September 13 Energy News

September 13, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Meet the mom litigating the ‘biggest case on the planet'” • Julia Olson is litigating what should be considered the most important court case in the United States: She’s helping 21 kids, as young as age 9, sue the Obama administration over its insufficient action on climate change. Olson will attempt to make their case for the future. [CNN]

Julia Olson, chief legal counsel of Our Children's Trust

Julia Olson, chief legal counsel of Our Children’s Trust

World:

¶ India floated a draft document aimed at auctioning 1,000 MW of rooftop photovoltaic capacity to be installed atop government buildings. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy issued the document, which divided the 1,000 MW capacity allocation into two modes, one based on total project cost, and the other on the tariff. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Hitachi has announced the development of a new 5 MW offshore wind turbine, the HTW5.2-136, featuring a 15% larger rotor swept area and aimed at light wind regions. The new turbine aims to increase output in regions with annual average wind speeds below 7.5 meters per second. A trial run is planned for October. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Offshore wind. (Hitachi Wind Power)

Offshore wind. (Hitachi Wind Power)

¶ Scotland’s next generation of onshore wind projects could be at least 20% cheaper if Scottish and UK Governments work to remove a series of barriers, a report said. Onshore wind is one of the lowest-cost forms of new electricity generation, but the industry could cut costs further, by more than £150 million per year. [Renewable Energy Focus]

¶ SolarReserve LLC has plans to build six large concentrating solar power parks with storage capacity in South Australia, but all will depend on the success of its first project in the country. The company has proposed to build a power plant of 110 MW at Port Augusta that will produce electricity even when the sun is down. [SeeNews Renewables]

Computer simulation by SolarReserve of a CSP facility.  (Photo by Billie Ward, Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Computer simulation by SolarReserve of a CSP facility.
(Photo: Billie Ward, Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic)

¶ Australia is to cut A$500 million ($375.50 million) in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency as it strives to plug a $6 billion budget shortfall. It is a smaller cut than the A$1.3 billion reduction initially planned. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will get A$800 million in funding over the next five years. [Reuters]

US:

¶ California’s Kern county, home to 4.9 GW of installed solar power capacity, saw average irradiance in June drop by between 1% and 4% in different parts of the county because of wildfires. Environmental and industrial measurement firm Vaisala calculates that a 1% loss could lead to more than $940,000 of lost revenues. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wildfire near Lake Isabella in California. (USDA photo. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Wildfire near Lake Isabella in California.
(USDA photo. Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic)

¶ Excess chicken waste is one of the Chesapeake Bay’s biggest scourges. The state of Maryland has been trying to deal with that without much luck. But a new project is bringing fresh hope, state agricultural officials say. CleanBay Renewables is going big, becoming the first of its kind to expand beyond a single farm. [Delmarva Daily Times]

¶ A coalition of organisations has formed the New York Offshore Wind Alliance. They include environmental groups, offshore wind power developers, environmental justice and community advocates, academics, and consultants with a shared interest in promoting the development of offshore wind power for New York. [Offshore Wind Journal]

Offshore wind power

Offshore wind power

¶ Austin Energy’s partial ownership of a coal-fired power plant might cost the utility $10 million a year, a report says. The analysis, commissioned by Public Citizen, found that dramatic expansions of wind and solar generation combined with rock-bottom prices for natural gas had ruined the economics of most coal plants. [MyStatesman.com]

¶ Phoenix Energy, an alternative energy company from Nevada, is bidding $38 million for the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in Hollywood, Alabama. The Tennessee Valley Authority has invested some $5 billion in the plant since construction began in the mid-1970s, but it was never finished as demand leveled off. [WAAY]

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