March 7 Energy News

March 7, 2018


¶ “Michigan farmers, residents praise wind power” • Research from the University of Michigan found that farmers with wind turbines on their property are more likely to pass their farm lands on to their children and twice as likely to continue investing in their homes and property as farmers lacking wind energy resources. [Yale Climate Connections]

Michigan wind turbines

Science and Technology:

¶ Research from International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, “Scenarios towards limiting global mean temperature increase below 1.5 °C“, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, says there are several ways to limit global warming to the Paris Agreement’s goal of 1.5° C by 2100, but the circumstances must be right. [CleanTechnica]


¶ In December 2017, Gujarat had 5,526 MW of wind power generation capacity, the second highest state in India after Tamil Nadu, with a little over 7,800 MW. While the southern state is likely to remain at the top, Gujarat will see significant addition in wind power capacity over the next five years, and it is likely to cross 10,000 MW. [SteelGuru]

Gujarat wind power

¶ The European Commission said it approved the acquisition of sole control over Westinghouse Electric UK Holdings Limited of the UK and TSB Nuclear Energy Services Inc of the US (together Westinghouse), by asset manager Brookfield of Canada, under the EU Merger Regulation. Westinghouse is a supplier for the nuclear industry. [New Europe]

¶ France’s Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Sébastien Lecornu, announced that the government will launch a preliminary study into the feasibility of harnessing energy from tidal zones in Brittany and Normandy. The plan aligns with France’s commitment to developing a low-carbon economy. [South UE Summit]

Tidal Brittany (Massimo Shanti |

¶ The South African Department of Energy said “very urgent attention” is being put on getting outstanding power purchase agreements signed with renewable energy independent power producers. The DoE director-general said agreement was needed on how to ensure that the program’s financial modelling was sustainable. [Creamer Media’s Engineering News]

¶ The South Australian government announced plans to help renewable energy developer Neoen build a 50-MW hydrogen “electrolyser.” It is to be powered by a new complex combining 300 MW of wind and solar with battery storage, enabling the manufacture of large quantities of “renewable hydrogen,” a green alternative to LNG. [RenewEconomy]

Proposed Crystal Brook wind farm (Source: Neoen)

¶ An auction to award 500 MW of windpower contracts in the Indian state of Maharashtra saw tariffs firming up, breaking a streak of plummeting prices for electricity generated from the wind. Adani Green Energy and KCT Renewable Energy offered to supply electricity at ₹2.85 per unit (4.39¢/kWh) in their bids for 75 MW each. [Economic Times]


¶ The Supreme Court for New Mexico affirmed a final order by state regulators to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to replace lost generation from two shuttered units at its 1,800-MW coal-fired San Juan Regional Generation Station with coal and nuclear resources. The replacement is planned to be from existing plants. [POWER magazine]

San Juan Generating Station (Courtesy: Kip Malone | PNM)

¶ Electricity in California would all come from sources like wind and solar if a bill in the Assembly becomes law. Senate Bill 100 boosts the state’s renewable electricity requirement to 60% by 2030. The bill also sets a goal of getting 100% of electricity from non-carbon emitting sources by 2045, Democratic state Senator Nancy Skinner said. [Capital Public Radio News]

¶ Solar power generation in Crook County, Oregon, took a big step forward this past fall and is poised to continue growing in the years ahead. SunPower Corp, which is headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley, announced construction of the Gala Solar Power Plant. By late October, the 56-MW facility was completed and operational. [OPB News]

Gala Solar Power Plant in Crook County (Courtesy: Avangrid)

¶ A federal judge in San Francisco ordered parties in a landmark global warming lawsuit to hold what may be the first-ever US court hearing on the climate science. The preceding, scheduled for March 21, will feature lawyers for Exxon, BP, Chevron, and other oil companies pitted against those for San Francisco and Oakland. [McClatchy Washington Bureau]

¶ On March 4, the California Independent System Operator saw a record percentage of demand served by solar, at 49.95%. The previous record was 47.2 %, set in May, 2017. On March 5, CAISO set another solar record, hitting a new peak for solar production of 10,411 MW. The previous record was 9,913 MW set in June, 2017. [Greentech Media]

Solar in the Golden State (Photo: Shutterstock)

¶ Kohler Co announced a 15-year agreement to purchase 100 MW of wind power per year from the Diamond Vista wind farm located near Salina, Kansas. Enel Green Power North America will construct the project this year and will be the long-term owner and operator of the nearly 300 MW wind project. The project is under construction. [EnerCom Inc.]

¶ A utility industry watchdog group claims that emails between Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols and Georgia Power suggest Echols is too “cozy” with the company that he regulates. The decisions of Georgia PSC, the state agency that regulates natural gas and telecommunications, have a big impact on Georgians’ wallets. [WABE 90.1 FM]

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