November 3 Energy News

November 3, 2016


¶ Top oil companies including Saudi Aramco and Shell will join forces to set up an investment fund to develop technologies to cut carbon emissions and promote renewable energy, sources said on Wednesday. The chief executives of BP, Eni, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil, and Total will announce details on Friday. [The Maritime Executive]

Offshore wind farm at sunrise (Reuters file image)

Offshore wind farm at sunrise (Reuters file image)

¶ In an address given at the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s 32nd Annual Conference and Exhibition in Calgary this week, the Canadian Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change said the federal government aims to source 100% of the electricity for its operations from renewable energy by 2025. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ For years environmentalists have campaigned to shut down
the Hazlewood coal-fired power station in Victoria. It is one of the world’s most polluting power plants. Now the owner, French energy company Engie, announced that the power station would shut down in 2017 as a result of “current and forecast market conditions.” [Junkee]

Hazelwood power station (Photo by Mriya, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Hazelwood (Photo by Mriya, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The Indian government and three state-run firms will jointly set up an equity fund of up to $2 billion for renewable energy companies to tap into to help New Delhi meet its clean energy goals. India’s government hopes the Clean Energy Equity Fund will attract pension and insurance funds from Canada and Europe. [Firstpost]

¶ The New South Wales Coalition government has decided to break ranks with its Coalition partners in the federal arena and announced a major expansion into both large-scale and small-scale renewable energy, as well as electric vehicles and energy efficiency, as part of a new plan to reach “zero net emissions” by 2050. [RenewEconomy]

New South Wales parliament building

New South Wales parliament building


¶ President Barack Obama said the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which has seen months of protests in North Dakota, could be re-routed. In an interview, he said he would allow the conflict to play out for “several more weeks” to see if the issue could be resolved. The pipeline crosses an area near a Native American reservation. [BBC]

¶ Altus Power America Inc said it has initiated the construction of a 6.2-MW PV plant on the west coast of Oahu island. This represents Altus Power’s first investment to date in the state of Hawaii, according to the press statement. The ground-mounted solar farm is due for completion in the first quarter of 2017. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar PVs in Hawaii (US Navy public domain image)

Solar PVs in Hawaii (US Navy public domain image)

¶ Following its final Environmental Assessment and a “Finding of No Significant Impact,” the Bureau of Land Management has decided to offer 40,000 acres of Wayne National Forest, Ohio’s only national forest, up for fracking. The auction will begin on 1,600 acres on December 13, with bids starting at $2 per acre. [EcoWatch]

¶ Vermont’s Public Service Department has issued the final planning standards required under the state’s new energy siting law. These are the guidelines, consistent with state energy goals, that towns and cities will have to follow to have a greater say when the Public Service Board considers large energy projects. [Vermont Public Radio]

South Burlington solar panels  (Photo by Toby Talbot / AP / File)

South Burlington solar panels (Photo by Toby Talbot / AP / File)

¶ ArcLight Capital Partners, an energy investment company based in Boston, has signed an agreement to buy TransCanada’s hydroelectric facilities along the Deerfield and Connecticut rivers. The sale is expected to close in mid-2017, subject to customary regulatory and other approvals. The price has not been announced. [The Recorder]

¶ Anaerobic digestor research, renewable energy education, and Rutland solar development are the latest beneficiaries of funding from an old Vermont Yankee insurance policy. The state Public Service Board has approved Green Mountain Power’s plans to distribute $302,719 from a Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited fund. [Commons]

Anaerobic digestion plant  (Photo by Rosser1954, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Anaerobic digestion plant
(Photo by Rosser1954, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Fort Hood will soon get around 15% of its power from an on-post solar array and up to another 50% from a wind farm near Lubbock, Texas. The solar array will be the size of 100 football fields when complete and will have a capacity of 15 MW. The off-post wind farm of 24 turbines will add a capacity of 50 MW. [KCEN-TV]

¶ Barstow’s Longview Farm sits in the shadow of Mt Tom, near the Connecticut River, in Hadley, Massachusetts. Known for their homemade creamery, it’s another cow product that’s making news. The farm has won an award for their anaerobic digester, which it uses to turn manure and food waste into electricity. []

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