November 18 Energy News

November 18, 2016


¶ China’s JinkoSolar lifted its guidance for shipments of PV modules in 2016, anticipating 6.6 GW to 6.7 GW, after third-quarter volumes rose 41.6% year-on-year. The company had previously expected 6 GW to 6.5 GW of PV module shipments for the year. The quarter’s revenue was down by 4.4% due to lower PV prices. [SeeNews Renewables]

Birds on a solar module  (Author: Don McCullough, CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)

Birds on a solar module (Author: Don McCullough, CC BY-SA)

¶ The European Commission has given the go-ahead for Greece’s support mechanism for renewable electricity after saying it aligns with EU state aid rules. The government plans for state aid through a feed-in tariff scheme for small projects and would have a price premium for those with capacities of above 500 kW. [Energy Voice]

¶ Saudi Arabia has reiterated its commitment to working toward mitigating the effects of global climate change at the 22nd UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Saudi Arabia is the only Arab country included on a list of the top 10 biggest CO2 emitters globally. It experienced a sharp rise between 2014 and 2015. [PV-Tech]

Saudi commitment on climate change (Source: Flickr / Pixabay)

Saudi Arabia (Source: Flickr / Pixabay)

¶ India has reached a major milestone for its solar capacity. The cumulative solar power capacity, including rooftop and off-grid segments, has crossed 10 GW in the country. India is expected to become the world’s third biggest solar market next year, after China and the US, with additions in the range of 8 GW to 10 GW per annum. [Hindu Business Line]

¶ Vattenfall is to build the 350-MW Vesterhav North and South offshore wind farms in Denmark after the parliament approved supports for the projects. The Swedish utility said it will move on the plans for the nearshore installations off Jutland’s coast following the vote in the Folketing. First power is expected in 2020. [reNews]

Vattenfall offshore wind farm (Vattenfall image)

Vattenfall offshore wind farm (Vattenfall image)

¶ China will accelerate its development of geothermal power to help meet targets set for renewable fuels consumption and tackle air pollution, Chinese officials said at a geothermal conference. The country’s current five-year plan has the non-fossil fuel portion of primary energy consumption to rise to 15% in 2020. []


¶ Geologists say a new survey shows an oilfield in west Texas dwarfs others found so far in the United States, according to the US Geological Survey. The Midland Basin of the Wolfcamp Shale area in the Permian Basin in west Texas is now estimated to have 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas. [CNN]

Pumpjack at dawn

Pumpjack at dawn

¶ The DOE’s SunShot Initiative was launched in 2011 “with the goal of making solar electricity cost-competitive with traditional energy sources without subsidies by 2020.” In just five years the Initiative has achieved more than 90% of its goal to cut the cost of utility-scale solar electricity in the US down to 6¢/kWh. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Minnesota Power’s Great Northern Transmission Line between Canada and northeastern Minnesota received federal approval as the DOE issued a Presidential Permit for the project. This is the final regulatory approval needed before construction begins. The 224-mile line will deliver hydro power from Manitoba to Grand Rapids. [KDAL]

Transmission lines

Transmission lines

¶ The nation’s energy infrastructure will undergo a significant transformation over the next 10 years, according to a study by Mortenson, a recognized leader in energy and transmission infrastructure. This is due largely to declining costs of energy storage. Of professionals answering a survey, 96% believe the technology is a major key. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ Nearly 50,000 Hoosiers worked in advanced energy industries in 2015, according to a report. The advanced energy category is broad and includes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and grid modernization. Its employees include engineers, computer scientists, data scientists, and construction workers. [Northeast Indiana Public Radio]

Wind power in Indiana (Tony Krabill / WVPE)

Wind power in Indiana (Tony Krabill / WVPE)

¶ Amazon’s cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services, is supporting the development of five new solar parks in Virginia with a combined capacity of 180 MW. The facilities are being developed in partnership with utility Dominion Resources, which will own and operate them. They are expected to start operating in late 2017. [reNews]

¶ A group of 365 companies, including General Mills, Nike, and Starbucks, has urged President-elect Donald Trump to abide by the Paris climate deal. In addition to sticking with the Paris deal, the group urged the US government to have a “Continuation of low-carbon policies,” and to invest “in the low carbon economy.” [Opposing Views]

Somers Solar Center (Image: Dominion Resources)

Somers Solar Center (Image: Dominion Resources)

¶ The New York Public Service Commission voted unanimously to approve the sale of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant. Its owner, Entergy, had been planning to shut it down because of financial losses. But Exelon agreed to purchase it for $110 million after the PSC passed a massive nuclear power subsidy program. [WRVO Public Media]

¶ The US Justice Department filed a lawsuit to block a merger involving one of the key players in the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee. Federal officials say EnergySolutions’ acquisition of Waste Control Specialists, which has agreed to buy the nuclear plant, would create a “near monopoly” in low-level radioactive waste disposal. []

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