducing peak electricity demand by 10% over five years and cutting carbon pollution emitted through transportation. The plan focuses on efficiency, solar power, and energy storage. [vtdigger.org]

¶ All HP brand paper and paper-based product packaging will be derived from certified and recycled sources by 2020, with a preference for virgin fiber from Forest Stewardship Council certified sources. This pledge is outlined in the company’s latest Sustainability Report. [Power Engineering Magazine]

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