Archive for September 27th, 2017

September 27 Energy News

September 27, 2017

Science and Technology:

¶ In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers at Columbia University find that US lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 GW of power, nearly 70% of what the US currently produces. The researchers’ calculations are outlined in the September issue of the journal Nature Communications. [Eurasia Review]

Reservoir in Arizona (Photo: Central Arizona Project)

World:

¶ Research from Lappeenranta University of Technology, in Finland, concluded that developing countries with abundant renewable energy resources are in a position to bypass reliance on fossil fuels to increase living standards. India can transition to a fully 100% renewable energy system by 2050 while improving quality of life. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Record hurricanes and rains have struck throughout the world, bringing chaos to many places. There are many indications that more storms and persistent rainfall events are coming with climate change. But more accurate data, supercomputer modelling, and machine learning are giving us a clearer picture of which areas are likely to be most affected. [BBC]

Launch of a Japanese weather satellite (Getty Images)

¶ Siemens Gamesa is to develop a 78.8-MW wind-solar hybrid project in the Indian state of Karnataka. The company will provide a turnkey solution to connect a 28.8-MW solar project to an existing 50-MW wind farm. The project, which will be the first large-scale solar-wind hybrid scheme in India, is scheduled to be running by the end of 2017. [reNews]

¶ The star of The Thick Of It and Doctor Who said offshore wind “may just save the planet” as he helped unveil a campaign advertising the fall of offshore wind prices. Central London’s Westminster Tube station has been taken over with posters for the campaign, as companies and environmental groups joined in support of offshore wind power. [Energy Voice]

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who (Photo: Simon Ridgway, ©BBC)

¶ British renewable energy developer Anesco has officially unveiled the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm. Located in the southern English county of Bedfordshire, the 10-MW Clayhill solar farm is the UK’s first ground-mounted installation to operate without any form of government support. Notably, it has a 6-MW battery unit onsite. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Ormat Technologies, Inc announced that its 35-MW Platanares geothermal project in Honduras is in commercial operation. The Platanares project will be selling its power under a 30-year power purchase agreement with the national utility of Honduras, ENEE. Its annual revenue is expected to be approximately $33 million. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Ormat geothermal plant in New Zealand (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ AGL has stuck to its decision to close the Liddell coal-fired power station, despite government pressure. Speaking at its annual general meeting, chairman Jerry Maycock and chief executive Andy Vesey outlined the company’s rapid turnaround in finance and ongoing commitment to the closing the Liddell plant. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ Wales set a target to get 70% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030. The goal includes plans for 1 GW of renewable energy capacity in Wales to be locally-owned by 2030 and that by 2020 new renewables projects will have “at least an element of local ownership.” Wales got 32% of its electricity from clean power sources last year. [reNews]

Pen Y Cymoedd wind farm (Vattenfall image)

US:

¶ New York has received over 200 large-scale renewable energy proposals totaling 13 GW in response to two requests for proposals to help meet its goal of getting 50% of the state’s electricity demands from clean power sources by 2030. The state expects to invest up to $1.5 billion in new clean energy projects through the two RFPs. [reNews]

¶ Georgia has leapt into the PV gigawatt club, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Georgia now has 1,500 MW installed. More is expected, because Georgia Power has enacted its Commercial and Industrial Renewable Energy Development Initiative, which calls for 1,200 MW of renewable energy systems to be installed by 2021. [pv magazine USA]

Solar system in Atlanta

¶ Ameren Missouri’s 20-year Integrated Resource Plan calls for significant cuts to the utility’s coal-fired generation, increased investment in renewables, and grid modernization that will allow the electric system to be used in new ways. Ameren Missouri is among the few utilities with an IRP that includes dramatic carbon reduction goals. [Utility Dive]

¶ Xcel Energy has plans to add more wind power in its Texas-New Mexico service area. They would boost wind to about 40% of the region’s electricity supply by 2021 and begin reducing fuel costs on customer bills. Other companies across the nation are following Xcel Energy’s lead because of the falling capital costs of renewables. [EverythingLubbock.com]

Wind turbines in Texas (Photo: Leaflet, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ According to the Greenfield, Massachusetts, mayor’s office, residents and businesses enrolled in the Greenfield Light and Power program have saved a total of $208,000 in the first half of 2017, and municipal electricity accounts have saved $35,000. It is noteworthy that the savings all come while customers are using 100% “green” electricity. [Recorder]

¶ The South Carolina attorney general’s office declared  that a 2007 state law that allowed utility giant SCANA to hike electricity customers’ rates to pay for a bungled $14 billion, now-defunct nuclear power project is “constitutionally suspect.” He said Power company ratepayers have “paid billions of dollars and got absolutely nothing.” [The State]

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