July 7 Energy News

July 7, 2016

World:

¶ DONG Energy set a record low price for offshore wind power in a winning bid to build two arrays off the coast of the Netherlands. DONG committed to supply electricity at €72.70/MWh ($80.40/MWh), not including transmission costs, which may add about €14/MWh. An industry goal is €100/MWh by 2020. [Climate Home]

Cheap steel and favourable regulations are helping to cut offshore wind power costs (Pic: DONG Energy A/S)

Low cost steel and favourable regulations are helping
to cut offshore wind power costs (Pic: DONG Energy A/S)

¶ Trustpower, a renewable energy developer based in New Zealand, says it has been granted planning approval for the 300-MW Dundonnel Wind Farm in the Australian state of Victoria. It is a community-driven project initiated in 2008 by a group of land owners who intended to develop a wind farm on their property. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Almost a third more biogas energy is being produced in the UK compared to this time last year, according to new figures from industry trade body Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association. The AD Market Report shows that the UK now has 617 MW of biogas capacity, enough to power the equivalent of 800,000 homes. [FarmingUK]

An anaerobic digester system in the UK.

An anaerobic digester system in the UK.

¶ The Philippine government plans to require buildings in Metro Manila to install solar panels as an alternative source of energy, according to its Economic Planning Secretary. He said it would be easier and quicker to build renewable energy projects, such as solar facilities on rooftops, than coal-fired power plants. [The Standard]

¶ Bank of China raised a total of $3 billion (€2.7 billion) by issuing five tranches of green bonds in different currencies. It issued $2.25 billion in US dollar-denominated bonds, €500 million in euro bonds to mature in 2021, and ¥1.5 billion in yuan bonds. The bonds were issued in Luxembourg and New York. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in China. Author: Land Rover Our Planet. License: Creative Commons. Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Wind farm in China. Author: Land Rover Our Planet.
License: Creative Commons. Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

¶ Seven of the 32 turbines for the first phase of the 100-MW Hornsdale wind farm in South Australia are now on the grid. The remaining turbines are expected to come online in the coming months, the developers said. Hornsdale was awarded a contract for 100 MW for the Australian Capital Territory in February of 2015. [reNews]

US:

¶ Southern Power has acquired a controlling interest in SunPower’s 102-MW Henrietta solar farm in Kings County, California. SunPower, which owns the remaining interest, is constructing the facility and will operate and maintain it upon completion. The project is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of this year. [reNews]

Desert solar farm. SunPower image.

Desert solar farm. SunPower image.

¶ Pattern Energy Group LP announced it has acquired from SunEdison the development rights to the proposed 600-MW King Pine Wind power project in Maine. King Pine Wind is a 600-MW, 174 turbine, wind power project currently under development in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, in the state’s northeastern region. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ Solar energy is expected to supply roughly 3% of New England’s power each year by 2025, and serve more than 20% of the demand during peak daytime periods in the spring and fall, according to the latest calculations by the region’s power grid operator. Massachusetts and Connecticut lead in development, while Maine is trailing. [Press Herald]

Hans Albee, an engineer at the ReVision Energy, at the Sky Ranch Solar Farm in Kennebec County, Maine. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Hans Albee, an engineer at the ReVision Energy, at the Sky Ranch Solar Farm in Kennebec County, Maine. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

 

¶ In a mixed ruling, a federal court ruled that the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management were not in compliance with the Endangered Species Act or the National Environmental Policy Act when they issued a lease for the Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. [North American Windpower]

¶ New York storage advocates want the state to set storage mandates, directing utilities to acquire battery resources to back up more renewable power. According to the NY-BEST group, state’s 50% renewables goal would require about a quarter of peak load to be sourced from storage. It wants 4 GW of storage by 2030. [Utility Dive]

¶ Indian Point’s Unit 2 automatically shut down Wednesday morning while technicians were testing the nuclear reactor’s electrical systems, company officials said. Unit 2 has had a difficult year, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke of a pattern of problems at the nuclear facility. [The Journal News | LoHud.com]

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