August 11 Energy News

August 11, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Renewable Energy Sources Get Thumbs up from Corporate America” • The double benefit of an environmentally friendly energy source at a low cost is hard to pass up, and corporate America is starting to take notice. Many of the multinational conglomerates are putting up investment money to cash in on the alternative energy boom. [Newswire]

Offshore wind power (Øyvind Holmstad, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The wise man Trump should listen to” • My unsolicited advice to our President: Listen to George Shultz, who held cabinet positions under Presidents Nixon and Reagan and has a wealth of knowledge. Speaking of what worries him, he said, “Well, there are two things that can wipe us out. One is nuclear weapons and the other is climate change.” [CNN]

Science and Technology:

¶ The records highlighted in the “State of the Climate in 2016” report from the NOAA sound ominous. Global land surface temperatures last year were highest in 137 years of record keeping. Sea surface temperatures were also at their highest. Sea levels were at record highs. Scientists worry that the report will be buried. [CNN]

Sea level Rise (National Park Service, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ India has auctioned the largest capacity of rooftop solar power projects in history. The results are extremely promising and could provide a boost to the rooftop solar power market. In an auction of just over 503 MW of rooftop solar capacity, bids ranged from $1.01/W to $1.166/W with tariffs ranging from 3.4¢/kWh to 7.1¢/kWh. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Origin Energy will underwrite one of Queensland’s largest solar farms through a power purchasing agreement with the 150-MW project. Origin has bought all the output and renewable energy certificates from the Daydream solar farm until 2030 and the deal brings its commitment to solar to 1200 MW since March 2016. [Courier Mail]

Australian solar farm

¶ Saudi Arabia’s Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority has approved the “Small-Scale Solar PV Systems Regulations,” a new net metering scheme for residential PV. The new rules will apply to PV systems not exceeding 1 MW. The program will also allow some projects with a power range of 1 MW to 5 MW to be put online. [pv magazine]

¶ India’s total installed solar power generation capacity grew over threefold to 13,652 MW over the past two fiscal years, the country’s energy minister said. He also stated the government has revised the National Solar Mission target of Grid Connected Solar Power projects from 20,000 MW by 2022 to 100,000 MW by 2022. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar array in India

¶ A bomb dating to World War II was found buried in a parking lot of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Self-Defense Forces said the 50-kilogram dud was likely left by the imperial Japanese military and is in no danger of exploding. A radius of 200 meters was cordoned off while the SDF worked to recover the bomb. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶ A dairy farm in southern Manitoba will soon boast the largest solar energy installation in the province. Hans Gorter is getting 540 panels, each with an area of 1.4 to 1.6 square metres, installed on his 130-cow dairy farm in Otterburne, about 45 kM south of Winnipeg. The system will generate close to 200,000 kWh of energy annually. [CBC.ca]

Gorter’s dairy farm in Otterburne (Pierre Verriere | CBC)

US:

¶ Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed a handful of bills aimed at expanding the state’s clean energy industry. Among the bills was a 10 year extension of the renewable energy growth program. Among several other bills signed into law were some streamlining the permitting processes and for expanding net metering. [Utility Dive]

¶ US retailer Target has agreed to buy 100 MW of electricity from Infinity Renewables’ 474-MW Solomon Forks wind farm in Kansas. Target will use the energy to power about 150 stores in the region, Infinity said. Construction of the project will start in early 2018, with commercial operation scheduled for the fourth quarter of that year. [reNews]

Wind power in Kansas (Pixabay image)

¶ Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s Climate Advisory Commission hasn’t even held its first meeting, but it’s already taken a step that may alienate a broad swath of Vermont’s environmental community. The commission’s Technical Advisory Group will have Annette Smith, vociferous critic of wind turbines, as its co-chair. [Seven Days]

¶ The Wyoming Mining Association recently asked lawmakers for a tax break for uranium mines until prices rise. Without it, they couldn’t build up production, and they would be faced with increasing layoffs, companies argued. That request was denied. Now their hope is for new nuclear power plants in Asia to increase demand. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]

Uranium leaching mine wellheads (Alan Rogers | Star-Tribune)

¶ Wind power started in California in 1981, when the Altamont wind farm was built as a reaction to the Arab Oil Embargo of the 1970s. But now, as a map from the American Wind Energy Association shows, the industry is spreading rapidly across the US, with more than 52,000 large-scale turbines now operating in 41 states. [The Mercury News]

¶ Oil and gas operators are positioning for potential growth in US offshore wind projects. The US could generate more than 2,000 GW of offshore wind power, Stephanie McClellan with the University of Delaware said at Renewable Energy World’s inaugural Offshore Wind Executive Summit. Statoil and DONG may invest in the US. [Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine]

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