May 30 Energy News

May 30, 2018


¶ “Suddenly, Solar Energy Plus Storage is Giving Conventional Fuels a Run For Their Money” • The renewables energy dynamic is changing so fast in Colorado that one Sierra Club senior campaign representative can hardly keep up with it. “I feel like we’re having to rewrite the talking points on the drawing board every month in Colorado,” he says. [Ensia]

Solar power (Photo: Douglas Murray | courtesy of FPL)

Science and Technology:

¶ The cost of building new nuclear power plants is nearly 20% higher than expected due to delays, analysis found. The study, published in the journal Energy Policy, was by researchers from Imperial College London, the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and the University of Minho. It examined nuclear plants built from 1955 to 2016. [Tech Xplore]


¶ The wind farm Donald Trump tried to block is now complete. Trump fought construction of the 11-turbine offshore wind farm at Aberdeen, but his legal challenges were overthrown in 2015. Now, the last of the turbines has been installed, completing the offshore project. The wind farm will provide approximately 70% of Aberdeen’s electricity. [Quartz]

Aberdeen wind farm (Vattenfall image)

¶ Canada will purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and related infrastructure for C$4.5 billion ($3.4 billion, £2.6 billion). The Trans Mountain extension would connect Alberta to British Columbia and triple Kinder Morgan’s capacity. The project faces fierce opposition from the government of British Columbia and environmentalists. [BBC]

¶ Tackling pollution in Paris is a centerpiece of Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s administration. She would phase out older vehicles and get rid of diesels, while offering generous subsidies for other forms of transport. A study carried out in 2016 by the French national health agency said air pollution is responsible for 48,000 deaths a year in the country. [BBC]

Paris (Getty Images)

¶ The Royal Bank of Scotland said it tightened restrictions on loans to support high-carbon energy projects and companies. The bank said it would no longer provide direct finance for new coal-fired power stations or thermal coal mines, oil sands or Arctic oil projects, and unsustainable vegetation or peatland clearance projects. [Reuters]

¶ The Times of India reported that the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy had approved the establishment of the 5-GW Dholera solar power park. The project will be largest solar power park in the country and the first major development in Gujarat since the Charanka solar park that had been established under the state policy. [CleanTechnica]

Solar park in Gujarat

¶ Australia’s energy utility Snowy Hydro has invited potential energy suppliers to submit proposals with the aim to contract up to 400 MW of wind and 400 MW of solar generation. Earlier this year, the federal government announced that it will acquire stakes in the project held by New South Wales and Victoria to have full ownership. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ Marine energy developer Minesto has completed the second offshore installation phase of its DG500 project in Wales. It is the first tidal energy project in the world targeting the power of low-velocity currents. Once fully installed, the 10-MW Deep Green array will supply enough power to cover the needs of over 8,000 households. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Welsh waters (Courtesy of Minesto)


¶ Amazon took the next step in powering its worldwide company operations with renewable energy by launching a 1.1-MW solar rooftop installation on the roof of its North Las Vegas fulfillment center. The rooftop project covers an area of 813,000 square feet, which is equivalent to 3 1/2 football fields, and it consists of 3,145 individual solar modules. [Las Vegas Sun]

¶ Cape Light Compact announced a substantial decrease in electricity prices for its green aggregation power supply program for the next six-month term, beginning on customers’ June 2018 meter read dates and ending on December 2018 meter read dates. The Compact’s new pricing for residential customers will be 10.6¢/kWh. [Cape Cod Today]

Cape Cod (Photo: Steve Erdelen, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Nearly two months after she called on Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels in a move she deemed necessary to “address the existential crisis of our time,” Kat Taylor, Member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers, announced her resignation in protest over the school’s failure to divest from fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Southern Power acquired the 100-MW Wildhorse Mountain wind farm in Oklahoma. The 29-turbine project was developed by Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc and Vestas Wind Systems A/S. It is expected to be finished in the final quarter of 2019. The power will go to the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation. [Renewables Now]

Blue Canyon, Oklahoma (Source: RES)

¶ The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy in Massachusetts advanced two solar power-focused bills. One is to increase the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 35% by 2030. The other is to increase the net metering cap by 2%. Last fall, pv magazine calculated that projects worth $78 million were stalled in the state. [pv magazine USA]

¶ Microgrid companies are finding fertile turf in Alaska, with help of a competition offered by the Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization. The Alaska Center for Energy and Power has led work on the three-year-old competition. It provides technical and business assistance to improve microgrid technologies. [Microgrid Knowledge]

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