January 9 Energy News

January 9, 2017

World:

¶ The insurance industry is concerned about the costs of climate change. Last year, insurers paid out $50 billion in insured losses from natural disasters. There was a dramatic spike in insured flooding costs, which made up 34% of all insured natural disaster losses. And the greater portion of properties is not ensured for flooding. [CleanTechnica]

Flooding in Paris (Biker Normand, via Wikipedia, some rights reserved)

Paris flood (Biker Normand, via Wikipedia, some rights reserved)

¶ With the renewable energy plan, by 2020 China expects to see a reduction in 120 million tons of coal used for heating. China’s newly released 13th five-year plan has provisions for renewable energy development calling for promoting use of geothermal energy, wind power and solar energy for winter heating in north China. [teleSUR English]

¶ Scotland set two wind power records at the end of December, according to figures from WWF Scotland. The group said that for the first time, wind turbines generated enough power for all the nation’s electricity needs for four straight days, on December 23 through 26. December 24 saw a record of 74,042 MWh from wind. [Herald Scotland]

Two new wind power records for Scotland

Two new wind power records for Scotland

¶ GCL System Integration Technology Co, Ltd, one of the largest solar companies in the world, announced it is investing in Vina Cell Technology Co, Ltd, a Vietnamese solar cell manufacturer, in trade for up to 600 MW of production capacity. GCL-SI will provide solar cell production equipment; and Vina is offering plant facilities. [Your Renewable News]

¶ A group led by Atlantis Resources has won a €20.3 million grant from the European Commission to develop the second phase of the MeyGen tidal energy project off Scotland. The 6-MW facility will demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of drilled foundation systems and larger diameter rotors, Atlantis said. [reNews]

Tidal turbine installation (Image: Atlantis Resources)

Tidal turbine installation (Image: Atlantis Resources)

¶ French naval defence group DCNS has established a subsidiary focused on marine renewables in partnership with the SPI fund, Technip and BNP Paribas Development. DCNS Energies will be involved in development of tidal power systems, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, and offshore wind using semi-submersible floats. [reNews]

¶ Siemens’ new offshore wind power facility in Hull has shipped its first project components. The Sea Challenger, a jack-up ship specially designed for installing offshore wind turbines, set sail from the newly constructed harbor with towers, blades and nacelles for the Dudgeon offshore wind farm off the Norfolk coast. [Bdaily]

The Sea Challenger

The Sea Challenger

¶ South Korea’s largest offshore wind power plant complex, with 28 turbines and a total capacity of 99.2 MW, will be established near the Saemangeum Seawall. The project is valued at 440 billion won ($367.74 million) and will be financed by private capital. Construction will begin in April and complete in the second half of 2018. [BusinessKorea]

US:

¶ After placing a 201-MW wind farm near Avon, South Dakota, on hold last year, investors are now proposing 13 smaller projects in Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties. Prevailing Winds LLC has filed paperwork with a federal agency regarding the new projects, according to the state Public Utilities Commission. [Yankton Daily Press]

In the Upper Plains (Courtesy Photo: Metro Graphics)

Wind power in the Upper Plains (Courtesy Photo: Metro Graphics)

¶ For 2017, the average cost for small solar installations in the US is seen at around $3.78 (€3.59) per watt, before incentives, down by roughly 4% year-on-year, according to Solar Power Rocks. The group also ranked US states based on the their policies and incentives available for small solar. Massachusetts ranked first. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Maui Electric Co produced 35.4% of its power from renewable energy in 2015, up slightly from the previous year. Wind farms provided 23.2%, solar’s share was 8.5%, biomass and bagasse produced 2.7%, and 1% was from biofuel. But Maui’s renewable generation was behind that of the Big Island’s, which stood at 48.7%. [Maui News]

Kaheawa Wind Farm (Ryan Oelke, Wikimedia Commons)

Kaheawa Wind Farm (Ryan Oelke, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Innovative Solar Systems, of Asheville, North Carolina, is once again dominating the solar energy market by having the largest pipeline of projects in development in the Texas market. ISS representatives report that the company has over 50 Utility Scale projects in development that range size from 35 MW to over 200 MW. [Your Renewable News]

¶ A Chinese-born US nuclear engineer pled guilty to helping a Chinese nuclear energy company build reactors in that country using US technology. The Department of Justice said 66-year-old Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bypass regulations on production of nuclear materials outside the US. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

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