November 25 Energy News

November 25, 2016

World:

¶ Nearly 70% of the Kenyan population relies on costly and polluting energy sources. But a green transition is underway, as ever more Kenyans turn to solar power to meet their daily energy needs. A small solar system can cost about the same as a diesel generator, and it is as reliable, but there is no fuel and no pollution. [Deutsche Welle]

Solar panel on a roof in Kenya

Solar panel on a roof in Kenya

¶ Canadian developer Power Renewable Energy proposes to install Senvion turbines at a 122.4-MW wind project in southeast Alberta. PRE, a subsidiary of giant diversified holding company Power Corp of Canada, plans to erect 36 3.4MW-140 machines on 110-metre towers at the Jenner wind farm, according to regulatory filings. [reNews]

¶ Finland is widely expected to become the first country in the world to actually ban the use of coal-burning power stations. Coal currently provides around 8% of the country’s energy needs. At the present time it is only regional states that have outright banned coal such as Oregon in the United States and Ontario in Canada. [Huffington Post UK]

Cooling towers and steam at a coal-burning plant  (Pawel Kopczynski / Reuters)

Cooling towers and steam at a coal-burning plant
(Pawel Kopczynski / Reuters)

¶ ReNew PowerVentures, a renewable energy development company, has bagged the highest number of projects under a 500 MW mega-tender of rooftop solar capacity floated by Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. The tender targets especially rooftop solar on schools, colleges, universities, and residential buildings. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ EDF and Stornetic have launched a joint project on advanced smart grid storage solutions to assess performance of flywheel energy storage technology. Stornetic will deliver a DuraStor energy storage device by June 2017. It will be installed and assessed at the EDF Concept Grid site in Moret-sur-Loing near Paris. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Stornetic storage system

Stornetic storage system

¶ K-Water, South Korea’s state water resources company, said it is raising about 100 billion won ($84 million) to build the world’s largest floating power-generating facilities. The company said it plans to sign deals with institutional investors by March of next year to build and manage the 40-MW solar power plant. [The Korea Bizwire]

¶ Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra say the cost of a 100% renewable energy future is very low. They designed an optimization model of their national electricity market (NEM) using solar, wind, pumped hydro, and high-voltage transmission lines. The model said the cost would be $90/MWh. [EcoGeneration]

Goldisthal pumped storage plant (Source: Vattenfall)

Goldisthal pumped storage plant (Source: Vattenfall)

¶ Countries all over the world are embracing renewables as a source of affordable clean energy – even countries many associate directly with the oil, coal, and gas industries. Thanks in large part to the Paris Agreement, more world leaders than ever see economic benefits of renewables. Here are six that stand out. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Italian utility Enel SpA has set a target of adding 6.7 GW of renewable energy capacity in its 2017-2019 strategic plan. A less capital-intensive build, sell, and operate business model will allow it to capitalize on its renewables pipeline more quickly, reduce the overall risk profile and crystallise value creation earlier. [SeeNews Renewables]

Enel wind farm (Photo by Enel Green Power, All Rights Reserved)

Enel wind farm (Photo by Enel Green Power, all rights reserved)

¶ The Alberta government will pay three coal power producers more than $1 billion over the next 14 years to compensate them for shutting down their plants early as part of its climate change agenda, and negotiations over power contract disputes are drawing to an end. Talks with a fourth producer are ongoing. [Calgary Herald]

US:

¶ A solar project in Cohasset, if approved and completed, will join the ranks of 87 other approved renewable energy projects on closed landfills across Massachusetts, according to data from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. At a cost of $1.7 million, the project would deliver about 735,000 MWh per year. [Wicked Local Cohasset]

Landfill in Cohasset, where PVs would be installed  (Greg Derr / The Patriot Ledger)

Landfill in Cohasset, where PVs would be installed
(Greg Derr / The Patriot Ledger)

¶ GlobalData’s latest analysis shows clean energy investors fear that Donald Trump will jeopardize renewable energy sources by moving away from Obama’s Clean Power Plan and leaving the Paris agreement. Stock values have declined for a number of US solar companies, and coal stocks have been boosted. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

¶ San Luis Obispo County could potentially get more money out of PG&E’s plan to close Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant than previously proposed. An administrative law judge has ruled that the economic impact of closing the plant on the county and its residents can be considered in hearings and testimony. [The San Luis Obispo Tribune]

 

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