April 10 Energy News

April 10, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “10 to 20-MW wind turbines offshore are the future of the industry” • The next generation of renewable energy may be 10 to 20-MW wind turbine generators, direct-drive designs that have been freed from the depth constraints of bottom-mounted offshore wind farms thanks to conventional floating foundation substructures. [Windpower Engineering]

A design for offshore wind power

¶ “Corporates hold the keys: Climate leadership under Trump” • In comments to SustainAbility, the Director of Ceres Corporate Program said, “You might think that the shift in the US political landscape is creating an opportunity for companies to back off from their climate goals and related strategies, but there’s no evidence that’s happening.” [eco-business.com]

Science and Technology:

¶ Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It now affects a stretch of reef 1,500 km (900 miles) long. The bleaching, loss of algae, is caused by rising water temperatures resulting from two natural warm currents and is exacerbated by man-made climate change. [BBC]

Coral bleaching (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

World:

¶ Green energy production in South Australia has reached record levels, with the state poised to meet its 50% renewable energy target almost eight years ahead of schedule. Latest figures obtained from sources including the Australian Energy Market Operator indicate SA has derived 53% of its electricity in the past 12 months from sun and wind. [The Advertiser]

¶ The number of Scottish jobs provided directly and indirectly in the low carbon and ‎renewables sector rose to 58,500 in 2015, up from 43,500 in the year before. According to figures from the Office of National Statistics the low carbon and renewables sector generated £10.5 billion. Now, the Government is cutting the sector’s incentives. [CommonSpace]

Onshore wind farm

¶ UK government agency CDC Group is to invest up to $100 million to support projects in India’s renewable energy sector. The development institution is to establish an independent energy company in the country as part of joint efforts focused on green finance. The move was announced after a dialogue on economic and financial issues. [reNews]

¶ UK grid operator National Grid is warning of surplus of electricity this summer as slumping power demand collides with surging renewables generation. This weekend’s hot weather produced a surge in clean power generation that broke records across the country, as wind and solar power produced at the best ever rates. [www.businessgreen.com]

Sheep grazing among solar panels

¶ A new poll has revealed the scale of the disconnect between the Turnbull government and the Australian public on the subject of renewable energy, revealing that a majority of people, including Coalition voters, think not enough is being done to wean the nation from fossil fuels, switch to renewables, and combat climate change. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Sembcorp said its renewable energy business in India bagged a 250-MW wind power project in Tamil Nadu. Sembcorp Green Infra got a letter of award for the project after the country’s first national wind power tender conducted by Solar Energy Corp of India. Output will be sold under a power purchase agreement to Power Trading Corp. [India.com]

Sembcorp windpower

¶ National Front leader Marine Le Pen would look for ways to pull Electricite de France SA out of its £18 billion ($22.3 billion) Hinkley Point nuclear contract in the UK if she’s elected France’s president, one of her aides said. The National Front is against a project that diverts the utility’s resources when it needs to support nuclear plants at home. [Bloomberg]

US:

¶ A request by the state of Massachusetts for a supply of clean, renewable electricity boosts a handful of proposals to cross Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine with transmission lines to help energy-hungry Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut make use of the renewable energy available in Canada. [New Jersey Herald]

High voltage power lines (Nyttend, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Most Americans believe climate change is real. Addressing the Congress, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island pointed out that 70% of people hold that global warming is real and already happening. This is despite the Trump administration’s view that climate change is not convincing and its budget cuts on science agencies. [Tech Times]

¶ Fresh off victories in Illinois and New York, the nuclear power industry is now lobbying lawmakers in Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Efforts are bubbling up into proposals, even as court battles in Illinois and New York crank up over the billions of dollars that ratepayers would pay to keep nuclear plants open. [Sharonherald]

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