August 6 Energy News

August 6, 2016

World:

¶ Kenya and Ethiopia have started construction of a power line to run between the two countries. The 1,045 kilometer line will have a transmitting capacity of 2,000 MW and is expected to be completed by December 2018. Chinese construction firm, China Electric Power Equipment Technology, will erect the power line. [Geeska Afrika]

African transmission line.

African transmission line.

¶ DP Energy has development approval from the South Australia government for its 375-MW Port Augusta wind/solar hybrid facility. Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park will have 59 wind turbines and almost 400 hectares of PV panels. It is expected to cost about A$680 million and create 250 jobs during construction. [reNews]

¶ The Apas Kiri geothermal project in Malaysia is expected to be operational by June 2018. The project is set to have an installed capacity of 30 MW and will be feeding its electricity into the grid of Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd under a feed-in-tariff scheme. It will be Malaysia’s first geothermal power plant. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Drilling rig on site at Apas Kiri project, Malaysia (source: Tawau Green Energy)

Drilling rig at Apas Kiri project, Malaysia (source: Tawau Green Energy)

¶ A renewable energy policy FiT analysis report finds that wind is the most widely used renewable energy source, in terms of capacity, followed by solar, bio energy and geothermal. However, in terms of adoption rate, solar is being widely adopted and deems to be a promising technology in the near future, FiT report said. [Greentech Lead]

¶ Nestled in a deep pocket of forest, off Thailand’s electrical grid, villagers in Pa Deng have become early adopters and evangelists for an unusual alternative energy source: poop. After successfully lighting up their homes with solar panels and stoves fueled by cow dung, the villagers are now clean energy crusaders. [Deccan Chronicle]

With no access to power lines or plenty of cow manure, Pa Deng' s villagers have turned to faeces. (Photo: AFP)

Offgrid, Pa Deng’ s villagers have turned to poop for power. (Photo: AFP)

¶ The rapidly warming climate will melt Greenland’s ice cap to such an extent that thousands of tons of hazardous waste left in the 1960s by a secret US military base will be unearthed by the end of the century, new research finds. The waste includes chemicals, sewage, and radioactive coolant water from a nuclear power plant. [eNews Park Forest]

US:

¶ US grid operator ISO-New England is mulling a request from DONG Energy, which is seeking an 800-MW of grid capacity for its planned 1-GW Bay State wind farm off the Massachusetts coast. DONG wants the link at Brayton Point power station, where an existing 1-GW coal plant is scheduled to close next year. [reNews]

Walney Wind Farm in the Irish Sea. DONG photo.

Walney Wind Farm in the Irish Sea. DONG photo.

¶ The White House Council on Environmental Quality directed Federal agencies to consider the impacts of their actions on climate change in all decision-making. According to the White House, “Federal agencies are required to consider and disclose the potential effects of their actions and decisions on the environment.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ Hampshire College is constructing the largest campus solar power array in New England. The project will put 15,000 solar panels on 19 acres of campus land to generate 4.7 MW of electricity and includes a battery storage system. Hampshire College will be able to boast that 100% of its electricity will come from renewable energy. [WAMC]

Building at Hampshire College. Photo by redjar. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Building at Hampshire College.
Photo by redjar. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ After only around 3 months of service, Kansas City’s new downtown streetcar has achieved more than 550,000 passenger rides, far more than had been projected. Current average daily ridership for the streetcar now totals 6,612. The predicted average daily ridership before the May 6 launch was only 2,700. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Tradewind Energy, based in Kansas, is in the preliminary stages of developing two new wind farms in Iowa, both partly in Dickinson County. North Star will encompass 70 turbines, and Red Rock will house 180 turbines. Combined capacity of the two farms is 500 MW. They should be completed by 2019. [Spencer Daily Reporter]

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