June 12 Energy News

June 12, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “New highland wind farm plans just the start of renewable future” • A $300 million wind farm that will be developed in Tasmania’s Central Highlands will have a significant impact. It will increase Tasmania’s wind generation by about 50%, create 150 jobs through construction and deliver enough clean energy to power 60,000-plus homes. [The Mercury]

Wind turbines in Tasmania (Andrew Baker, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “No, Rick Perry, California’s renewable energy policies aren’t dangerous for the grid” • Fossil fuel advocates argue that California’s energy policies are not just unnecessary, but risky. But the argument that they will destabilize the grid is no more than a reflexive objection from those who see their fossil fuel investments dwindling. [Los Angeles Times]

World:

¶ Jerusalem-based renewable-energy developer Energiya Global will invest $1 billion over the next four years to advance green power projects across 15 West African countries as part of a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this week between Israel and the Economic Community of West African States. [ISRAEL21c]

Solar field (Costazzurra | Shutterstock.com)

¶ Countries of Central Asia and the International Renewable Energy Agency released a Communiqué on accelerating renewable energy deployment in the region at the Astana EXPO-2017. The meeting detailed six key areas to facilitate the up-take of renewables and help diversify the region’s energy mix in a regional Action Plan. [Your Renewable News]

¶ Pieces are falling into place for an important collaboration between India and Africa to end energy poverty. The stakes are high, as sub-Saharan Africa and India account for over 80% of the world’s 1.1 billion unelectrified. India had already pledged in 2015 a concessional credit line of $10 billion to Africa over five years. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]

Production of solar cells

¶ In India, nearly 300 million do not have access to electricity and have average incomes at or lower than $1,600 a year. Now, India is adding 50% more solar and wind than the US currently has installed. By 2027, 60% of India’s electricity will be renewably produced, exceeding its Paris Climate goals by almost 20%. [pvbuzz media]

US:

¶ The Garden Island newspaper reports that a Hawaiian electric utility, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, will build a pumped storage hydro project. It could supply more than 15% of the island’s electricity and surpass the goal of 70% renewable energy by 2030. The cooperative says protecting trout populations is a priority. [KITV Honolulu]

Kauai countryside (Wikipedia image)

¶ A proposed power line in Wisconsin would run from west of Madison to Iowa, where it would be linked to a growing fleet of wind farms. It puts green interests into conflict with each other. Some the project as a blight on the picturesque ridges and valleys of the region, others focus on a need for renewable wind energy. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

¶ Massachusetts’ bid to become the nation’s leader in offshore wind power is ramping up. The state’s electric utilities will soon release requirements for projects seeking to develop the state’s first ocean-based wind farm. That sets in motion an ambitious effort to put Massachusetts ahead of other states’ efforts on offshore wind power. [The Japan Times]

Turbines and a lift boat off Block Island (Photo: AP)

¶ Some business owners who help customers use clean energy don’t seem fazed by the plan to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord. They expect demand for their services will still keep growing due to a growing concern about the environment, and a desire by consumers and businesses to lower their energy costs. [Arkansas Online]

¶ If two of South Carolina’s largest utilities pull the plug on their nuclear power plant expansion, about half of the state’s electric customers could be on the hook for $8.6 billion, to pay for a project that might never produce any electricity at all. The state’s laws allow the utilities to collect the money even if they abandon the project. [Charleston Post Courier]

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