August 2 Energy News

August 2, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “What World Climate Can Expect From US Presidential Choices” • “This year, every vote is a vote for or against climate change,” says Nick Stockton on Wired.com. Citizens of the United States have to make a real choice about climate this year. Our votes may determine how the country addresses the world climate for decades. [CleanTechnica]

NOAA image.

World:

¶ Argentina announced details of its first renewable energy tender, scheduled to take place next October. Rules for the renewable energy auction came with the government announcement. The auction will allocate 1 GW of capacity, including 300 MW of solar capacity. Project sizes will vary between 1 to 100 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Renewable power provides 19% of England’s electricity, but the outlook for the year ahead is “poor”, according to a report by Regen SW. Slow progress in renewable heat means only 5% of total energy consumption in England is met by renewables, and recent government policy changes have led to slower progress. [reNews]

Onshore wind farm. Credit: Morgue File.

Onshore wind farm. Credit: Morgue File.

¶ The British Photovoltaic Association recently signed an agreement with the Renewable Energy Organization of Iran for the development of 1 GW of solar PV capacity in the Middle Eastern country. The agreement will also see the development of a 500 MW solar module manufacturing facility in Iran. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Farmers in Australia are being hit by electricity cost increases. In New South Wales, prices rose 300% from 2009 to 2013. But farmers may benefit from partnering with renewables companies. There are clear opportunities for farmers to diversify their income by working with firms looking to build wind or solar farms. [PV-Tech]

The cost of power for farmers has been driven up by high network charges. Credit: AECOM

The cost of power for farmers has been
driven up by high network charges. Credit: AECOM

¶ Energy giant Shell has published a report “A Better Life with a Healthy Planet: Pathways to Net-Zero Emissions.” It states that Shell’s drive to achieve net-zero emissions is likely to accelerate due to the “global reality” of limiting global rise in temperatures to well below 2°C, a target set at the Paris Agreement. [eco-business.com]

¶ Energy research and consulting firm GTM Research has predicted that the German energy storage market will attain an annual value of US $1 billion by 2021. The firm forecast an elevenfold increase in megawatts of storage between 2015 and 2021. At the end of last year, Germany had 67 MW of energy storage installed. [Energy Digital]

Germany already possesses a sizeable home energy storage market.

Germany already possesses a sizeable home energy storage market.

¶ By mid-2016, the total capacity of renewable energy plants in Ukraine reached 1,028 MW. A report released by the International Forum of Sustainable Energy in Ukraine, said that as of July 1, the country had 453 MW of solar plants, 426 MW of wind farms, 31 MW of biomass power and 118 MW of small hydro power plants. [pv magazine]

¶ Renewable energy sources produced 48.6% of Spain’s power in January-July 2016, according to provisional data as of July 29. Nuclear power plants were the number-one source of electricity with a 22.8% share, closely followed by wind parks with 22.5% and hydro power at 19%. Solar power provided 5.4%. [SeeNews Renewables]

The Hinojal wind farm. Source: Fersa Energias Renovables SA.

The Hinojal wind farm. Source: Fersa Energias Renovables SA.

US:

¶ The Clean Energy Standard, part of an initiative to double the New York’s renewable energy providers and cut carbon emissions 40% by 2030, was approved unanimously at a meeting in Albany Monday. The four nuclear power plants were added to the CES because they produce a third of the state’s carbon dioxide-free energy. [WSKG News]

¶ Florida voters are asked to extend to commercial and industrial properties a renewable-energy tax break that residential property owners already enjoy. The broadly supported measure would exempt for 20 years the assessed value of solar and renewable-energy devices installed on businesses and industrial properties. [Orlando Weekly]

Solar field in Florida. Photo by Global Panorama via Flickr

Solar field in Florida. Photo by Global Panorama via Flickr

¶ Vermont gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne’s renewable energy position proposing to leave wind and solar siting questions up to the local community lost him a powerful endorsement. Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org is no longer endorsing him, and has given his endorsement to Sue Minter instead. [WCAX]

¶ Entering into a 37-year agreement with Dominion Virginia Power, the Navy announced plans for a 21 MW DC solar facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Following on the heels of a 10-year contract for 25 MW DC for Naval Station Norfolk, the new solar facility will be constructed on Naval Air Station Oceana. [CleanTechnica]

DC Solar facilities promote enhanced energy security and environmental sustainability. Credit: US Navy Photo by Clark Pierce / Released.

DC Solar facilities promote enhanced energy security and environmental sustainability. Credit: US Navy Photo by Clark Pierce / Released.

¶ Georgia Power has been granted permission from the state’s pubic service commission to spend as much as $99 million on preliminary site work and licensing for a nuclear power plant in the southwest corner of the state. The spending was approved for a 7,000-acre site in rural Stewart County on the Chattahoochee River. [Nuclear Street]

 

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