August 31 Energy News

August 31, 2016


¶ “Solar power does work – and a lot better than we thought” • Murdoch media carried an op-ed piece, “Solar and wind power simply don’t work, not here, not anywhere.” It was written by the former chairman of a coal mining company. But analysis shows utility-scale solar works better than expected in Australia. [RenewEconomy]

Solar farm in Australia.

Solar farm in Australia.


¶ The sharp increase in the use of renewables like solar and wind has provided more flexibility to the German electricity market. Energy-intensive industries have renewables to thank for the decline in wholesale prices. There have been a number of other economic benefits, including creation of jobs and exports. (Graphics) [EurActiv]

¶ The Nordex Group says it is supplying 11 N90/2500 wind turbines to Brookfield Renewable for the Slievecallan East project, in County Clare, on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland. According to Nordex, the wind farm is due to start operations, with a nominal output of 27.5 MW at the end of next year. [North American Windpower]

Turbine at sunset.

Turbines at sunset.

¶ A recent comprehensive study concluded that coal combustion is the single largest source of air pollution-related health impact in China, contributing to 366,000 premature deaths in China in 2013 alone. The new study took advantage of enhanced satellite data and China’s expanding network of air pollution monitors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A biogas plant of the German manufacturer Weltec Biopower went live in Varazdin, northern Croatia. The 250-kW plant on a pig farm suits provides the farm with power, heat, and fertilizer. The slurry from a newly erected pigsty with 130 sows and 2,800 porkers forms the basis for the energy production. [Renewable Energy from Waste]

Weltec plant in Croatia.

Weltec plant in Croatia.

¶ In a joint statement published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), major insurance companies Aviva, Aegon NV, and MS Amlin have urged governments to commit to phasing out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 at the upcoming G20 leaders’ summit set to take place in September in Hangzhou, China. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The 240-MW Ararat wind farm in the southern Australian state of Victoria has started generating electricity, it was announced on Tuesday. The first five of the project’s 75 GE turbines are producing about 23 MWh a day. Less than a year after ground was broken on the site, 25 turbines have now been erected. [SeeNews Renewables]

Ararat Wind Farm. Source: All Rights Reserved.

Ararat Wind Farm. Source: All Rights Reserved.

¶ About 47.2% of Spain’s power in the first eight months of the year came from renewable energy sources, according to provisional data. Though Nuclear power plants were the leading source of power generation with a 23.2% share, wind provided 21.8%, hydro provided 17.8%, and solar supplied 5.8%. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ A survey of 3,000 Chinese city-dwellers by Ipsos Mori, a polling company, found that a massive 97.6% of them would like to buy clean power. Of those, over 90% would be willing to pay extra for it. The poll was commissioned by the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association. The problem is no one is selling it. [Quartz]

Talk about a market opportunity. (Reuters/Aly Song)

Talk about a market opportunity. (Reuters/Aly Song)


¶ The Palo Duro and Permian basins are known for oil and gas production, but an Oklahoma electric cooperative serving those areas sees a future in solar energy development. Western Farmers Electric Cooperative is adding 43 MW of utility-scale solar through solar projects and power purchase agreements. [Electric Co-op Today]

¶ GM’s Orion Assembly manufacturing plant now ranks as the 8th largest user of green power generated onsite in the US, out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s network of “Green Power Partnership Partners.” The plant gets power from a 350-kW PV system and methane collected from a nearby landfill. [CleanTechnica]

Orion Assembly houses a 350-kilowatt solar array that sends energy back to the grid.

Orion Assembly has a 350-kW solar array that sends energy to the grid.

¶ A tax exemption for businesses installing solar systems and other renewable energy equipment was overwhelmingly approved by Florida voters Tuesday as part of the state constitution. Under the proposal, renewable energy equipment on homes or businesses will not be taxed for twenty years starting January 1, 2018. [MyPalmBeachPost]

¶ Ocean Renewable Power Company has won a $5.3 million grant from the DOE to finalize the commercial design of its TidGen 2.0 power system. The new design will be tested, operated, and monitored in the Western Passage, an inlet off the Bay of Fundy, off the coast of Maine. The company is working toward a 5-MW project. [reNews]

TidGen 2.0 (ORPC)

TidGen 2.0 (ORPC)

¶ Omaha Public Power District announced Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station will cease operations October 24. The plant went into operation in September, 1973. The public power district says the move could save nearly $1 billion over the next 20 years, and executives say the move will keep electricity rates flat for the next five. [KETV Omaha]

¶ A consumer group is demanding that the State Corporation Commission force Dominion Virginia Power to obtain approval for its $19 billion proposal to add a new nuclear reactor at its North Anna Power Station before spending more money on the project. They say Dominion already has spent about $600 million. []

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