August 15 Energy News

August 15, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “A bolder, better deal for all Americans” • The Democratic Party recently unveiled the Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future platform focused on an economic message. As Hurricane Trump wreaks its havoc, this jobs agenda comes not a moment too soon. But as we expand upon our message, the time has come to be bold! [The Hill]

Dawn (Getty Images)

¶ “Huge Climate Opportunity If RGGI Governors Step Up” • The governors of nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states are about to make a momentous decision: how much they will cut power plant pollution, and how fast they will cut it. Big carbon cuts could add $3.2 billion to state coffers and reduce air pollution. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Science and Technology:

¶ New analysis of flow rates and precipitation suggest flooding in urban areas is intensifying while rural areas dry up. To identify links between global warming and river flow patterns, scientists at the University of New South Wales surveyed flow rate and rainfall data from 5,300 river monitoring sites and 43,000 rain gauges in 160 countries. [UPI.com]

2016 Flood in Baton Rouge (USDA photo, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ The UK Government spent £6.13 billion ($9.73 billion) in 2016 on energy in developing countries. Of that amount, 46% went to supporting fossil fuels, but only 22% was put towards supporting renewable energy development, according to a report by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development and the Overseas Development Institute. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Danish wind turbine-maker Vestas has received an order to supply 99-MW of turbines to China Datang Corp Renewable Power for its Shandianhe project. The project will be located in the Guyuan County of northern China’s Hebei Province. For the project, Vestas will supply 45 of its V110-2.2MW turbines. [CleanTechnology News]

Vestas turbines (Photo: Steve Ralston | FreeImages.com)

¶ German energy company Innogy has entered the Irish market having acquired a wind farm site in County Kerry. The 10.2-MW Dromadda Beg wind farm will have three turbines, which received planning approval in May 2014. Construction is due to begin in September, with commissioning scheduled for the second half of 2018. [Irish Times]

¶ Residents of a remote community on the central coast of British Columbia received funding to build a run-of-river hydroelectric plant. The Wuikinuxv Village, on the banks of the Wanukv River, has about 80 people in it. It is accessible only by float plane or boat, so life is challenging, and it has depended on diesel power in the past. [BCLocalNews]

Wanukv River (Photo: CCIRA)

¶ Spanish firm ACCIONA has been selected by Zuma Energía to build a new 424-MW wind farm in Mexico. The Reynosa wind farm will be the largest of its kind in the country, and will require an investment of around €510 million ($600 million). The wind farm will have 123 wind generators, each with a capacity of 3.45 MW to 3.6 MW. [Power Technology]

US:

¶ A coalition of business, environmental and community leaders has backed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make offshore wind the focus of New York’s renewable energy plan. The New York Offshore Wind Alliance voiced its support for developing green energy off the state’s coastline ahead of a series of public meetings. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm (reNews image)

¶ A partnership of the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, GRID Alternatives, and the Colorado Energy Office will work to develop the United States’ largest low-income community solar project aimed at lowering the electricity bills of qualifying low-income residents, affordable housing providers, and nonprofit organizations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Southern California Edison, one of the largest US utilities, has signed contracts with solar and geothermal energy producers for more than 1,500 MW of power. Signed contracts include the purchase of more than 1,300 MW of new solar power and the re-contracting of 225 MW with an existing California geothermal energy project. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Geothermal plant in California (Photo: ThinkGeoEnergy)

¶ NextGen America, a green energy advocacy group founded by Tom Steyer, has released a video opposing the proposed power plant for coastal Oxnard, California. They are objecting to a proposal by NRG Energy Inc to replace two existing power plants at the Mandalay Generating Station with a new gas-fired facility. [Ventura County Star]

¶ A last-ditch effort to send hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to Georgia’s struggling Plant Vogtle nuclear project appears to be stuck in the US Senate. Boosters of the project hope the federal bill could throw an economic lifeline, which it needs amid major cost overruns and deep delays. The cost is estimated to be $25 billion. [MyAJC]

Vogtle (Photo: Charles C Watson Jr, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Duke Energy Renewables has acquired the 24.9-MW Shoreham Solar Commons PV project in New York from developer Invenergy. The PV plant, which is being built on a former golf course on Long Island, is due to be completed in the second quarter of 2018 and has a 20-year power-purchase agreement with the Long Island Power Authority. [reNews]

¶ The US DOE’s recently commissioned study on the national electric grid hit a new legal road block this week when the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the agency to reveal the third parties consulted on the study, according to Reuters. Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered the 60-day study in April but its release has been delayed. [OilPrice.com]

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