November 24 Energy News

November 24, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Can Trump undo Obama’s policies?” • The environmental achievements under Obama are considerable, and Trump can’t vanquish them with a snap of his fingers. Many power plants have already taken steps to rein in toxic pollutants. Obama’s clean car rules have already stood up in court. But Trump has many options. [The Colorado Independent]

US wind farm (Credit: Mathias Appel, Creative Commons, Flickr)

US wind farm (Credit: Mathias Appel, Creative Commons, Flickr)

¶ “Smart Energy Storage Gives Building Owners Control of Electricity Expenses” • In the past, we’ve traditionally overbuilt supply to maintain electric system reliability. We are supporting trillions of dollars of infrastructure that is not normally used. Getting past this with energy storage will bring financial benefits. [cre.tech]

World:

¶ The town of Newstead, Victoria is seeking proposals from potential project partners who could help refine its plan to reach 100% renewable energy in 5 years. The town, with a population of about 500, looks to build up its renewable energy capacity and tie it into the local grid with battery storage and new “energy market” ideas. [CleanTechnica]

Lyons Street, Newstead (Photo by Melburnian, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Lyons Street, Newstead, Victoria
(Photo by Melburnian, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ German companies are making efforts to protect the climate. The latest trend study from E.ON shows that a majority of the companies take the issue of energy conservation seriously. About 75% of the CEOs surveyed indicated they had made investments relating to climate protection over the past three years. [Your Renewable News]

¶ The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa has lauded the release of the long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan and the proposed delay on building up nuclear power in South Africa. WWF says proposals for nuclear power should be taken off the table and more renewable energy should be added into the mix. [Independent Online]

Koeberg, South Africa's only nuclear power station  (File picture: Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town)

Koeberg, South Africa’s only nuclear power station
(Credit: Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town)

¶ Sri Lanka’s will call open tenders for private investors to set up 60 solar power plants of with a capacity of one megawatt each, following a successful tender for wind power which slashed costs. Sri Lanka’s state-run Ceylon Electricity Board has been paying a feed-in tariff for solar power as high as Rs23/kWh (15¢/kWh). [EconomyNext]

¶ Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority is currently executing two wind power projects in Ras Gharib, Red Sea with investments estimated at around $400 million. Ehab Ismail, General Manager of Planning Department at NREA, said that the combined capacity of the two projects is estimated to be about 340 MW. [Zawya]

Zafarana Wind Farm in Suez (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)

Zafarana Wind Farm in Suez (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)

¶ The renewable energy unit of French state-owned utility EDF is in talks with Chinese companies about a possible partnership to build offshore wind parks in China. EDF’s CEO said last year the firm wants to nearly double its renewable energy capacity worldwide to more than 50 GW by 2030 from about 28 GW. [The Maritime Executive]

¶ In Canada, governments at various levels are now working with indigenous leaders and energy companies to find new solutions to end that energy poverty. Federal, provincial and territorial ministers are due to meet in January with the various partners to come up with a joint plan to provide reliable electricity. [The Globe and Mail]

Town of Fort McPherson, NWT  (Fred Lum / The Globe and Mail)

Town of Fort McPherson, NWT
(Fred Lum / The Globe and Mail)

US:

¶ Green Mountain Power has been looking to purchase 14 hydroelectric plants in Vermont and other New England states. The company says the deal would build its low-cost renewable energy portfolio and benefit ratepayers, but a solar developer says investments outside the state will slow down renewable energy development in it. [Vermont Public Radio]

¶ Legislative support is showing up for an extension of Oregon’s sunsetting Residential Energy Tax Credit, a top priority of the state’s solar energy industry. Included in draft recommendations of the Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight was a call to continue RETC for another two years. [Portland Business Journal]

Installing a residential solar energy system in Oregon (Legend Solar)

Installing a residential solar system in Oregon (Legend Solar)

¶ St. Petersburg Florida has joined the likes of Los Angeles and San Diego in approving a commitment to transitioning to 100% renewable energy. It is the first city in Florida and the 20th city in the US to make such a mandate. In a unanimous vote, the City Council Committee allocated $800,000 in funds to implement the plan. [PV-Tech]

¶ The National Renewable Energy Lab released the first ever technical and economic analysis of the potential of distributed wind power, from smaller turbines at home or business sites. The key finding is that distributed wind installed at millions of locations could technically power the entire country. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Pika Energy wind turbine on a farm in Maine  (Pika Energy photo)

Pika Energy wind turbine on a farm in Maine
(Photo courtesy of Pika Energy)

¶ In Vermont, the Bennington County Regional Commission is rolling out an energy plan that includes data on current usage and sources, projections of future use, and strategies to support the state’s goals for cutting consumption and shifting more toward renewable energy production. A key goal is to produce more energy locally. [vtdigger.org]

¶ Hawaiian Electric Co will move forward with its clean-energy goals, despite having a climate change denier as the nation’s incoming president. Alan Oshima, the utility’s president and CEO, said he is concerned about President-elect Donald Trump’s victory but that the utility is committed to 100% renewable energy. [Government Technology]

 

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