October 27 Energy News

October 27, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Fortune 500’s, traditional utilities: Everyone is buying wind power” • Our research team ran the numbers, and the wind industry’s third quarter results paint a clear picture: wind power is in high demand across all sectors of the electricity market. American Electric Power’s Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma is just one example. [HuffPost]

Power County Wind Farm in Idaho

¶ “Joyce out, Canavan in, Roberts out – What High Court ruling means for climate, renewables” • Australia’s deputy prime minister and leader of the National Party, Barnaby Joyce, is headed for a by-election, after the High Court ruled him ineligible to hold his seat due to dual citizenship. He is just one of the climate deniers affected. [RenewEconomy]

World:

¶ Siemens Gamesa is to supply turbines totalling 281 MW to the Nordlicht wind farm in Norway. The order is for supply and installation of 67 SWT-DD-130 4.2-MW machines – 47 on the Kvitfjell mountain and 21 on the Raudfjell mountain near Tromsø. Asset manager Prime Capital will manage the wind farm on behalf of project investors. [reNews]

Nordlicht – northern lights (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ Solar Energy Corporation of India issued a tender on behalf of Coal India Limited, the largest coal mining company in the world, for setting up two solar power projects of 100 MW capacity each at a planned solar power park in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The solar power park will have an eventual installed capacity of 500 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A self-driving minibus, EZ10, is now in operation in Bad Birnbach, Lower Bavaria. It can carry six people on a route between the town center and the rail station. This is not a pilot project – that was implemented in the spring. And the bus is not acting as a lone wolf, but is actually part of the Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) network. [CleanTechnica]

EazyMile EZ10

¶ Working in conjunction with ClimateWorks Foundation, Bloomberg New Energy Finance has published the China Renewable Curtailment and Coal Stranded Assets Risk Map which aims “to cast light on the issues central regulators will have to weigh up as they steer the power system through fundamental restructuring.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ German power producers are poised to pay customers to use electricity this weekend. Wind generation is forecast to climb to a record on Sunday, possibly driving electricity prices below zero, broker data compiled by Bloomberg show. It would be the first time this year that the average price for a whole day is negative. [The Independent]

Wind turbines in action (Bloomberg image)

US:

¶ The “We Are Still In” coalition of US non-federal leaders set up immediately after of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the country out of the Paris Climate Agreement has committed to send delegations to COP23, the next round of UN Climate talks to be held in Bonn, Germany, next month, spurning their President’s decision. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Organic Valley, America’s largest organic farmer co-operative, will be one of the largest food companies in the world to use 100% renewable electricity. It is working with the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group and OneEnergy Renewables in solar community partnership, with over 12 MW of solar installations in Wisconsin. [Co-operative News]

Organic Valley office building (PRNewsfoto | Organic Valley)

¶ DOE secretary Rick Perry’s pro-coal market intervention would cost taxpayers as much as $10.6 billion a year over the next decade, according to a joint analysis by the non-partisan groups Climate Policy Initiative and Energy Innovation. Just a handful of companies, operating about 90 plants in the East and Midwest, would benefit. [The Guardian]

¶ Kansas City Airport became the first airport to integrate fully electric buses for passenger service as it took delivery of four BYD 30 foot electric coaches. The four buses will be parking lot shuttles, carrying passengers between airport terminals and parking lots. The airport shuttles were custom built for service in the airport by BYD. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric bus at KCI

¶ NextEra Energy, whose holdings include Seabrook Nuclear Station, has hopes of making money on the largest proposed solar site in New Hampshire, but several other sites are in the works. Combined, the projects proposed in New Hampshire total 210 MW of capacity, triple the state’s solar capacity in 2016. [New Hampshire Business Review]

¶ The American Wind Energy Association has published “The US Wind Industry Third Quarter 2017 Market Report.” Almost 30 GW of new wind projects were under construction or in advancement development in the US at the end of the third quarter of 2017, up 27% on the same period last year, according to the AWEA study. [reNews]

Farm in a wind farm

¶ After extended debate, Vermont lawmakers imposed new statewide limits on wind power that are meant to prevent sound from disturbing neighbors’ health and sleep. Some renewable energy advocates claim the restrictions will effectively stop the construction of large wind projects, which deliver the lowest cost energy in the area. [BurlingtonFreePress.com]

¶ Connecticut lawmakers gave final legislative approval to a bill that could change the rules for how the Millstone Nuclear Power Station sells electricity. The House voted 75-66 for the bill, which allows state regulators to determine whether the power should be sold on the clean energy market like renewable power. [WTNH Connecticut News]

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