December 24 Energy News

December 24, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ In what may be a record-breaking heat wave, temperatures at the North Pole may rise up to 20° C higher than average on Christmas Eve. Unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change, scientists said. November and December temperatures have averaged 5° C above average. [NDTV]

A warmer arctic (Credit istockphoto.com / ekvals)

A warmer arctic (Credit istockphoto.com / ekvals)

World:

¶ Government projections imply that India may see no new thermal power plants installed after 2022. Between 2022 and 2027, the power ministry plans to add 12,000 MW of large hydro capacity, 4,800 MW of nuclear power capacity, around 100,000 MW of renewable energy capacity, but ZERO of thermal power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Boralex commissioned the first 12-MW phase of the Plateau
de Savernat wind farm, which is in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. The project currently consists of six turbines, but a further two machines will be installed by April 2017 to bring total capacity to 16 MW. It has a 15-year power purchase agreement with EDF. [reNews]

Wind turbine (Boralex image)

Wind turbine (Boralex image)

¶ World demand for coal will slow over the next five years as renewables and energy efficiency gain traction, the International Energy Agency has projected. But much of Asia will continue using coal which, while polluting, is also still seen as affordable and widely available, according to a report from the Paris-based body. [Manila Bulletin]

¶ India’s largest subway system is set up fully switch to solar power from next year with an aim to reduce its growing carbon footprint. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief Mangu Singh told reporters that the subway system shall fully shift to solar power to run trains and support infrastructure, like lighting at stations, from next year. [CleanTechnica]

Delhi Metro Rail Track in Sunset (Photo by Rameshng,  released into the public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

Delhi Metro Rail Track in Sunset (Photo by Rameshng,
released into the public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ A study from researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology shows that South America could transition to fully renewable electricity by 2030. The study, by LUT and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, also shows a 100% renewable system is the least costly option and would need little energy storage. [Renewable Energy Focus]

¶ The women of Sudan’s North Kordofan state used to be famed for their war songs urging men to defend their meager desert assets of cattle, bush and watering holes. Now, in villages like Albaida, surrounded by deep orange sand dunes, women chant odes to protect their environment from a new enemy: climate change. [Saudi Gazette]

Women pick pumpkins in Albaida village in Sudan’s North Kordofan state.

Women pick pumpkins in Albaida village in Sudan.

¶ A government-owned Canadian electricity exporter is making a C$350 million ($262 million) bet that the movement for “clean” power in the US will outlast the imminent pro-fossil fuels regime change. Manitoba Hydro applied for a construction permit for a 213-km (128-mile) transmission line from Winnipeg to the US border. [Natural Gas Intelligence]

¶ State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd set up a 3.5-MW solar energy project to power its airport in an eastern suburb of Bangalore. Spread over 23 acres, with 12,985 solar modules, the single-axis tracker based project is the first at an airport in the country. It will reduce emissions of about 166,256 tonnes of CO2 each year. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar system at HAL airport

Solar system at HAL airport

US:

¶ Nordex received two orders for wind turbine components in the US worth almost €62 million ($64.81 million). The German manufacturer will supply components for its Delta turbines to a US independent power producer and parts of its AW125/3000 machines for a European utility, it said, without giving more details. [reNews]

¶ The South this year was the nation’s biggest producer of wood pellets, accounting for about 75% of the 3.1 million tons of pellets that are made from scraps from sawmills, logging operations, and other wood product manufacturing, according to the DOE. Nearly all wood pellets produced in the region are exported overseas. [Houston Chronicle]

Logs arriving at a pellet facility  (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Joby Warrick)

Logs arriving at a pellet facility
(Must Credit: Washington Post photo by Joby Warrick)

¶ Georgia utility Southern Power has acquired two wind farms
in Texas with a combined capacity of 300 MW from EDF. The utility has bought the 174-MW Salt Fork wind farm in Donley and Gray Counties, as well as the 126-MW Tyler Bluff facility in Cooke County for an undisclosed amount. Both began operating this month. [reNews]

¶ In California, the fight is on between the old guard electric utilities and renewable energy advocates. All across California, cities and counties have been moving to implement Community Choice programs because they provide cheaper, cleaner, locally generated electricity. But the utilities hope you never hear about them. [OB Rag]

Community Choice Energy delivery model

Community Choice Energy delivery model

¶ The DOE will provide $40 million in funding to build the US’ first open-ocean, power grid-connected wave energy test facility off the Oregon coast. A partnership of several renewable energy innovators and three universities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska applied for the federal funding earlier this year. [Daily Energy Insider]

¶ In a dispute involving an ill-fated plan to build nuclear reactors in Levy County, Florida, Westinghouse Electric Co sued Duke Energy, initially for $512.6 million, for terminating a contract. US District Judge Max Cogburn Jr ruled that Duke is only required to pay a $30 million termination fee and about $4.25 million in interest. [News Chief]

 

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