July 26 Energy News

July 26, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Could Giant Suction Cups Turn Lake Erie Into a Regional Energy
Hub?” • When a 87-year-old Norwegian billionaire chatted in the Canary Islands with a 65-year-old nuclear engineer whose attention had turned to renewables, the conversation turned to a goal of getting a small offshore wind farm running in Lake Erie. [Pacific Standard]

Mono Buckets awaiting installation for the Dogger Bank wind farm in the North Sea off Yorkshire, England. Photo: Universal Foundation.

Mono Buckets awaiting installation for the Dogger Bank wind farm
in the North Sea off Yorkshire, England. Photo: Universal Foundation.

¶ “A hefty nuclear subsidy” • In coming weeks, New York’s Public Service Commission will consider a clean energy plan that envisions a laudable goal: to derive half of the state’s electricity from clean, renewable sources. It also includes what can be fairly described as a massive subsidy for nuclear power plants. [Albany Times Union]

¶ “Clean Energy Is Booming in Historically Red States – and It’s Splitting Conservatives Apart” • Policy fights pitt right-wing grassroots activists against well-funded conservative advocacy groups aligned with fossil fuel producers and power utilities. Fossil fuels have the upper hand for now, but the situation may be shifting. [AlterNet]

Wind power costs and capacity.

Wind power costs and capacity.

Science and Technology:

¶ Climate change is leaving migratory birds with nowhere to go. A study showed that the Arctic region is rapidly becoming unsuitable for shorebird breeding as global warming heightens. Published in the journal Global Change Biology, it said migratory bird breeding in the Arctic could be wiped out by the year 2070. [Nature World News]

¶ Sri Lanka’s prime minister has said mangroves’ ability to absorb carbon swiftly make the forests vital for fighting climate change. As well as storing carbon, the forests provide habitat for fish and protect communities from tsunamis and cyclones. His comments come on the first anniversary of a project to protect all of nation’s mangroves. [BBC]

The economic value of ecosystem services provided by mangroves is estimated to be $194,000 (£148,000) per hectare. Seacology.

The economic value of ecosystem services provided by mangroves
is estimated to be $194,000 (£148,000) per hectare. Seacology.

World:

¶ The Mayor of London has announced that the city is moving to secure a license to provide clean electricity to power underground stations and other facilities. London would be UK’s first local authority to buy energy from small, low and zero carbon energy generators and sell it to help meet electricity needs. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ More than a year after it first took to the skies, Solar Impulse 2 has completed an epic around-the-world journey without burning a single drop of fuel. The revolutionary single-seat solar-powered plane touched down Tuesday morning in Abu Dhabi, at the same airport from which it took off back in March 2015. [Huffington Post]

Completing a dream: the first Round-the-World solar flight in history. Solar Impulse blog.

Completing a dream: the first Round-the-
World solar flight in history. Solar Impulse blog.

¶ Almost one-third of jobs in the UK solar power sector have been lost in the past year and a further 30% of businesses expect to cut staff in the next 12 months, according to a survey by the Solar Trade Association and PwC. The drop follows a year in which deployment in domestic solar has fallen 80% under the feed-in tariff. [reNews]

¶ The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will help finance deployment of a 10-MW solar park that will be co-located with an existing wind park in New South Wales. ARENA is contributing AUS $9.9 million for a $26 million solar plant to be built close to the 165.5-MW Gullen Range wind park south of Crookwell town. [SeeNews Renewables]

Co-location of solar and wind. Author: Gerry Machen. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

Co-location of solar and wind. Author: Gerry Machen.
License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

¶ A contract worth €40 million was inked with Italian and Swiss investors for building Iran’s biggest solar power plant. The solar power house with a production capacity of 30 MW will be designed, built and implemented in North Khorasan Province. This follows other agreements with Germany for solar power plants. [Mehr News Agency]

¶ The Celtic Interconnector, a roughly 700-MW link between France and Ireland to increase competition and support the growth of renewables, is entering the Initial Design and Pre-Consultation phase. EirGrid Plc and RTE completed feasibility studies for the €1-billion project, and they agreed to move to the next phase. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind turbine near the coast of Ireland. Author: Harry Pears. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

Wind turbine near the coast of Ireland. Author: Harry Pears.
License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

US:

¶ Six weeks after Trump appeared before petroleum producers in North Dakota and gave a speech tailor-made to win their support, the fossil fuel industry seems unexcited about responding. Of the $63.5 million Trump and the Super PACS raised in June, about $580,000 came from people connected to the fossil fuel industry. [InsideClimate News‎]

¶ In search of low-cost, fixed-rate electricity, great deals are swaying Fortune 500 companies and other major players to commit to wind power. Signing contracts for over 2,000 MW of electricity, big brands, high-tech companies, and other non-utility customers took up 52% of new wind energy generating capacity in 2015. [Planetsave.com]

Great wind energy deals are swaying major players. Credit: Energy.gov via AWEA.org.

Great wind energy deals are swaying major players.
Credit: Energy.gov via AWEA.org.

¶ The nation’s capital now has the fifth-most-aggressive RPS policy in the nation. As part of the new program the city plans to install solar PV on 100,000 homes where low-income families live. The city’s mayor signed legislation to require the utility to get 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2032. [pv magazine]

¶ In Ohio, Cuyahoga County’s executive officer will propose a plan for the county to purchase wind and solar power. In 2018, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, or LEED-CO, will have completed Ohio’s first offshore wind farm, 6 turbines off the coast of Cleveland. The county will take a 9% share of the power. [ideastream]

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