June 15 Energy News

June 15, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “NRDC, 19 Other Groups Challenge EU’s Mistaken Climate Decision” • EU policymakers agreed on a new Renewable Energy Directive that failed to fix Europe’s broken bioenergy policies. The decision to continue to label the indiscriminate burning of wood as “carbon neutral” undercuts the EU’s climate targets. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Clearcut forest (MO Stevens, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Nuclear Power Won’t Survive Without A Government Handout” • Once upon a time, if you were an American who didn’t like nuclear energy, you had to stage sit-ins and marches and chain yourself to various inanimate objects in hopes of closing the nation’s nuclear power plants. Today, all you have to do is sit back and wait. [FiveThirtyEight]

Science and Technology:

¶ The world’s system for allocating fish stocks is being outpaced by the movement of fish species in response to climate change, according to a study undertaken by an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries and social scientists, and lawyers. The study found that 70 or more countries will see changed fishery stocks by 2100. [Science Daily]

Fishing boats (Credit: Gabriel Reygondeau)

World:

¶ Australian renewable energy developer Windlab announced that it was awarded environmental approval by the Tanzanian Government to construct the country’s first wind farm. The 300-MW Miombo Hewani Wind Farm, and the transmission line project to bring its power to the grid, are set to be built in the center of the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Danish offshore wind energy developer Ørsted has officially opened the 573-MW Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, which will provide over half a million UK homes with clean electricity. The ceremony took place in Grimsby, home to Ørsted’s East Coast Hub, the UK’s largest offshore wind Operations and Maintenance base. [CleanTechnica]

Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm

¶ Volkswagen’s diesel emission scandal is still ongoing with German prosecutors fining the automaker €1 billion (£882 million, $1.16 billion) for cheating. The one-billion-euro fine is one of the highest fines ever imposed by German authorities against a company, according to Reuters. However, things aren’t slowing down for VW. [Yahoo News UK]

¶ Indonesia has inaugurated its first three solar-plus-storage mini-grids, thus enabling three remote villages to enjoy uninterrupted, off-grid access to electricity for the entire day. The hybrid mini-grids are made up of solar PV and lithium-ion battery storage set up by Akuo Energy, a French renewable power developer. [pv magazine International]

Indonesian islands (Image: Jon Hanson | Wikimedia

¶ At an upcoming meeting of the G20 countries, one of the topics on the agenda will be increasing natural gas production investments by as much as $1.6 trillion by 2030. A report by Oil Change International finds doing so will use up the entire remaining carbon budget limits needed to meet the climate goals of the Paris climate accords. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Norwegian energy company Equinor, together with partners, is looking to supply power from renewable land sources to three gas platforms currently powered by gas turbines. The scheme will seek to utilise and expand existing land infrastructure to power the sites by renewable energy sources such as offshore wind and solar. [Offshore Technology]

Gudrun gas platform (Credit: Equinor)

US:

¶ Connecticut selected a city fuel cell company and a major offshore wind farm developer to help bring more than 250 MW of clean electricity to the state’s consumers. Gov Dannel P Malloy and other officials announced that FuelCell Energy of Danbury and Deepwater Wind were selected from among the 27 bidding companies. [Danbury News Times]

¶ The DOE announced $140 million in funding for the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy, an experiment in rural Utah aimed to develop ways to extract geothermal energy at less-than-ideal locations. If it proves successful, this resource could become a major power source throughout the nation. [Salt Lake Tribune]

Geothermal rig in Utah (Rick Allis | Utah Geological Survey)

¶ Sonnen partnered with California’s SunPower to offering SunPower® Equinox™ home solar energy systems and sonnen’s intelligent energy storage to residential customers across the US. Customers of SunPower’s participating installers benefit from the ability to provide themselves with inexpensive and reliable power. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ Developers of a $2 billion transmission project aimed at getting renewable power from New Mexico and Arizona to large markets in the Southwest are aiming to clear one more regulatory hurdle. Over the next five days, consultants and concerned ranchers will testify before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in Santa Fe. [Kdminer]

Transmission lines (Adobe stock photo)

¶ EDF Renewables and Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company signed contracts by which EDF Renewables will develop and construct up to 200 MW of the Golden Plains Wind Project. The project is located in Winnebago and Kossuth counties in the north central portion of Iowa. It is expected to be completed by early 2020. [PennEnergy]

¶ Massachusetts utilities have signed an agreement to bring hydropower from Quebec through Maine via a new 145-mile transmission corridor. The agreement is a necessary step for the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project, which will bring power from Hydro-Quebec to markets in the Bay State. [Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel]

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