Archive for August 18th, 2017

August 18 Energy News

August 18, 2017


¶ “Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science” • In 50 years, Cameron Parish, Louisiana, will likely be no more, according to newly published calculations of the Louisiana government. Cameron Parish also has the greatest percentage of Trump supporters of any county in the US. [The Guardian]

Leo Adley Dyson Sr (Photo: Shanon Sims)

¶ “What Happens to Solar Power in an Eclipse? We’ll Find Out Monday” • As the eclipse carves a long shadow over California on Monday morning, it is expected to knock offline more than 5,600 MW of solar panels at its peak, a big chunk of the 19,000 MW of solar power that currently provide one-tenth of the state’s electricity. [New York Times]

Science and Technology:

¶ Getting electricity and clean water to remote villages can make a huge difference to those who live there. Running power and water lines from a central location can be expensive, but water filtration systems and electricity generation can be provided to remote locations at low cost. An Italian startup has a $15,000 all-in-one modular solution. [CleanTechnica]

Modular electricity and water supply

¶ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that July was the second hottest month since record keeping began in 1880. At 61.89° F (16.63° C), last month was behind July 2016’s all-time record by just .09° F (0.05° C), and land temperatures in July were the hottest on record at 59.96° F (15.5° C). [The Japan Times]


¶ The European Commission published tighter new standards for the bloc’s most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, giving them four years to meet the lower emission standards. The new standards include tighter rules for emissions of nitrous oxides, sulphur dioxide, mercury and particulate matter. [EURACTIV]

Uniper coal-burning power plant near Rotterdam (Shutterstock)

¶ Germany announced the results of its second onshore wind auction this week. They show that a total of 1 GW was awarded at an average cost 25% less than the average price recorded in the first onshore wind auction just a few months ago. The accepted bids ranged from 3.5 to 4.29 Euro-cents per kWh (4.11¢/kWh to 5.04¢/kWh). [CleanTechnica]

¶ Construction is set to begin on a world-leading wind, solar, and battery storage hybrid project in north Queensland, after the company behind the 1200-MW Kennedy Energy Park, Windlab, raised A$50 million through an initial public offer. Construction of the first 60 MW of the project is due to commence over the coming few months. [RenewEconomy]

Australian renewable energy (Image: Kennedy Energy Park)

¶ Taiwan recently suffered from a massive blackout that affected millions of households and businesses. Now the government of Taiwan says that it is reaching out to Tesla to consider a solution similar to the massive 100-MW/129-MWh battery system that South Australia ordered after they had their own power outage issues. [Electrek]

¶ Latin America has the world’s cleanest electricity, having long relied on dams to generate a large share of its energy needs, according to the World Bank. Even for Latin America, Chilean officials have an ambitious goal, saying the country is on track to rely on clean sources for 90% of its electricity needs by 2050, up from the current 45%. [The Seattle Times]

Vicuas and flamingos in northern Chile (Meridith Kohut | NYT)

¶ In the basement of a three-story house in a leafy neighborhood in Tokyo, about 40 lawyers crowded together, plotting against Japan’s massive nuclear power industry. The host was Harley-riding 73-year-old Hiroyuki Kawai, one of Japan’s most colorful litigators. The end game? To close all of the country’s 42 reactors for good. [Bloomberg]


¶ Members of the public have been invited to express their views on the proposed 20.7-MW Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie near Cleveland. The Ohio Power Siting Board said it will hold a public hearing on 8 November to gauge support. Last month, the board said the application is “in compliance and ready to be processed”. [reNews]

Icebreaker test project (LEEDCo image)

¶ Cummins Inc, based in Columbus Indiana, has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America to expand a wind farm. The expansion will add 75 MW, enough to power 20,000 average-size Indiana homes, to the existing 600-MW at the Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex in Chalmers, Indiana. [Seymour Tribune]

¶ In Minnesota, capped landfills have become hosts to solar PV installations. Of three recently built, two were established by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. They are being used to provide power for equipment set up at the sites to collect the methane gas and leachate produced by decomposing fill. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Solar panels at old landfill in Minnesota

¶ Nine facilities in Oceanside, California, will soon be powered by solar energy. Oceanside, which has 320 days per year of sunshine, has a 25-year agreement to buy generated electricity from PFMG Solar at a price below utility SDG&E’s rates. In return, the company will install and maintain the solar energy systems. [Coast News]

¶ Ameren Corp and S&C Electric Co conducted a successful 24-hour islanding test at a recently built microgrid in Champaign, Illinois. The 50-kW microgrid combines 225 kW of solar and wind generation with a 250-kW/500-kWh battery system. The test proved it can provide a seamless transition from grid-connected to island mode. [Solar Industry]

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