September 9 Energy News

September 9, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “How Hurricane Irma Became So Huge and Destructive” • As Hurricane Irma barrels dangerously toward Florida, scientists say that a perfect mix of meteorological conditions has conspired over the past week to make the storm unusually large and powerful. In a season expected to have powerful hurricanes, Irma stands out. [New York Times]

Hurricane Irma (NOAA photo)

¶ “Let’s Fund Disaster Relief – And Fight Climate Change – With A Tax On Carbon” • Texas, Louisiana, and Florida are in dire need of funds to haul debris, fix houses and schools, replace cars, and build better flood protection, after record-breaking storms. A carbon tax for disaster relief could accomplish multiple interlinked goals. [Forbes]

World:

¶ Norway is a place where the oil industry often seems to operate outside of the law and cultural norms. The most recent example of this is the plan by the government of Norway to force the taxpayers to pay the special fees accompanying offshore production in remote parts of the Arctic, rather than the state-run oil companies themselves. [CleanTechnica]

Fjord in Norway

¶ Finnish energy company Fortum and Swedish power company Skellefteå Kraft have inaugurated the 247.5-MW Blaiken wind farm in Sweden. The wind farm, which consists of 99 of 2.5-MW turbines can produce about 714 GWh of clean energy annually. That energy is enough for more than 161,000 Swedish homes. [CleanTechnology News]

¶ Germany will not even come close to achieving its 2020 carbon dioxide emissions reductions goals, according to a study from Agora Energiewende. Chancellor Angela Merkel has openly admitted that Germany will end up missing its 2020 climate goals, but the margin of the miss could be much greater than was previously thought. [CleanTechnica]

Bicycles in Berlin

¶ Central Delhi could soon be generating up to 20 MW of power on the rooftops. The Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, a union ministry of power venture, and the New Delhi Municipal Council signed a memorandum of understanding to install 65,000 solar modules on major buildings located in the areas under the civic body’s jurisdiction. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ The developers of the 140-MW Khobab wind farm in South Africa have completed turbine installation ahead of schedule. Installation of the 61 2.3-MW Siemens Gamesa hardware started in March and was completed on 8 September. The turbines stand 100 meters tall and have 53-meter blades. The Khobab wind farm was built by Lekela Power. [reNews]

Erecting a turbine at Khobab (Mainstream Renewable Energy)

¶ An unusual combination of wind and solar resources is set to make a small northwest Queensland town the epicenter of Australia’s renewable energy boom, with the first grid-connected baseload wind, solar, and battery project. Together, they will provide “near baseload power”, Kennedy Energy Park proponents say. [Townsville Bulletin]

US:

¶ A living-history museum depicting a rural New England town from the 1830s, is now powered by a 1.8-MW solar ground mount, owned and operated by Green Street Power Partners, LLC. The solar system will provide power at a discounted rate for 25 years to Old Sturbridge Village, which welcomes more than 250,000 visitors annually. [Broadway World]

Mill at Old Sturbridge Village (Keitei, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Washington State University announced that it will be the US lead of a consortium of nationwide universities and industry partners in a five-year joint research project with India. The $30 million project, announced in a university news release, aims at advancing the development of the power grid in both the US and India. [India West]

¶ New documents show that Connecticut-based Freepoint Solar has plans to develop three arrays, each capable of generating 20 MW of power, in Vernon, Shaftsbury, and Fair Haven, Vermont. Only one array of that size has been approved in Vermont at this point. Large photovoltaic projects have spurred debates about siting and transmission capacity. [vtdigger.org]

Power lines in Vermont (Photo: Josh Larkin | VTDigger)

¶ In June 2017, the New York Power Authority issued a Large Scale Renewables Request For Proposals for the procurement of 1 million MWh or more of power. This is to support developing the state’s power infrastructure and large-scale, cost-effective renewable projects. Hydro-Québec is submitting two options for consideration by NYPA. [Quebec Daily Examiner]

¶ Schneider Electric will work with Faith Technologies to deploy an advanced microgrid at the new environmental center at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve. The fully islandable microgrid will provide power to the nature preserve’s 18,000 square-foot environmental center and help meet resiliency and sustainability goals. [Electric Light & Power]

Rendering of the Environmental Center

¶ Minnesota added almost 2,900 clean energy jobs from 2015 to 2016, bringing its total to 57,351, according to a news release from Gov Mark Dayton’s office. The 5.3% growth meant clean energy jobs grew 3.8 times faster than overall jobs in the state, or about 2% of the state’s workforce, according to the group behind the annual study. [INFORUM]

¶ Florida governor Rick Scott, the utility Florida Power & Light, and the US NRC have all provided assurances that Florida’s nuclear plants will be able to withstand Hurricane Irma. But we are about to witness a giant experiment in the effectiveness of the NRC’s strategy for protecting nuclear plants from natural disasters. [All Things Nuclear]

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