May 23 Energy News

May 23, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Sixteen Trends That Will Buoy U.S. Wind Power Into The 2020s” • Wind power is on track to generate 10% of US electricity by 2020. After that, the impact of the production tax credit will begin to tail off. How will the market respond? These trends will outlive the PTC and keep creating demand for new turbines. [North American Windpower]

Wind power at a farm

¶ “Congress vs. Trump: Are the President’s Anti-Science Budget Priorities Headed for Another Defeat?” • The president is expected to release his full fiscal year 2018 budget this week, without any surprises. It will likely track the earlier “skinny budget” pretty closely, which means it’s going nowhere in Congress. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

¶ “India-China climate hope” • India’s and China’s pledged actions to curb their greenhouse gas emissions are likely to overcompensate by 2030 the impacts of US President Donald Trump’s policies that appear set to flatten America’s emissions, according to European researchers at the Climate Action Tracker. [Calcutta Telegraph]

Wind power, Changling (Photo: 大漠1208, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ A report published by Navigant Research, World Wind Energy Market Update 2017, revealed that Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas again led the way in 2016 for total wind turbine installations, in a year that saw a total of over 54 GW of new wind installed worldwide. Cumulative global wind power capacity now sits at 486.831 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ China’s government is planning to change the way it subsidizes renewable energy and introduce a quota to push electricity companies to invest in renewables. Electric generators and retailers will have to buy green electricity certificates. A next stage might require them to increase the share of renewables in their portfolios. [eco-business.com]

Power lines in a Chinese countryside
(Image: State Grid Corporation of China via Chinadialogue)

¶ Global production of the four most important staple crops in the world – maize/corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans – will be reduced by around 23% by the 2050s as a result of worsening anthropogenic climate change, according to new research published in the journal Economics of Disasters and Climate Change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Tunisia has launched a tender for up to 210 MW of renewable energy, seeking 140 MW of wind power and 70 MW of solar. Wind projects of up to 30 MW will make up 120 MW, while the remaining 20 MW will be projects up to 5 MW. Of the solar capacity, 60 MW will be projects of up to 10 MW, with the rest for plants of up to 1 MW. [reNews]

Wind power (Pixabay image)

¶ Unilever has become the latest high-profile firm to confirm its operations are being run using renewable power, as it affirmed that all its UK sites are sourcing 100% of their power from renewable sources. The company said 15 of its UK sites are purchasing their power from the Lochluichart wind farm in the Scottish Highlands. [www.businessgreen.com]

¶ The Formosa 1 offshore wind farm is being developed off the west coast of Taiwan. The 130-MW wind farm will be Taiwan’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project. Two 4-MW wind turbines installed as a demonstration began operations in April this year. The addition of another 30 turbines should be completed by 2020. [Power Technology]

Project Formosa

US:

¶ Blackouts, natural disasters, and cyber attacks pose high risks that can be addressed by installing microgrids. A report by a team of Michigan Tech University energy policy analysts and engineers says the US military needs 17 GW of solar power to shore up their domestic bases, and economically, it’s good to do this. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, recently signed an executive directing the state’s environmental regulators to create a cap and trade plan for carbon emissions. McAuliffe’s order would add Virginia to the states with cap and trade programs, California and nine states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Northeast. [CleanTechnica]

A need for clean air

¶ Duke Energy has completed a new 17-MW solar power plant at the Naval Support Activity base in Crane, Indiana. The new solar farm is comprised of 76,000 solar panels on 145 acres. Duke Energy will also conduct a microgrid feasibility study to see if such an arrangement could enhance base security in the future. [pv magazine USA]

¶ DTE Energy plans to build an additional 6 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2050 in Michigan, on top of the 1 GW it has built since 2009. The company also plans to invest in grid modernization as part of plans to cut its carbon dioxide emissions 80% by 2050. DTE’s chairman said the utility’s transformation is already underway. [reNews]

Wind turbines above a corn field (Image: Pixabay)

¶ Blattner Energy Inc, a power generation contractor based in Avon, Minnesota, installed about 5 GW of renewable energy in 2016, including 1.4 GW of solar energy and more than 3 GW of wind energy. Additionally, Borea Construction, the company’s Canadian unit, delivered over 700 MW of wind throughout Canada. [North American Windpower]

¶ The fate of Three Mile Island could be decided this week as the iconic nuclear power plant competes for a share of the region’s electric market. For the past two years, TMI failed to sell its electricity at PJM’s capacity auction. The results of the current auction, covering the years 2020 and 2021, are expected on Thursday. [PennLive.com]

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