June 28 Energy News

June 28, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Can Wind Turbines Make You Sick?” • Whether the sound, audible or inaudible, actually impacts human health remains a deeply contested issue. Scientific consensus suggests it does not. Twenty-five peer-reviewed studies looking at a range of health effects have found that living near wind turbines does not pose a risk on human health. [NOVA Next]

Wind turbines

¶ “The single sentence that sums up the government’s latest betrayal of our future” • Just as the UK’s government decided to increase defence spending from 2% to 3% of GDP, it dropped support for “the world’s first tidal power lagoon” in Swansea. The Green Party observed, “The Government’s energy policy is in chaos.” [The Canary]

¶ “New coal doesn’t stack up – just look at Queensland’s renewable energy numbers” • Is all the pro-coal jockeying within the federal government actually necessary for the future of our energy or our economy? There is a reason why virtually all new generation being built in Australia is solar or wind energy. It is because PVs and wind are inexpensive. [Phys.Org]

Windy Hill (Credit: Leonard Low | Flickr | Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced that it would supply 136 wind turbines to Brazil’s Santa Luzia wind complex, which consists of 15 wind farms with a total capacity of 471 MW. Brazil’s installed wind energy capacity sits at 13 GW, including about 3 GW installed by Siemens Gamesa, and has another 5 GW in its pipeline. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Chinese solar PV maker JinkoSolar confirmed that it intends to ship between 11.5 and 12 GW of solar modules in 2018. It shipped 2,015 MW of solar modules in the first quarter. This is a decrease of 18.8% from the 2,481 MW shipped in the fourth quarter of 2017 and a 2.6% decrease on the 2,068 MW shipped in the first quarter of 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Inside the JinkoSolar factory

¶ Britain must set out policies and incentives to cut greenhouse gas emissions more, or the taxpayer will face higher costs to meet legally-binding targets for reductions, the government’s climate advisers said. Britain has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 43% from 1990 levels, but three quarters of that came from the power sector. [Reuters]

¶ Lord mayor Clover Moore’s plan to make half of Sydney’s power come from renewable energy has been supercharged by the launch of an industrial-sized Tesla Powerpack battery and solar installation. The Alexandra Canal transport depot is powered by about 1600 solar panels and supported by a 500-kWh battery. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Alexandra Canal Depot (Photo supplied)

¶ One of Scotland’s best known landscapes could become home to a transformational development to provide energy storage capable of meeting the country’s renewable ambitions. Red John, in Loch Ness, would follow the example of existing pumped-storage schemes by making use of two water sources connected by a pressure tunnel. [The Scotsman]

US:

¶ In Oregon, Eagle Point solar farm has a “solar apiary” that has agriculture with PVs. The owners believe the installation is the largest of its kind in the country. Utility-scale solar is sited with 48 beehives, covering 41 acres of land and providing pollination services to surrounding farms, while also producing electricity for the local grid. [Treehugger]

Bee visiting a flower (supersum, CC BY 2.0)

¶ For the first time, large-scale solar is coming to Wyoming. The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management gave the final environmental approval for Wyoming’s first utility-scale solar project located on roughly 700 acres of land in Sweetwater County. The Sweetwater Solar plant is a project of 174 Power Global. [pv magazine USA]

¶ The City of Albuquerque is installing 12 solar power systems using a bond that will be paid back with electricity savings. Along with this, the local police and fire facilities are increasing their resilience with onsite energy generation. Along the way, the city moves closer to 25% renewable electricity and local jobs are being created. [pv magazine USA]

SunEdison carport (SunEdison photo)

¶ Renewable energy sources accounted for more than one-fifth (20.05%) of net domestic electrical generation during the first third of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data released by the US Energy Information Administration. And solar power alone is now providing 2.07% of the nation’s electrical production. [Solar Power World]

¶ In Hawaii, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative signed a power purchase agreement with project developer and constructor AES Distributed Energy for 25 years, set at a price of 10.85¢/kWh. The utility said the facility will be one of its “lowest-cost power sources.” It has 19.3 MW of solar and 70 MWh of battery storage capacity. [Energy Storage News]

The coast of Kaua’i (Image: Flickr user Paul Bica)

¶ On June 22, Puerto Rico quietly asked the world to deliver one of the biggest battery systems ever built. The proposal, which was posted on a government website, calls for the island to add at least 200 MWh of batteries as it rebuilds in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. That is enough to supply 5% of the island’s peak electricity demand. [Quartz]

¶ The South Carolina House and Senate passed a proposal to cut temporarily SCE&G’s electric rates by almost 15%, almost wiping out the portion of the utility’s power bills that customers now pay for two abandoned nuclear reactors. Gov Henry McMaster threatened to veto the rate-cut bill, saying it does not protect customers well enough. [The State]

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