January 24 Energy News

January 24, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “How The US Government Is Underestimating The Global Growth Of Renewable Energy” • Dan Cohan, a professor at Rice University who uses numbers provided by the US DOE’s Energy Information Administration, came to question some of them. On examination, he found the numbers on renewable energy were often wildly inaccurate. [Houston Public Media]

Wind power (Photo: Gabriel C Pérez | KUT)

¶ “Hacking Nuclear Systems Is the Ultimate Cyber Threat. Are We Prepared?” • In a drill, a hacker hijacked a simulated power plant and used its industrial controls against themselves to flood the cooling system. It took officials from three different Swedish nuclear plants a couple of hours to disconnect the industrial computer. [Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting]

World:

¶ UK electrical engineering company Smith Brothers switched on the grid connection for two wind farms in Scotland totalling 23.55 MW. The projects are the 14.35-MW Tullymurdoch facility, with 7 turbines, and the 9.2-MW Welton of Creuchies wind farm, with 4 turbines. They are located adjacent to one another at a site in Perth and Kinross. [reNews]

Two Smith Bros wind farms (Credit: Smith Bros)

¶ Renewables are becoming the energy source of choice for corporate electricity users, with electricity generation owned by companies increasing more than twelvefold in Europe in 2016, a report says. The report tracks progress made by companies committed to 100% renewable power as part of the RE100 initiative. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ Five new backers have joined Kyocera Corp, Kyudenko Corp, and Mizuho Bank to support the development of a solar plant of up to 480-MW on the island of Ukujima in Japan. About $1.8 billion in investment is planned for the project, with a goal of starting construction before the end of March 2019, according to the companies. [reNews]

Solar farm (Kyocera image)

¶ Since 2014, Engie has operated a strategic shift by reducing future exploration in fossil fuels and investing massively in green energies and energy efficiency services. Under the guidance of the present chief executive, Isabelle Kocher, this has accelerated. Low-carbon activities now represent more than 90% of earnings. [Power Engineering International]

¶ The first of three Haliade 150-6MW turbines by GE Renewable Energy has been erected at the site of a pilot offshore wind farm in China, with the others to be installed in the days to come, according to GE. The turbines will be part of a 73-MW offshore demonstration project owned by Fuqing Haixia Electricity Generation Co. [Renewables Now]

GE Haliade 150-6MW nacelle (GE image)

¶ According to analysis of corporate clean energy procurement by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, corporations around the world signed a record volume of Power Purchase Agreements in 2017, amounting to 5.4 GW of clean energy by 43 companies across 10 different countries, which is an impressive 25% increase over 2016. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Regional Council has given the go ahead for construction of a new 120-MW Fraser Coast solar farm at Munna Creek in Queensland. The Fraser Coast Chronicle reports that the $200 million project could create about 300 jobs during construction. It should have the potential to power around 30,000 Queensland homes. [Energy Matters]

Solar farm in Australia’s Sunshine State

US:

¶ Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC is completing rooftop solar arrays on eleven public schools in New Haven, Connecticut.  The solar arrays will enable the City of New Haven to lower its annual electric costs with clean, renewable energy. The installations of solar arrays will more than double the city’s solar capacity to 2.8 MW. [Markets Insider]

¶ Ocean Thermal Energy Corp, based in Pennsylvania, designs and develops deep-water hydrothermal clean energy systems that generate renewable power through Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion. OTE announced that it has completed the first draft of the master plan for a renewables-powered EcoVillage in the US Virgin Islands. [Renewables Now]

Jack Bay, St Croix (Photo: Grisha Levit, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ Budweiser said it has switched all its US brewing to renewable electricity and is adding a clean energy logo to its labels as part of a global shift to green power by its parent Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest brewer. A “100 percent renewable electricity” symbol will be added to US bottles and cans, Budweiser said, [Reuters]

¶ Platte River Power Authority’s announcement that it would buy 150 MW of electric capacity from a new wind farm will mean that the power wholesaler and its member cities such as Loveland will be getting 48% of their electricity from renewable sources. The project should start selling electricity from the wind farm by the end of 2020. [Loveland Reporter-Herald]

Wind farm outside Glenrock, Wyoming

¶ Massachusetts Gov Charlie Baker called for improvements in education, transportation and housing in his state of the state address. In the half-hour speech, Baker said Massachusetts must not rest on its laurels. Among other things, he said the state is working to increase its reliance on renewable energy and improve transportation. [The Recorder]

¶ Duke Energy Renewables announced that it has ordered 24 IdentiFlight units for its Top of the World wind project in Wyoming as part of its avian protection program. The system uses artificial intelligence with high-precision optical technology to detect eagles and prevent their colliding with rotating wind turbine blades. [Windpower Engineering]

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