March 30 Energy News

March 30, 2018


¶ “As China’s nuclear power industry flounders, should India and Pakistan take note?” • As countries around the world abandoned nuclear power, China had bucked the trend, embracing nuclear power as a reliable and cheap energy source that would help reduce air pollution. Now nuclear development in China is floundering. []

Chinese nuclear plant


¶ According to data released by the federal government agencies, more than 93% of the power generation capacity added in India between October and December 2017 was renewable. This marks a continuation in the trend seen in the third quarter last year when just over 92% of the power generation capacity added in India was renewable. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Mining giant Rio Tinto sold its last coal mine in Australia to the private equity manager EMR Capital and to the Indonesia-based Adaro Energy Tbk for $2.25 billion. Regulatory approval for the sale of Rio Tinto’s 80% stake in the Kestrel mine is anticipated, and the sale is expected to be completed by the second half of the year. [CleanTechnica]

Kestrel coal mine

¶ A South African court dismissed a bid to block $4.7 billion (R11.86 billion) in renewable power contracts, an energy ministry spokeswoman said, removing an obstacle to the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa. The court in Pretoria said the legal application by Numsa and Transform RSA should be set aside. []

¶ A deposit return scheme for single-use plastic drink bottles will be introduced this year in the UK, with the idea being to improve the rate of plastic bottle recycling and thus to reduce litter. The new plans echo some of those put into place in recent years in a number of other countries in the region and elsewhere in the world. [CleanTechnica]

Bottled drinks on sale

¶ Renewables met the equivalent of 68.1% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland last year, compared to 54% in 2016, according to the Scottish government. Renewable electricity generation in Scotland rose 26% year-on-year to 24.8 TWh and set a new record, exceeding the previous annual record year in 2015 by 14%. [Renewables Now]

¶ India’s largest power generation company, NTPC Limited, is predominantly dependent on thermal power. It has issued its first federal-level wind energy tender, which is to auction 2 GW of wind energy capacity across India. The tender is very similar to the ones floated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India over the one year. [CleanTechnica]

Wind Energy Project

¶ Work to scrap the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and deal with radioactive water buildup at the site is expected to cost around ¥220 billion ($2.07 billion) annually over the next three-year period, a source close to the matter said. About ¥70 billion will be to deal with water waste, and ¥30 billion for removing fuel. [Japan Today]

¶ The 353-MW Galloper offshore wind farm off the Suffolk coast in the UK has achieved full power generation, Germany’s Innogy SE said. The milestone for the project’s 56 turbines was achieved on schedule and within budget. The wind farm now moves into its operation phase. Its 6.3-MW turbines were built by Siemens Gamesa. [Renewables Now]

Offshore wind power (Source: Twitter, @innogy_uk)


¶ The EPA has circulated new talking points instructing staffers to say that “clear gaps” exist in understanding whether human activity contributes to climate change. Without addressing any shift in the agency’s stand, an EPA spokesperson said in a statement, “The talking points were developed by the Office of Public Affairs.” [CNN]

¶ Tri Global Energy has announced this week that its 148-MW Blue Cloud Wind Energy Project in Texas reached financial close. Construction will begin on 19,000 acres of privately-owned farmland. Investment is from Denmark-based Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and wind turbines supplied by Danish manufacturer Vestas. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines in Texas

¶ A Duke Energy power plant is using renewable natural gas from North Carolina hog farms to produce electricity in a new process. The Optima KV project in Duplin County captures methane gas from the hog waste of five local farms. It is piped to a central location where the gas is cleaned and converted to pipeline-quality natural gas. [Biomass Magazine]

¶ The Virginia Supreme Court upheld a decision by state regulators that large electricity users seeking all-renewable power can shop for it without regard for a daunting requirement that they give five years’ notice if they want to return to utility service. Dominion Energy had appealed the state regulators’ ruling. []

Solar array (Mark Gormus | Times-Dispatch)

¶ Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables have commissioned 12 MWh of GridStar lithium energy storage for 12 solar-plus-storage projects in North Carolina. The solar-plus-storage systems will provide power to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation in the state’s southeastern areas. [Solar Power World]

¶ FirstEnergy Corp said that it will shut down two nuclear plants in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania within the next three years. The utility said it plans to close its Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo in 2020. The following year, it will shut down the Perry plant near Cleveland and its Beaver Valley nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. [Huntington Herald Dispatch]

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