October 27 Energy News

October 27, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, a report by the Zoological Society of London and WWF says. The Living Planet assessment, suggests that if the trend continues that decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020. Habitat loss, wildlife trade, pollution, and climate change are among causes. [BBC]

Wildlife populations down by nearly 60% since 1970  (Photo by Roger Leguen / WWF)

Wildlife populations down by nearly 60% since 1970
(Photo by Roger Leguen / WWF)

World:

¶ Gamesa, India’s leading renewable energy company, has announced a new 130-MW solar project with Atria Power to be commissioned in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh by March 2017. Gamesa will handle the complete value chain of the project including 96 units of Gamesa E-1.37MW hybrid cooled solar inverters. [Indiainfoline]

¶ Vattenfall has generated the first power from its 228-MW Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in Wales. The Swedish company said the 76-turbine project, which is the largest wind farm in Wales, is on schedule to be fully operational early next year. The company is motivated for decarbonization of the energy sector, a spokesman said. [reNews]

Turbines going up at Pen y Cymoedd (Vattenfall image)

Turbines going up at Pen y Cymoedd (Vattenfall image)

¶ The Hungarian utility MVM and Munich-based clean-tech startup Electrochaea GmbH are building the world’s first grid-scale power-to-gas plant together in Hungary. The unit will have a power consumption of up to 10 MW of stranded electricity from renewable sources, and will make methane from carbon dioxide. [portfolio.hu]

¶ LS Industrial Systems Co, of South Korean, has won a license to establish a renewable energy-powered island in Singapore, along with global firms such as GE-Alstom and Schneider. The company signed a memorandum of understanding to set up the microgrid system on Semakau, an island in southern Singapore. [BusinessKorea]

Aerial view of Singapore's southern island of Semakau

Aerial view of Singapore’s southern island of Semakau

¶ Vietnam seeks financial support for its transition from ‘black
to green,’ but international partners say what’s needed is better policy. International development partners and donors have called on Vietnam to commit to bigger greenhouse gas emission reductions, warning that coal have high environmental costs in the future. [VnExpress International]

¶ Dutch companies, including Siemens Nederland, Van Oord, and Shell, are calling on their government to draw up climate legislation to implement the aims of the Paris agreement. The
39 businesses said they want the government to put higher priority on accelerating the energy transition to reach the country’s 2050 targets. [reNews]

Offshore wind installation (Van Oord image)

Offshore wind installation (Van Oord image)

¶ UK public support for fracking has fallen to new lows, a Government survey has revealed. Just 17% of people backed the process of extracting shale gas, compared with a third who opposed it, and just under half (48%) who had no opinion, the latest figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy show. [BT.com]

US:

¶ Houston has become a diversified energy capital, a center not only of oil and gas development, but increasingly green energy, such as wind and solar. Companies like Pattern Energy and even oil giant BP already run wind farms from operations centers in downtown Houston. And SolarCity is expanding into the region. [Houston Chronicle]

Control center at Pattern Energy's Houston office (Photo by Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle staff)

Control center at Pattern Energy’s Houston office
(Photo by Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle staff)

¶ The California Independent System Operator reported that benefits of the western Energy Imbalance Market for third quarter 2016 were $26.16 million. This brings the total benefits since the western regional market was launched in 2014 to $114.35 million. A similar trend was noted in the results for Q2 to Q3 in 2015. [PennEnergy]

¶ Regulators, decision makers and environmentalists will gather in Albany next week to discuss how to achieve New York’s ambitious goal for switching to renewable energy. According to the executive director of Alliance for Clean Energy, achieving 50% renewable energy in New York by 2030 will be challenging, but doable. [Public News Service]

Achievable goal (Windtech at English Wikipedia)

Achievable goal (Windtech at English Wikipedia)

¶ Massachusetts state and federal officials released two marine wildlife studies on endangered whale, turtle, and bird species to inform offshore wind permitting processes. They found no significant conflicts between wildlife and offshore wind development in federally designated areas south of Martha’s Vineyard. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ Combining their buying power for the first time, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts have selected six proposals to develop more clean energy for the New England market. The projects include mostly wind and solar power projects, which are expected to generate 460 MW of electricity collectively. [Electric Light & Power]

Wind turbines in New England

Wind turbines in New England

¶ Wind energy is climbing across the United States, with 11 states in 2015 getting at least 10% of their total electricity from wind farms, according to the Energy Information Administration, an arm of the DOE. Just five years ago, only three states had at least 10% of their electricity produced by wind farms, the EIA said. [Denver Business Journal]

¶ PG&E customers will see an increase in their electricity bills
if state regulators approve rate increases linked to the proposed closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Typical residential customers using 500 kWh of electricity a month would see an average bill rise 1.6%, a PG&E spokesman said. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

 

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