December 28 Energy News

December 28, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “The Arctic Year in Review” • Rising temperatures, dropping oil prices, and tightening ties between the United States and Canada all helped create some of the Arctic’s most noteworthy happenings in 2016. At the start of the year, the world had just gone through a record-breaking year for heat. But things just go hotter. Here’s a recap. [News Deeply]

Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories (Photo by Elaine Anselmi)

Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories (Photo by Elaine Anselmi)

World:

¶ Sweden has generated more energy from wind power than
it ever has before. Nearly 5.7 million kWh of wind power was generated as the country harvested the effects of “Storm Urd” and intense weather across the southern parts of the country. It smashed through the previous record, beating it by more than half a million kWh. [The Independent]

¶ Work on 22 wind power projects is underway at Gharo-Keti Bandar and Hyderabad in Sindh, in Pakistan. The projects are in a wind corridor and have a production capacity of 1,530 MW of electricity. According to media reports, nine wind projects are in the final stages of development and another nine are currently under construction. [Daily Times]

Wind power in Pakistan

Wind power in Pakistan

¶ In France, Bureau Veritas has published a set of guidelines, NI 631 Certification Scheme for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies. It covers floating offshore wind turbines; current and tidal turbines, including sea and river turbines; wave energy converters; and ocean thermal energy converters. [Cruise Industry News]

¶ Indian firm Suzlon Energy Ltd agreed to sell AMP Solar a 49% stake in a company that would execute a 15-MW solar PV project in Telangana state. Under a 25-year power purchase agreement, the solar park will sell its power output to the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Ltd for ₹5.599/kWh (8.2¢/kWh). [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar PV park (Author: mdreyno, CC BY-SA)

Solar PV park (Author: mdreyno, CC BY-SA)

¶ Pure & Better Energy, a Danish renewable energy project developer, recently secured 20 MW of solar PV capacity at the inaugural Denmark-Germany cross-border auction. The cost, considered a record low for Europe, is set at a premium of DKK 12.89/MWh ($1.81/MWh) over the Danish market spot power price. [pv magazine]

¶ Wind power generation in Estonia reached a peak of 255.84 MW on December 26, enough to meet 27.9% of current demand. Total wind output for the day stood at 5,046.66 MWh, surpassing the national transmission operator’s forecast for 4,478.9 MWh. Estonia has long surpassed its 2020 target for renewable energy. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind turbines in Estonia (Author: Alejandro Erickson, CC BY-SA)

Wind turbines in Estonia (Author: Alejandro Erickson, CC BY-SA)

¶ Toshiba Corp may have to write off “several billion” dollars because of Westinghouse Electric Company’s purchase a year ago of CB&I Stone & Webster, a US construction firm that specializes in nuclear power projects. Westinghouse had assumed full responsibility for all AP1000 projects under the purchase agreement. [World Nuclear News]

¶ Italy’s energy agency Gestore dei Servizi Energetici released the list of projects, 869.8 MW of capacity, that won the right to sign offtake contracts in a renewable energy auction. The auction, launched in June, includes a 30-MW offshore wind farm, Italy’s first, planned for an area off the coast of Taranto. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind turbines (Author: Staffan Enbom, CC BY-SA)

Wind turbines (Author: Staffan Enbom, CC BY-SA)

US:

¶ Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has won the offshore wind lease to 79,350 acres off the coast of New York. The winning bid was $42.5 million. The lease gives Statoil the potential to develop up to 1 GW of offshore wind, though 400 to 600 MW is a more likely goal, 14 to 30 miles off the coast of western Long Island. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A report by the Edison Electric Institute found transmission investment by EEI members reached a spending record of $20.1 billion. Investor-owned electric companies are investing to meet the challenges of changing energy needs brought about by such factors as increasing integration of renewable power sources. [Daily Energy Insider]

Transmission lines

Transmission lines

¶ US independent power producer EDF Renewable Energy said the 184-MW Kelly Creek wind farm in Illinois has commenced commercial operation. The wind park is about 60 miles (96.6 km) southwest of Chicago. It consists of 92 units of Vestas’ V100 wind turbines, all components for which were made in Colorado. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, a public vocational-technical high school in Bourne, Massachusetts, partnered with two Massachusetts companies, Solect Energy of Hopkinton and Green Seal Environmental of Sagamore Beach, to install a 663 kW solar canopy in the school’s existing parking lot. [Solar Novus Today]

Solar canopy at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School

Solar canopy at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School

¶ Hawaii’s electric vehicle fleet was up 27.8% in November from a year earlier, with 5,009 total registered EVs, according to a report from the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. EV proponents are working to ramp up the growth by adding charging stations and investing in increased public education. [Government Technology]

¶ Ohio Gov John Kasich vetoed a bill that would have made compliance with the state’s renewable energy mandates optional for the next three years. Barring a potential legislative override, the Republican governor’s action will resume benchmarks for increasing electric utilities’ use of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power. [WFMJ]

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