Archive for March 24th, 2017

March 24 Energy News

March 24, 2017

World:

¶ According to 2017 Key Trends in Hydropower, published this week by the International Hydropower Association, a total of 31.5 GW of hydropower capacity was commissioned worldwide in 2016, including 6.4 GW of pumped storage, nearly twice the amount installed in 2015. Hydropower capacity is now 1,246 GW. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ One of the largest solar panel manufacturers in India has doubled its production capacity to 400 MW. The company may be looking to expand its capacity with an eye on the rapidly expanding Indian solar power market. The company has also increased its solar cell production capacity from 180 MW to 300 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Global PV manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells said it has been awarded a tender to construct a 1-GW solar power plant in Turkey, in partnership with Kalyon. The Karapinar YEKA project will be the largest solar plant in the region. It will have 1,000 MW AC of capacity, enough to power over 600,000 households. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar array

¶ E.ON will be one of the first companies to stabilize the German electricity grid with wind power. This is made possible by the integration of a wind farm in Brandenburg into E.ON’s Virtual Power Plant. The wind farm is made part of a virtual power plant having 3,800 MW generation output from various sources. [Windtech International]

¶ Ireland’s wind energy generation is expected to increase significantly from today, following the opening of the largest wind farm in Ireland at Meenadreen in County Donegal. With a capacity of 95 MW, the wind farm has been developed over the past 26 months by energy firm Energia at a total cost of €145 million. [Siliconrepublic.com]

Windfarm in Meenadreen (Image: Thomas McNulty)

¶ Dublin Airport has secured planning permission to build a small solar farm that will help power a large reservoir that delivers 500 million liters of water to the airport every year. The DAA, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, said that the solar arrays will provide as much as 50% of the reservoir’s power needs. [Irish Independent]

¶ China’s top power groups are lobbying the local government in the western province of Ningxia to force their main supplier of thermal coal to cut prices, which have been rising. With a glut of both renewable and coal-fired power capacity, electricity prices have dropped, forcing utilities to sell their power at a discount. [Jakarta Globe]

Workers in Chinese coal plant

¶ Toshiba’s main lenders are asking it to submit a bankruptcy filing for Westinghouse Electric Co, its US nuclear unit, by the end of this month, the Nikkei business daily reported. Toshiba has a multibillion dollar problem stemming from the ill-fated purchase of a US nuclear power plant construction company by Westinghouse in 2015. [The Straits Times]

US:

¶ More than 600 acres of solar panels, with a total capacity of 60 MW, have been successfully installed and connected on land in North Carolina, thanks to a power purchase agreement with MIT and two other Boston-based organizations. The agreement was signed last August, and now they are delivering their power into the nation’s grid. [MIT News]

Solar farm in North Carolina (Image: Joe Higgins)

¶ While some states are beefing up efforts to promote efficiency and green power, the programs may fall away in places. Efforts to cut use of energy through efficiency are coming under attack in Washington and in at least two states, Ohio and Kentucky. People favoring efficiency say it benefits consumers by reducing utility bills. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]

¶ The declining cost of wind generation has many utilities looking to add it into their portfolios, a trend that could accelerate the demise of aging coal plants. According to new analysis from Moody’s Investor Services, some 56 GW of Midwest coal-fired generation is at risk, as wind energy comes online with lower costs. [Utility Dive]

Rainbows will not keep coal alive. (Credit: Flickr user Mike Baird)

¶ Black & Veatch is partnering with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to design and assess the financial and energy efficiency impacts of a microgrid in Buffalo, NY. The microgrid will provide resilient, clean energy for the 120-acre campus, long-term cost-savings and potential monetization opportunities for member institutions. [3BL Media]

¶ Developers have flipped the switch on solar power projects in Carver County, Minnesota. SunShare LLC of Denver, Colorado, started transmitting electricity in late December from the solar array it developed on about 30 acres leased from Bongards Creameries, midway between Cologne and the township of Norwood Young America. [SW News Media]

Installing solar panels
(Image: Enel Green Power of North America, Inc)

¶ Claiming that wind energy is unreliable and costly and that the region does not need any new power, a US senator is urging the Tennessee Valley Authority to avoid buying power from a proposed transmission project that would bring wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle area to the Mid-south and Southeast. [North American Windpower]

¶ A proposed national budget from the Trump Administration seeks to greenlight the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The move, if approved by Congress, would overturn the policy of the Obama Administration, which froze the Yucca Mountain project in 2009 over concerns that it was unfit to store nuclear waste. [Bellona]

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