June 27 Energy News

June 27, 2017


¶ Based on the industries the Great Barrier Reef supports, both directly and indirectly, consultants at Deloitte have estimated its total value at $42.4 billion (A$56 billion). Deloitte hopes that putting a monetary value on the reef will influence decision making on climate change, which has left it severely damaged, especially in the last year. [CNN]

Great Barrier Reef

¶ Thirteen industry leaders and associations from across Europe launched the new “Make Power Clean” initiative, aiming to promote a clean European electricity market. One specific goal is to ensure that only those energy technologies considered “clean” are eligible to receive public support in the form of capacity mechanisms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Dong Energy has officially opened its 582-MW Gode Wind 1&2 offshore wind complex in the German North Sea. Offshore construction of 97 Siemens 6-MW turbines started in April 2015 and was wrapped up in May 2016, but export of power from Gode was hampered by the delay of TenneT’s 916MW DolWin 2 grid hub. [reNews]

Gode wind farm (Credit: DONG Energy)

¶ Last week, a Chinese province conducted a test to show it was possible for the entire region to run solely on green energy. For seven continuous days, over 5 million citizens living in the province survived without use of any fossil fuels, on 100% renewable energy, according to the State-run Xinhua News Agency. [ScienceAlert]

¶ A massive expansion of Nectar Farms in western Victoria will be powered by wind energy with battery storage. The A$565 million project will use the latest hydroponic glasshouse and plant technology. Nectar Farms is now looking to start work on Stage 2 of their expansion plans, which will see the facility grow from 10 to 40 hectares. [The Stawell Times-News]

Artist’s rendering of Nectar Farms expansion

¶ The Australian Capital Territory has moved closer to reaching its renewable energy targets, with the opening of the new wind farm at Ararat in Victoria. The new wind farm moves the territory closer to reaching its 40% renewable energy by 2017 target and its ultimate goal of 100% renewable energy by 2020. [The Canberra Times]

¶ Siemens Gamesa says it has installed five 6-MW turbines on ballast-stabilized floating foundations for the 30 MW Hywind Scotland project. According to the company, the floating wind project will be located 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at water depths between 90 meters and 120 meters. [North American Windpower]

Installing a floating turbine


¶ A report by the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory concluded that widespread use of building controls across the country could cut energy consumption by an average of 29%, or the equivalent electricity used by 12 to 15 million Americans. The laboratory investigated 34 different types of energy efficiency measures. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The latest issue of the Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly shows that renewable energy surpassed nuclear energy in March and April, with renewables at 21.60% versus 20.34% for nuclear in March, and 22.98% versus 19.19% in April. While renewable energy is growing rapidly, nuclear power declines. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Renewables surpassing nuclear

¶ If a fledgling solar panel maker gets its way, GTM Research of Greentech Media predicts, US demand for solar could drop by two-thirds over the next five years. A new trade case aspires to boost the domestic panel manufacturing industry, but will likely have the opposite effect, according to the study, according to a Reuters report. [Newsline]

¶ The US Conference of Mayors officially endorsed local-level progress toward 100% renewable energy sources. Leaders from more than 250 cities approved a resolution supporting a transition to wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal power by 2035. The resolution specifically excluded coal plants, nuclear power, and dams. [CityLab]

Solar energy, part of the solution (Ivan Alvarado | Reuters)

¶ A rooftop solar project in San Pedro, California, should generate enough energy to power nearly 5,000 homes. This would make it the most powerful rooftop solar project in the world, officials said. The project is part of Los Angeles’ Feed-in Tariff program, which allows the building owners to sell power they generate to the city. [MyNewsLA.com]

¶ New York State’s green bank generated profits of $2.7 million in the last financial year. This was achieved through investing a total of $291.6 million in clean energy over the period, which reduced emissions by up to 6.4 million tonnes, equivalent to removing 70,000 cars from the road for 20 years. The profits will be re-invested in clean energy. [Energy Live News]

New York (Shutterstock image)

¶ A Minnesota electrical cooperative, Great River Energy, announced a purchase agreement with NextEra Energy to buy the electricity generated by the planned Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center in North Dakota. Plans call for about 133 turbines generating 300 MW. Construction is planned to be complete by 2020. [Jamestown Sun]

¶ SCANA and Santee Cooper on Monday announced an interim agreement with Westinghouse Electric that allows construction on the troubled VC Summer nuclear plant to proceed for another 45 days. The last agreement extended work on the nuclear project to June 26; the new agreement runs through Aug. 10, 2017. [Utility Dive]

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