October 15 Energy News

October 15, 2016


¶ Canadian non−hydro renewable power such as wind, solar and biomass grew more than sixfold in the time between 2005 and 2015, rising from 2,360 MW to 15,600 MW. National Electricity Board chief economist Shelley Milutinovic says Canada is now the fourth−largest generator in the world of renewable power. [Huddle Today]

Canadian Wind Farm (Image: The Canadian Press)

Canadian Wind Farm (Image: The Canadian Press)

¶ Subsidies to reduce the risk of blackouts must focus on energy storage schemes and cutting demand instead of “dirty diesel,” according to a group of MPs in the UK. The Energy and Climate Change Committee said current policy favored diesel generators over smart technology that stores power and reduces demand. [BBC]

¶ More than 150 countries have reached a deal described as “monumental” to phase out gases that are making global warming worse. Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) are widely used in fridges, air conditioning and aerosol sprays. Delegates meeting in Rwanda accepted a complex amendment to the Montreal Protocol. [BBC]

US Secretary of State John Kerry urging an ambitious deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry urging an ambitious deal

¶ The European Union has just approved regulations requiring that an electric car charger be included in every new and renovated home and all apartment buildings starting in 2019. Why is that important? Because charging infrastructure is vital to convincing mainstream buyers to switch to an electric car. [CleanTechnica]

¶ There are plans to limit onshore wind capacity additions in northern Germany, with a new proposal envisaging an annual cap of 902 MW. Germany has already set a limit of 2.8 GW through 2019 to annual wind installations across the country. Additional restrictions relate to limited capacity to carry power to the south. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm. (Author: fantastklywell)

Wind farm. (Author: fantastklywell)

¶ National Grid expects the UK’s winter 2016/17 electricity capacity margin – the headroom between de-rated capacity and peak demand – to be 6.6%. The transmission system operator said the predicted margin has increased from an earlier forecast of 5.5%. Increasing solar capacity is factored into National Grid’s forecasts. [reNews]

¶ Germany utilities moved closer to fixing their financial obligations in dismantling the nation’s nuclear reactors and making safe equipment and fuel that may be radioactive for 100,000 years. A draft law says reactor owners will pay €23.6 billion ($26 billion) into a fund to free them from their nuclear waste liabilities. [Bloomberg]


¶ The launch of a new hydroelectric system in Valdez, Alaska, means another power provider has joined the ranks of utilities that can operate fully on renewable power seasonally. Copper Valley Electric Association’s Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project, allows the utility to avoid using diesel fuel during summer months. [Alaska Dispatch News]

The Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project (Courtesy Copper Valley Electric)

The Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project
(Courtesy Copper Valley Electric)

¶ The Conservation Law Foundation filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil for endangering Massachusetts communities through activities at the Everett petroleum storage terminal. It is the first NGO lawsuit in the nation to take a petroleum company to task for its decades-long campaign to discredit climate science. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Florida Public Service Commission has granted approval to Gulf Power, a US-based electric utility company, to add an additional 94 MW of wind energy from the Kingfisher Wind farm in Oklahoma. The addition will allow the company’s original 178-MW Kingfisher Wind project to produce a 272 MW. [Power Technology]

Gulf Power wind farm (Photo courtesy of Gulf Power)

Gulf Power wind farm (Photo courtesy of Gulf Power)

¶ One of the largest solar projects in Massachusetts is being constructed on the property of a former coal-burning power plant in Holyoke. More than 17,000 solar panels are being installed where the smokestack of the former Mount Tom Power Station once cast its shadow. The nearly 6-MW solar farm should come online in January. [WAMC]

¶ The California Energy Commission and the US Navy have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop renewable energy projects. The partnership will develop three battery and solar projects, and the Navy and Marines will lease 205 new electric vehicles for use at California installations, curbing fossil fuel use. [Utility Dive]

Golden Gate Bridge (Credit: Flickr; Robbie Shade)

Golden Gate Bridge (Credit: Flickr / Robbie Shade)

¶ The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved Xcel Energy’s 15-year Integrated Resource Plan, with goals to more than double the utility’s renewable energy portfolio in the state and shut down two coal units. Xcel said the PUC supports plans to add 1.4 GW of solar and 1.8 GW of wind power by 2030. [Solar Industry]

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