November 2 Energy News

November 2, 2016


¶ Drought-stricken Mozambique will start building its first large scale solar plant in early 2017, after Scatec Solar, which owns several such plants in Africa, signed an $80 million deal to sell electricity to the state-owned energy company for 25 years. The 40-MW plant will produce energy for some 175,000 households. [eNCA]

Mozambique (Photo: / Ashley)

Mozambique (Photo: / Ashley)

¶ The offshore wind industry has seen its global levelized costs of electricity plummet 22% due to competitive bidding, reaching a benchmark estimate of $126/MWh during the second half of this year, down 22% from the first half of 2016, and down 28% from the second half of 2015, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Toyota’s somewhat baffling unwillingness to embrace all-electric vehicles may finally be ending. Recent comments made by prominent engineers at the company imply that they may be planning to release all-electric models at some point in the near future. They say this is possible because they “tamed” lithium-ion battery technology. [CleanTechnica]

2017 Toyota Prius Prime 0

2017 Toyota Prius Prime 0

¶ A popular Swiss initiative ‘For an orderly withdrawal from the nuclear energy programme’, backed by the Green Party, will be put to the public vote in a referendum on November 27th. If passed, three nuclear power reactors will be closed as soon as 2017, with the remaining two being decommissioned in 2024 and 2029. [The Local Switzerland]

¶ One of Scotland’s biggest energy providers warned onshore wind development will come to a standstill if the UK government does commit to its future. No new framework has been created for wind farms for when subsidies come to an end in April, Scottish Power says. UK ministers said their position remains unchanged. [BBC News]

Scottish wind turbines (Thinkstock image)

Scottish wind turbines (Thinkstock image)

¶ The first large-scale wind farm to be built in Queensland, the 180-MW Mount Emerald project near Mareeba, has reached financial close and will begin construction next month. It had already received a power purchase agreement from regional utility Ergon to buy all its output until 2030 earlier this year. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Wind and solar farms generated 25.7% of Spain’s power in January-October 2016, while the total renewables share was 43.4%, according to provisional data. It was announced recently that Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism is preparing a new renewable energy auction for the end of the year. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind park in Spain (Author: Santi Villamarín, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Wind park in Spain (Author: Santi Villamarín, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ Indonesia and Vietnam are looking to join Thailand in blazing a trail for solar power in Southeast Asia, with targets for green energy generation as a landmark global agreement to curb pollution is set to take effect this week. Annual solar power production in the region will expand to 13 GW in 2025 from around 1.6 GW in 2014. [Daily Mail]


¶ BP Plc reported a 49% decline in third-quarter earnings after crude prices fell. Profit adjusted for one-time items and inventory changes dropped to $933 million from $1.8 billion a year earlier. The company’s exploration and production division lost $224 million compared with a profit of $823 million a year earlier. []

Flaring gas recovered from BP's Deepwater Horizon  (Photo by DVIDSHUB, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Flaring gas recovered from BP’s Deepwater Horizon
(Photo by DVIDSHUB, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ An energy conservation and distributed generation project will enable the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia to become the Navy’s first Net Zero Energy base. The project will meet energy demands from renewable sources, thanks to a $170 million, 23-year contract from an Exelon subsidiary. [Facility Executive Magazine]

¶ Dozens of demonstrators aiming to raise awareness of the ongoing pipeline protest in North Dakota disrupted the morning commute at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. After that, they marched on the offices of major US banks to protest pipeline funding. They carried signs reading, “Water is life” and, “Respect the Earth.” [CNN]

Dakota Access Pipeline protest

Dakota Access Pipeline protest

¶ E.ON is building its first energy storage project in North America. Iron Horse is a 10-MW lithium-ion battery facility with an adjacent 2-MW solar array. The project is located in the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, southeast of Tucson, and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017. [Environmental Expert]

¶ The city of San Bernardino and Hydrogenics Corporation are partnering to build North America’s largest 100% renewable hydrogen plant in Palm Springs, California. The 2.5-MW zero impact production hydrogen facility will use Hydrogenics’ technology to convert wind and solar energy into renewable hydrogen. [gasworld]


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