July 16 Energy News

July 16, 2016

World:

¶ EDF EN Canada has selected general contractor Borea Construction to build the 224.4-MW Nicolas Riou wind project in Quebec, according to an EDF spokesperson. Vestas is slated to start delivery in spring 2017 of 65 V117 3.45MW turbines with 116.5m hub heights. The contract includes a 10-year service agreement. [reNews]

EDF EN's La Mitis wind farm in Quebec (EDF EN)

EDF EN’s La Mitis wind farm in Quebec (EDF EN image)

¶ France hasn’t historically been a major player in the solar market, but it is going to be shutting down a lot of old nuclear reactors in the coming years, and solar is on the way. A big sign of change in both of these respects is that France has announced solar tenders to have 20 GW of solar power capacity installed by 2023. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Rural electrification work in the Indian state of Odisha has provided power to around 96% of the villages. Work is underway get electricity to 275 more villages by November, 2016. Out of these, 198 villages would be connected through micro-grids and 76 would be covered through stand-alone solar projects. [Odisha News Insight]

Solar array in India. Parambikulam Tiger Conservation Foundation. CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons.

Solar array in India. Parambikulam Tiger Conservation
Foundation. CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Engie has entered into a power purchase agreement with UK finance company Equitix to buy the electricity generated by a £25-million combined heat and power plant to be built in North Wales. Expected to be completed in early 2018, the new plant will have a capacity of 4.8 MW and generate about 32 GWh per year. [Power Technology]

¶ Long-standing problems transmitting power generated in the north of Germany to the power-hungry south informed the debate on Germany’s energy transition, as did concerns about costs. The good news is that the commitment to 15 GW of offshore wind in the next 15 years remains. But installation may be erratic. [Offshore Wind Journal]

Germany built out a lot of offshore wind capacity in 2015, but progress will be more erratic in future.

Germany built out a lot of offshore wind capacity in
2015, but progress will be more erratic in future.

US:

¶ Donald Trump’s choice for vice president, the conservative governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, denies climate change and is an outspoken coal advocate. His record has made him a favorite in the very conservative wing of the Republican Party and earned him large contributions from the fossil fuel industry. [InsideClimate News]

¶ Minnesota regulators have given EDF Renewable Energy a two-year extension to build the 105-MW Stoneray wind farm. The state Public Utilities Commission has approved EDF’s request for a mid-2018 deadline to obtain a power purchase agreement and start construction of the up to 62-turbine scheme. [reNews]

EDF wind farm in Quebec.

EDF wind farm in Quebec.

¶ Hawaii regulators rejected NextEra Energy Inc’s $2.63 billion bid to purchase Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc, dealing a possibly fatal blow to a deal the state governor had opposed. The regulatory panel raised concerns about the benefits to ratepayers, the loss of local control, and the commitment to rooftop solar systems. [Bloomberg]

¶ Separate town-owned 1-MW solar farms in Hyde Park and Stowe, Vermont, have been completed and are almost ready to start putting electric power on the grid. Residents in the two towns voted in January to authorize their local utilities to take out loans for the projects. They are expected to go online in about a month. [Stowe Today]

The Stowe Electric Department's solar array stands at a reclaimed gravel pit.

The Stowe Electric Department’s solar array stands at a reclaimed gravel pit.

¶ The Long Island Power Authority has formally recommended to its board of directors a proposal from Deepwater Wind, a Rhode Island company, to construct a 90-MW, 15-turbine wind farm in federally leased waters approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, New York, the utility’s chief executive officer has confirmed. [East Hampton Star]

¶ Four Florida counties are in a state of emergency because of toxic blue-green algae blooms. Environmental scientists point to climate change and agricultural pollution from sugar fields as major contributors to the algae epidemic. But incredibly, Florida’s political leaders just have not figured it out. [CleanTechnica]

Florida’s green algae disaster. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Florida’s green algae disaster. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

¶ The asking price for the 13 TransCanada hydro dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers has passed $1 billion. The dams, totaling about 560 MW of power, were bought by TransCanada in 2005 for about $500 million. The high price tag means Vermont alone will not make an offer, but is still a potential partner for a proposed deal. [Vermont Biz]

¶ In the first study of its kind to calculate costs and benefits by subregion, a Harvard report shows that by implementing a highly flexible and only moderately stringent policy like the Clean Power Plan, the US would save some $38 billion a year in lower healthcare costs. It would also save about 17,000 lives each year. [CleanTechnica]

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