September 9 Energy News

September 9, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Clean Power Plan no problem for the Northeast” • The grid operator for 13 northeast states and Washington, DC, PJM Interconnection, recently released a report with some encouraging news: meeting the CPP should be a breeze. That’s a big deal because of the area’s dense population and economic activity. [Into the Wind – The AWEA Blog]

Wind power is a low-cost Clean Power Plan solution for the Northeast.

Wind power is a low-cost Clean Power Plan solution for the Northeast.

Science and Technology:

¶ Researchers have created an interactive web tool to estimate the amount of energy that could be generated by wind or solar farms at any location. The tool, called Renewables.ninja, aims to make the task of predicting renewable output easier. Companies such as RWE are using it to test their output models. [AZoCleantech]

World:

¶ UK electricity generated from offshore wind hit 5.1 TWh in the first quarter of 2016, up 10% on the same period last year, government data said. Onshore wind generation fell to 6.4 TWh in the quarter, compared with 7.2 TWh for the first quarter of 2015. The largest percentage of increase was for solar, at 41%, to 1.3 TWh. [reNews]

Westermost Rough offshore wind farm. (Dong Energy)

Westermost Rough offshore wind farm. (Dong Energy)

¶ Norges Bank, in administering Norway’s $900 billion Government Pension Fund, has decided to exclude Duke Energy and its subsidiaries based on the risk of severe environmental damage. The bank’s investment guidelines had already excluded 52 companies that derive 30% or more of their revenues from coal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The UK will fail to meet its renewable energy targets, with take-up of clean fuels for heating and transport falling badly behind aims, MPs have warned. The findings of the energy and climate change committee show that ministers have little clear plan for meeting the 2020 target to get 15% of energy from renewable sources. [The Guardian]

Electric car charging in the UK. (Andrew Curtis, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0)

Electric car charging in the UK.
(Andrew Curtis, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ Despite not receiving funding in the Australian Renewable Energy Agency large scale solar funding round, Lyon Solar says it is committed to going ahead with the largest single large scale solar and battery storage facility in the world – in South Australia – along with a similar solar plus storage plant in north Queensland. [RenewEconomy]

¶ The Innu Nation teamed up with Boralex to develop, build and operate the 200-MW Apuiat wind farm in Quebec. Boralex will be partnering with Renewable Energy Systems Canada, which has developed the site in Port-Cartier in the Côte-Nord region so far, a Boralex spokesperson said. The Innu Nation will control a 50% project share. [reNews]

Wind turbine. (Boralex)

Wind turbine. (Boralex)

¶ China is drawing more and more power from renewables. In fact, new data collected by Greenpeace shows that in 2015 the country’s growth in wind and solar energy more than exceeded its increase in electricity demand. Putting this in perspective, China installed half of the world’s new solar and wind capacity last year. [ZME Science]

¶ Royal Dutch Shell Plc may bid in the Dutch government’s tender for the Borssele III and IV offshore wind sites, Reuters reported. The tender will open on September 15 and run until September 29. A spokesman for the Anglo-Dutch oil and gas major told Reuters the company is studying the opportunity. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind turbines in Dutch waters. (Photo by Eneco. Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic)

Wind turbines in Dutch waters. (Photo by Eneco.
Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic)

US:

¶ Renewable energy groups are beginning a push to get Congress to extend vital tax credits for their industries before the end of the year. The groups, including biomass energy and hydroelectric industries’ lead trade groups, sent letters to Republican and Democratic leaders making the case the subsidies are needed. [Washington Examiner]

A 100-kW wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center will power hydrogen electrolysis for an experiment. (Jerry Cleveland / The Denver Post)

A 100-kW wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center will power hydrogen electrolysis for an experiment. (Jerry Cleveland / The Denver Post)

¶ Xcel Energy said it reached a settlement that will speed up development of a 600-MW wind project and the construction of a 125-mile transmission line to move energy to the Front Range from the eastern plains. The Rush Creek Wind Project would rank as the Colorado’s largest, boosting wind generation capacity by 20%. [Fort Morgan Times]

¶ A wind power proposal submitted to Vermont regulators includes an offer to buy out close neighbors who object to the turbines, according to consultants for the project. Property owners living within 3,000 feet of the Swanton Wind project will have six months after the project goes online to take up the offer. [BurlingtonFreePress.com]

¶ FirstEnergy is monitoring recent efforts by New York to help subsidize the continued operation of at-risk nuclear plants owned by Exelon and Entergy, and may support a similar scenario for its three nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a company official said. FirstEnergy is currently acquiring the Fitzpatrick plant in New York. [Platts]

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