July 1 Energy News

July 1, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Coal Is Literally Killing Us” • Taken together, the Clean Power Plan’s reductions in atmospheric pollutants associated with coal would reduce problems with heart disease, asthma, and other diseases enough save us of a whopping $38 billion a year in the US. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Smoke stacks. Photo: Jon Sullivan / Flickr

Smoke stacks. Photo: Jon Sullivan / Flickr

World:

¶ The North American Climate, Energy and Environment Partnership announced Wednesday in Ottawa has much to say about clean power generation, renewable energy and efficiency but barely a word about natural gas, save for methane emissions reduction goals. [Natural Gas Intelligence]

¶ The City of Sydney has a new five-year plan that targets 50% renewable electricity by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. Reports say the City may use a scheme under which the council, businesses and residents group together to sponsor large-scale renewable energy projects. [CleanTechnica]

Solar power station in White Cliffs, NSW, Australia. Photo by Richard Gifford. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Solar power station in White Cliffs, NSW, Australia. Photo by
 Richard Gifford. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Australia’s burgeoning residential battery storage market is set to have yet another contender come September, with the release of a modular 2.5-kWh lithium-ion product by prestige car maker Mercedes-Benz. The cost per 2.5-kWh battery unit has not yet been released. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Britain’s decision to leave the European union could delay the Moray Firth offshore wind energy project in Scotland owned by the renewables unit of Portugal’s Energias de Portugal-EDP. The project’s planned capacity would be enough to meet the needs of 700,000 households. [Investing.com UK]

Specialist offshore construction vessel North Sea Giant in Bangor Bay. Photo by Rossographer. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Specialist offshore construction vessel North Sea Giant in Bangor Bay. Photo by Rossographer. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Confectionery giant Mars now diverts all of the waste produced at its factories worldwide away from landfill, the company said. Publishing its annual Principles in Action 2015 report, Mars said all of the waste from its 126 factories is now reused, recycled or used for energy generation. [Business Green]

¶ Nissan Motor published its annual Sustainability Report showing that the automaker’s CO2 emissions have fallen by 22.4% over the past decade. Nissan’s success in reducing emissions made it the highest-performing auto company tracked by the Carbon Disclosure Project. [Autocar Professional]

Nissan electric test car. Photo by JM Rosenfeld (flickr). CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons. 

Nissan electric test car. Photo by JM Rosenfeld (flickr). 
CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Google has purchased 100% of the output of a 160-MW Norwegian wind power farm through a 12-year power purchase agreement. The deal will power Google’s European data centers. The permits have already been granted. The wind farm include 50 Siemens 3.2-MW units. [North American Windpower]

¶ Germany is offering to help Greece develop environmentally friendly power plants on its Aegean islands, the German Economy Minister said. The aim is to bring clean energy to the islands, many of which are dependent on dirty diesel-powered generators for electricity. [Europe Online Magazine]

Salamina, Greece. Photo by Barba' s. Placed in the public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Salamina, Greece. Photo by Barba’ s.
Placed in the public domain. Wikimedia Commons.

US:

¶ Projections that coal utilization will decline faster than previously forecast have spurred Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises to shed 200 jobs and restructure its traditional power business that serves coal-fired power generation in a bid to reduce overhead and improve efficiency. [POWER magazine]

¶ Rhode Island has nearly tripled the state’s renewable energy standard to 40% by 2035, up from 14.5% by 2019, as the governor signed the legislation into law. A growing number of states, including California, Oregon, Vermont, and Hawaii have increased existing renewable energy goals. [reNews]

Wind turbines. SXC image.

Wind turbines. SXC image.

¶ Bringing off-shore wind energy to the US electric system for the first time took a major step forward this past weekend with the landing of a 20-mile undersea cable from Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island, to the wind project, and then to Crescent Beach on Block Island. [Digital Journal]

¶ Danish manufacturer Vestas has secured 162-MW turbine supply contracts for a pair of wind farms in the US. The unconditional awards are for V110-2.0MW hardware and delivery is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2017. Some of the machines will be optimized at 2.2 MW. [reNews]

V110 wind turbine blades. Credit: Vestas

V110 wind turbine blades. Credit: Vestas

¶ A new bill may lead to freeing up funds intended for use by the troubled San Francisco to Los Angeles high-speed rail project, with the funds being made available for other projects such as the electrification of Caltrain’s Gilroy to San Francisco route, according to recent reports. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Illinois lawmakers adjourned June 30 without addressing a controversial bill intended to keep two nuclear power facilities open. The legislation was back by Exelon, the plants’ owner, but many consumer advocates and state Attorney General Lisa Madigan opposed the measure. [WJBC News]

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