Archive for May 21st, 2017

May 21 Energy News

May 21, 2017


¶ The Upper Afan Valley near Swansea is already home to the biggest windfarm in England and Wales, but in July work will begin there on one of the UK’s largest battery storage schemes. Co-locating the plant with the windfarm reduced needs for power lines, so it was about £5 million cheaper than building it on a standalone site. [The Guardian]

Pen y Cymoedd wind project near Swansea (Photo: Vattenfall)

¶ A report says that the federal government of Canada is now planning the imposition of pollution caps on Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the two provinces that haven’t yet agreed to support a national carbon price. The federal government is now also proposing a levy on fossil fuels that would be increased at an annual rate. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Howrah railway station in Kolkata is set to go green with the installation of 3 MW of rooftop solar panels on platform sheds. A total of fourteen of the platform sheds will have solar panels installed as part of the array. According to estimates, 50% to 60% of the power demand at Howrah station can be met through the solar array. [The Indian Express]

Howrah railway station

¶ The Swiss are voting in a referendum Sunday on a planned overhaul of the country’s energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources. According to the latest poll, 56% of those questioned plan to vote “yes” to the new law, while 37% plan to vote “no.” []


¶ As more wind and solar projects take shape in Eastern Oregon, the Umatilla Basin finds itself caught between interests. Amounts of energy coming from renewable sources are increasing, but farmers worry about a mess of transmission lines. A report authorized by the state’s governor has issued, and the state is examining possibilities. [Capital Press]

Morrow County (Photo: E.J. Harris | EO Media Group)

¶ Nearly half of California’s diverse types of native salmon, steelhead and trout are headed toward extinction in 50 years, and three-fourths within a century, unless environmental trends are reversed, a team of scientists warned in a report. The bleak outlook was softened by a note of hope: Scientists say there is time to save the salmon. [Bend Bulletin]

¶ A study by scientists at the NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, predicts the warming of the Gulf of Maine will cause a dramatic contraction of suitably cool habitat for a range of key commercial fish species there. The species negatively affected include cod, haddock, redfish, plaice and pollock. [Press Herald]

Lobster boats in Bar Harbor (JRLibby, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar will partner in the US to introduce a joint offering to consumers, according to a press release. Customers in the US will be able to purchase solar-plus-storage systems combining Vivint Solar’s solar energy expertise with the new Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Sugar River Power, a small power producer, has restored a hydro dam in Claremont, New Hampshire. The company bought the dam in January. When the twin turbines of the hydroelectric plan operate at full capacity, they are capable of generating 1.35 MW of power, enough to power 1,300 homes, according to one of the company’s owners. [Valley News]

Sugar River and Mt Ascutney (TrunkJunk, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ EV sales in California during the first quarter of 2017 were up 91% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Industry observers give much of the credit to the Chevy Bolt, the first all-electric car from General Motors that went on sale in the Golden State last December. A total of 2,735 Californians opted for the Bolt in the first quarter of the year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Authorities at Washington state’s Hanford nuclear waste site are investigating a possible leak. High readings of radiation were found on a robotic device known as a crawler that workers were pulling out of a nuclear waste tank, and radioactive was found material on a worker’s clothing. Last week, a tunnel collapsed at the same site. [CNN]


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