January 17 Energy News

January 17, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “China Is the New World Leader in Renewable Energy” • China is becoming dominant in the realm of renewable energy, a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says. And the US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement was an important catalyst for the growth in China’s renewable energy leadership. [Futurism]

PVs in China (Image: Wikimedia Commons | WiNG)

World:

Bloomberg thinks Australia is poised to have a renewable energy bonanza. By 2040, up to 45% of Australia’s electrical power is predicted to come from “behind the meter” systems with solar panels and battery storage on private property. If this is true, Australia will lead all other countries in renewable energy production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Royal Dutch Shell will now be returning to the solar energy sector, after an absence of 12 or so years, with the acquisition of 43.86% stake in the US-based firm Silicon Ranch Corporation. Apparently pursuing an “all of the above” strategy, it is also going ahead to its first large oil and gas development project in the North Sea in 6 years. [CleanTechnica]

Silicon Ranch solar farm (Image via Silicon Ranch Corporation)

¶ Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, and EDF SA signed a memorandum of understanding to develop off-grid projects in sub-Saharan African countries. The World Bank estimates that around 600 million people do not have access to reliable electricity sources. EDF and Masdar aim to provide sources for them. [pv magazine International]

¶ Renewable energy firm EDF Energies Nouvelles said it had commissioned its 115-MWp Santiago Solar PV power plant in Chile. The plant has around 400,000 PV modules and occupies over 200 hectares of land. It is EDF Energies Nouvelles second largest in Chile, after the 146M-Wp Bolero plant, commissioned in late 2017. [PV-Tech]

Santiago Solar PV power plant (Image: EDF Energies Nouvelles)

¶ An “energy revolution” is being predicted for the UK over the next decade, as farmers and landowners look to invest in energy storage technology. The renewable energy storage systems, which include both batteries and thermal storage systems, can run from very small units to technologies for power plant and grid-scale installations. [FarmingUK]

¶ EU Energy Ministers opted to endorse the Commission’s original proposal of just 27% at December’s Energy Council. Now, the European Parliament will vote on the Renewable Energy Directive and Governance Regulation. These two pieces of legislation will determine Europe’s ambition on renewable energy post-2020. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Polish wind farm

¶ Tenders for more than 4,000 MW of renewable energy capacity are to be launched in Saudi Arabia this year under a national program for power exports, a government official told The National. According to the plan, the country will hold auctions for 3,250 MW of solar PVs and 800 MW of wind power in eight projects. [Renewables Now]

¶ Scotrenewables Tidal Power SR2000 tidal current turbine delivered impressive generation throughout heavy North Atlantic storms that battered the Orkney Islands in late autumn and early winter. The turbine showed it is capable of generating through around 99% of conditions experienced at the Orkney site. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Scotrenewables Tidal Power SR2000

¶ UK investment in wind and solar power has crashed since the Government reduced the amount of help available, new figures show. The dramatic slump, a 56% fall in a single year, sparked an accusation that the Government is failing in its environmental strategy, despite its “green veneer.” Meanwhile, much of the world powers ahead. [The Independent]

¶ German developer Innogy has a €10 billion capital investment plan over the next three years that will include onshore and offshore wind as well as solar. Its CEO told a media briefing in London that the cash will be used in part to fund a 7-GW-plus renewables pipeline in major markets including Germany, the UK, and the US. [reNews]

Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm (Credit Innogy)

US:

¶ At the Detroit auto show, Ford announced it is more than doubling its previous commitment to electric cars to $11 billion by 2022. By then, The Verge says, it will have 16 electric models in its product lineup, for a total of 40 models that are hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fully electric. By comparison, GM says it will have 16. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Based on preliminary estimates, the Rhodium Group said US emissions declined by a little less than 1%. The improvement results from changes in the energy sector, where 94.7% of net new electricity capacity was renewable. The improvements were offset by increased emissions from buildings, industry, and transportation. [Inhabitat]

Wind power (Image via Thomas Richter on Unsplash)

¶ Global investment manager Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and General Electric said the Quinbrook Low Carbon Power Fund closed on construction and tax equity financing for the 200-MW first stage of the 365 MW Persimmon wind farm in Oklahoma. Quinbrook recently acquired a 75% controlling equity stake in Persimmon. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ After members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted unanimously to terminate considering Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed grid resiliency pricing rule, which was widely thought to be a lifeline for the struggling coal and nuclear power plant sectors, they decided to retain a fuel-neutral attitude. [Daily Energy Insider]

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