September 26 Energy News

September 26, 2016

World:

¶ Oil producers in the Opec group of countries will make another attempt this week to reverse a slump in crude prices that is causing problems for the poorer Opec members, according to Algeria’s energy minister. He said there would be an informal gathering of Opec members on the sidelines of an energy conference in Algiers. [BBC]

Oil worker (Reuters image)

Oil worker (Reuters image)

¶ Segolene Royal, president of COP21, presented a list of 240 renewable energy projects in Africa that will receive funding under the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative. The list includes about 20 GW of hydropower projects, 6 GW are solar, 5 GW of wind energy, 7 GW of geothermal, and 1 GW of hybrid projects. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ With the decline in costs of wind and solar power, South Africa is changing rapidly. Nearly 100 utility-scale renewable energy plants at various stages of development. Meanwhile, two new coal power stations are five years behind schedule going online, and plans to build six to eight nuclear power stations are running into trouble. [CleanTechnica]

Gouda wind farm, South Africa (Photo by Discott, edited, CC BY-SA 4.0)

South African wind farm (Photo by Discott, edited, CC BY-SA 4.0)

¶ Gamesa has bagged an order for a 50-MW turnkey wind project from ReNew Power, one of India’s leading renewable energy companies. The order entails the supply of 25 units of G114–2.0MW T106 turbine for the 50 MW project in the state of Karnataka. This project is scheduled for commissioning in March 2017. [Business Standard]

¶ Renewable power purchaser Smartest Energy will issue the UK’s first labels that tell companies the source and carbon content of the clean electricity they buy. The labels trace every megawatt used to its source of origin, allowing companies to report an exact carbon footprint and their contribution to UK climate targets. [reNews]

Hill of Towie, Scotland (Credit: reNews)

Hill of Towie, Scotland (Credit: reNews)

¶ The Liberian government and project developer, Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the financing and construction of a 10-MW solar PV power plant in Monrovia. A company representative has hopes that additional projects would be pursued in the future. [Liberian Daily Observer]

¶ In Australia, the assault on climate policies and renewable energy initiatives has taken a new form: having obliterated almost all of the effective policies at federal level, the focus is now switching to state-based targets, using the old arguments of higher costs and little abatement as the basis for the attack. [RenewEconomy]

Solar and wind power in Australia

Solar and wind power in Australia

¶ In a major announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will ratify the Paris Climate Change Agreement on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2. The date to ratify the COP21 protocol was chosen as Mahatma Gandhi’s life was an example of how to leave a minimum carbon footprint. [Daily Pioneer]

US:

¶ A new study from research scientists at Stanford University has linked a 4.8 magnitude earthquake recorded in East Texas in 2012 to the now common oil industry practice of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and the accompanying wastewater injection wells. The study was done by use of satellite data. [CleanTechnica]

Fracking field (Image via Simon Fraser University)

Fracking field (Image via Simon Fraser University)

¶ New York City and Brooklyn Navy Yard officials will unveil a 3,152-panel rooftop solar installation that will generate a significant portion of the industrial center’s power. The solar farm is one of the largest in the city and is expected to generate 1.1 million kWh of energy each year, enough to power 88 homes. [New York Daily News]

¶ A year ago, Nebraska got its largest solar energy “garden” in Central City. It belonged to local residents and six businesses, who invested in the $600,000 in the 200-kW project. This year, however, the state will be seeing a number of projects built, and the total capacity of solar systems it has will be multiplied by six. [Omaha World-Herald]

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