April 29 Energy News

April 29, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Hydropower boom in China and along Asia’s rivers outpaces regional electricity demand” • For the past two decades, China has been in an unprecedented dam-building boom, developing over 300 GW of hydropower. But is it too much? Probably, at least in the short to medium term. Installed hydropower far outstrips demand. [thethirdpole.net]

Xiaowan (Photo by International Rivers)

¶ “How A Professional Climate Change Denier Discovered The Lies And Decided To Fight For Science” • It might seem like an impossible transition, but Jerry Taylor, who used to be staff director for the energy and environment task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council and vice president of the Cato Institute, made it. [UPROXX]

¶ “Why nuclear power has no future in California or U.S.” • To those who have watched the nuclear industry collapse, the Westinghouse bankruptcy represents the final chapter in the 20th century’s deluded affair with nuclear power. It can only be read as decisive proof: There is no economic future in nuclear power. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant (AP Photo/File)

Science and Technology:

¶ New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought. The state’s Ocean Protection Council revised upward its predictions for how much water off California will rise as the climate warms. The forecast helps agencies plan for climate change. [KSWO]

World:

¶ Nova Scotian energy company Emera began laying a cable that will connect Newfoundland with Nova Scotia. The ship Nexans Skagerrak is installing 170 km of cable on the ocean floor across the Cabot Strait. Emera says deployment of the first cable started off Cape Ray on April 26 and the vessel should have it completed by May 8. [VOCM]

Nexans Skagerrak (Photo: Emera NL)

¶ The UK installed 111 MW of PV capacity in the first quarter of 2017, according to provisional statistics from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. This is a 92.9% drop from the 1543 MW installed in the first quarter of 2016, when the Renewable Obligation scheme for large-scale renewable energy projects was closed. [pv magazine]

¶ Canadian renewable energy developer Northland Power Inc has officially wrapped up construction on a 600-MW offshore wind farm about 85 km off the coast of the Netherlands. With the official end of construction, Northland reports crews finished the sprawling wind energy park ahead-of-schedule and under-budget. [CanadianManufacturing.com]

Gemini Windpark (Gemini Windpark image)

¶ The Indian Central Electricity Authority’s ban on construction of new thermal power plants has prompted the state of Andhra Pradesh to drop the AP-Genco’s 4,000-MW facility in Polaki village of Srikakulam district. There has also been a rethink on the proposed coal-based plant of the East Coast Energy Private Limited at Bhavanapadu. [The Hindu]

¶ Within just about two years of its conception, much of the 1,000-MW Kurnool Ultra Mega-Solar Park at Orvakal in Kurnool district is already generating 900 MW of the clean energy. It is the world’s largest solar power plant at any single location. The plant has a staggering 40,00,000 solar panels spread over 5,812 acres of parched landscape. [The Hindu]

Indian solar park (©AP Photo | Ajit Solanki)

¶ The Finnish utility Fortum is partnering with Russian state-owned company Rusnano to develop about 500 MW of wind power in the country, supported by capacity payments. The utility will provide up to 15 billion rubles (€240 million, $263 million) in equity to the joint venture, in which both partners will hold equal stakes. [reNews]

US:

¶ For the second time in a week, activists will take to the streets of Washington, DC, and hundreds of other locations worldwide. This time, the issue at hand will be global warming, and the backdrop in the nation’s capital on Saturday could not be more appropriate. The weather forecast for Washington calls for potentially record-shattering heat. [Mashable]

White House protest (Image: Paul J Richards | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ The website of the US EPA, EPA.gov, is getting a makeover to reflect the views of President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The agency said in a statement, “As EPA renews its commitment to human health and clean air, land and water, our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency.” [The Indian Express]

¶ A 500-MW energy storage facility with “5-8 hours” storage duration could be built in San Diego, with a local water authority seeking detailed proposals for such a project to support the grid and help integrate renewable energy. The facility would support the electric grid’s stability in a region struck consistently with drought. [Energy Storage News]

Canary Islands pumped hydro project (Image: Gorona del Viento)

¶ Green Mountain Power, Vermont’s largest electric utility, is asking the state to approve a 5% rate increase that would go into effect on January 1. The requested rate increase is slightly less than the increase in costs the utility has experienced, according to a company representative, as GMP’s costs have actually increased by 6%. [Valley News]

¶ A new report published by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy has concluded that no amount of regulatory rollbacks and policy decisions made by Donald Trump’s administration will be able to succeed in bringing back coal jobs. Even if natural gas and renewable energy prices start to rise, coal has no real hope. [CleanTechnica]

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