June 17 Energy News

June 17, 2017

Science and Technology:

¶ For two weeks in January of 2016, unusually warm weather caused a 300,000 square mile patch of the Ross Ice Shelf to partially melt. The roughly Texas-sized area, blanketed in a slushy mixture of ice and water, represents one of the first times scientists have been able to catch such widespread Antarctic melting in action. [Popular Science]

Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf (lin padgham via Wiki Commons)

¶ A perceived degrading of vehicle batteries has been holding back bi-directional vehicle-to-grid technology, a group working on the problem says. Those researchers now say, however, that the lithium-ion batteries will not deteriorate with a new algorithm-driven system because they are using special power calculations. [Network World]


¶ A notification posted online this week by the Legislative Affairs Office, which reports to the Chinese cabinet, indicates that all manufacturers will be required to generate EV credits that equal 8% of sales in 2018, 10% by 2019, and 12% by 2020. The credits are computed based on the level of electrification of the cars produced. [CleanTechnica]

The difference pollution makes for Beijing

¶ ABB, the Switzerland-headquartered power electronics company, has been selected by the University of Chester to install a microgrid control system. It will enable researchers and students at the onsite 90,000 square meter Energy Centre to examine ways to better integrate renewable and conventional energy. [pv magazine]

¶ Sweden has committed to becoming a net-zero carbon emission emitter by 2045, following a law passed in the nation’s parliament. Lawmakers voted 254 to 41 in favor of the proposal. The proposal was developed by seven of the eight Swedish parliamentary parties; only the far right Swedish Democrats sat out of the consultation. [Climate Action Programme]


¶ China and India will be the biggest recipients of investments in new power-generating capacity by 2040, representing a $4 trillion opportunity for their energy sectors. China will require $2.8 trillion of spending for 2,547 GW of new capacity, while India needs $1.2 trillion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

¶ London-based Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture just unveiled plans for what could become London’s greenest building – a tidal powered school situated on the banks of the Thames River. The five-story building would be entirely powered by energy harvested from a series of large turbines built underneath the waterway. [Inhabit]

Thames tidal powered school

¶ One of the biggest solar power plants developed by SB Energy has become operational in Andhra Pradesh within three months of commissioning. The plant has a capacity to provide clean electricity for over 700,000 Indian households. It uses the latest available technology for module cleaning, site maintenance and security. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ The World Bank announced that its board of executive directors has approved $54.4 million of financing for an initiative aimed at improving Mongolia’s power system and expanding generation capacity through the construction of a 10-MW solar facility. The facility will provide with electricity rural areas with limited access to power. [pv magazine]

Camels in Mongolia (Photo: Bo Nielsen)

¶ As batteries and new sources of flexibility bolster the installed capacity of renewables, their market shares will be reaching 49% in India, 55% in China, 74% penetration in Germany, and 38% in the US by 2040, according to the newly released Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s annual long-term analysis of the future of energy. [ABP LIVE]


¶ The Rocky Mountain Institute and its Business Renewables Center have launched a new software platform that helps buyers and developers of renewable energy projects better understand which locations are more likely to be economically attractive across the various deregulated electricity markets in the United States. [Windpower Engineering]

Wind farm

¶ Vivint Solar had a surprisingly good first quarter, and this was followed by a promising financial agreement. In Early June, Vivint announced that it expanding was its services into Colorado and returning to Nevada. Now, as we hit the halfway mark of the month, the company announced that it would be expanding its services into Vermont. [CleanTechnica]

¶ EDF Renewable Energy will sell electricity from its 500-MW solar farm near the Joshua Tree National Park to Southern California Edison under a 15-year power-purchase agreement. The Maverick Solar project is the fifth significant utility-scale solar plant in Riverside County, joining McCoy, Desert Sunlight, Genesis and Blythe. [pv magazine USA]

Solar array in the Southwest

¶ Montana wind energy advocates have been dealt a blow by the Bonneville Power Administration, which has refused to kill a transmission fee that inflates the cost of renewable energy. Wind farm developers plan to sell their power into Washington state. The transmission fee will make the power more expensive. [Billings Gazette]

¶ After more than 8 years of problem-plagued construction, $8.9 billion has already been sunk into building two new nuclear reactors at the VC Summer site in South Carolina, according to information obtained by Friends of the Earth. The plants are still far from project completion, and startup dates of 2019 and 2020 are no longer valid. [Clean Energy News]

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