August 25 Energy News

August 25, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ A study raises questions about how much exports of Canadian liquefied natural gas would reduce carbon emissions abroad, a core justification for developing such an industry. The CD Howe Institute report said Canada’s LNG exports would likely increase emissions in most potential markets, aside from Asia. [Prince George Citizen]

LNG Carrier Galea. Photo by Wolfgang Meinhart. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

LNG Carrier Galea. Photo by Wolfgang Meinhart.
CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

World:

¶ A pumped storage scheme using sea water, instead of drawing on freshwater from inland lochs, has been proposed for the Scottish island of Lewis, near a planned 30-turbine wind farm. Eishken Limited, which owns the island’s large Eisgein Estate, hopes to secure permission for the £200-million project later this year. [BBC]

¶ The UK’s energy infrastructure will need investment totaling almost £215 billion by 2030, nearly all of which will need to be earmarked for solar, wind, and other “disruptive” technologies, according to analysts at Barclays Research. They argued in a research note that security of supply in the UK is “on a knife edge.” [Solar Power Portal]

Renewable generation investment is needed.

Renewable generation investment is needed.

¶ UK restaurant chain LEON announced that it is using 100% renewable energy in all its stores. The business has chosen a renewable energy tariff from Opus Energy, which sees more than 30 sites use 100% renewably sourced energy. Sustainability-oriented LEON describes its menu offering as “naturally fast food.” [CNBC]

¶ Renewable energy accounted for nearly a quarter of China’s power generation last year, even as wind and solar farms with 39 billion kWh of capacity sat idle due to poor planning in the rush to meet Beijing’s green energy targets, the National Energy Administration said. Hydropower was the biggest contributor. [Caixin Media]

A small hydroelectric station across the creek from Yanxiang Lou. Photo by Vmenkov. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Though they are not big producers, there are some small hydro stations
in China. Photo by Vmenkov. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The US tech giant Apple has been given the go-ahead to develop a data center in the West of Ireland, to be powered by 30 MW of renewables. National planners An Bord Pleanala said the first phase of the scheme has been given the green light in Athenry. The company is expected to power the 30 MW with onshore wind. [Energy Voice]

¶ Iberdrola has confirmed that it has won subsidies to develop two wind farms with a combined 32.2 MW in Spain’s Canary Islands. The company and a local partner will build the 13.8-MW Las Aulagas and the 18.4-MW Chimiche II wind farms in Tenerife. They will represent an investment of about €40 million. [reNews]

Iberdrola image

Iberdrola image

¶ Two new wind farm contracts announced this week have been hailed as the final ones necessary to ensure the Australian Capital Territory reaches its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2020. The two contracts will have wind farms produce 200 MW of renewable power under the Territory’s reverse auction process. [PS News]

¶ France has launched a tender to develop 3 GW of solar as the country attempts to triple its photovoltaic energy production by 2023. The tender will be divided into six application periods of 500 MW each until June 2019, with the first ending on 1 February next year, environment minister Ségolène Royal said. [reNews]

A concentrating solar plant built in France in 1983. Photo by Jeroen Komen. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

A concentrating solar plant built in France in 1983.
Photo by Jeroen Komen. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Westminster sources told The Independent civil servants are looking to see if there is any loophole, clause or issue in contracts yet to be signed that allow the Government to pull back without huge loss and while also saving face. Ministers are acutely aware of the potential damage a withdrawal could do to relations with China. [The Independent]

US:

¶ Solar energy systems are proliferating across Ohio, growing by more than 23% in just the past year, in-depth analysis of state records reveals. This is despite Ohio lawmakers passing a law last year to suspend mandates requiring power companies to increase the percentage of power get from the sun or wind. [cleveland.com]

The Minster, Ohio, solar array, which has a lithium-ion battery power storage system (American Renewable Energy)

The Minster, Ohio, solar array, which has a lithium-ion
battery power storage system (American Renewable Energy)

¶ The Vermont Public Service Board has approved Green Mountain Power’s plans to distribute $302,719 from a Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited fund to various projects around the state. Anaerobic digester research, renewable energy education, and Rutland solar development are the latest beneficiaries. [vtdigger.org]

¶ The first of 61 turbines has been raised at the 200-MW Frontier wind park in Oklahoma, Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S said. The developer is the renewables arm of Duke Energy Corp. The wind park is expected to provide enough power for about 60,000 local households annually. [SeeNews Renewables]

First V126-3.3 MW turbine raised in North America

First V126-3.3 MW turbine raised in North America

¶ The growth of jobs in the solar and wind industries could easily absorb coal-industry layoffs over the next 15 years and provide full-time careers, if investments are made to retrain workers. That’s according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University and the Michigan Technological University. [Utah Public Radio]

¶ NiSource, a subsidiary of Northern Indiana Public Service, is considering shutting its 480-MW Bailly baseload plant as early as mid-2018, more than a decade sooner than previously planned, and two units totaling 722-MW at its RM Schahfer baseload plant by the end of 2023, according to a spokesman for the utility. [Platts]

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