August 1 Energy News

August 1, 2017


¶ “Why Court Victories for New York, Illinois Nuclear Subsidies Are a Big Win for Renewables” • A federal judge ruled that New York’s plan to subsidize nuclear power plants “is constitutional” and “of legitimate state concern.” It is a big win for Exelon, but the ramifications go well beyond the legality of New York’s nuclear program. [Greentech Media]

Indian Point nuclear plant (Greentech Media image)

Science and Technology:

¶ By the end of the century, the global temperature is likely to rise more than 2° C (3.6° F). This rise in temperature is the ominous conclusion reached by two different studies using entirely different methods published in the journal Nature Climate Change. One study put the chance that Earth will warm more than 2° at over 95%. [CNN]

¶ “Ghost forests,” stands of dead trees along coastlines invaded by rising seas, are something scientists call one of the most visible markers of climate change. The process has occurred naturally for thousands of years, but it has accelerated in recent decades as polar ice melts, sea levels rise, and salt water pushes farther inland. [Charleston Post Courier]

Ghost forest (AP photo, Stephen B Morton)


¶ In Australia, the declining cost of renewables means it will soon be cheaper to build new renewables than to refurbish an existing coal plant even if it is fully depreciated, according to Kobad Bhavnagri at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. This means baseload coal power will gradually become a liability. [The Australian Financial Review]

¶ Convert is a solar tracker specialist headquartered in Italy, and is the world’s fourth largest according to IHS Markit. It signed a supply deal with Atlas Renewable Energy to deliver its tracker solutions to two large Brazilian solar projects. The $35 million agreement will see Convert ship trackers for 220 MW of PVs to Brazil. [pv magazine]

Sunrise in Rio de Janeiro

¶ Delhi’s metro rail network has been named as the only completely ‘green’ metro system in the world for adhering to green building standards. This feat was achieved after the DMRC obtained the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms for its 10 residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Council. [Business Standard]

¶ Chinese company Jereh Group has announced it has won a contract for two further sections of a geothermal power plant at Olkaria in Nigeria for state-owned power company KenGen. Under the contract, a consortium led by a subsidiary of Jereh Group will build up the facility’s total installed capacity to 61 MW. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Steam rising at the Olkaria Geothermal Plant (Photo: Jereh Group)

¶ In a press release, the government of Kazakhstan’s Akmola Region has announced that the Kazakh investment company KBEnterprises is planning construction of a 100 MW solar power plant near Kabanbay, Tselinograd District, in the north of the country. The $165 million project will be built on a 300 hectare site. [pv magazine]


¶ American Electric Power selected Quanta Services to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the power transmission line for the 2-GW Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma. The link will consist of approximately 350 miles of a single circuit 765-kV power line. Quanta expects construction to start in late 2018. [reNews]

GE wind turbines (GE image)

¶ The EPA must enforce Obama era pollution limits for the oil and gas industry. Nine of the eleven judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued this latest ruling after another ruling by the court in July that the EPA unlawfully tried to delay implementing the Obama-era methane pollution rule. [CNN]

¶ New York has been graced with strong sun and whipping winds that electricity companies increasingly harness for renewable energy. It has seen a 6,548% increase in the amount of energy it gets from the sun and a 473% increase in wind power production since 2007, according to a report. And it is not alone in seeing renewable energy grow. []

Solar array (Photo: Andreas Gücklhorn on Unsplash)

¶ Deepwater Wind will bid a combined 144 MW offshore wind and 40 MW energy storage project into the Massachusetts clean energy call. The US developer said the Revolution project will be put forward in reply to the segment of the state’s request for proposals that includes the promotion of energy diversity. The project could be scaled up, if needed. [reNews]

¶ LEEDCo and Fred Olsen Renewables’ 20.7-MW Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie has taken a big step forward. The Ohio Power Siting Board has found that the freshwater wind farm’s application is “in compliance and ready to be processed.” Icebreaker is expected to feature six MHI Vestas 3.45-MW turbines. [reNews]

Work in Lake Erie (LEEDCo image)

¶ The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority has started operating the 27.3-MW Kayenta Solar Project on 200 acres near Kayenta, Arizona. The closing of the Navajo Generating Station is leaving a hole in power generation in the region that ultimately will be filled with renewable energy, according to the solar farm’s project manager. [PennEnergy]

¶ Work has been suspended on two nuclear reactors being built by Westinghouse in South Carolina. Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company said they had ordered a halt to construction of their jointly-owned project, the VC Summer plant, due to spiraling costs. The decision casts doubt on other nuclear projects. [Financial Times]

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