March 3 Energy News

March 3, 2017

Opinion:

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¶ “Note To Congress: Climate Change Is Real, And It’s Expensive” In 2016 alone there were 15 extreme weather and climate-related disasters that cost more than a billion dollars apiece. Climate change is contributing to worsening risks of loss from many of these types of events. And those risks are expensive to all of us. [Ecosystem Marketplace]

World:

¶ Community Energy Social Enterprises Limited, a Nigerian company, and Renewvia Energy Corporation, an American firm, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to power to 25 Nigerian communities using local solar microgrids. They are expected to be operational by the end of this year and to have a total capacity of 10 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s “worst case” scenario as the baseline, new research has determined that Europe’s coastal cities may be facing as much as $40 billion a year in associated economic losses by 2100. Their economic losses related to climate change may rise to $1.2 billion a year by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

¶ Acciona has started building the 168-MW El Cortijo wind farm in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state. The project will require an investment of $221 million and is expected to come online in August 2018, the company said. It will feature 56 AW125/3000 turbines with a rotor diameter of 125 meters and a 120-meter-high concrete tower. [reNews]

¶ In perhaps little more than a dozen years, Bavaria and the rest of southern Germany will be reliant on millions of solar PV panels and wind turbines for power. Inverters will be used to provide vital grid control. Gas fired plants will be available but not running most of the time as they can’t make enough money. [The Australian Financial Review]

German wind turbines (Julian Stratenschulte / AP)

German wind turbines (Julian Stratenschulte / AP)

¶ Victoria’s Labor government launched its first tender for a series of large-scale solar farms, a plan it hopes will attract $150 million of new investment, create 300 jobs and, ultimately, power Melbourne’s trams. The tender calls for up to 75 MW of solar farms, 35 MW of which are expected to provide power for Melbourne’s trams. [RenewEconomy]

¶ A waste-to-energy project undertaken by the world’s largest integrated pineapple operation, Del Monte Philippines Inc, has exceeded even the high effluent quality targets originally set for the job. The wastewater treatment installation achieved 93% organic pollution removal in its anaerobic reactors, while fueling two 1.4-MW generators. [WaterWorld]

Generators powered by biogas from wastewater at  Del Monte Philippines turn a problem into to a profit.

Generators powered by biogas from wastewater at Del Monte
Philippines turn a waste disposal problem into to a profit.

¶ The head of decommissioning for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said robots to assess the condition of melted fuel rods have to be more creatively developed. After earlier robotic probes failed, he wants another sent in before deciding how to remove the reactor’s debris. TEPCO still does not know the melted fuel’s exact location. [Japan Today]

US:

¶ AES Distributed Energy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for its largest solar project so far, a 16-MW farm in Effingham County, Georgia. The solar PV project will produce an average of 32,000 MWh annually, powering the equivalent of 2,820 homes. The 287-acre solar array is on the site of an old timber farm. [Savannah Morning News]

AES solar farm

AES solar farm

¶ Former Texas Governor Rick Perry made his official return to government Thursday when the US Senate confirmed his nomination as secretary of energy. After taking earlier positions that climate change was contrived, he has taken a more centrist approach and has received the backing of a number of Democrat senators. [Houston Chronicle]

¶ It’s cheaper and cleaner to replace retiring coal-fired power plants with wind and solar power and energy efficiency upgrades rather than more costly and climate-polluting natural gas plants, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Renewable power also shields consumers from natural gas price increases. [AltEnergyMag]

Mystic Generating Station, Everett, Massachusetts (Photo: Fletcher6, Wikimedia Commons)

Mystic Generating Station, Everett, Massachusetts
(Photo: Fletcher6, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The governor of Rhode Island, home to the first US offshore wind farm, has set forth an ambitious goal to grow renewable energy in the state. According to local coverage from Providence Business News, the goal calls for 1 GW of renewable energy by 2020 – a tenfold increase over Rhode Island’s current levels. [North American Windpower]

¶ Amazon has launched a new initiative to install solar panels on its fulfillment facilities around the world. The company initially plans to deploy large-scale solar systems on rooftops of more than 15 fulfillment centers in the US this year and is planning to deploy solar systems on 50 fulfillment centers globally by 2020. [Solar Industry]

Amazon fulfillment center

Amazon fulfillment center

¶ For the third straight year, Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department are running a grant program for non-profit organizations to help low-income Vermonters reduce their energy bills. The grant program has successfully delivered measurable energy savings while receiving positive feedback from program participants. [Vermont Biz]

¶ Analysts now warn that the outlook for natural gas may remain weak over the long term. The Houston Chronicle reports one as saying renewable energy, particularly rising solar power usage and better yields from wind power, are fundamental headwinds to natural gas demand that will limit the commodity’s upside in the future. [Investopedia]

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