October 26 Energy News

October 26, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Donald Trump, Bird Killer” • He campaigned as a guardian of birds against windpower. His secretary of the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke, recently noted renewable energy’s risks to birds in arguing against using public lands for solar power. Now, his administration is pushing policies that could send billions of birds to their deaths. [New Republic]

Victim of obsolete technology (Historical Picture Archive | Getty)

¶ “Game 1 of the World Series breaks heat record” • In a year of catastrophic hurricanes and devastating wildfires, the heat wave in Southern California this week is another urgent reminder that climate change is already here. Evening temperatures at Dodger Stadium reached 103° F. The average October high in Los Angeles is 75° F.  [ThinkProgress]

Science and Technology:

¶ New research suggests that the oceans hundreds of millions of years ago were much cooler than we thought. If this is correct, it means that the global warming we are currently undergoing is unparalleled within the last 100 million years and far worse than we had previously calculated. The research was published in Nature Communications. [The Independent]

Arctic ice (Getty Images | iStockphoto)

World:

¶ An unwritten UK Government promise of “no subsidies” for onshore wind could end up costing more than £1 billion over the next four to five years relative to other technologies. A report from the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit outlines reasons why the UK Government may want to revisit its policy on onshore wind installations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Singapore is to trial two types of utility-scale battery energy storage, lithium-ion and redox flow battery storage systems. As part of an $18.3 million project, contracts have been awarded install and test a total of 4.4 MWh of storage. Singapore’s tests support a goal of having 1 GW of solar power installed beyond 2020. [Power Engineering International]

Singapore

¶ South Korea’s energy ministry said it will resume the suspended construction of two new nuclear reactors but has shelved plans to build six more reactors, Reuters reported. Work on the two reactors was halted after President Moon Jae-in came to power in May on a platform calling for scaling back nuclear power. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ The 37 MW of power Microsoft will get from GE’s Tullahennal wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland, will bring the renewable energy the company uses worldwide to a total of 600 MW. But it will also be used to help Microsoft understand how much energy storage it needs to fully run on its hyper-scale cloud on 100% renewable energy. [Data Center Knowledge]

Partially constructed wind turbines (Getty image)

US:

¶ With Amazon Wind Farm Texas, Amazon has launched 18 wind and solar projects across the US, with over 35 more to come. Together, these projects will generate enough clean energy to power over 330,000 homes annually. These projects also support hundreds of jobs in local communities across the country. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ More than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s aging electric grid, 80% of people on the island are still without power. Most are also without access to clean water. Two of the world leaders in solar power and microgrids – Tesla and sonnen – are making heroic efforts to provide power to hospitals and other critical facilities. [CleanTechnica]

Solar system for a Tesla microgrid in Puerto Rico

How can I help the people of Puerto Rico? One way is
to donate at [Sunnyside Solar’s crowdfunding website].

¶ Illinois state legislature enacted the Future Energy Jobs Act. This policy updates the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires increased energy production from renewable sources. Illinois now has about 80 MW of solar installed, but the new RPS means that solar installations will increase to 2,700 MW by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ MHI Vestas Offshore Wind signed an agreement with Clemson University in South Carolina to test the world’s most powerful wind turbine, with a capacity of 9.5-MW, helping to elevate the US as one of the world’s leading testing and research locations for offshore wind. The university has a state-of-the-art 15-MW test bench. [CleanTechnica]

Clemson’s test bed (Credit: Clemson University Relations)

¶ At the Minds + Machines Industrial Internet conference, GE announced a wide-ranging software and professional services agreement with the New York State Power Authority to advance NYPA’s goal to be the world’s first fully digital utility. NYPA’s goal is to use digital solutions to optimize its entire electricity value network. [Digital Journal]

¶ SunPower has announced that it has been chosen by AES Distributed Energy to supply its modular Oasis power blocks for the largest solar and battery storage project to date not only in Kaua’i, but in Hawaii. The 28-MW PV plant will be accompanied by 20 MW of batteries, with a five-hour duration, for a 100 MWh rating. [pv magazine International]

Kaua’i (Photo: MariaMichelle | Pixabay)

¶ The EPA’s Edison, New Jersey, campus has installed 4,788 PV panels, which will generate enough electricity to power 45% of the campus’ electrical demand based on annual consumption. This project was contracted through the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, which provides comprehensive energy solutions. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ Akamai, a midsize American cloud-delivery-platform company, signed a virtual power purchase agreement with the Seymour Hills wind farm, a Texas project of Infinity Renewables. The PPA is for 7 MW of the project’s total 80 MW capacity, sufficient to cover the electricity load of Akamai’s entire network in Texas for 20 years. [GreenBiz]

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