August 30 Energy News

August 30, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Conservative groups shrug off link between tropical storm Harvey and climate change” • Conservative groups with close links to the Trump administration have sought to ridicule the link between climate change and storm events, amid warnings from scientists that storms are being exacerbated by warming temperatures. [The Guardian]

Rescuing residents (Zachary West | Zuma | Avalon.red)

¶ “New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape” • Abengoa announced completion of Xina Solar One, its latest concentrated solar power plant in South Africa. A representative from the company said the project supplies clean electricity to 95,000 households. But utility Eskom refuses to sign power a producer agreement. [Daily Maverick]

World:

¶ Sweden recently announced that tax for renewable energy power generators over 255 kW would be reduced by 98%, and architects are innovating in response. Linköping apartment complex, located in Sweden’s Vallastaden district, generates more energy than it uses, thanks to a large roof-mounted photovoltaic array. [Interesting Engineering]

Linköping building (Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture)

¶ Scientists from Germany and the US determined that rising temperatures due to climate change will have a dramatic impact on Europe’s electricity consumption patterns, putting strain on European power grids. Importantly, the report foresees a shift of annual peak demand from winter to summer in many countries by the end of this century. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Renault electric vehicles are providing second-life batteries for energy storage in Europe. Using them, Groupe Renault has installed two quick charging stations in Belgium and Germany with partner, UK-based Connected Energy. It’s the starting point of installing the E-STOR energy storage technology on highways in Europe. [Hybrid Cars News]

Renault charging

¶ Spanish renewable energy company Abengoa announced that it has connected to the grid the first 62 MW of PV generating capacity at the Cerro Dominador solar complex in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. It is comprised of a 100-MW PV plant, along with Latin America’s first solar thermal plant of 110 MW capacity. [pv magazine]

¶ S&C Electric Canada and North Bay Hydro will install a microgrid at North Bay Community Energy Park in Ontario. S&C Electric will provide engineering, procurement, and contract management services for the automated microgrid. It will have solar panels, battery energy storage, and a GridMaster control system. [Power Technology]

Microgrid testing (Photo: Idaho National Laboratory | Flickr)

¶ China has reached its 2020 solar power target three years ahead of schedule. New figures published by solar industry firm Asia Europe Clean Energy Advisory revealed that China has already exceeded its 2020 target of 105 GW of installed solar capacity, after new builds in June and July pushed it up beyond 112 GW. [EURACTIV]

US:

¶ The Port of Long Beach in California has greatly reduced local air pollution levels, the most recent annual Emissions Inventory revealed. Compared to 2005 levels, it has reduced local diesel particulate matter air pollution by 88%, and nitrogen oxide air pollution by 56%. Local greenhouse gas emissions were also reduced by 22%. [CleanTechnica]

Port of Long Beach

¶ American Electric Power, Ohio Public Utilities Commission staff, the Sierra Club, and other stakeholders have reached a settlement agreement. Under its terms, AEP Ohio is to develop 900 MW of renewable energy, initiate an electric vehicle program, and protect consumers from monthly fixed-fee rate increases. [North American Windpower]

¶ In Florida, Duke Energy will build nine or more solar plants and delete a controversial nuclear charge from customer bills, according to a widely lauded plan. The utility has 1.8 million customers in 35 counties, but it has lagged behind other major utilities in solar energy, and it had drawn criticism for a pair of nuclear disappointments. [Orlando Sentinel]

Duke Energy Solar Plant (Russell Aerial Photography)

¶ Xcel Energy is asking the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to approve a plan that it hopes could lead to $2.5 billion in clean energy investments across the state. The plan, which has the support of 14 other groups, calls for shuttering two of its coal-fired power plants in Pueblo a decade earlier than planned. [Grand Junction Daily Sentinel]

¶ Amazon  unveiled what the company says is the largest rooftop solar panel energy system in New Jersey on the 30-acre roof of its Carteret warehouse. The 22,000-solar-panel system will power the facility. The company said it is one of the country’s largest rooftop solar panel systems and it generates enough electricity to power 600 homes. [NJ.com]

Amazon array (Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

¶ First Energy, a utility in West Virginia, wants its ratepayers to bail out a struggling coal-fired power plant. The Pleasants power plant, owned by an Ohio subsidiary, is failing to compete against less expensive sources. West Virginia’s utilities are regulated, and an ownership transfer to that state could help guarantee a positive rate of return. [Record Delta]

¶ The Kayenta Solar Facility, near the famed sandstone buttes of Monument Valley, is now producing electricity for the Navajo Nation. It generates enough electricity to power about 13,000 Navajo homes. This comes at a time when the tribe is bracing for the loss of hundreds of jobs as a nearby coal-fired power plant will close. [AZCentral.com]

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