December 15 Energy News

December 15, 2017

Science and Technology:

¶ Data processing machines often have algorithms judging whether data is sufficiently outside the normal range that it will contaminate a study. Because of climate change, a weather recording site in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, rejected all of the data it received for the entire month of November because it was made up of nothing but outliers. [CNN]

Retreating glacier in Greenland (Mario Tama | Getty Images)

World:

¶ Battery storage and smart technologies are to be rolled out to homes in the Irish town of Dingle as part of a new trial to test their potential for a virtual power plant on the Irish electricity grid.  Twenty homes will be selected to take part in the €1.12 million ($1.32 million) StoreNet project, which will last up to two years. [Energy Storage News]

¶ The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy in India chosen the district of Anantapur in the state of Andhra Pradesh for a solar-wind hybrid project that will be the world’s largest. The mega project will have a capacity of 160 MW and will cover 1000 acres. The project is expected to entail an investment of approximately ₹1000 crores ($155 million). [CleanTechnica]

Indian solar array

¶ Hungary will relax rules on the construction of small solar power plants and subsidize loans to landowners as part of efforts to promote renewable energy, a government official said. Over half of Hungary’s electricity comes from its sole nuclear power plant, and 29% of its electricity is imported. The government wants to change this. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ Between January 2014 and September 2017, big banks provided $630 billion in financing to the 120 top coal plant developers studies say. And major institutional investors, many of which are members of groups that warn about investing in companies whose products cause climate change, have put $140 billion into the same companies. [CleanTechnica]

Coal trains

¶ Dozens of Australian businesses are actively seeking alternative ways to source energy that is much cheaper and cleaner than what they are currently getting from the grid, a new report from a major Australian bank has claimed. This includes power purchase agreements for the procurement of renewable energy generation. [RenewEconomy]

¶ A report published by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that UK onshore windpower showed a 50% increase in energy generation between 2016 and 2017. The 2.0 TWh increase is due to increased windpower capacity, the most significant increase of all renewable technologies, over the time period. [Energy Voice]

Drone Hill wind farm in the Scottish Borders

¶ The Clean Energy Finance Corporation reached 1 GW of big solar investment in Australia, after committing $207 million to two new projects being developed in Victoria and Queensland. The CEFC announced investments in the 110-MW Wemen Sun Farm in Victoria, and the 90-MW Clermont Solar Farm in Queensland. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Boskalis’ Asian Hercules 3 giant floating crane has arrived in its port in Peterhead ahead of foundation installation at Vattenfall’s 92.4-MW Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland. The 25,000-tonne crane will be used to transport and install the 77-metre-high, 1800-tonne steel suction bucket jacket foundations. [reNews]

Asian Hercules 3 (EOWDC image)

¶ The former energy secretary who signed off on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant has told Unearthed he doubts the project will ever get built. Sir Edward Davey said the lower cost of renewables today means “the economics have clearly gone away” from the project. Only a year ago, he said it was a “good deal.” [Unearthed]

US:

¶ A trash incinerator in Southwest Baltimore is the city’s largest single source of air pollution. But a state law has nonetheless allowed it to collect roughly $10 million in subsidies over the past six years through a program intended to promote green energy. The subsidies exist because lawmakers classified trash as a renewable power source. [Baltimore Sun]

Incinerator in Baltimore (Jerry Jackson | Baltimore Sun)

¶ According to Deloitte’s annual “Resources 2017 Study – Energy Management: Sustainability & Progress,” cost declines and technology advancements have made renewables competitive with conventional energy, giving consumers and businesses more clean energy options and pushing utilities to offer smarter, high-tech offerings. [Energy Manager Today]

¶ Idaho officials have reached a tentative agreement approving a utility company’s $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will take public comments through January 5 on the proposed agreement. [McClatchy Washington Bureau]

Hells Canyon Dam (Idaho Power image)

¶ EDF Renewable Energy announced commercial operations at its 154-MW Rock Falls Wind Project in northern Oklahoma have begun. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has agreed to purchase 120 MW of the power generated at the facility. Rock Falls is EDF’s second wind project in Oklahoma, following the Great Western Wind Project. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ If the controversial Millstone nuclear plant were to close within a few years, its many highly-skilled employees would have no trouble finding new jobs, according to a new draft report commissioned by Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. [CT Post]

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