Archive for June 21st, 2018

June 21 Energy News

June 21, 2018

World:

¶ Global law firm Hogan Lovells published a report showing the challenges posed by producing and accessing renewable energy in Africa, and how these can be overcome to achieve potential and scale. The analysis also highlights the potential for renewable energy production to revolutionize access to energy throughout the continent. [ESI Africa]

Renewable power in Africa

¶ Exhibitors at the Solar Canada conference in Calgary say the decision by Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford to axe Ontario’s cap-and-trade system and the Green Ontario Fund consumer rebate program means they may do less solar energy-related business in Ontario. They expect more investment to flow to Alberta and the US. [The Record]

¶ India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has clipped the wings of state energy bodies by abolishing the requirement that renewable energy projects receive state approval. Three solar projects that have been slowed down, with a total 7,750 MW of grid-connected PV capacity, are among those that will now move ahead more quickly. [pv magazine India]

Indian solar plant (Epagemakerwiki, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The French government approved six long-delayed offshore wind projects but sharply cut their subsidies. The six projects to French and foreign utilities had contracts to sell electricity at feed-in tariffs of around €200/MWh for 20 years guaranteed by the government, but after long delays for approval, that is being reduced to €150/MWh. [Reuters]

¶ South Korea’s energy ministry said it will compensate the state-run nuclear operator for the financial loss incurred by the early closure of an aged reactor. The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co has decided to shutter Wolsong-1 before the end of its operational life cycle. The company had spent $536.2 million on improvements. [Yonhap News]

Wolsong-1 reactor (Yonhap)

Australia:

¶ A year’s worth of greenhouse gas savings of Australia’s solar panels could be wiped out because of technical problems at a single oil and gas project in Western Australia. Chevron promised its new Gorgon gas plant would capture and store 40% of its emissions through geo-sequestration. But the scheme has not worked yet. [ABC News]

¶ The Australian Capital Territory has warned it will be “very difficult” to sign on to the national energy guarantee in early August if the federal government fails to give any ground in the coming weeks. The ACT climate change minister said he has seen no willingness at the Commonwealth level to make any concessions. [The Guardian]

Factory emissions in New South Wales (Dave Hunt | AAP)

¶ Construction has started on Stockyard Hill Wind Farm project in Victoria. The project is being developed by Goldwind, a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer. The 530-MW wind farm will feature 149 wind turbines and will have enough generating capacity to power more than 340,000 households across Victoria and beyond. [Power Technology]

US:

¶ A California Senate panel has narrowly advanced a contentious proposal to link oversight of California’s power grid with other western states. The committee’s vote keeps alive a plan that has divided environmentalists and sparked passionate debate about the best way to expand renewable energy in the state and its neighbors. [Electric Light & Power]

San Francisco at night

¶ Southwestern Electric Power Co announced that the Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved the proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project. The $4.5 billion WCEC is a major wind farm and a dedicated power line that will bring low-cost, clean, reliable energy to AEP customers in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. [Benzinga]

¶ MidAmerican Energy Co, based in Des Moines, provided its Iowa customers with more than half of their electricity from renewable sources last year. The Iowa Utilities Board verified that MidAmerican Energy served 50.8% of its retail electric load using renewable generation and expects this percentage to grow each year. [North American Windpower]

Iowa wind farm

¶ Puerto Rico’s governor signed a historic bill to privatize the territory’s troubled power company in a move many hope will help minimize power outages that have followed Hurricane Maria and stabilize the production and distribution of energy. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority faces more than $9 billion in public debt. [Seattle Times]

¶ Chicago, which has committed to power its 900 municipal buildings with 100% renewable electricity by 2025, has joined a seven-city collaboration to request price estimates for renewable electricity. The collaboration, led by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, also includes Los Angeles; Houston; Orlando; Portland, Oregon; and Evanston, Illinois. [pv magazine USA]

Chicago

¶ Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment develop a rule to establish a low-emissions vehicle program for the state which incorporates the requirements of the California LEV program. His order has specific deadlines to be met this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The United States imposed an additional 25% tariff on imported Chinese solar cells and modules last week in America’s steadily escalating trade war with one of the world’s most dominant economies and international powers. The newly imposed tariffs will impact $50 billion worth of Chinese products, including solar cells and modules. [CleanTechnica]

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