Archive for May 25th, 2018

May 25 Energy News

May 25, 2018


¶ BYD landed its first SkyRail contract in South America with a deal with the Brazilian city of Salvador that will see a twenty-kilometer stretch of the overhead light rail system running over the water. The $689 million project is broken up into two phases, with construction on the first phase to begin in the last quarter of 2018. [CleanTechnica]

SkyRail demonstration in Shenzhen

¶ London-based Pivot Power unveiled plans to build a world-first 2-GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle charging stations across the UK. The £1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) program will provide infrastructure to support the adoption of EVs and it will store electrical energy provided by renewable resources. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ Russian power company TGC-1 has struck a deal with the Leningrad Oblast administration for the development of a 50-MW wind farm in the country’s north-west region. Governor Aleksandr Drozdenko and TGC-1 general director Alexey Barvinok signed a cooperation agreement for the project located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. [reNews]

Wind turbines (MorgueFile image)

¶ ESS Inc, US maker of the only flow battery with a chemistry based on iron and saltwater electrolytes, is making its first move into the Brazilian energy storage market. A 50-kW/400-kWh test unit will be deployed and integrated together with 100 kW of PV, allowing for several hours of energy storage of onsite generated electricity. [Energy Storage News]

¶ China’s energy regulator ordered local authorities to consider grid capacity when selecting new wind power projects to ensure that no more than 5% of their electricity is wasted. The National Energy Administration said priority for construction should be given to wind farms that can deliver electricity to different regional grids. [South China Morning Post]

Chinese wind turbine (Photo: Xinhua)

¶ The Scottish government has published a draft climate change bill setting out a target to reduce carbon emissions by 90% by 2050. The legislation stopped short of committing to a 100% reduction in emissions, known as “net-zero.” Holyrood said the UK Committee on Climate Change has decreed the 90% target is “at the limit of feasibility.” [reNews]


¶ Climate change is “a current and existential national security risk,” and “threatens the premature extinction of [the Earth’s] intelligent life or the permanent and drastic destruction of its potential for desirable future development,” an Australian Senate report said. But the report’s findings and its recommendations appear to be disconnected. [RenewEconomy]

Burning Australian savanna (CSIRO image)

¶ South Australia will push ahead with a plan to install Tesla battery systems in 50,000 homes. The new state government is committed to the pro-battery agenda of its predecessor. The deal to create what is being called the world’s largest virtual power plant appears to have survived political changes from Labor to Liberal dominance. [ABC Online]

¶ UPC Renewables hopes to advance both the biggest solar project in New South Wales and Australia’s biggest wind farm after bringing in a major investor. AC Energy, a subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, based in the Philippines, have a 50% share of UPC’s Australian business with an investment of A$40 million ($30 million). [RenewEconomy]

Tasmanian windpower (Andrew Baker, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ New Hampshire regulators voted unanimously not to give Eversource a new hearing for its Northern Pass power line proposal. The case is likely to go to the state’s Supreme Court. Eversource argued the state Site Evaluation Committee failed to consider details of the power line proposal before denying its permit. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

¶ New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that will move the state’s electricity mix to 50% renewable by 2030 and codifies the largest state commitment to offshore wind power. State law now commits the state of New Jersey to develop 3,500 MW of offshore wind, enough to power over one million average homes. [Windpower Engineering]

Wind turbines

¶ ForeFront Power and Los Altos School District in California celebrated the completion of solar canopy systems across nine District schools today. LASD used a power purchase agreement to get solar energy at no upfront cost.  The 1.4-MW portfolio is now delivering clean energy to the schools at a price below their grid rate. [PR Newswire]

¶ Electricity generation from solar resources in the US reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively. [CleanTechnica]

Solar thermal plant (US Bureau of Land Management image)

¶ The future of Exelon’s unprofitable Three Mile Island nuclear power plant looks even bleaker. The company said it failed at an annual auction for the future electricity sales. Exelon’s Dresden and Byron plants, both in Illinois, also failed in the 2021-2022 auction to supply the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regional power grid. [StateImpact Pennsylvania]

¶ A bill that would have provided more cost-recovery certainty for two Minnesota nuclear plants was not acted on before the end of the legislative session, effectively killing the measure. It would have allowed Xcel Energy to submit proposals to the Public Utilities Commission to designate the plants as carbon-reduction facilities. [POWER magazine]

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