December 19 Energy News

December 19, 2016


¶ “Solar Power: America Invented It… China Owns It… Opportunity Springs From It” • Gregory Wilson, the co-director of the US DOE’s National Center for Photovoltaics, put it this way: “We argue so much about the silly politics of climate change and fail to recognize the gargantuan economic opportunity that this presents.” [Wall Street Daily]

Solar power – invented in the US – monopolized by China

Solar power – invented in the US – monopolized by China

¶ “Will Big Business Help Fight Trump’s Anti-Environment Agenda?” • US Environmentalists still have hope. Though their public protests may fall on deaf ears as long as Trump is in the White House and Republicans control Congress, environmental activists may find more of an audience in corporate boardrooms. [The American Prospect]


¶ State-run oil giant Saudi Aramco will commission the first wind turbine project in Saudi Arabia next month, developed in partnership with GE and aiming to support the renewable goals of Saudi Vision 2030. The 2.75-120 GE wind turbine will provide power to Saudi Aramco’s Bulk Plant in Turaif, in northwest Saudi Arabia. [Trade Arabia]

The wind turbine being transported

The wind turbine being transported

¶ UK Households will be facing “intermittent blackouts for the foreseeable future” unless something is done about problems with National Grid’s capacity. Recent winters have seen the spare electricity margin fall from around 17% in 2011-12 to around 1% this winter, according to a report by the British Infrastructure Group of MPs. [Sky News]

¶ Despite the best efforts of Taiwan’s government, energy market reform has repeatedly been sunk by its Legislature, with bills to amend the Electricity Act failing six times over the course of 20 years. But as the new pro-renewables Tsai administration vows to put power on the agenda, hopes are high for a breakthrough. [China Post]

Solar array in Taiwan (Photo courtesy of MOFA)

Solar array in Taiwan (Photo courtesy of MOFA)

¶ With a clear focus on clean energy, and especially renewables, India has added 14,300 MW of renewable energy capacity in less than two and a half years since announcing its Renewable Energy program. The new renewable capacity includes 7.04 GW of Wind Power, 5.8 GW of solar, 0.53 GW of small hydro, and 0.93 GW of Bio-power. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ Carnegie Clean Energy unit Energy Made Clean has formed a joint venture with infrastructure group Lendlease to deliver solar, battery and microgrid projects in Australia. The 50/50 venture will seek to identify, bid for, secure and deliver EPC contracts for the technologies across the country, Carnegie said. [reNews]

Australian solar array (Image: SXC)

Australian solar array (Image: SXC)

¶ Powered by Reposit, South Australia has the largest operational virtual power plant in Australia, equivalent to a 300-kW diesel generator. It was achieved as part of a unique trial, led by SA Power Networks, involving residents from Salisbury. The final Reposit solar battery system in the virtual power station trial was installed this week. [RenewEconomy]

¶ H2One is a hydrogen-based energy supply system by Toshiba Corp. It will be used in a two-year study in Japan with a goal of finding ways to balance fluctuations in renewable energy output. Tohoku Electric Power Co will use the H2One system in its study of power management options, with the study planned to start in March 2017. [SeeNews Renewables]

Rendering of Hydrogen Power Storage System (Source: Toshiba)

Rendering of Hydrogen Power Storage System (Source: Toshiba)

¶ At least ¥375 billion ($3.2 billion) will be needed over 30 years to decommission the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture, according to a government estimate revealed on December 19. The government’s committee for fast reactor development proposed a plan is to start decommissioning from 2017. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶ A Bristol based renewable energy fund raised £7.7 million in under a month to help build two wind farms in Scotland. The projects, funded by Thrive Renewables, will have a total capacity of 11 MW and will be able to generate enough power for over 8,500 homes. The investment will also help fund a future solar project. [CommonSpace]

Scottish onshore wind farm (Picture courtesy of ms.akr)

Scottish onshore wind farm (Picture courtesy of ms.akr)


¶ It’s time for energy storage to shine. As technology improves and costs keep falling, we’ll see energy storage play a bigger role across the country. GTM Research estimates that 260 MW of energy storage will be built in the US in 2016, but that figure will jump to 478 MW in 2017 and 2,045 MW by 2021. [Bloomington Pantagraph]

¶ French renewable power producer Akuo Energy said it has secured the needed financing to build the 150-MW Rocksprings wind project in Texas. GE Energy Financial Services provided tax equity financing for the project. GE will also supply 53 units of its 2.3-MW wind turbines and 16 units of the 1.72-MW machines. [SeeNews Renewables]

GE wind turbine (Source: General Electric, all rights reserved)

GE wind turbine (Source: General Electric, all rights reserved)

¶ New York state may have banned fracking, but nevertheless
it consumes more of the fuel, a trend that researchers say is bad for the planet. Methane emissions from natural gas have dire consequences, warned Cornell University scientists Anthony Ingraffea and Robert Howarth on a recent visit to the Capitol. [Plattsburgh Press Republican]

¶ An ambitious group of engineers sees value in the abandoned shafts in a centuries-old iron mine in New York’s Adirondacks. They say the mine can provide a steady flow of electricity in a growing renewable energy market. They have a plan to use the millions of gallons of groundwater that have flooded the mine for energy storage. [Tribune-Review]

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