June 23 Energy News

June 23, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Cleveland can lead in switch to clean energy” • On June 22, 1969, an oil slick in the Cuyahoga River caught fire, one of several such fires in the river’s history. Historically, the river was fed by pollution from Cleveland’s industry. The Cleveland of 2018 looks dramatically different – it’s a healthier city ecologically, and it’s working to diversify economically. [cleveland.com]

The Farrell, a crane and drilling barge, getting soil samples
for a pilot wind farm (John Funk, The Plain Dealer, File, 2015)

¶ “Indonesia poised to benefit as China’s Belt and Road turns green” • The Belt and Road Initiative, was unveiled by President Xi Jinping of China in September 2013 to reawaken and extend the old Silk Road for enhanced international trade, development, and cooperation. It is exected account for 30% of global gross domestic product. [Jakarta Post]

World:

¶ Global annual wind power capacity additions are now expected to average over 67 GW between 2018 and 2027 according to an updated forecast from MAKE Consulting, which had to upgrade its own forecasts made just last quarter. The organization projects that windpower will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8%. [CleanTechnica]

Lake Turkana Wind Farm in Kenya

¶ Major players in the offshore wind market are eyeing India’s first 1-GW offshore wind farm, according to a list of interested parties released by the National Institute of Wind Energy. The list covers 35 companies that responded to an April call for expressions of interest to develop a project off the coast of the state of Gujarat. Three of them are Indian. [reNews]

¶ Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is accepting applications for a 1,200-MW offshore wind plant, which will be the biggest in the world and Turkey’s first. The ceiling price for one MWh has been set as $8 and applicants will compete for the lowest bid in a reverse auction. Applications are due no later than October 23. [Daily Sabah]

Offshore wind farm

¶ Taiwan awarded Ørsted and a Northland Power-led consortium a total of 1664 MW of offshore wind capacity it is latest auction. Ørsted won 920 MW, taking its total Changhua pipeline to 1.82 GW. The Danish developer made successful bids of $84.06/MWh (€72.23). The Northland Power consortium won 744 MW with a bid of $73.40/MWh. [reNews]

¶ The first vessel powered by renewables and hydrogen, “Energy Observer”, moored at Flisvos Marina in Athens as part of its world tour to raise awareness on energy transition. Since it left France last June, Energy Observer has traveled more than 7,000 nautical miles, without emitting any greenhouse gases or fine particles. [Xinhua]

Energy Observer (Marios Lolos | Xinhua)

¶ The start of power generation by two AP1000 reactors under construction in China moved a step closer with first criticality being achieved at Sanmen 1 and the loading of fuel beginning at Haiyang 1. Both units are expected to begin operations by the end of this year. If they do so, they will be the first operating AP1000 reactors. [World Nuclear News]

US:

¶ Cobb EMC, an electric cooperative utility based in Georgia, announced an expansion of its solar energy portfolio through a 30-year power purchase agreement with Green Power EMC. This, along with other recent solar initiatives, increased the cooperative’s solar portfolio by 360% since 2016. Cobb EMC can now supply power at below 3¢/kWh. [Patch.com]

Solar array (Cobb EMC image)

¶ Former Senators Trent Lott of Mississippi and John Breaux of Louisiana, longtime lobbyists for big oil, formed a new political action committee. It is dedicated to the passage of a carbon tax. The plan would impose a carbon tax starting at $40, “rising gradually” at an as-yet-unspecified rate, with all the revenue returned as per-capita dividends. [Vox]

¶ This summer, Team Sunergy’s 2018 crew is taking Appalachian State University’s Cruiser Class solar car ROSE to race in two international competitions. The crew includes 15 team members, four faculty advisors, and a university photographer. They are setting off to Nebraska for the Formula Sun Grand Prix , held July 6–12. [Appalachian State University]

ROSE (Racing on Solar Energy)

¶ The IRS is extending incentives for solar power and other clean energy sources by as long as four years. Developers can claim a 30% tax credit for solar projects as long as they prove they’ve started construction by the end of 2019, an IRS notice said. That means breaking ground or investing at least 5% of the total expected costs of the installation. [Bloomberg]

¶ Two reports provide new details about Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan. The plan’s low bid prices for new renewable energy projects in the state include $35/MWh for solar with battery backup. The analysis of the impacts of the plan indicate boosts in employment and tax revenue for both Colorado and Pueblo County. [Clean Cooperative]

Colorado wind turbines (Jeffrey Beall, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The California Public Utilities Commission approved a 12-year solar rebate program for low-income homeowners living in disadvantaged communities, extending California’s Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes program. A law passed in 2013 required the CPUC to seek ways to enable solar power in disadvantaged areas. [Solar Power World]

¶ A California renewable energy company is working to create the first wind farm in Knox County, Illinois. Orion Renewable Energy Group plans to bring the farm to the land north of Galesburg but south of the Henry County line. The project would include a maximum of 150 wind towers generating up to 300 MW of power. [Galesburg Register-Mail]

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