October 18 Energy News

October 18, 2016


¶ “Back candidates to promote renewable energy, repeal anti-environment law” • North Carolina, which was a renewable energy leader, has passed anti-renewable legislation. Voters should back candidates willing to protect the environment, increase energy efficiency, create jobs, and save us all some money. [WRAL.com]

Sun and wind

Sun and wind

¶ “How Cuomo’s $7.6 Billion Nuclear Bailout Can Impede Wind and Solar” • Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous, and altogether too expensive. Nuclear power cannot compete economically. To combat climate change what’s needed is really green energy led by solar and wind, which create more jobs, and cost far less. [CounterPunch]


¶ The Yealands Wine Group has put up New Zealand’s largest solar panel installation, reinforcing its claim to be the most sustainable winery in the world. Yealands is now capable of generating 411.12 kW of solar power, which is equivalent to powering 86 New Zealand homes, and will offset 82 tonnes of CO2 emissions. [The Drinks Business]

Yealands winery with 1,314 PV panels on the roof

Yealands winery with 1,314 PV panels on the roof

¶ The Scottish government has given the green light to the 72.6-MW Creag Riabhach wind farm in the Highlands. A total of 22 wind turbines, each of up to 3.3 MW, will be installed on the Altnaharra Estate in Sutherland. The park is expected to produce enough power annually for about 36,000 local households. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd has received an order for a 55-MW class steam turbine for Costa Rica’s state electricity and telecommunications utility. The turbine will be a core component of the Las Pailas II geothermal power plant, which will be built in Guanacaste Province in the northwest region of the country. [SYS-CON Media]

Domo de San Pedro Geothermal Power Plant (Photo courtesy of Grupo Dragon)

Domo de San Pedro Geothermal Power Plant
(Photo courtesy of Grupo Dragon)

¶ Sundrop Farms has set a task to show that healthy, organic food can be produced everywhere. Their aim is to bust the myth that genetically modified foods, toxic pesticides, and large sums of money are the only solution to the global food crisis. They grow food without using pesticides, fossil fuels or fresh water. [The Green Optimistic]

¶ Energy companies are on the cusp of “an epic battle” with technology companies thanks to the inexorable rise of renewable energy and smart home systems, says Citigroup’s global head of energy strategy. He said the challenge to the conventional oil and gas business “is only going one way,” with market changes. [The Australian Financial Review]

Clash of energy and technology companies (AP photo)

New paradigm, new business plan (AP photo)

¶ France produced the most power from fossil fuels for the month of September in 32 years to help meet demand as nuclear generation dropped. Output from coal and gas plants more than doubled as EDF had to keep reactors offline for inspections to rule out potential anomalies on steam generators at 18 of its 58 units. [Bloomberg]

¶ China’s economy could grow six-fold by 2050 with renewable energy accounting for 69% of national electricity supply if it transforms its energy system and increases efficiency across all sectors. The report “Reinventing Fire: China” claims that CO2 emissions could go 42% below the 2010 level at the same time. [ChinaFile]

Dafancheng Wind Power Plant  (China Photos – Getty Images)

Dafancheng Wind Power Plant
(China Photos – Getty Images)


¶ The US government launched the largest ever clean energy plant in Arizona, as part of the White House’s bid to drastically increase solar power on a national level. The 150-MW Mesquite 3 solar array will help power California’s electric grid and will contribute one-third of the energy used on 14 naval bases in the state. [Opposing Views]

¶ Park City, Utah is on the front lines of global warming as it grapples with decreasing snowfall and a shorter winter season that traditionally draws thousands of skiers and snowboarders from around the world. But the mountain community isn’t waiting to act. Park City just committed to 100% renewable energy by the year 2032. [Inhabitat]

Park City (Image via Raffi Asdourian)

Park City (Image via Raffi Asdourian)

¶ The Grain Belt Express Clean Line wind energy project has made significant steps towards getting the final green light from the Missouri Public Service Commission. The PSC gave the go-ahead to finalize a public hearing schedule, which means that a final order on construction of Clean Line could happen as early as next spring. [The Missouri Times]

¶ The debate over siting renewable energy projects has become one of the major policy contrasts between candidates in Vermont’s gubernatorial race. The Republican candidate, Phil Scott, says he would give communities power to stop wind development. Sue Minter, the Democrat, supports wind energy. [Rutland Herald]


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