May 22 Energy News

May 22, 2017

World:

¶ Sri Lanka is betting big on its abundant wind and solar electricity resources through competitive bidding for projects, a top government official in the power ministry said. A total of 700 MW of projects include a 100-MW floating solar power project on a reservoir, 60 MW of distributed wind power, 100 MW of wind power. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind and solar resources

¶ Transparency Market Research has released a report which shows that global offshore wind turbine market revenue is projected to reach $58.7 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 7.7% between 2017 and 2015. In 2016, the revenue was $29.4 billion. The market is currently dominated by Europe. [Energy Digital]

¶ A joint venture between Canadian company Northland Power and Singapore’s Yushan Energy is planning to build two offshore wind farms totaling 1.2GW in the Changhua Sea off Taiwan. The developers aim for the two Hai Long developments to be operating by 2023 and 2024. The start dates are subject to interconnection availability. [reNews]

Offshore wind power (Credit: Pixabay)

¶ A Queensland government-funded scheme to use rooftop solar to cut the electricity costs of low income and rental households is being rolled out in the state’s south-east, with plans to extend the trial throughout the state. The first phase of installations is up to 6 MW of solar PV on up to 4000 rooftops across Queensland. [One Step Off The Grid]

¶ Swiss voters have backed the government’s plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum. Provisional final figures showed support at 58.2% under the Swiss system of direct democracy, which gives voters final say on major policy issues. [Newshub]

Power line crossing green mountain slopes in Switzerland (Getty)

¶ Three decades after the Chernobyl disaster, the site of the nuclear plant site is once again set to produce electricity. This time, however, the power is coming from solar panels. Business Insider reported that a small 1.5-MW solar installation could be completed by the end of May, the result of a $1.1 million Ukrainian-German joint venture. [EnviroNews]

US:

¶ Scottish Power won the right to build two offshore wind farms in the US, which it says could eventually power 400,000 homes. The two sites combined are more than double the size of the energy giant’s operations in the UK. One farm, off the coast of Massachusetts, is expected to be complete in 2022 and the other, off North Carolina, in 2025. [BBC]

The fastest growing renewable energy source (Thinkstock image)

¶ With reduced federal action, local officials from throughout Colorado talked with climate experts in Aspen about whether local efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions will be enough to save a warming planet. An example of the issues importance is the state’s wildfires, which increased by a factor of ten over the past 50 years. [Vail Daily News]

¶ The EPA recognized the University of California as a leader in renewable energy, UC officials announced. The UC ranked sixth among all participants in the Green Power Partnership for its on-site generation of renewable energy. The EPA commended the University for using more than 112 million kWh of green power annually. [Daily Bruin]

UC Davis (Photo: Tony Webster via Flickr, Creative Commons)

¶ Sempra Energy, the parent company of both San Diego Gas & Electric and SoCalGas, is planning a $600 million, 36-inch natural gas pipeline, to partially replace a 16-inch pipe built in 1949. Due to safety concerns following a 2010 explosion in San Bruno, state regulators have asked the utility test or lower pressure on the old pipeline. [San Diego Reader]

¶ America’s forests are undertaking a slow migration. Scientists writing in the journal Science Advances looked at tree population surveys starting in the 1980s. What they found is that the trees in eastern America are moving north and west. Conifer trees like pines are moving north, and deciduous trees like maples and elms are moving west. [Newsy]

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