July 25 Energy News

July 25, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Why fossil fuel industry needs South Australia ‘experiment’ to fail” • Price spikes, such as what recently happened in South Australia, used to be an important part of the business model for coal and gas generators. With the advent of renewable power, the spikes have all but gone away, so when one comes, they blame renewables. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbines in South Australia. Photo by Fairv8. CC BY-SA 4.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Wind turbines in South Australia.
Photo by Fairv8. CC BY-SA 4.0. Wikimedia Commons.

World:

¶ Profits at Bord na Móna, a company originally formed to harvest Irish peat for fuel, were dented as the group took a €23.6 million impairment charge against the carrying value of its two thermal power stations at Edenderry. The company will become an alternative energy provider, centered on biomass, wind and solar power. [Irish Times]

¶ The UK’s Marine Management Organisation granted approval for deployment and operation of a 30-MW tidal project off the Isle of Wight. The team believes that tidal power is set to surge and this project could set a precedent for the future. But can it compete with other more common renewable energy generation methods? [Power Technology]

Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight

Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight.

¶ Pakistan received a major boost in its endeavor to expand renewable energy infrastructure as Canada agreed to set up large-scale solar power projects in one of the country’s provinces. The Canadian government reportedly signed an agreement with the government of Balochistan to set up 1 GW solar power capacity in the province. [PlanetSave.com]

¶ A sharp fall in solar module prices will help renewable energy producers, who have won solar projects at aggressive tariffs but are yet to procure equipment or start construction, leading to higher margins, according to company executives and analysts. Module prices have already declined by as much as 10% in the first half of 2016. [Livemint]

Costs of photovoltaic modules have been declining because of oversupply in China. Photo: Bloomberg

Costs of photovoltaic modules have been declining
because of oversupply in China. Photo: Bloomberg.

¶ A committee of MPs has called on the UK government to clarify support for the Scottish renewables industry following a “disproportionate” impact of cuts on the sector. The Scottish Affairs Committee warned that recent changes in government policy have created uncertainty that may threaten the industry’s growth prospects. [Scottish Housing News]

¶ According to The National, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is requesting proposals for an early-stage feasibility study on producing electricity from geothermal energy and in particular for its use in potential desalination. The move fits with Dubai’s aim to produce 75% of electricity from clean sources by 2050. [PlanetSave.com]

Dubai skyline. Image via Shutterstock.

Dubai skyline. Image via Shutterstock.

US:

¶ State officials say Minnesota should look at strengthening its renewable energy law. Minnesota is on track to meet a requirement of 25% renewable electricity generation by 2025. But that has not been enough to help reach another state goal, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change. [Fergus Falls Daily Journal]

¶ Solana Beach could become the first city in San Diego County to create its own power company, with the goal of moving to 100% renewable energy. The city is searching for a company to provide a power system based completely on solar, wind, geothermal, or other renewable sources of electricity. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

Parabolic trough solar thermal electric power plant at Kramer Junction, California. Photo by kjkolb. CC BY-SA 2.5. Wikimedia Commons

Parabolic trough solar thermal electric power plant at Kramer
Junction, California. Photo by kjkolb. CC BY-SA 2.5. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ With four days of convention activities, energy consumption and emissions will rise around Philadelphia. To help offset this increased energy usage, WGL Energy Services, Inc has donated enough carbon offsets to cover the hotel stays of all 28,000 convention attendees for all four days of the Democratic event. [Stockhouse]

¶ Members of Ozarks Electric Cooperative in Arkansas can now buy solar power without installing a panel. Ozarks Electric started the area’s first utility-owned solar farm on 5 acres just outside Springdale. The 4,080-panel array has a capacity of 1 MW. Most of Arkansas’ electricity comes from gas, nuclear, and hydropower. [Northwest Arkansas News]

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