June 24 Energy News

June 24, 2017

World:

¶ DONG Energy is making progress with offshore construction work for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. Both offshore substations and 40% of the turbine foundations are in place. The 659-MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm, off the coast of Cumbria, is expected to meet the electricity needs of about half a million UK homes. [Your Renewable News]

Walney substation construction

¶ A recent report from the Northeast Group estimates that 67% of Western European countries will reach smart grid penetration by 2020, with 12 countries meeting the 80% European Union requirement in setting up residential smart grids over the next 3 years. It’s anticipated global smart grid markets will reach $120 billion by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Solar Energy Corporation of India has tendered a 750-MW of solar park in the Indian state of Rajasthan, at a low benchmark price of ₹3.93/kWh (6.1¢/kWh) compared to the previous benchmark price of ₹4.43/kWh. Solar capacity of 500 MW will be developed in Bhadla Phase-III Solar Park and 250 MW in Bhadla Phase-IV Solar Park. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Indian solar array

¶ ABB delivered five new 66-kV WindStar transformers to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for deployment at EDF’s 41.5-MW Blyth offshore wind demonstration project off the Northumberland coast. The new transformer boosts voltage levels to 66 kV, increasing efficiency. The Blyth project will have five MHI Vestas 8.3-MW turbines. [reNews]

¶ Wind and solar lobbies, groups representing major energy users, and European power utilities have joined in a new partnership. The Electrification Alliance will push for more low carbon generation, along with the necessary supporting and intelligent grid infrastructure to incorporate the heating, cooling and transport sectors. [PV-Tech]

Transmission lines (Credit: Flickr | AdamKR)

¶ As many as 649 government schools in remote areas of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have been electrified through solar energy. The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency has set up solar power plants at 490 schools and 159 schools already had solar systems when the agency project started. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ French energy minister confirmed that there will be no new permits issued for oil and gas exploration on the mainland or in French held territories. He had earlier made a statement to reporters that France plans to close some nuclear reactors of state-controlled utility, EDF to reduce nuclear’s share in the country’s power mix. [Digital Journal]

Fracking site (Image: Link TV)

¶ The first Pakistan-owned early harvest wind power project constructed under China Pakistan Economic Corridor framework has started commercial operation. The 49.5-MW facility was developed by Sachal Energy Development (Private) Limited over 680 acres of land in the Jhimpir Wind Corridor in Sindh. [Radio Pakistan]

US:

¶ Portland General Electric, rocked by deep opposition to new fossil-fuel infrastructure earlier this year, is now embracing the public as an ally as it pushes for more renewables. The utility said a big new investment in renewables reflects in part local reaction to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. [Portland Business Journal]

Biglow wind farm and Mount Hood

¶ The Vermont Legislature is supporting the Paris climate agreement despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the pact. After some Republicans in the House complained the resolution could commit the state to pay for climate funding, that body passed it in amended form. [Rutland Herald]

¶ The DOE was to release a report detailing how renewables affect the US electric grid, but delayed its release until July. The project is led by a recent DOE appointee who authored a report in 2015, for a group heavily subsidized by fossil fuels, that declared clean energy to be a greater threat to grid reliability than terrorism or cyber attacks. [Texas Monthly]

Bliss wind farm in New York (Windtech, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Technology giant IBM says it has achieved two major commitments four years ahead of schedule in its efforts to help combat climate change. One of the goals it met is to have 20% renewables in its energy mix for the year 2020. The other is a 35% reduction in carbon emissions it planned to have by the same year. [North American Windpower]

¶ The owner of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant has formally notified federal regulators at the NRC that it plans to shut down the power station in 2019. Exelon said TMI has not turned a profit in five years because of low wholesale power prices and a “lack of federal or Pennsylvania energy policies that value zero-emissions nuclear energy.” [The Sentinel]

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