November 30 Energy News

November 30, 2016


¶ The Egyptian government has signed an umbrella agreement with European Development Partners to secure €267 million ($296 million) funding for implementation of a new large-scale windfarm in the Gulf of Suez area in Egypt. The Gulf of Suez windfarm will generate 650 GWh per year, enough for 370,000 Egyptians. [Al-Bawaba]

Wind power (Shutterstock image)

Wind power (Shutterstock image)

¶ Details of a production cut agreement are due to be finalized
at a formal OPEC meeting in Vienna. But key OPEC members appear to disagree over the plan, and some analysts believe there might not be a deal. With analysts speculating, Brent crude oil was down $1.76 per barrel at $46.48, and US crude was down $1.80 at $45.28. [BBC]

¶ A question mark hangs over a world-leading laboratory that has pioneered research into nuclear fusion for nearly 40 years. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy near Oxford is largely funded by the EU and dozens of its scientists come from outside the UK. They are getting nervous, and the lab’s future looks uncertain. [BBC]

Brexit has cast a shadow of uncertainty (Kate Stephens)

Brexit has cast a shadow of uncertainty (Kate Stephens)

¶ A new joint venture has formed to develop a fast-charging network for European electric vehicles has been signed by Ford, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen Group (including Audi and Porsche). The DC electric vehicle fast-charging stations will reportedly offer up to 350 kW in power, while Tesla’s max out
at 120–135 kW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Brazilian developer Casa dos Ventos has started commercial operations at its 359-MW Ventos do Araripe 3 wind power complex in the northeast of the country. The R$1.8 billion ($520 million) scheme, located on the Araripe plateau between Piauí and Pernambuco states, comprises 14 wind farms with 156 turbines. [reNews]

Wind farm in Brazil (Image: Casa dos Ventos)

Wind farm in Brazil (Image: Casa dos Ventos)

¶ A pumped storage hydro energy scheme at an opencast coal mine site in southern Scotland has been approved, as a project at Glenmuckloch got the all-clear by the Scottish government. Dumfries and Galloway Council gave its backing to the project earlier this year. It has an operational capacity of up to 400 MW. [BBC News]

¶ China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group has approval from the Fujian Province Development and Reform Commission for a 300-MW offshore wind farm. It had already been approved by the National Energy Administration and is part of the national offshore wind development and construction program (2014-2016). [SeeNews Renewables]

Offshore wind park (Photo: Tim Collin, CC BY SA)

Offshore wind park (Photo: Tim Collin, CC BY SA)

¶ In Nigeria, Nineteen Northern governors have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with General Electric for five solar plants to generate 500 MW of electricity. Based on the MoU, General Electric would build five 100-MW solar power plants, one in each of Borno, Kebbi, Nassarawa, Niger, and Taraba states. [Bella Naija]

¶ Three Dutch coal plants opened in 2015 are already threatened with early closure. Their owners failed to foresee a rapid rise in renewable power generation, falling demand, and calls to phase out coal. It was a costly error that other countries could learn from, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says. [Climate Home]

New Dutch coal plant (Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Zandcee)

New Dutch coal plant (Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Zandcee)


¶ Texas grid operator ERCOT announced a new record for wind on Monday, as wind provided more than 15,000 MW to the state. It is not the hour-by-hour records that are impressive, however. Wind power will provide at least 14.7% of the state’s electricity in 2016, according to ERCOT, up from 11.7% in 2015. [Greentech Media]

¶ EDP Renovaveis SA signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the output of a 75-MW wind farm project in Indiana, starting in 2018. The Meadow Lake VI the wind project will supply power for the Wabash Valley Power Association. EDPR is targeting 1.8 GW of projects in the US by the end of the decade. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Indiana (Photo by Ben Husmann, CC BY SA)

Wind farm in Indiana (Photo by Ben Husmann, CC BY SA)

¶ NRG Energy said it has closed on the 1.5-GW utility-scale solar and wind developments from SunEdison. The largest elements of the purchase include a partnership interest in a 530-MW portfolio of seven solar developments in Utah and a 154-MW solar project in Texas. Operations in other states were purchased, as well. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ US Wind, a subsidiary of Italy’s Toto Holding SpA based in Maryland, has revealed some details about its application to build an offshore wind farm off the state’s coast. The company is proposing to build a 750-MW wind park containing up to 187 turbines. It would be the first large-scale offshore wind farm for the US. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind turbines at sea (Photo: Harvey Barrison, CC BY SA)

Wind turbines at sea (Photo: Harvey Barrison, CC BY SA)

¶ Some of Illinois’ largest manufacturers are staunch opponents of an Exelon proposal to keep the financially struggling Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear power plants open. Exelon says it will initiate steps to shut down the Clinton plant if the General Assembly doesn’t pass a bill before in the veto session wraps up on Thursday. []

¶ A team of 20 federal inspectors is spending two weeks now, and one more in January, on a top-to-bottom review of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, as part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s heightened scrutiny over the Plymouth plant. The team will focus on the plant’s procedures and its corrective action plan. [Wicked Local Carver]


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