December 26 Energy News

December 26, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Wind Power Means Jobs in Texas, and Partisan Politics Isn’t Going to Stop It” • As discussions around climate change in America have become partisan, so have those around kilowatts, but not in Texas. There is money to be made with windpower, and Texans are not going to miss out on the chance to make it.[InsideClimate News]

Kaitlin Sullivan on a turbine (Photo: Meera Subramanian)

¶ “Annus mirabilis: all the things that went right in 2017” • This was a year of Trump, Twitter, terrorism, Yemen, Libya, and environmental degradation. But the big, bold headlines tell only part of the story. Away from the news hysteria, it is possible to discern progress, joy, breakthroughs and that rarest commodity of all: optimism. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ India auctioned 750 MW of utility-scale solar power capacity at the Bhadla solar power park over the last few days to wrap up a highly eventful 2017. An auction of 500 MW had 3.1 GW of bids between ₹2.47/kWh (3.80¢/kWh) and ₹3.29/kWh (5.07¢/kWh). There was also a smaller auction of 250 MW that had similar results. [CleanTechnica]

Azure Power solar park in Rajasthan

¶ Most Australians believe that human activity contributes to climate change. One in two believe it is already damaging the Great Barrier Reef and causing more extreme storms, floods and droughts. But only 18% think the Turnbull government is doing a good job tackling global warming, a new poll by Ipsos has found. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited, a state government agency, recently issued tender documents for 860 MW of solar PV power capacity. The capacity will be allocated in blocks of 20 MW each across 43 locations in the Indian state. The state plans for 6,000 MW of operational solar power capacity by March 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Charanka Solar Park

¶ India’s civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju recently told media outlets that 200 MW of solar power capacity is planned for airports across the country over the next few years. He was speaking at the inauguration of the 15-MW solar power project at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata, West Bengal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A total of 2,130 MW of wind power capacity will be auctioned over four days for plants to be built in 32 different places in Turkey. On the first day of tenders, bids for 430 MW of wind power were collected for eight regions. There were 110 energy firms participating in the tender. The auction will run through Dec 29. [Daily Sabah]

Wind turbines

¶ The biggest solar power park in the world today is of 850 MW in Longyangxia Dam, China. But Madhya Pradesh is aiming to pip China by setting up a new record largest solar power park with an installed capacity of 1050 MW. Half the power will be supplied to Delhi Metro, with the remainder going to boost Indian Railways. [NYOOOZ]

¶ Officials from Cambodia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy have announced a new project that will provide a boost to the local renewable energy sector by electrifying three key provinces with the use of small-scale solar and wind power devices. The Khmer government has a goal to provide electricity to every village in the country by 2020. [Khmer Times]

Solar system on the roof of a building

¶ The government of South Korea unveiled plans for the country to boost its solar energy generation 5 times over by 2030, as revealed by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. The president, Moon Jae-in had promised in electoral campaigns to cease support for new nuclear energy projects and to embrace “eco friendly” energy modalities. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ Sonoma Clean Power and Marin Clean Energy are both clean-energy suppliers. Both have agreements with PG&E to purchase electricity from sources like solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower from alternative sources, and feed it through PG&E’s wires to customers. Both are increasing wind and biogas capacities. [North Bay Business Journal]

Wind farm

¶ Interest in solar energy development is being generated throughout Illinois, and having an ordinance in place is like having the infrastructure built out for attracting a new business, according to Lee County Assessor Wendy Ryerson. There are a number of solar projects under development in the county, providing a needed economic boost. [SaukValley.com]

¶ Since the crash of the steel industry in the early 1980s, the city of Pueblo, Colorado, has been searching for an economic identity to help restore prosperity. In recent years, the city has seen a steady building of momentum behind a sector of industry that’s become increasingly promising. And that sector is renewable energy. [Pueblo Chieftain]

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