August 8 Energy News

August 8, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Winds of spare change” • UK Prime Minister Theresa May should look to Denmark instead of France for Britain’s future energy needs. Gallic nuclear knowhow would be one way to satisfy the country’s demand for carbon-neutral electricity, but May should be heeding the message coming out of Scandinavia too. [Breakingviews]

Danish offshore wind farm.

Danish offshore wind farm.

¶ “South Australia signalling the death of base-load generation” • Tuesday marks the three-month anniversary of the closure of the last coal-fired generator in South Australia, and despite the best efforts of many in the Coalition Government and the Murdoch media, other states may eventually follow suit. [RenewEconomy]

Science and Technology:

¶ Climate change is becoming more pronounced across our planet. In the Great Lakes region, effects include more toxic algae and faster evaporation of Great Lakes water. Other documented Great Lakes impacts include higher shipping costs, more pollen, more Lyme disease, and changes in wintering habits of migratory birds. [Toledo Blade]

Climate change brings more frequent extreme weather. Photo by Stan Dalone & Miran Rijavec. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Climate change brings more frequent extreme weather. Photo by
Stan Dalone & Miran Rijavec. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

World:

¶ India is pressing ahead with coal burning. Government-owned NTPC has two new 800-MW units of a Super Thermal Power Project in Medak in the state of Telangana, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated them on Sunday. NTPC is proceeding with Phase II of the project, which will have three more 800-MW units. [The Hans India]

¶ Anglesey County Council has granted consent to Eon and Eurus Energy’s 11-turbine Rhyd y Groes repowering near Rhosgoch in North Wales. The 9.9-MW scheme will be situated within the same area as the existing Rhyd y Groes wind farm, which will be decommissioned as part of the consent for the repowering. [reNews]

Rhyd y Groes, Anglesey (Eric Jones)

Rhyd y Groes, Anglesey (Eric Jones)

¶ Zimbabwe produces only around 60% of the electricity it needs, and drought reduces available hydropower. Solar panels and other clean energy sources not connected to the African nation’s power grid are likely the cheapest and fastest way to bring electricity to those without it, sustainable energy experts say. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]

¶ Delhi Metro will install a 3 MW solar power plant atop an elevated stabling line of Kalindi Kunj depot, the first-ever such shed being built in the DMRC network. Delhi Metro has so far installed solar power facilities at three of its depots, and work is in progress towards installing more such plants in the other depots. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Rooftop solar array in India.

Rooftop solar array in India.

¶ GE Energy Financial Services announced it will invest $31 million in a wind energy project of Mytrah Energy under development in Andhra Pradesh in India. Mytrah Energy has raised approximately $350 million for the project. The new wind energy project has a maximum capacity of 200 MW. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

US:

¶ Electric co-ops across Minnesota have instituted fees on new residential solar arrays based on a 2015 law, and renewable energy advocates are angry. Lyon-Lincoln Electric charges a customer $49 per month for a rooftop solar connection. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is investigating the fees. [Duluth News Tribune]

Sam Villella wants to add more panels, but a new electric co-op fee is holding him back. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Sam Villella wants to add more panels, but a new electric
co-op fee is holding him back. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

¶ Energy independence is growing in the US passenger car market, led by Tesla Motors but also by ZEV mandates in 9 states, and EV efforts from auto companies. In July, electric car sales surged 48%, mostly on the back of Tesla, but sales jumped for the Chevy Volt, BMW i3, Ford Fusion Energi, and Chevy Spark EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Work is expected to proceed quickly on a new solar array in Wisconsin that will serve more than two dozen electric cooperatives in the Midwest. St Croix Electric Cooperative is putting in the first installation. Power will be distributed through Dairyland Power. Other co-ops are putting up 15 MW through 12 solar arrays. [Electric Co-op Today]

¶ Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Public Service Department Commissioner Chris Recchia announced today that the PSD has reached an agreement with Green Mountain Power that, pending Public Service Board approval, will result in a 0.93% rate increase for GMP customers in the coming year. [vtdigger.org]

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