July 18 Energy News

July 18, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “The future of hydro in a warming world” • Ironically, although hydro power is seen as an energy source that helps slow global warming, in many areas its viability is threatened by climate change. A new approach to dams and hydro would take climate change into account, along with environmental effects. [Cowichan Valley Citizen]

British Columbia’s power grid is fed in large part by hydro power. Image credit: BC Hydro.Com.

British Columbia’s power grid is fed in large part by hydro power.
Image credit: BC Hydro.Com.

¶ “The Truth About Australia’s Soaring Electricity Prices” • Wind and solar has again been blamed for South Australia’s high power prices. Just because this is often repeated, it doesn’t’ make it true. The spikes in electric costs have been around since before the first solar panel or wind turbine was installed. [Energy Matters]

World:

¶ Siemens has signed a cooperation agreement with Cuban utility Union Electrica to modernize the country’s energy infrastructure and boost renewables. The German company and the state-owned utility will pursue projects and services for power generation, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, and automation. [reNews]

Wind farm. Siemens photo.

Wind farm. Siemens photo.

¶ The energy intelligence software and demand response solutions firm EnerNOC has announced that the London Underground has agreed to join the firm’s demand response network. The London Underground will be paid for doing its part to participating in efforts to stabilize the grid during periods of peak and unstable demand. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Solar Energy Corporation of India got a healthy response to the largest-ever rooftop solar power tender in the world, which it launched earlier this year. The 500 MW tender for grid-connected rooftop solar power projects received applications from prospective developers willing to set up a cumulative of 602 MW of capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Image via MNRE

Rooftop solar in India. Image via MNRE

¶ With several countries across the globe moving towards fuel free transportation, South Korean auto giant, Hyundai has now announced ambitious plans for 2020. The company, along with its sister firm Kia and Genesis luxury brand aspires to unveil ten new hybrids, eight plug-in hybrids, and two fuel cell cars. [Big News Network.com]

¶ The government of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh is preparing to set up 51,000 solar powered irrigation pumps in a span of two-and-half-years in the State. The government has set the target of setting up 11,000 solar pumps in the current financial year, until March 2017, and the rest during the next two years. [Daily Pioneer]

Farming in Chhattisgarh. Photo by Pankaj Oudhia. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Farming in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
Photo by Pankaj Oudhia. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Licenses will be issued to small and medium-sized enterprises for the first time to set up mini solar power plants in Sri Lanka. The chairman of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority said the power generated from these plants, each of less than 5 MW capacity, will be purchased by the government at attractive prices. [Ceylon Daily News]

US:

¶ Soon after the Department of Navy begin implementing renewable energy projects, North Carolina was ranked third in the nation for solar power capacity by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The Camp Lejeune Solar Facility, operated by Duke Energy Progress, is one of four large solar projects in the state. [Jacksonville Daily News]

The Camp Lejeune Solar Facility. Duke Energy Progress photo.

The Camp Lejeune Solar Facility. Duke Energy Progress photo.

¶ Most congressional Republicans with even a hint of moderation on climate change are distancing themselves from Donald Trump and won’t be present for his nomination in Cleveland this week. Four of the five Republican senators with a record of supporting climate action are skipping the convention, which begins on Monday. [Grist]

¶ The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce is stepping up its fight against South Carolina Electric & Gas’ annual rate increases to help pay for new reactors at the VC Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville. If approved, it will be the ninth rate increase related to the nuclear plant since 2009. [Charleston Post Courier]

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