January 26 Energy News

January 26, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “China will be the only winner in Donald Trump’s war on clean energy and the EPA” • Critics have environmental objections to Trump’s EPA nominee. But from a business perspective, the big risk is that reversing course on clean energy will hurt the US companies already slipping behind in the global clean energy race. [International Business Times UK]

Loss of polar ice (iStock photo)

Loss of polar ice (iStock photo)

¶ “Australia is investing billions in madman Donald Trump” • In an interview with America’s ABC News’ 20/20 program Donald Trump said, “We should’ve taken the oil,” adding, “and if we took the oil you wouldn’t have ISIS. And we would have had wealth.” I’ve just watched the program. … It was scary. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

World:

¶ Dong Energy and Macquarie acquired 35% and 50% stakes respectively of the 128-MW Formosa 1 offshore wind farm in Taiwan from local developer Swancor. The 8-MW demonstrator phase went live last year. Swancor will continue to lead the 120-MW commercial phase of the project, which is planned to be built in 2019. [reNews]

Foundations for initial turbines going in (Image: Swancor)

Foundations for initial turbines going in (Image: Swancor)

¶ The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, the country’s electricity sector regulator, directed the Ceylon Electricity Board and Lanka Electricity Company Private Ltd to connect the domestic rooftop solar panels to the national grid within two weeks from the date of application. The regulator aims to add 200 MW of solar by 2020. [Daily Mirror]

¶ Profits from Groningen’s gas fields should be used to finance the Netherlands’ conversion to green energy, the head of the company responsible for gas production said. He called for a more ambitious energy policy, closing coal plants as quickly as possible, and setting up a special fund to build wind and solar energy farms. [DutchNews.nl]

The government aims to get 16% of energy from renewables by 2023.

The Dutch goal is to get 16% of energy from renewables by 2023.

¶ The vast, 10 sq km project in Ramanathapuram, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is the world’s largest solar power station in a single location, according to the Adani Group. It has the capacity to power 150,000 homes – and it is considered to be one sign of how serious India is becoming about meeting its renewable energy targets. [The Rakyat Post]

US:

¶ The Trump administration is examining the EPA’s website to determine what information will be allowed to remain. This underscores concerns that climate change and other scientific data might be removed. EPA employees have been instructed not to release press releases, publish blog posts, or post anything on social media. [CNN]

Scientists at rally (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP / File)

Scientists at rally (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP / File)

¶ The first tweets appeared quietly, mid-Tuesday afternoon, with a 21st-century declaration of defiance. “Mr Trump, you may have taken us down officially. But with scientific evidence & the Internet our message will get out.” Get out it did. One day later, the post had been retweeted by 22,000 people and liked by nearly 42,000. [Christian Science Monitor]

¶ City Water, Light and Power, the utility for Springfield, Illinois, wants to put $9 million it collected to pay disputed fees from purchasing wind energy toward large-scale projects needed to meet federal clean air and water regulations, according to a spokeswoman. CWLP says wind power saves customers money. [The State Journal-Register]

City Water, Light and Power (Associated Press)

City Water, Light and Power (Associated Press)

¶ NV Energy and Apple said they agreed to build 200 MW of additional solar energy in Nevada by early 2019. NV Energy said the projects will supply renewable energy for Apple’s Reno data center, and it will apply with the Public Utilities Commission to enter a power purchase agreement for the solar plant. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

¶ Deepwater Wind LLC won approval from the Long Island Power Authority to develop the nation’s largest offshore wind farm. The 90-MW South Fork Wind Farm, off Long Island, will have 15 turbines generating enough electricity for 50,000 homes. New York aims to get half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. [Bloomberg BNA]

Barrow offshore wind farm (Photo: Arnold Price, Wikimedia Commons)

Barrow offshore wind (Photo: Arnold Price, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ ExxonMobil has named environmentalist Susan Avery to its board. Avery belongs to the Scientific Advisory Board of the United Nations Secretary General; the National Research Council Global Change Research Program Advisory Committee; and advisory committees with NASA, NOAA, among other positions. [Seeking Alpha]

¶ The future appears bright for Georgia Power, as the company announced Wednesday that it has added more than 2 million solar panels to the state’s energy landscape last year and will continue to build its portfolio in 2017. Georgia Power now has 846 MW of solar energy resources in operation, with building year-over-year growth since 2013. [PV-Tech]

Georgia Power solar array (Image: Georgia Power)

Georgia Power solar array (Image: Georgia Power)

¶ Public Service Electric and Gas Co, which is based in New Jersey, commissioned a solar farm on a closed landfill in Edison, as part of the company’s Solar 4 All program. PSE&G says the solar plant covers 21 acres with 23,834 panels that will meet the annual electric needs of more than 1,200 average-size New Jersey homes. [Solar Industry]

¶ The US House of Representatives has approved a handful of bipartisan bills left over from the last session of Congress that aim to bolster research on advanced nuclear reactors, allow for more challenges at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and change rules for federal efficiency standards. [World Nuclear News]

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