December 18 Energy News

December 18, 2016

World:

¶ Turkey will focus its efforts on local renewable energy projects to cut back on costly imports of up to $40 billion annually for energy. Geothermal energy projects will play a part in that. The Energy and Natural Resources Minister said Turkey will focus more on domestic and renewable energy investments in the future. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Istanbul (source: flickr / John Virgolin, creative commons)

Istanbul (source: flickr / John Virgolin, creative commons)

¶ Australian Chief Scientist has outlined the case for serious and urgent reform in Australia’s energy markets. He said consumers are at the center of a massive and “unstoppable” transition to a grid based around wind and solar power. The technical solutions exist, but market structures and the supporting policies are also needed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The latest coal predictions from the International Energy Agency say global coal demand growth will falter in the next 5 years as the appetite for it wanes and different energy sources increase in popularity. The IEA expects the share of coal in the power generation mix to drop to 36% by 2021, down from 41% in 2014. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

How's your appetite for coal? (Photo by oatsy40 via flickr)

How’s your appetite for coal? (Photo by oatsy40 via flickr)

¶ Gamesa has achieved a new milestone, having installed 1,000 wind turbines in Brazil since it entered the market six years ago. The turbines have a total installed capacity of 2 GW, and provide enough power for a city the size of Munich, Germany. And they prevent emissions of around three million tonnes of CO2 each year. [Renewable Energy Focus]

¶ In the Philippines, Energy Development Corporation is urging the country’s government to support the development of more geothermal projects. According to the Manila Bulletin, the company argues that geothermal is not only a clean, renewable, and indigenous energy source but its cost, as well as supply, is stable. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Philippine geothermal plant (source: Mike Gonzalez, CC BY-SA)

Philippine geothermal plant (source: Mike Gonzalez, CC BY-SA)

¶ Indian state-run engineering major Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited is internally aiming to cut down its dependence on thermal power business from 80% to 50% in the next 10 years, a company official said. The company is investing ₹300 crore ($45 million) to increase the solar PV cell making capability to 225 MW. [NDTV]

¶ A northern Alberta county hopes to inspire other areas to look at producing their own renewable power after it put solar panels on a local fire hall. With a population of 1933, Northern Sunrise County is about 500 km northwest of Edmonton. Its installation of 88 panels on the roof of a fire station went into service last week. [Edmonton Journal]

Roof of the St. Isidore/Three Creeks Fire Hall (Supplied)

Rooftop PVs on the St. Isidore/Three Creeks Fire Hall (Supplied)

¶ Khuzestan Regional Electricity Company of Iran and Medio Energy Invest GmbH & Co KG, a German company, have sealed two Memoranda of Understanding with an aggregate total value of approximately $104 million to build two solar and wind power stations in southern Iranian cities of Shushtar and Bandar-e Mahshahr. [Mehr News Agency]

US:

¶ In recent years, North Carolina has emerged as a leader in the solar energy market, ranking third nationally for solar capacity, behind California and Arizona. There are more than 200 solar-related companies in the state and approximately 2,436 MW of solar power has been installed, enough to power 260,000 homes. [StarNewsOnline.com]

Solar array in North Carolina (Matt Born / StarNews)

Solar array in North Carolina (Matt Born / StarNews)

¶ Vermont utility Green Mountain Power will partner with Virtual Peaker Inc to help customers save money, reduce carbon emissions, and use more renewables. GMP will use proprietary software by Virtual Peaker that shares access to internet-based appliances and devices, so they can be managed to even out grid demand. [vtdigger.org] (Thanks to Tad Montgomery)

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Baffin Wind farm (Photo by Mike McPheeters, Avangrid Renewables)

¶ The Texas coast could be the state’s next frontier for wind energy. The state’s wind boom began in the west, but developers are looking to the coast and the Panhandle for new sites. Wind farms at the coast will make wind energy available during a greater part of the day because wind picks up earlier in the evening there. [Victoria Advocate]

¶ In a report submitted to the Washington state Legislature, the state’s Ecology Department recommends more aggressive action on climate change, with a mid-century target of reducing carbon emission by 80% below 1990 levels. That compares with a current target that calls for a 50% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2050. [The Seattle Times]

¶ Exelon Generation will soon stop managing the closed the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant. The Omaha Public Power District issued a six-month notice to Exelon that it will terminate its contract with Exelon early. This triggers a $5 million early exit fee and clears the way for another nuclear contracting expert to manage the site. [Omaha World-Herald]

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