June 14 Energy News

June 14, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Global Oil Majors Are Poised for a Resurgence in Solar and Wind” • The recent report from Wood Mackenzie said the global market for wind and solar is set to grow “much faster than oil demand.” The world’s largest oil and gas companies may use wind and solar to diversify and future-proof fossil-fuel-heavy portfolios. [Greentech Media]

Statoil turbines and substation

¶ “California, NY and Nevada are pushing hard on clean energy while Texas hopes that the market’s enough” • A bill introduced in Austin would have had universities cover the costs of a study on energy efficiency in Texas and report findings to the next Legislature. The bill went nowhere. Meanwhile, other states are getting active. [Dallas News]

World:

¶ London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced funding for green firms in the capital. The Clean Tech Incubator, which is part of the mayor’s vision to make London the “world’s leading smart city,” will help 100 small businesses deliver low carbon and green products to tackle climate change. Some of the funding will go to innovations. [Energy Live News]

London (Shutterstock image)

¶ The United Kingdom installed an impressive 640 MW of new solar capacity in the first quarter of this year. The 118 installations included 90 ground-mounted solar farms with capacity between 4.5 and 5 MW; this meant they qualified for 1.2 Renewable Obligation Certificates before the scheme was phased out on 31 March. [CleanTechnica]

¶ National Grid proposals to reform the UK’s balancing services market would enable the rapid uptake of energy storage and other flexibility technologies, according to the Renewable Energy Association. It published a report pointing out the need for changes that would account for rapid improvements in clean technologies. [reNews]

T-pylon design (Credit: National Grid)

¶ The British government appointed Claire Perry to be Minister at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. The appointment will be largely welcomed by renewable energy campaigners after her positive comments on the importance of the Paris agreement and the necessity of investing in clean energy. [Power Engineering International]

¶ Vestas is to supply turbines totalling 90-MW for the Kassidiaris wind farm in Greece, which is being developed by Eltech Anemos. The Danish manufacturer will deliver and install 25 V136-3.45MW machines optimized to 3.6-MW for the project, which is in the region of Epirus. Delivery is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018. [reNews]

Vestas wind turbine (Credit: Vestas)

¶ Global coal production fell 6.2% in 2016, the most ever recorded, according to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy, a closely watched compendium of information about global energy trends. Coal made up only 28% of the world’s energy production last year. US output declined 19% and Chinese production fell almost 8%. [Fox Business]

¶ Shetland is to plug into the UK grid network for the first time ever via a dedicated small-scale HVDC line. The island cluster will be able to tap mainland generation across a 260-km, 60-MW cable. Island-based projects will be able to meet local demand as at present, and export to the mainland via the link is also possible. [reNews]

Shetlands (Credit: Shetland Islands Council)

US:

¶ Investment banker Goldman Sachs signed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, which will enable development of a new 68-MW wind project in Pennsylvania. Once operational, it could result in the reduction of more than 200,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year. [Environment News Service]

¶ According to a newly published US Solar Market Insight Report from Greentech Media and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the US solar market added 2,044 MW of new capacity in the first quarter of 2017. The report says prices continue to fall, with utility-scale system prices dropping below $1 per watt for the first time. [pvbuzz media]

Solar installers

¶ Lux Research, an independent research and advisory firm, examined Trump’s statements and actions in five segments of the energy landscape – oil and gas, renewable fuels, coal, renewables and storage, and offshore wind – to determine how his policies may impact domestic energy. Lux said he will have a modest effect on renewables. [EconoTimes]

¶ The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet announced the completion of a 5-MW solar array project at Fort Campbell. It is the largest non-utility solar array in Kentucky. The Solar Array Project produces enough power for the equivalent of 463 homes and will provide more than 10% of Fort Campbell’s requirements. [The Lane Report]

Ft Campbell solar array

¶ Maui Electric Co ranked seventh for connecting energy storage to the grid, according to the Smart Electric Power Alliance that surveyed 412 utilities nationwide. Energy storage projects on MECO grids include a Battery Energy Storage System at the company’s Wailea Substation and projects with independently owned wind farms. [Maui News]

¶ With Exelon’s announced intentions to retire the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, the US now has six nuclear plants slated to retire in the next nine years. They include four that have retirement dates more than a decade before their operating licenses expire — Palisades, Pilgrim, Oyster Creek, and Three Mile Island. [Power Engineering Magazine]

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