May 24 Energy News

May 24, 2017


¶ “Study: Sea level rising 3x as fast since 1990 as figured before. Meanwhile, feds censor climate info.” • A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says sea level is rising three times as fast as it was before 1990. Trillions of dollars are at risk. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is censoring references to climate change. [Daily Kos]

Screen shot (Arctic Climate Impact Assessment)

¶ “Fighting Trump on Climate, California Becomes a Global Force” • As Donald Trump reverses the Obama administration’s policies on climate change, California is emerging as the nation’s de facto negotiator with the world on the environment. California is becoming a model to other states and nations on fighting climate change. [New York Times]


¶ The Port of Esbjerg says Seajacks jack-up Scylla left the port with the last turbine components for the 402-MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, which has 67 Siemens 6-MW 154 turbines. Veja Mate delivered its first power two months ahead of schedule, and it is expected to be fully operational before the end of the year. [reNews]

Seajacks Scylla at Port of Esbjerg (Image: Port of Esbjerg)

¶ International poverty organization Oxfam issued a report, More Coal Equals More Poverty, focusing primarily on Australia’s coal-related policies and plans as a leading exporter of coal. It says increasing the number of coal mines will only spread global poverty due to climate change and other impacts of coal mining and burning. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Coca-Cola European Partners announced that it is sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. The news coincides with the launch of a major renewable project. All electricity generated by a new solar farm will be used for production of Coca-Cola’s famous brands at Europe’s largest soft drinks factory, in Wakefield. [CIWM Journal Online]

Solar array supplying Coca-cola

¶ Total Solar, a 100% owned Total subsidiary dedicated to solar activities, has launched construction of its second solar power plant in Japan. The 25-MW-peak PV power plant in Miyako, in Japan’s Iwate province, is expected to start up in 2018 and will provide clean and reliable electricity to over 8,000 households. [Your Renewable News]


¶ Tucson Electric Power signed a power purchase agreement for a system with 100 MW of PVs and 30-MW, 120-MWh of storage. Exact prices are confidential, but a release pegged the PPA for the solar portion of the project at below $0.03/kWh. Both solar and storage are to be developed by an affiliate of NextEra Energy. [Utility Dive]

Solar plus storage

¶ Donald Trump’s top budget adviser defended the sweeping cuts proposed to social, foreign aid, and environmental programs in the President’s budget, arguing that the White House could no longer ask taxpayers for money to fund programs they believe to be inefficient. The budget will now be taken up by the congress. [CNN]

¶ SunPower broke ground on a 28-MW solar PV system at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The project is expected to create about 150 jobs during construction. It is expected to be the largest behind-the-meter solar power system in the Air Force at which 100% of the energy generated will be consumed onsite.[American Security Today]

Air Force solar power (USAF image)

¶ FPL is the nation’s third-largest electric utility. It boasts a typical household bill 25% below the national average and is closing coal plants to keep its rates going down. In a filing to the Florida Public Service Commission to close its St Johns River Power Park coal plant, the company detailed exactly why coal is not coming back. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Renewable Energy Systems has begun construction on the Redbed Plains Wind Farm in Grady County, Oklahoma. The Redbed Plains wind farm’s 48 Siemens Gamesa turbines will have a capacity of 99.1 MW. When the wind farm is complete, RES will have installed over 1,100 MW of wind energy in Oklahoma. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Redbed Bottom

¶ Two Massachusetts farms are starting projects to turn cow manure into electricity as a way to become self-sustaining and stabilize their finances. The farms are working in partnership with the Hampshire Council of Governments and Pennsylvania-based startup Ag-Grid Energy to build on-site agricultural anaerobic digesters. [The Recorder]

¶ Six Democratic state attorneys general, including New York’s, are asking federal regulators to place new restrictions on crude oil trains that pass through their states. The trains carry crude oil through densely populated areas without any explosiveness or flammability limits. In 2013, a tanker explosion killed 47 people in Quebec. [PennEnergy]

Cars of an oil train

¶ Goldwind Americas, a subsidiary of Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co, signed an agreement with Renewable Energy Systems Americas to acquire the 160-MW Rattlesnake Wind Project in McCulloch County, Texas. Once operational, the project will become Goldwind’s largest US wind project to date. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ The Trump administration is proposing to terminate a project to make mixed oxide fuel for nuclear plants. The DOE said the facility’s $4.8 billion cost, projected in 2007, with a startup date of 2015, had ballooned to $17.2 billion by 2016, with a 2048 startup date. The DOE now estimates the completion cost will be up to $26 billion. [Platts]

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