October 28 Energy News

October 28, 2017

World:

¶ Spanish utility Iberdrola has completed the installation of 70 wind turbines at the 350-MW Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German area of the Baltic Sea. The wind farm is a flagship offshore wind project for Iberdrola, which committed €1.4 billion ($1.63 billion) to the project. It is off the coast of the German island of Rügen. [CleanTechnica]

Installing the nacelle of a wind turbine

¶ European solar industry association SolarPower Europe has published its latest market analysis for annual global solar power demand. It projects that the solar market demand will reach 100 GW for the first time ever this year. This is a 30% growth from solar demand levels of 2016, when 76.6 GW was connected to electricity grids. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration was signed by the mayors of twelve of the world’s largest, most economically important cities, paving the way for the cities in question to transition completely away from internal combustion engine vehicles and to create zero-emissions areas in their cities by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Boris Johnson’s cycle superhighway in London

¶ A paper published in the journal Environmental Research Letters confirms that significant sea level rise is inevitable, requiring humans to adapt rapidly. But the study reveals the majority of that much of the rise could be avoided if the world meets the commitment made in Paris to keep global warming to “well below 2°C.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ German company Max Bogl is claiming to have the world’s tallest wind turbine, sited near Stuttgart. The Gaildorf complex, which features pumped storage hydro technology, has a GE 3.4-MW machine with a 178-meter hub height sitting atop a 40-meter water reservoir. The total height of the system is 246.5 meters (809 feet). [reNews]

Max Bogl wind turbine installation (Max Bogl image)

¶ Belgian developers InControl and Otary have reached agreement with government ministers over offshore wind supports, clearing the way for construction of three projects totaling 770 MW. The wind farms will receive €79 per MWh (9.17¢/kWh) for roughly 16 years, said the government, saving some €3.9 billion over their lifetimes. [reNews]

¶ Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation is scheduled to reduce its energy use by half in early 2019. It constitutes 14% of the country’s total energy consumption, according to officials. Under the 10-million-dollar project, the pumps and electric equipment at the stations will be replaced with energy-efficient systems. [ZAWYA]

Distributing water in a refugee camp (Ammar Awad | Reuters)

¶ South Africa can not afford a major nuclear program for lack of money, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said, as concerns mounted over the country’s pursuit of nuclear energy. A major nuclear program would be out of the question for at least the next five years, he told a gathering of business people and journalists in Cape Town. [Coastweek]

US:

¶ In a state that still gets nearly 80% of its electricity from coal, the city of St Louis is charting a course to use entirely clean energy by 2035. The city Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution calling for promoting greater energy efficiency measures and transitioning to wind and solar energy, for 100% carbon-free energy. [STLtoday.com]

St Louis (Photo: Becherka, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Help from Vermont is going to Puerto Rico. Joseph Mangum, of Sunnyside Solar in West Brattleboro, is heading to Puerto Rico with five solar systems for towns in the island’s interior. The systems were partly paid for by the first $5,000 of a $20,000 gofundme campaign. He is also taking food, water purification systems, and seeds. [Green Energy Times]

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

¶ More than 200,000 black glass panels stretch across former farmland in southern Fauquier County, Virginia. The $46 million development stands on 125 acres that Dominion owns east of Remington. Because Dominion owned the property and transmission lines near Remington, it proved to be the perfect spot. [Fauquier Now]

Dominion solar farm (Dominion image)

¶ On Monday and Tuesday, the wind blew hard enough for wind turbines to meet all of the electricity needs of MidAmerican’s customers in Iowa, a spokesperson said. MidAmerican’s goal is to produce 100% of its power with renewable resources, and it has been investing in windpower. There are 670,000 MidAmerican electric customers in Iowa. [KCCI Des Moines]

¶ The Trump administration may try to prop up coal companies at the expense of renewable energy, but it faces increasing headwinds from market forces. Data from the Bureau of Labor statistics shows that jobs in solar and wind are projected to grow fastest over the coming decade. Demand is expected to double for some renewable industry jobs. [CBS News]

Wind turbine technician (Photo: energy.gov | flickr)

¶ New York Gov Andrew M Cuomo announced that NY Green Bank seeks to raise at least an additional $1 billion in private sector funds to expand financing availability for clean energy projects. These additional funds to be raised will enable NY Green Bank to deliver even greater environmental and cost benefits to New Yorkers. [LongIsland.com]

¶ A bill that would allow the Millstone Nuclear Station to compete in a program that was intended to foster Connecticut’s young solar and wind-power industries has been passed by both houses of the state’s legislature. A number of consumer groups and environmental activists are asking Gov Dannel P Malloy to veto it. [CT Post]

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