April 18 Energy News

April 18, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “In Ohio town, energy ‘locavores’ drive demand for community solar” • Athens, Ohio, is home of Ohio University, but it is also in the heart of Appalachian Ohio, with a long history of coal and salt mining. Coal fields in the area contributed as much as 40% of the state’s output at the turn of the 20th century. But the times have changed. [Energy News Network]

Solar installations at an Ohio University compost facility

World:

¶ Offshore wind accounted for 6.2% of the UK’s total electricity generation in 2017 and is on track to reach a contribution of 10% by 2020, data released by the Crown Estate shows. At the end of last year, the country’s 33 operational offshore wind parks had a combined capacity of 5.83 GW, and eight plants being built will add 4.58 GW. [Renewables Now]

¶ Increasing the pace of global renewable energy adoption by at least a factor of six is critical for meeting energy-related emission reduction needs of the Paris Climate Agreement. However, it can still limit global temperature rise to 2° C, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s long-term renewable energy outlook. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Renewable power generators

¶ India probably witnessed the greenest stretch of its power sector last year in terms of new capacity added. No thermal power capacity was added in 8 of the 12 months last year in India. In six months, India actually retired coal-based power capacity, leading to a net reduction in installed coal-based capacity during those months. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Eon has commissioned all 116 MHI Vestas V112 3.45-MW turbines at the 400-MW Rampion offshore wind farm off the south coast of England. Work will continue both on and offshore over the next few months, including at the substations and landfall, to prepare the project for full operation later this year, the company said. [reNews]

Turbine in the Rampion wind farm (MHI Vestas)

¶ German energy minister Peter Altmaier has reiterated the country’s plans to halve coal-fired power output by 2030, but dashed hopes for quick action on coal by saying plans to exit nuclear power generation by 2022 are a “double challenge” preferring a more gradual approach with the “coal commission” to safeguard jobs. [Platts]

¶ In its quarterly Renewable Energy Index, Green Energy Markets said the amount of renewable energy generated in Australia is set to exceed the original Renewable Energy Target of 41,000 GWh in 2020. That target was scrapped in 2015 by the federal government, because it took the position that the goal was impossible. [ABC Online]

Wind turbines (Fabrizio Bensch | Reuters file photo)

¶ Westinghouse Electric Co, emerging from bankruptcy, is ready to supply six nuclear reactors to India on schedule, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said. “The Trump administration thinks nuclear energy is very important. It’s important domestically, it’s important internationally.” The two countries are moving on a 2008 agreement. [Economic Times]

¶ Seychelles is planning to install Africa’s first utility-scale floating solar PV system on the sea, said a top official of the Seychelles Energy Commission. The chief executive officer of the commission, Tony Imaduwa, told SNA that the project will inject clean and green energy into the island nation’s electricity system. [Seychelles News Agency]

Floating solar power (cceonlinenews.com, CC BY)

US:

¶ A bill passed by the New Jersey legislature calls for 600 MW of energy storage for the state within three years. It also calls on the New Jersey Public Utilities Board to analyse further storage use and to make revisions for community solar, energy efficiency, peak demand reduction, and solar renewable energy certificate programs. [Energy Storage News]

¶ Green Mountain Power has done a lot to put distributed energy resources in the hands of its customers. But less than 3% of the Vermont utility’s customer base is currently using one of these offerings, a report from the Rocky Mountain Institute said. That adoption rate will have to grow tenfold or more to meet state clean energy goals. [Greentech Media]

Home in the mountains (Photo: Tesla)

¶ Evidence is growing that an energy revolution is under way. The City Council of Glendale, California voted 4-1 to explore whether renewable energy plus storage could meet its future energy needs better than an upgrade of an 80-year-old gas plant that the municipal utility proposed. Reports on the topic are due to the council in 90 days. [pv magazine USA]

¶ Clean energy proponents in Nebraska, stymied by the state government, are going directly to the state’s largest utilities in an attempt to bring about change. A coalition of organizations has begun lobbying the state’s major utilities, which are all publicly owned, to adopt a clean energy plan that it unveiled earlier this year. [Energy News Network]

Nebraska wind farm

¶ Procter & Gamble aims to use 100% renewable electricity at all of its plants by 2030, the company stated in a sustainability goals report called “Ambition 2030.”  P&G’s renewable power program enlists its brands, including Dawn, Head & Shoulders, and Tide, to “inspire responsible consumption” through reusable and recyclable packaging. [Supply Chain Dive]

¶ Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear station could be forced to close in six years, instead of twenty-seven, if voters approve a renewable-energy ballot measure, its owner said. The initiative would amend the state constitution to require utilities to get half their electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030. [Forbes]

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