January 22 Energy News

January 22, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “The challenges driving microgrids into the mainstream” • Five years ago, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the potential of microgrids became quite clear when widespread disruption caused power outages in several states. Buildings with their own microgrid systems stood out like beacons against a backdrop of blackouts. [Power Engineering International]

Hurricane Katrina

World:

¶ International Wind Power Company signed a contract with King Abdullah Economic City to build Saudi Arabia’s first commercial wind farm. Under the terms of the contract, IWPC will lease 10.2 hectares (25.2 acres) of land in the KAEC Industrial Valley to build wind turbines that will generate sustainable electricity. [MEConstructionNews.com]

¶ Now that oil prices have begun to rise again, Norway’s oil and gas development and output will as well, with output perhaps eclipsing the earlier high of 2004 within five years, according to a report from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. Norwegian oil and gas investment is expected to begin climbing in 2018, after 4 years of decreases. [CleanTechnica]

Gudvangen

¶ InfraCo Africa, part of the multi-lateral Private Infrastructure Development Group, has signed a joint development agreement worth $3.1 million to develop the Khoumagueli Solar PV project in the Republic of Guinea. Khoumagueli is expected to be Guinea’s first grid-connected solar power plant. It will have a capacity of 40 MW. [African Review]

¶ Abdul Latif Jameel Energy plans to use its renewable energy experience to develop carbon neutral desalination plants, as it pursues contracts in both sectors in markets including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The firm is considering using solar and wind power to power desalination, which is typically highly energy-intensive. [The National]

Desalination plant (Photo: Mona Al Marzooqi | The National)

¶ Cuba aims to become one of the more than 100 countries that will meet their energy demands with renewable sources like wind, water or sunlight by 2050. Cuba plans to meet 24% of its energy needs from different renewable sources by 2030. Currently, two large wind projects are under construction with Chinese help. [ecns]

¶ Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines have started delivering power from the second and final phase of Ørsted’s 659-MW Walney 3 offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea. Ørsted said three of the 47 Siemens Gamesa machines had already been installed at the Walney East phase of the project off the coast of Cumbria in England. [reNews]

Walney 3 (Credit: Ørsted)

¶ UK-based billionaire Sanjeev Gupta is looking to purchase equipment in the old Holden factory in South Australia and to use the plant to create an electric vehicle production line in what would be a remarkable transformation of Australia’s car industry and economy. Gupta has the backing of the South Australian government. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has secured contracts totalling 326 MW from multiple developers for 26 projects in India. The deals are for supplying, erecting, and commissioning of 135 G114-2.0MW machines and 28 G97-2.0MW turbines. The projects range from 2 MW to 60 MW and are scheduled to be commissioned in March. [reNews]

Gamesa turbines (Image: Siemens Gamesa)

¶ TEPCO has started clearing rubble at the Number 1 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Workers will remove nuclear fuel from its storage pool as they continue work on the decommission process. The company is vacuuming finer debris scattered over the spent fuel storage pool in the upper part of the building. [NHK WORLD]

¶ A massive wind farm project that will power up to 46,000 homes in Tasmania is due to start generating electricity by mid 2019. The A$280 million ($224.4 million) Granville Harbour Wind Farm finally commenced construction this week. On completion, it will boast 31 turbines and have a capacity of 112 MW. [The Advocate]

Premier Will Hodgman and Granville Farm owner Royce
Smith at the groundbreaking (Photo: Lachlan Bennett)

US:

¶ A report says New England could see rolling power blackouts within years without more stable fuel supplies. ISO-New England is an independent nonprofit that manages the six-state power grid. The group studied how fuel supply and demand might play out in those states in the hypothetical winter of 2024 to 2025. [New England Public Radio]

¶ There is a term for what’s going on right now in the Sierra Nevada and the mountains that feed the Colorado River. It is called a “snow drought,” and Nevada climate scientists warn that periods of below-average snowpack have become increasingly common, and more frequent snow droughts are likely as global temperatures rise. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Washoe Lake (Benjamin Hatchet, Desert Research Institute)

¶ The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider the revised Climate Action Plan and the Planning Commission’s recommendation Feb 14. [CBS 8 San Diego]

¶ Both New England and California have cut greenhouse gas emissions since launching market-based cap and trade programs. But analysts say the programs are not the primary drivers of emissions reductions. If that is true, does cap and trade work? The numbers are not all in and the experts still disagree on the programs’ effectiveness. [Utility Dive]

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