December 13 Energy News

December 13, 2017


¶ “A Hand Writing on the Wall for Natural Gas” • September of 2016 was the last month in which US natural gas generation exceeded what it had been for the same month of the previous year. Since September 2016, every single month has seen a decline for electricity generation from natural gas, which has dropped 10% overall. [CleanTechnica]

Belshazzar’s Feast (Rembrandt, 1635)


¶ A day before French Presidents Emmanuel Macron’s One Planet Summit launches, two French multinationals, Schneider Electric and EDF Group, signed up to The Climate Group’s corporate leadership campaigns RE100, EP100, and EV100, sending a strong signal that businesses are stepping up to fight climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Nepal’s largest wind-solar hybrid power system was installed at a village of 85 families in the Sindhuli district. The system has 20 kW of wind turbines and 15 kW of solar PV panels. The system produces 110 kWh of electric energy per day. This will easily meet the electricity demand of 87 kWh per day of the village. [Himalayan Times]

Largest wind-solar hybrid power system in Nepal (Photo: THT)

¶ Vestas secured an order for 54 MW of turbines from BKW Energie for a wind farm at Marker in Norway. The contract covers the supply, installation and commissioning of 15 V136-3.6MW machines. Delivery is expected to start in the third quarter of 2018. BKW Energie also owns a stake in the 1-GW Fosen Vind project. [reNews]

¶ The world is quickly abandoning coal. But that’s not the end of the road for coal mines. In many countries they’re coming back to life as solar farms. The world’s biggest floating solar project began operating in the eastern Chinese city of Huainan, which accounted for nearly 20% of the country’s coal reserves in a 2008 estimate. [Quartz]

World’s biggest floating solar project

¶ A Japanese high court for the first time has banned operations at a nuclear power plant. The high court concluded there was a chance the Ikata plant could be affected by a pyroclastic flow from Mount Aso if an eruption occurred similar in scale to a massive one 90,000 years ago on the southern island of Kyushu. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶ Thai renewables developer Wind Energy Holdings Co Ltd raised $1.1 billion to finance five new onshore wind farms in what may be Southeast Asia’s biggest wind energy project yet. Located in Thailand’s northeastern provinces, the wind farms will add up to 450 MW of energy to the grid on completion, slated for early 2019. []

Chaiyaphum Wind Farm (Image: © Asian Development Bank)


¶ In what amounts to the largest order yet for the Tesla Semi Truck, PepsiCo has placed a pre-order for 100 units. The order is twice as exactly large as the previous largest order, in which Sysco ordered 50 units. The number of reservations taken to date, according to a tally that Reuters is maintaining, is now at least 276. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Chautauqua County, New York, has deployed its first all-electric terminal truck at the North County Transfer Station in Fredonia, as it works to meet goals of the its Comprehensive Plan. Chautauqua County is the first county government in the US to deploy an all-electric Class 8 truck in its commercial fleet operations. [CleanTechnica]

Orange EV T-Series truck

¶ Duke Energy Florida customers are now benefiting from an additional 8.8 MW of solar, a carbon-free renewable resource in the Sunshine State. The company’s newest solar power plant contains nearly 44,000 solar panels on 70 acres in Suwannee County. The facility is in Live Oak, Florida, near the existing Suwannee power plant. [Solar Power World]

¶ Solar is becoming an increasingly important part of the US electric mix, and the most recentt data from the DOE’s Energy Information Administration shows that the solar leaders are still Western states. During the first nine months of 2017, Hawaii and Nevada joined California among the states that get more than 10% of their power from solar. [pv magazine USA]

Wind, solar, sun, and clouds (Pixabay image)

¶ New York Gov Andrew Cuomo and Puerto Rico Gov Ricardo Rosselló are calling for a new, modern electrical system for Puerto Rico following devastation and widespread outages caused by Hurricane Maria. Cuomo has created a working group to assist the island on its electrical repairs, which proposed a significant overhaul of the system. [WGRZ-TV]

¶ NextEra Energy Resources and American Electric Power marked the official commissioning of the 120-MW Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in Indiana. The $200 million project features 57 GE wind turbines, and will provide electric power to Appalachian Power customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Wind farm

¶ Appalachian Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, announced its first solar PV generation project will be built in Rustburg, Virginia. The 15-MW Depot Solar Center will be built and operated by Coronal Energy, a provider of renewable energy with a large portfolio of existing US solar and battery storage projects. [Solar Power World]

¶ Hawaii was the first state in the nation to commit to a 100% renewable transportation future. Now Hawaii’s four mayors have come together to sign proclamations committing to an all renewable transportation system by 2045. And three county governments pledged to transition all fleet vehicles to 100% renewable power by 2035. [KITV Honolulu]

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