January 27 Energy News

January 27, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “MSNBC & CNBC Miss The Key Points Of Trump Solar Tariffs Story” • The solar tariffs are not being applied because China or Chinese companies have done anything wrong. They are not a response to illegal dumping or Chinese subsidies on solar panels (that old case was resolved). And they will cost America many more jobs than they protect. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panel installation (Shutterstock)

World:

¶ PwC, formerly Pricewaterhouse Coopers and one of the world’s most recognizable businesses, has announced this week that not only has it cut its overall carbon footprint by nearly a third since 2007, but that it will now commit to reducing its total carbon by 40%, and it is committed to procuring 100% renewable electricity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Austria is now planning to sue the European Commission over its approval of a nuclear energy expansion project in Hungary, government officials said. The announcement follows from the decision made by the European Commission last year to grant permission to the government of Hungary to expand the Paks nuclear facility. [CleanTechnica]

Paks nuclear facility

¶ Royal Dutch Shell has spent over $400 million on a range of acquisitions in recent weeks, from solar power to electric car charging points, cranking up its drive to expand beyond its oil and gas business and reduce its carbon footprint. Shell has been investing in EV charging stations, solar power projects and renewable grids. [Reuters]

¶ With falling costs of creating electricity from solar power and wind, electricity from renewables will soon be “consistently cheaper” than electricity from fossil fuels, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency said. That is particularly good news for poor communities without access to modern energy. [Christian Science Monitor]

Burkina Faso (Ludovic Marin | Reuters)

¶ Albatros, a 112-MW offshore windfarm, is being developed 90 km north of Borkum island in the exclusive economic zone of the German North Sea. It is an expansion of the nearby Hohe See windfarm. The Albatros windfarm will have 16 Siemens turbines, each of 7 MW, having a hub height of 105 meters and rotor diameter of 154 meters. [Power Technology]

¶ The Kazakh Deputy Minister of Energy announced a series of auctions for large-scale renewable energy power projects to be launched this year, with the first bidding round to be held in May. Overall, the government intends to allocate around 1 GW of renewable energy power generation capacity through the tenders. [pv magazine International]

Kazakhstan (Image: Kuanysh Raimbekov | Flickr)

¶ Ceylon Electricity Board, the largest electricity provider in Sri Lanka, has issued a tender for 90 MW of solar power. The tender is for 90 PV power projects with a capacity of 1 MW each, all of which must be developed on a Build, Own & Operate basis. They will be connected to 18 different grid substations in different regions. [pv magazine International]

US:

¶ Commercial Development Company Inc announced that it has purchased the closed Brayton Point power station in Somerset, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently identified Brayton Point as a potential site for the development of an industrial wind port to support the new wind energy for the state. [Windpower Engineering]

Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts
(Wikimaster97commons, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ A white paper from Environment New York said the rapid growth of less expensive wind and solar energy and the falling costs of energy storage led to a six-fold increase in energy storage capacity (not including pumped hydropower) over the past decade. Concerns about variable power sources are fading away. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ The Public Utility Commission of Texas plans to write the state’s first rule book for utilities that want to use batteries to store power for the grid, a move that could potentially trigger changes to how electricity is produced, delivered and regulated in the state. The merchant power industry is working to see its own goals are met. [Government Technology]

Transmission system (Shutterstock image)

¶ Enel Green Power North America, Inc signed a power purchase agreement with Wynn Las Vegas. The resort will buy the energy produced by EGPNA’s new 27-MW Wynn Solar Facility at Stillwater, Nevada. The solar project is under construction already, and it is expected to start production during the first half of 2018. [WebWire]

¶ Hulu is in the process of migrating its data centers to a 100% renewable energy facility in Las Vegas operated by multi-tenant data center provider Switch. The video-on-demand company says the move will eliminate 265,000 tons of carbon emissions while powering millions of stable and secure streams each week. [Energy Manager Today]

Switch data center (Switch image)

¶ As part of its commitments under compromise legislation with the North Carolina solar industry, Duke has filed with North Carolina regulators to create both a community solar program and a “green tariff” option for the military, universities and other large power users to procure electricity from renewable energy installations. [pv magazine USA]

¶ Three Democratic senators in New Jersey’s legislature have drafted new legislation to support the state’s struggling nuclear plants financially. Public Service Enterprise Group has been pushing for subsidies of about $350 million annually over 10 years. The new legislation also calls for new efficiency standards and solar rules. [Utility Dive]

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