September 12 Energy News

September 12, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Beginning of the End for Fossil Power” • The prospectus of E.ON’s conventional generation spin-off, says, “Conventional generation of power faces the risk of losing competitiveness against renewable energy and thus market share, and, over the long term, even faces the risk of disappearing completely from the market.” [Bloomberg]

Beginning of the end for fossil fuels (Photo by Bill Allsopp / Loop Images)

Foreseeing its own end (Photo by Bill Allsopp / Loop Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ Sheets of carbon an atom thick could soon double the amount of electricity stored in smartphone batteries, as 2D materials present a picture of the future of energy storage. At small scales, electrons obey the exotic laws of quantum mechanics very different from those we experience in the macroscopic world. [Horizon magazine]

World:

¶ Vattenfall won the Danish nearshore wind tender and will develop two wind farms with a total capacity of 350-MW at Hvide Sande and Thyborøn on the west coast of Jutland. The winning bid for the two sites, Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord, was Dkr0.475/kWh (7¢/kWh). Construction should start in 2019. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm (Vattenfall image)

Offshore wind farm (Vattenfall image)

¶ Australia has consistently led the world with its funding of fossil fuel research and consistently lagged other nations when it comes to developing renewable energy, according analysis by the Australia Institute. Now the federal parliament is considering the “omnibus” bill, essentially abolishing ARENA renewables funding. [The Guardian]

¶ Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to unveil a tidal turbine that is to be deployed in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth. The device is the first of four to be completed at the Nigg Energy Park in the Highlands for Atlantis Resources’s MeyGen project. The project is said to be the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm. [BBC News]

Atlantis Resources hopes to eventually install more than  200 turbines off the Caithness coast. (Atlantis Resources)

Atlantis Resources hopes eventually to install more than
200 turbines off the Caithness coast. (Atlantis Resources)

¶ Indian developer Mytrah Energy has increased its underlying ebitda by 56% in the first half of the year driven by a spate of new wind farms. Underlying ebitda reached $45.54 million compared with $29.14 million a year ago as revenue rose 52% to $49.66, the company said. The developer completed is significantly ahead of its targets. [reNews]

¶ Electricity-starved Myanmar is looking to overhaul its long-term power strategy, aiming to hike the planned share of hydropower in its energy mix at the cost of polluting coal as it tries to attract foreign investment. Myanmar is Asia’s sixth-poorest country. Half of its people are without access to electricity. [malaysiandigest.com]

Myanmar is looking to develop hydro power.

Myanmar is looking to develop hydro power.

¶ Statoil has drilled the world’s hottest geothermal well. The well is part of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, which aims to research technologies that can be used for high temperature water extraction from deep reservoirs for power production. The project is the latest renewables milestone for the Norwegian operator. [Energy Voice]

US:

¶ Nevada has a ballot measure that aims to deregulate electrical service. If the Energy Choice Initiative passes a statewide ballot in November and again in 2018, it will enshrine in the Nevada Constitution the right for customers to choose their energy provider and to produce their own power to sell to others. [Mohave Valley News]

Solar array supporting Las Vegas police communications. (Balloonboy101, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA)

Solar array supporting Las Vegas police communications.
(Balloonboy101, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA)

¶ Johnson County, Iowa, is installing two new solar arrays at its Iowa City campus in a move that could save taxpayers money and triple the county government’s production of clean energy. One array will be next to the county’s administration building, and another is already on the roof of the Health and Human Services building. [Iowa City Press Citizen]

¶ Some downstate New York lawmakers don’t like the fact that their constituents must now subsidize energy produced at nuclear plants in upstate regions. The legislators take issue with the state Public Service Commission’s decision to include subsidies for nuclear power in the Clean Energy Standard, approved in August. [WatertownDailyTimes.com]

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