Archive for September 11th, 2016

September 11 Energy News

September 11, 2016


¶ “The balancing act: A tough task cut out for grid managers” • A massive deployment of renewable capacity implies a paradigm shift for thermal plants. This is something that could be testing for grid managers. India has a national target to add 141 GW of solar and wind energy by 2022, but this will change how the grid is run. [The Indian Express]

India has 42 GW of hydro capacity, but this could grow to 52 GW by 2021.

India has 42 GW of hydro capacity. It could have 52 GW in 2021.

¶ “Clinton and Trump polar opposites on global warming and energy” • Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump want the US to become a global energy superpower. The similarity in their energy policies ends there. Trump’s position is based on fossil fuels, while Clinton’s is based on renewable power. [San Francisco Chronicle]


¶ Cuba is embracing renewable and affordable energy as a new solar panel park is saving the country over half a million dollars in fossil fuels spending in its first year, at practically no cost. In its first year of operation, Pinar 220 A1 was estimated to have fed almost 6 GWh of electricity to Cuba’s national electricity grid. [teleSUR English]

Solar panels in a Cuban field (Photo: Reuters)

Solar panels in a Cuban field (Photo: Reuters)

¶ The first solar power plant on the Philippines’ Panay Island opened in Miag-ao, a town in southern Iloilo province. The chief executive officer of Cosmo Solar Energy Inc has said that the 15-hectare solar power plant can generate 5.67 MW. The power is being sold under a 25-year contract, and site can be expanded. [Manila Bulletin]

¶ The Indian government has estimated that by 2020, India will need 1.5 billion tonnes of coal. A PriceWaterhouse Coopers report indicates there is a slight problem. It said that to achieve its target, the government would have to invest around ₹10 lakh crore ($149 billion). This is four times India’s annual defence budget. []

Indian coal

Indian coal

¶ When it comes to generating renewable energy, the Indian state of Maharashtra has managed to exceed its quota. But, the state has lagged behind in power purchase agreements, and this might hamper further growth and expansion of the sector. The state has wind, solar, biomass and small hydro power. [The Indian Express]

¶ Thailand has been seeking to diversify from its currently fossil fuel based power generation towards more renewable energy power generation. Geothermal is one of the available options, and a local TV station carried some footage covering geothermal plant in the province of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Fang geothermal plant, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Helmut Duerrast, creative commons)

Fang geothermal plant in Chiang Mai, Thailand
(Helmut Duerrast, creative commons)

¶ The Danish ambassador to Pakistan said that a Danish energy company working in Rajanpur district of Punjab would add 250 MW of wind capacity in the national grid before the year 2018. The announcement was made at a seminar recently organised by the Ramboll A/S Denmark and Elan International. [Daily Pakistan]

¶ Iran began building a second nuclear plant with Russian help on Saturday, in a $10 billion project following Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers last year, state media reported. The project is to erect a 1,000-MW reactor, and is expected to take 10 years to build. Iran already runs one Russian-built nuclear reactor at Bushehr. [Zawya]

Bushehr main nuclear reactor. (Reuters / Raheb Homavandi)

Bushehr main nuclear reactor. (Reuters / Raheb Homavandi)


¶ Rather than choose to have Volkswagen modify their vehicles to meet US emissions standards, the majority of US owners who were affected by the recent diesel emissions cheating scandal have signed up for the vehicle buyback, according to recent reports. Over half of the 475,000 owners affected have already registered decisions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The vision the federal government unveiled on Friday calls for wind farms off of nearly every US coastline by 2050, in an effort to generate 86 GW of electricity from offshore wind, enough zero-carbon power for more than 23 million homes. Offshore wind is a major part of the US strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [Grist]

Danish offshore wind turbines (Shutterstock)

Danish offshore wind turbines (Shutterstock)

¶ California Governor Jerry Brown said last week that he remains committed to expanding California’s power grid to include other Western states, despite a delay announced this summer when it appeared the state Legislature was unprepared to grant the broader approval needed to advance the project this year. [The Register-Guard]

¶ Wind Energy Development, based in North Kingston, Rhode Island, installed nine 1.5-MW, German-made turbines over the summer. It is the largest onshore wind farm in Rhode Island. The developer says technological advances now enable turbines to take advantage of weaker winds away from the coast. [The Providence Journal]

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