August 9 Energy News

August 9, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Wisconsin Wind Industry Finally Shakes Off Koch Brothers” • Wisconsin has been a wind energy wallflower despite its prime location for wind. But now it seems cracks are beginning to appear in the state’s anti-wind armor. The state hasn’t seen a new wind farm in five years, but at least two are now in development. [CleanTechnica]

Wind potential in Wisconsin. Please click on image to enlarge.

Wind potential in Wisconsin. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “Tesla Poised To Deliver Knockout Punch To Fossil Fuels In The Next Decade” • Tesla Motors has a stated mission that flies directly in the face of carbon-emitting fossil fuels. It is bringing about sustainable energy. Electric cars, battery storage, and solar power could be a potent combination in the fight to replace fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ A prolonged electricity blackout affecting two of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland has given renewed impetus to making the islands carbon-neutral and independent, according to a local renewable-energy project. The outage began when a submarine cable was broken on Friday and lasted until Monday night. [Irish Times]

People on the Aran Islands used solar panels to charge devices after a power outage.

Solar panels were used to charge devices during a power
outage on the Aran Islands. A little power is better than none at all.

¶ The Scottish Government and two key players in the bid to develop huge windfarms in the North Sea have lodged appeals against the Court of Session’s controversial refusal of the projects. The Inch Cape, Seagreen and Neart na Gaoithe arrays would generate enough electricity to power several cities the size of Edinburgh. [The Courier]

¶ ReNew Power Ventures Private Limited announced that it signed a Power Purchase agreement with the Chandigarh International Airport for solar PV installations. The 5-MW PV plant will use single axis solar tracker technology. The power generated is expected to reduce the cost of energy for the airport by 20%. [solarserver.com]

25 MW ReNew Power reference PV plant in Andhra Pradesh.

25 MW ReNew Power reference PV plant in Andhra Pradesh.

¶ The Chinese ambassador in London said the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant represents a “crucial historical junction” for relations between the UK and China, which has a minority stake in the £18 billion ($24 billion) project. In an opinion piece, he said the cancellation of the plant could have an effect on trade. [Bloomberg]

¶ A Climate Council report warns that Australia’s rural communities are on the front line in the battle against climate change, with worsening extreme weather events including as bushfires and drought. It called for a rollout of renewable energy to generate cheaper and cleaner power, and as a major driver of economic growth. [RenewEconomy]

Adelaide Hills. Photo by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Adelaide Hills. Photo by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia.
CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ EDF’s decision to invest in the £18 billion Hinkley Point nuclear plant should be declared invalid, French trade unions have said. The unions at the French firm said senior board members knew that the UK government was considering delaying its final decision, but did not disclose this before last month’s vote. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ Solar energy is gaining traction among business owners in Westchester County, New York, and momentum has been building. From some of the county’s most recognizable destinations to smaller, unassuming shops, scores of forward-thinking merchants and property owners are embracing solar energy. [Westchester Magazine]

Solar power has proved a sound investment for local businesses like Sleepy Hollow Country Club.

Solar power has proved a sound investment for
local businesses like Sleepy Hollow Country Club.

¶ A festive feeling took hold as Governor Charlie Baker signed an energy bill that could launch an offshore wind industry in Massachusetts. New Bedford is poised to benefit from offshore wind development, potentially at the $113 million, state-funded Marine Commerce Terminal just inside the hurricane barrier. [SouthCoastToday.com]

¶ The US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division’s self defence test ship completed sea trials using ReadiDiesel, a 100% drop-in renewable diesel fuel. It features the same molecular composition as petroleum fuels, but it is claimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to petroleum. [Naval Technology]

Test ship USS Paul F Foster. Photo courtesy of US Navy, by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy M. Black / Released.

Test ship USS Paul F Foster. Photo courtesy of US Navy, by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy M. Black / Released.

¶ Donald Trump claimed that Michigan lost 50,000 jobs due to President Obama’s “war on coal.” The claim was clearly untrue. The state has no coal mines and its power industry employs less than half that number of employees. Trump’s press release cites the National Mining Association as its source of information. [Washington Examiner]

¶ US electricity consumers could end up paying more than $2.5 billion for nuclear plants that never get built. Utilities Duke Energy, Dominion Resources, and NextEra Energy are being allowed by regulators to charge $1.7 billion for reactors that exist only on paper, company disclosures and regulatory filings show. [Bloomberg]

 

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