February 28 Energy News

February 28, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ Temperatures in the Arctic have soared well above freezing this week, marking the highest temperatures recorded in the region during winter, scientists from the Danish Meteorological Institute said. Temperatures from February in eastern Greenland and the central Arctic are averaging about 15°C (27°F) warmer than seasonal norms. [CNN]

Sun pillar forming as the sun rises over the Arctic (Rear Admiral Harley D Nygren, NOAA Corps, ret, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ Energy Efficiency Services Limited, which is owned by the government of India, announced that it will procure 10,000 electric cars through a global tender to supply them to the government of Andhra Pradesh. EESL has already given orders for 500 electric sedans last year and is planning to float additional tenders. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A report from Coal India, a state-owned coal mining company that supplies 84% of the country’s coal, said, “With the increasing threat of climate change impacting humanity (irrespective of the US position) and the global funding focus on renewables, it is a matter of time when alternative clean energy would displace coal.” [CleanTechnica]

India

¶ Sharp Corporation and Vietnam’s Gia Lai Electricity JSC agreed to build a 48-MW solar plant in Thua Thien Hue Province on Vietnam’s central coast, the Japanese JCN Newswire said. The plant is expected to start operations in September 2018, to generate enough power for 32,628 average households in Vietnam. [VnExpress International]

¶ Siemens Gamesa announced that it had signed an agreement securing the right to implement up to 1 GW of onshore wind capacity in Turkey. Siemens Gamesa will supply, install, and commission up to 1 GW of wind turbines. The agreement also includes the possibility of at least 700 MW worth of extra wind projects by 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Siemens Gamesa wind farm

¶ Indian Railways will soon launch tenders to set up large-scale solar power projects working towards its overall solar power target of 5 GW. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has announced that Indian Railways will soon float solar power tenders to set up 3 GW of capacity, to be set up over surplus land that the Railways owns. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A 90 hectare solar farm capable of powering 15,000 households has been proposed for Gregadoo, New South Wales. Solar energy company Green Switch Australia’s commercial director Simon Grasby said the farm would be made up of about 122,000 solar panels. It would have a capacity of 47 MW and would be on what is now grazing land. [Daily Advertiser]

Solar farm in Australia

¶ In Tokyo District Court, a TEPCO employee testified that in 2008 he was in charge of estimating the height of a tsunami that might hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. He estimated that it could be as high as 15.7 meters. He testified that he was asked to decrease his estimate. The tsunami that wrecked the plant was nearly that size. [NHK WORLD]

US:

¶ A Rocky Mountain Institute report says the community-scale solar segment in the US has shown itself to be the fastest growing part of the industry, thanks to a 40% decline in the levelized cost of energy for these systems over the last two years. The report is careful to highlight that remaining institutional barriers are inhibiting growth. [CleanTechnica]

Community solar garden in Colorado

¶ Shaun O’Rourke, director of stormwater management and climate resiliency at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, said that the financing agency is halfway through writing a state resiliency plan, which will be sent to Gov Gina Raimondo on behalf of the Executive Climate Change Coordination Council by July 1. [ecoRI news]

¶ Wind and solar power could meet 80% of US demand for electricity, as long as improvements are made in transmission and storage, researchers said. Until a few years ago, these energy sources were thought to be capable of supplying only about 20% to 30% of US needs, the report in Energy and Environmental Science said. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Hybrid power plant

¶ The University of California launched its Carbon Neutrality Initiative in 2013, aiming for carbon neutrality by 2025. Now, a 27-member team of researchers, students, facilities managers, and sustainability officers has released a feasible strategy showing how to replace its fossil-fuel natural gas with climate-friendlier options. [University of California]

¶ North Carolina has had remarkable growth in solar power. Now, a report by Southern Alliance Clean Energy shows that solar power is growing in other southeastern states. Neighboring South Carolina is also on a path for ambitious solar deployment, with Florida and Georgia also emerging as significant state markets. [pv magazine USA]

South Carolina solar array (South Carolina Electricity & Gas)

¶ Xcel Energy has reached an agreement with rural electric cooperatives and others as it looks for regulatory approval to build two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border. Proposed deals with a number of parties would guarantee that customers see a positive net benefit from the wind farms for the first 10 years of operation. [KVIA El Paso]

¶ Lightsource BP has signed a 25-year power purchase and asset acquisition agreement with Mid-Kansas Electric Company. The 20-MW project will be built starting in 2019, and will be owned and operated by Lightsource BP. Mid-Kansas will purchase all of the energy from the facility. It will be the largest solar facility in the state. [Solar Power World]

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