Archive for September 30th, 2016

September 30 Energy News

September 30, 2016


¶ India is one of the largest producers of coal in the world. But unregulated mining has led to environmental issues we might not even imagine, one of which is increasing conflicts between elephants and humans. As forests are being cleared for coal mining, wild elephants are entering villages in search of food and attacking people. [BBC]

A wild elephant in Chhattisgarh (Subrata Biswas)

A wild elephant in a village in Chhattisgarh (Subrata Biswas)

¶ GE Renewable Energy has received a contract from Max Boegl Wind AG to supply four 3.4-137 wind turbines that are planned to be integrated with a 16-MW pumped storage hydropower plant in Germany’s Swabian-Franconian Forest. The hydropower equipment will be delivered by local company Voith. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Vestas has broken into a fresh market with a deal to build the 50-MW Tsetsii wind farm in Mongolia. The Danish wind manufacturer will deliver unidentified hardware to Clean Energy Asia in the first quarter of next year with full operations expected before end-2017. Vestas opened an office in Mongolia earlier this year. [reNews]

Vestas wind turbines (Vestas)

Wind farm with Vestas wind turbines (Vestas)

¶ Algeria plans to start a program to add 4 GW of solar PV power capacity by the end of the year, the country’s energy minister said. About 300 MW of PV power plants have entered service so far in 2016. As part of a program announced earlier, Algeria aims to have 22 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2035. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Coal generated a record low 6% of the UK’s electricity this spring, official figures show. The share of coal in the power mix fell from 20% in the same period last year. Ferrybridge C, in West Yorkshire, and Longannet, in Scotland, have both closed, and Drax, in North Yorkshire, has switched from the fossil fuel to burning biomass. [The Guardian]

Longannet power station in Scotland (Photo: Deadline News / REX / Shutterstock)

Longannet station (Photo: Deadline News / REX / Shutterstock)

¶ The UK has signed its £18 billion contract with France and China to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, giving the final go-ahead for construction at the site in Somerset. The deal was finalized at a low-key ceremony in London, just two months after Theresa May put the entire project under review.
[The Guardian]

¶ Despite unprecedented policy uncertainty across the region, Europe is expected to install more than 140 GW of wind capacity over the next ten years, according to new analysis from MAKE Consulting. According to the Europe Power Outlook 2016, about 60% of the new installations will be erected in Northern Europe. [CleanTechnica]

Siemens wind turbines

Siemens wind turbines

¶ The Australian Labor states have reacted angrily to suggestions by Malcolm Turnbull that they should abandon their own state-based renewable energy targets, accusing the prime minister of launching a scare campaign over wind and solar, and especially of peddling “ignorant rubbish” about renewables in the wake of the South Australian blackout. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Wind farms off the coast of Germany have exported some 5.8 TWh of electricity in the first half of 2016, according to transmission operator TenneT. Projects in the German North Sea delivered 5.18 TWh in the first six months of the year – up 230% on the 2.26 TWh in the same period in 2015, with 0.61 TWh more from the Baltic Sea. [reNews]

Riffgat offshore wind farm in waters off Germany (EWE image)

Riffgat offshore wind farm in waters off Germany (EWE image)


¶ PSEG Solar Source, Platte River Power Authority, and Juwi, a renewables developer, dedicated the PSEG Rawhide Flats Solar Center. The 36.3 MW-dc (30 MW-ac) Rawhide Energy Station is on a 190-acre site 25 miles north of Fort Collins, Colorado. It will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 8,000 Colorado homes. [Your Renewable News]

¶ San Diego-based Solar Alliance Energy plans to build a 500-kW community solar generation and battery storage project in Southern Illinois. The company says the project will include a workforce redevelopment program to provide skills training and jobs to 30 unemployed or underemployed coal industry workers.[CleanTechnica]

Solar project in Illinois (Credit: The Southern Illinoisan)

Small solar project in Illinois (Credit: The Southern Illinoisan)

¶ Grassroots Solar of Dorset, Vermont, announced an exclusive partnership with industry leader sonnenBatterie, Inc, an energy storage company based in Germany. The sonnenBatterie system works with new or existing solar systems to store excess power, and will feed the household’s electrical needs when the power is out. [Vermont Biz]

¶ New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo announced the completion of Long Island’s 35,000th residential solar project, marking a 320% growth in solar over the last four years. The Governor’s Clean Energy Standard would supply 50% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030. []


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