January 6 Energy News

January 6, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “China cementing global dominance of renewable energy
and technology” • China is cementing its global dominance of renewable energy and supporting technologies, aggressively investing in them both at home and around the globe, leaving countries including the US, UK, and Australia at risk of missing the growing market. [The Guardian]

China, leading the world in renewable energy  (Photo: Tyrone Siu / Reuters)

China, leading the world in renewable energy
(Photo: Tyrone Siu / Reuters)

World:

¶ The International Finance Corporation will invest $125 million (€119 million) in Hero Future Energies, an Indian producer of renewable power that aims at adding 1 GW of greenfield solar and wind capacity in the next 12 months. The investment will allow Hero Future Energies to expand its portfolio and create jobs. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Following an earlier decision by the South Korean government to ban the sale of some Volkswagen models (following emissions testing irregularities), authorities in the country have now gone on to ban sales of 10 more models offered by BMW, Nissan, and Porsche, because they also “fabricated documents related to emission tests.” [CleanTechnica]

South Korea (Image by Closenoble, CC BY-SA)

South Korean skyline (Image by Closenoble, CC BY-SA)

¶ Wind energy company Suzlon said it has won a 105-MW wind power project from Axis Energy Group, based in Hyderabad, India. The project will consist of 50 units of S111 90m tubular tower with rated capacity of 2.1 MW. A Special Purpose Vehicle, Axis Wind Farms Pvt Ltd is undertaking the project, which is to be completed in June. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ Australian engineering and infrastructure firm RCR Tomlinson Ltd has won a deal worth over A$155 million (US$113 million) to build a solar park in Northern Queensland, at Sun Metals Corp’s zinc operations. The solar power facility at Townsville will have an initial capacity of 98.5 MW, though this may be expanded. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar park (Author: Chris Baird, CC BY-SA)

Solar park (Author: Chris Baird, CC BY-SA)

¶ Cleaner, greener energy could mean millions of dollars in savings for Nunavut communities and more self-reliance from the South, according to a study by researchers at the University of Waterloo. The study says some communities could eliminate up to 74% of their greenhouse gas emissions and save as much as C$29.7 million. [Nunatsiaq News]

¶ A proposal to extend the UK offshore wind farm in Thanet by 50% could see cable routes installed at Sandwich Bay. Swedish power company Vattenfall is developing a scheme that will bring the existing and operational wind farm at Margate closer to the coast by 4 km. The development would consist of up to 34 new turbines. [Kent Online]

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Kent

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Kent

¶ TEPCO has been trying to reactivate the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, the largest nuclear plant in the world. However, restarting the plant will likely take “several years,” according to the governor of Niigata Prefecture, highlighting difficulties with nuclear disaster reviews sparked by the triple core meltdown of March 2011. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ Many Louisianans may have been shocked by the grimmer forecasts in the latest edition of the state’s 50-year plan to protect its coast: There is no longer any hope that more land can be built than the Gulf takes each year. Even if the plan works perfectly, the state could lose another 2,800 square miles of its land along the Gulf Coast. [The Lens]

Coast of Louisiana (Photo: Dr Terry McTigue,  NOAA, public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

Coast of Louisiana (Photo: Dr Terry McTigue,
NOAA, public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Before becoming Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, currently CEO of ExxonMobil, will be deposed by attorneys representing Our Children’s Trust. The lawyers want to learn what he knew about effects of carbon emissions from fossil fuels and when did he learn it. The young plaintiffs claim their constitutional rights are being violated. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Virginia is seeing its second and third microgrids start up. Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg and the US Defense Logistics Agency at the Fort Belvoir Army base are the latest organizations to embrace the benefits of generating, if needed, all of their power needs independent of the local utility. [Southeast Energy News]

A 104-kW solar array in Eastern Mennonite University's microgrid

A 104-kW solar array in Eastern Mennonite University’s microgrid

¶ As the president-elect puts together an administration focused on fossil fuels, the investment community is moving full speed in the opposite direction, instead putting their bets on emissions reductions and support for clean energy. Investors holding trillions of dollars in assets dropping fossil fuels in favor of renewables. [Environmental Defense Fund]

¶ Hawaii regulators rejected a plan presented by Hawaiian Electric Co and AES Hawaii to expand the state’s only coal-burning electric generating plant. The commission noted that the proposal was at odds with the state’s renewable energy goals and increasing coal-fired generation is inconsistent with its renewable energy plan. [Pacific Business News]

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