Archive for December 21st, 2017

December 21 Energy News

December 21, 2017


¶ “Hinkley Point: the ‘dreadful deal’ behind the world’s most expensive power plant” • Many British observers agree that the deal to build the Hinkley Point nuclear plant is ludicrously favourable to EDF – “a dreadful deal, laughable,” said one expert. But the irony is that by the time it eventually starts working, it may have become obsolete. [The Guardian]

A view toward the Hinkley Point site in Somerset
(Photo: Deeplyvibed | Alamy Stock Photo)

¶ “Tesla’s big Powerpack battery just propped up a coal power station in another state” • Tesla’s giant battery is already proving its worth, bailing out a 560-MW coal power station nearly 620 miles (1,000 kilometres) away. The battery is powered by a wind farm. Ironic, isn’t it, that wind power bailed out a coal-burning plant? [Mashable]


¶ Germany’s renewable electricity production is set to reach a record 36% in 2017, according to the country’s Federal Energy and Water Industry Association. By the end of the year, 217 billion kWh of electricity will be produced by renewable energy sources in the country. In 2016, renewables produced 188 billion kWh, a 31.6% share. [reNews]

German sunset (Pixabay image)

¶ Queensland’s new Energy Minister Anthony Lynham backed the Turnbull government’s National Energy Guarantee to end the impasse over climate policy between the federal Coalition and state Labor governments. But he said the state’s Labor government will not back down from its 50% renewable energy target. [The Australian Financial Review]

¶ Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, a source of division in Australian politics, has already been met from wind, solar and hydro energy projects under construction or in the pipeline, new research shows. The clean energy projects that are proposed and in the pipeline could supply over half of Australia’s needs by 2030. [The Australian Financial Review]

Capital Wind Farm (Photo: Ian Waldie)

¶ The cause of the December 2015 failure of the Basslink cable, which transmitted power between Tasmania and the Australian mainland, has finally been identified; two experts said it failed because Basslink Pty Ltd exceeded its design limit. The cable had been allowed to run at 630 MW; the recommended maximum is now 500 MW. [iTWire]

¶ South Korea’s plan to triple its renewable energy share by 2030 requires investments of about KRW 110 trillion ($101.7 billion, €85.8 billion), Yonhap news agency reported. The government’s plan is to get more solar and wind farms nationwide and add total of 48.7 GW of new green power capacity, growing from 7% now to 20% of capacity. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in South Korea (Author: Carmine.shot)

¶ The Department of Energy and Infrastructure for the Spanish southern region of Extremadura has signed a memorandum of understanding with an international consortium formed by Solarcentury, Genia Global Energy, and Canopy Energies for the development of a 300-MW solar power plant in the province of Cáceres. [pv magazine International]

¶ The first biogas plant under a framework agreement between the government of Belarus and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has started operation in the city of Baranovichi. The facility which will generate 4,380 MWh of electricity and 3,880 Gcal of heat per year from wastewater sludge. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Baranovichi biogas plant

¶ Corbetti Geothermal plc, the Government of Ethiopia, and Ethiopian Electric Power have signed an implementation agreement  and a power purchase agreement for Corbetti geothermal power project. The project is planned to deliver up to 520 MW of baseload renewable power to Ethiopia’s national electricity grid. [cce online news]

¶ Figures released by the UK Government today reveal the growth in Scottish renewables, which accounted for 42.9% of total Scottish energy generation in 2016. Scotland generated 24% of the total renewable power used in the UK. The government of Scotland will doubtless welcome the figures; they just released the country’s first Energy Strategy. [Energy Voice]

Windpower and deer


¶ As this year comes to a close, 2017 is on track to set the all-time record for the most billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in any single year in US history. There were 15 in the first nine months, equal to all of 2011, which set the record. Remarkably, the five costliest billion-dollar disaster years have all been in the past 15 years. [CNN]

¶ Three developers have submitted bids to authorities in Massachusetts to develop up to 800 MW of offshore wind capacity off the state’s coast. The Bay State Wind partnership between Orsted and Eversource has submitted a bid including a 55-MW battery storage project. The state plans to install 1.6 GW of offshore windpower by 2027. [reNews]

Westermost offshore wind farm (Image: Orsted)

¶ Cows are now powering one of New England’s most popular ski resorts. The green mountains of Vermont, dressed in winter white, are home to Killington Resort, visited by hundreds of thousands of skiers each season. Now, Killington is making renewable energy a priority and it all starts, not at a mountain, but on the farm. [My Fox Boston]

¶ South Carolina’s utility regulators refused to throw out two cases against SCANA Corp, as the utility owner and state officials continue to argue over who should pay for two abandoned nuclear reactors at VC Summer station. The commission will consider whether the utility or its customers must take up the losses. [Charleston Post Courier]

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