August 12 Energy News

August 12, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Vote with Your Utility Bill for Wind Energy” • Some politicians and utilities say renewable power raises utility costs and sacrifices reliability. But real examples tell a different story. In Colorado, renewable energy is replacing coal plants and driving down costs of electricity service without sacrificing reliable service. [Red, Green, and Blue]

Arcadia Power image.

Arcadia Power image.

¶ “Why Bill Gates Is Hugely Misinformed About Renewables & Loves Impractical Nuclear” • Why does Bill Gates not understand that we have all the science we need to stop climate change without nuclear power? Why does he not see that renewables are less costly and faster to install than nuclear power. There is an answer. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate science: revolution is here” • It takes a long time to heat up a world. Even if emissions are stopped, climate change will continue for a long time. But week by the week, we can see a much more positive prognosis based on the rapid advances being made in the development of renewable-energy. [Open Democracy]

Elan valley, Wales. Flickr/Richard Walker. Some rights reserved.

Elan valley, Wales. Flickr/Richard Walker. Some rights reserved.

Science and Technology:

¶ Speaking to analysts and investors during the Q2 earnings call for SolarCity, Elon Musk went into detail about his plans for what he calls the “Solar Roof.” It is not a system of solar panels mounted over an existing roof but the actual roof itself. The product is especially attractive for situations where a roof is getting old. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ A weaker economic outlook means demand for oil in 2017 is likely to grow at a slower rate than this year, according to the International Energy Agency. Global demand for oil will grow by 1.2 million barrels per day in 2017, down from 1.4 million bpd this year, representing a cut of 100,000 bpd from the IEA’s forecast last month. [BBC]

Oil pipeline worker. Reuters photo.

Oil pipeline worker. Reuters photo.

¶ With a target of adding 40 GW of rooftop solar power capacity by March, 2022, looking more difficult, the Indian government is seriously looking at other unconventional ways to expand solar power capacity in India. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has agreed to pursue floating solar power projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ RWE boosted power generation by 5% to 107.1 billion kWh in the first half of the year, partly on the back of new renewables capacity. The German utility said group pre-tax earnings dropped 5% to €3 billion in the period driven by losses in its trading business and capital spending fell 30%, compared with a year ago. [reNews]

Gwynt y Môr wind farm. RWE photo.

Gwynt y Môr wind farm. RWE photo.

¶ BMR Energy LLC inaugurated its 36-MW wind power plant, west of Jamaica’s capital of Kingston. The wind park is expected to generate some 120 GWh of electricity per year, enough to meet roughly 3% of Jamaica’s current energy demand. It has 11 turbines manufactured by Vestas, which also provided engineering. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Vestas has confirmed an order for 31 V126 3.45-MW turbines for OX2 Wind’s 112-MW Raskiftet wind farm in the municipalities of Åmot and Trysil in Norway. Delivery is expected to start in the second quarter of 2018. The order also includes Vestas’ advanced de-icing system, using heaters within the turbine blades. [reNews]

Vestas wind turbines. Vestas photo.

Vestas wind turbines. Vestas photo.

US:

¶ Entergy New Orleans has started generating electricity at its new solar power plant in New Orleans East, one of only a handful of solar projects nationwide to incorporate battery storage. The utility is pitching the project as a way to test the cost and reliability of using sunlight to power local homes and businesses. [NOLA.com]

¶ American offshore wind power is one step closer to becoming a reality, with installation of the first turbines at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island project now complete. The Block Island Wind Farm will be America’s first offshore wind farm, and it remains on-schedule to be fully commissioned this fall. [Renewables International]

Deepwater wind - first US offshore project. Deepwater wind photo.

Deepwater wind, the first US offshore project. Deepwater wind photo.

¶ Pacific Gas & Electric formally submitted a proposal for the shutdown of California’s lone remaining nuclear power plant to the California Public Utilities Commission. A number of environmental organizations and labor unions joined PG&E in the proposal. It would close both units at the nuclear plant by 2025. [Los Angeles Times]

¶ Northland Power’s pre-tax earnings for the six months ended 30 June was up $19.4 million on the same period last year at $207.9 million, with increased income from its renewable energy assets. The company said the operating result from its renewables facilities grew $12.3 million in the period compared with last year. [reNews]

Mont Louis. Northland Power photo.

Mont Louis. Northland Power photo.

¶ A coalition of individuals and businesses seeking to protect Vermont’s environment and repower our state with local renewables have launched a campaign in support of wind power in Vermont. The coalition, Wind Works VT launched a website and will promote wind power as an essential part of the state’s energy future. [Vermont Biz]

¶ North American utilities company Algonquin Power and Utilities has commenced full commercial operation of the 200-MW Odell Wind Project in Minnesota. The site has excellent wind resources, so it can generate an average of 832 GWh of power every year, which will be sold under a 20-year PPA. [Power Technology]

 

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