May 17 Energy News

May 17, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ Climate change may complicate fishing. Warming seas will force many of North America’s most valuable fish and shellfish stocks north in coming decades, a major new modeling study finds, potentially creating headaches for the fishing industry and government regulators. Some species that do not move could see their ranges shrink by half. [Science Magazine]

Fishing for Atlantic cod (Robert F. Bukaty | AP Photo)

¶ A 14-year NASA mission confirmed that massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across the Earth. Middle latitudes are drying while the tropics and higher latitudes gain water supplies. The changes are probably effects of a combination of climate change, vast human withdrawals of groundwater, and simple natural changes. [Chicago Tribune]

World:

¶ A network of 20 of ABB’s high-speed 50-kW DC fast chargers for electric vehicles has been installed across Iceland as the island nation looks to electric vehicles to cut petrol imports and reduce emissions. The chargers are on Route 1, which circles the island and is 1,300 km long. The chargers in the network are powered by 100% renewable sources. [CleanTechnica]

Iceland’s Route 1 (Photo: Ab5602, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary all plan to build new nuclear power plants. But according to a new study by Energy Brainpool, commissioned by Greenpeace Energy, they could also opt for controllable renewable power plants. These are cost-competitive with nuclear, at least as reliable, and also allow for energy independence. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Solar Energy Corporation of India announced plans to issue a tender for 2 GW of solar and wind energy capacity. SECI will auction 1 GW of solar and 1 GW of wind energy capacity at a location likely to be disclosed once the actual tender documents are released. Combining solar and windpower will optimize the transmission system. [CleanTechnica]

Solar and wind (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Bermuda General Agency Ltd has signed an agreement with Seabased AB, a Swedish wave energy designer and installer, to purchase two 20-MW wave energy parks in the Caribbean. Feasibility studies of the Caribbean project will begin on several islands this summer, and phase one is expected to be operational by the fall of 2019. [PR Web]

¶ The explosive development of the Taiwanese offshore wind market continued as MHI Vestas signed its fifth memorandum of understanding in Taiwan, solidifying its readiness for the first round of Taiwan’s offshore wind projects. The company, a leader in offshore windpower, confirmed that its 9-MW wind turbines will be typhoon-ready by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

MHI Vestas wind turbine

¶ The Japanese government is standing firm by its goal of expanding nuclear energy into 20% to 22% of the country’s energy mix by 2030, but it still lacks a clear strategy for promoting nuclear power in the aftermath of the Fukushima Disaster. A new outline for energy strategy could win cabinet approval this summer. [Nikkei Asian Review]

¶ Queensland’s state-owned transmission company Powerlink says it has received enquiries about 30 GW of new generation projects, almost all of them renewables. Powerlink said it signed a connection agreement for up to 500 MW with Pacific Hydro for the first stage of the Haughton solar farm. But it is just one of 150 potential projects. [RenewEconomy]

Workers at completion of the Clare solar farm

¶ The European Investment Bank announced an agreement with Export-Import Bank of China to support the country’s move to a low-carbon economy. The EIB said it will provide China with a €300 million framework loan to fund energy, water, transport, and industry programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience. [The European Scientist]

¶ The agency responsible for public transport in and around Oslo, PTA Ruter, announced its intention to transition the entire public transit bus fleet to electric vehicles over the next 10 years to drive meaningful improvements in the quality of life for city residents. Unibuss is starting with 30 Citeas SLFA-180 and 10 Citeas SLF-120 Electric buses. [CleanTechnica]

VDL Citeas SLFA Electric

US:

¶ Illinois does not need the Dynegy-Vistra coal plants in its central and southern regions to keep the lights on, analysis commissioned by NRDC and Sierra Club sats. It concludes that replacing the plants with renewables and gas can lower utility bills and improve public health. This argues against subsidies for coal plants. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ With tariffs from the Trump administration and an energy market in flux, the solar economy faces a degree of uncertainty. But in Minnesota the sector is stronger than it is in most states. Last year solar jobs dropped 4% nationwide, while in Minnesota they rose 48.2% to a total of 4,256, according to the Solar Jobs Census. [Twin Cities Business Magazine]

Minnesota solar installation (Photo: Tony Nelson)

¶ Granite Air Center, Inc announced that it and partner Norwich Solar Technologies of White River Junction, Vermont, installed a 218.1-kW net-metered PV System on the main hangar rooftop at their facility in Lebanon, New Hampshire. With the new solar system, Granite Air will be able to see long-term energy cost reduction and stability. [AviationPros.com]

¶ NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project announced the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, an integrated solar plant equipped with a battery system that will store energy and enable SRP to provide clean energy to customers when demand is at its highest. The 20-MW facility is Arizona’s largest pairing solar with batteries. [Solar Power World]

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