November 28 Energy News

November 28, 2017

Science and Technology:

¶ New analysis from The Nature Conservancy, WRI and others estimates that stopping deforestation, restoring forests and improving forestry practices could cost-effectively remove 7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, or as much as eliminating 1.5 billion cars – more than all of the cars in the world today! [CleanTechnica]

Restored forest in Costa Rica (Photo: Aaron Minnick | WRI)

World:

¶ China’s National Development and Reform Commission said local Chinese authorities should “seriously deal with” coal-fired captive power plants that fail to meet power efficiency, safety and environmental standards. Captive power plants are typically built by large industrial enterprises to secure their own supplies of cheap power. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is to supply 260 MW of turbines to an unnamed local developer for the Hanuman wind complex in northeast Thailand. Siemens Gamesa will supply and commission 103 G126-2.5-MW machines, which will have 153-meter towers and 62-meter blades. Delivery is scheduled for May of 2018. [reNews]

Gamesa wind farm (Siemens-Gamesa image)

¶ India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has released details of the largest wind energy tender ever in the country. The Ministry is likely to launch the tender for 2000 MW of wind energy capacity soon. This is part of an ambitious Ministry program that would see 60 GW of installed wind energy capacity by March 2022. [CleanTechnica]

¶ In Australia, the Northern Territory’s energy market will undergo a massive transformation as the Gunner Government tries to reach a 50% renewable energy target by 2030. The target was a key election promise by the Labor Government. This year only 4% of the territory’s energy generation came from solar power. [ABC Online]

Solar power in Australia’s Northern Territory (ABC file photo)

¶ The first turbines in a wind farm off the Sussex coast is now spinning and generating power. Rampion offshore wind farm saw the first of its 116 turbines put online on November 26. The wind farm will be fully operational next year. It will then generate enough electricity to supply around half the homes in Sussex. [Worthing Herald]

¶ Global drinks company Carlsberg group announced that its brewery in Falkenberg, Sweden, now runs on zero carbon emissions. As part of the Carlsberg’s ‘Zero Carbon Footprint’ sustainability program, its Swedish subsidiary Carlsberg Sverige changed the Falkenberg brewery’s power supply fully to biogas and green electricity. [ESM]

Carlsberg brewery (Carlsberg image)

¶ Denmark is on track to meet its ambitious goal of becoming a low carbon economy, independent of fossil fuels, by 2050. That’s according to the International Energy Agency, which suggests the nation is also powering towards its 2030 target to generate at least half of the country’s total energy consumption through renewables. [Energy Live News]

¶ The Solar Energy Corporation of India has signed power sale agreements for 1 GW of wind projects tendered in the country’s second wind power auction. The tender was conducted by SECI on behalf of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and attracted record-breaking low bids of just ₹2.64/kWh (4.1¢/kWh, €0.034/kWh). [Renewables Now]

Wind park in India (Image: Regien Paassen | Shutterstock.com)

¶ West Africa’s biggest solar power plant is going online as Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest countries, inaugurates a novel scheme to boost renewables and cut energy dependence. The 135-acre plant near of the capital Ouagadougou will be able to churn out 33 MW, enough to power tens of thousands of homes. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ A mere 100 meters from the wrecked nuclear reactor at Chernoby, a 1-MW, $1.2 million solar installation is to be commissioned next month, according to Bloomberg. The Ukrainian government was eager to get solar projects on the radioactive land, and Ukrainian engineering firm Rodina Energy Group is an early arrival. [Ars Technica]

Land near the Chernobyl plant (Photo: Sean Gallup | Getty Images)

US:

¶ Results of a poll conducted by the Yale Program On Climate Change Communication and the Center For Climate Change Communication at George Mason University showed increased awareness of climate change and an elevated level of concern for the future among Americans. They are quickly growing more concerned with the issue. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved the new avoided cost formula Consumers Energy Co must use to buy power under the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act. It is the first update in nearly 30 years. Renewables advocates said the new rates will make Michigan more attractive for clean energy investment. [Utility Dive]

Wind farm (Image: Flickr | Nic McPhee)

¶ The University of Hawaii and Hawaiian Electric Companies announced that they signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a green tariff program. It will be based on a competitive solicitation so the university can buy power from renewable energy projects to meet its goal of getting all of its power from renewables by 2035. [pv magazine USA]

¶ Empire State Connector Corp started an open solicitation process for interested parties to reserve space on a new 265-mile, 1-GW transmission line, which will carry power from upstate New York renewable generators to New York City. The electricity will be transmitted through two submarine cables in the Erie Canal and the Hudson River. [reNews]

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