November 11 Energy News

November 11, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “We Already Know Which Grid Fixes Can Keep Lights On During Bad Storms. Here Are 3.” • Restoring electricity after the fires in California or Hurricane Irma in Florida took about 10 days. And 70% of Puerto Ricans still lack power six weeks after Hurricane Maria. But there are solutions available on the market today. [Breaking Energy]

Wreckage after a hurricane

Joseph Mangum, of Sunnyside Solar, is helping people in Puerto Rico. How can you help the people of Puerto Rico? One way is to donate at [Sunnyside Solar’s crowdfunding website].

Science and Technology:

¶ Researchers at Sandia National Labs have figured out how to downsize concentrating solar power facilities so that they are economically viable without taking up as much space as more traditional solar panel arrays. The objective of the research was to create small-scale CSP facilities of 1 MW or less to be used by small rural communities. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ Dutch group NERO Renewables wants to build three wind parks, with a total installed capacity of 1 GW, in Romania. They proposed that the Dutch Government adopt the project so the Netherlands can reach its renewable energy target for 2020. The project’s cost is estimated at €1.4 billion, according to a local site, Profit.ro. [Romania-Insider.com]

Romanian wind park

¶ The German government faces the prospect of not meeting its 2020 carbon emission reduction goal. It is considering investing in carbon reduction abroad, to compensate. The government could pay other countries to cut emissions so it can meet future targets and avoid building new coal-fired power plants. [Power Engineering International]

¶ The China National Renewable Energy Center advises the Chinese government to increase its 2020 solar target to 200 GW, up from its current 110 GW. The boom of installations saw the country pass its existing 2020 target last August. CNREC also advises increasing to wind and bioenergy targets and halting approvals of coal power capacity. [PV-Tech]

Chinese solar farm (Credit: Panda Green Energy)

¶ As the world gathers in Bonn for COP23, a professor from The University of Manchester’s School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, outlined why he thinks offshore wind could be a boom industry for the UK. The UK gets around 5% of its electric power from offshore wind and generates more than any other country in the world. [Phys.Org]

¶ UK solar developer Hive Energy announced plans to develop a 350-MW solar park in Kent without any government subsidies. The proposed power project would located on the north coast of the county. The project would constitute the UK’s largest solar farm to date, by far, able to supply enough electricity for 110,000 households. [Climate Action Programme]

Small olar system

¶ Although China and India remain the largest consumers of coal, a new University of Maryland-led study found that China’s sulfur dioxide emissions have fallen by 75% since 2007, while India’s emissions increased by 50%. The results suggest that India is becoming the world’s top sulfur dioxide emitter, if it is not already. [Scoop.co.nz]

US:

¶ Officials of Dairyland Power inaugurated a $167 million wind farm in the southwestern part of Wisconsin. The 98-MW Quilt Block project, with 49 turbines, is the state’s fourth largest wind farm and boosts the Wisconsin’s wind capacity by 15%. It is expected to provide enough energy for over 35,000 average households. [The Courier Life News]

Wisconsin farmland (Dairyland Power Cooperative image)

¶ Practically the entire island of Puerto Rico went dark again after a major power line repaired by Whitefish Energy failed. Even though that the failure may have had nothing to do with Whitefish’s work, it is still a demonstration that microgrids and renewable energy are the way to go for grid resiliency and reliability. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Despite the US decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords and uncertainty around other government initiatives, utilities and consumers are driving a transformation of the energy system. The political uncertainty created by federal government has not stopped increased investments in green and renewable energy. [Electric Light & Power]

Storage for solar power

¶ Senate Republicans have put forward their own tax reform plan this week which, unlike the tax reform bill proposed by the House, does not take aim at renewable energy provisions such as the wind Production Tax Credit. The House plan proposed eliminating the vehicle tax credit and added a retroactive tax hike on the wind industry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Con Edison Development, one of the largest owners and operators of renewable energy infrastructure projects in the US, announced the acquisition of Big Timber Wind, a 25-MW wind power project that will provide Montana residents with low-cost electricity. Big Timber Wind is expected to come online in the upcoming weeks. [Electric Light & Power]

Wind farm in the mountains

¶ Years of delays and billions of cost overruns at Plant Vogtle cannot be blamed on any mistakes made by Georgia Power, the company’s CEO said in an interview. He told reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that other factors were to blame, including bankruptcy of the main contractor and requirements imposed by the NRC. [MyAJC]

¶ The South Carolina House speaker is proposing six laws aimed at protecting consumers from financial consequences of a failed project to build two nuclear reactors. South Carolina utilities spent more than $9 billion on two nuclear reactors before abandoning them. They had collected nearly $2 billion from ratepayers as they did. [New Jersey Herald]

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