July 5 Energy News

July 5, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ Global warming may eventually be twice what is projected by climate models, and sea levels may rise six metres or more even if the world meets the 2°C target, according to an international team of researchers from 17 countries. The findings are based on observational evidence from three warm periods over the past 3.5 million years. [UNSW Newsroom]

Sunset (Photo: Patrik Linderstam, Unsplash)

¶ A study published by the UK National Oceanographic Centre warned that rising sea levels could cost the world economy £10 trillion ($14 trillion) a year by 2100. It argued that failure to meet the UN’s 2° C warming limits could have catastrophic effects. The findings were published in the science journal Environmental Research Letters. [Express.co.uk]

World:

¶ The Indian state governments have resolved to electrify every household in the country by December. The Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy, addressing a conference of power and renewable energy ministers of states and union territories,  said states have given written assurances to meet the household electrification deadlines. [Business Line]

Indian rooftop solar system

¶ GE won a contract to supply variable speed equipment for the massive new $1.87 billion Fengning hydropower and pumped storage project in China’s Hebei Province. The Fengning power plant is billed as the biggest facility of its kind in the world. It has a capacity of 3.6 GW. The pumped storage will add another 1.8 GW of capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Ideol’s 2-MW Floatgen floating wind turbine at the SEM-REV test center in France is ready to supply its first power after the replacement of a defective connection box. Marine consultancy Mojo Maritime carried out the operation. Final validation checks on the connection revealed an insulation defect in the 25 km long underwater cable. [reNews]

Floatgen (Image: Ideol BYTP Centrale Nantes)

¶ NKT has secured a €145 million ($169.5 million) contract from Ørsted to supply export cabling for the 1386-MW Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm off the east coast of Yorkshire. The deal is for delivery of three far-shore wires totalling over 190 km in length. They will transmit power for about 50% of the whole offshore wind project. [reNews]

¶ Swedish utilities and power generators have already installed so many wind turbines that the nation is on course to reach its 2030 renewable energy target this year. By December, Sweden will have 3,681 wind turbines installed, lobby group Swedish Wind Energy Association estimated. The turbines will supply enough power to meet the 2030 goal. [Business Day]

Wind turbines in Sweden (Supplied image)

¶ The renewable energy sector created 47,000 new jobs in India in 2017, employing 432,000 people, according to a recent report by the inter-governmental International Renewable Energy Agency. In all, India had 20% of the more than 500,000 new green jobs created globally in 2017. There are now 721,000 green sector jobs in India. [Business Standard]

¶ British solar power firm Proinso said it has partnered with Joules Power Ltd, based in Bangladesh, on a 28-MW solar project in the Asian country. The PV park is the first utility-scale facility of its kind in Bangladesh and will be commissioned this month. The plant’s annual output is expected to be 43,000 MWh, when it is working at peak capacity. [Renewables Now]

Solar park in Bangladesh (Proinso image)

Australia:

¶ A Queensland-led coal push is intensifying as the Turnbull government pushes for the national energy guarantee. At the state Liberal and National Parties coalition conference there are several motions expected calling for a new coal-fired power station and an end to renewable subsidies. Nuclear power will also be on the agenda. [The Guardian]

¶ Monash University has committed to buying green energy from the Murra Warra Wind Farm in western Victoria, in a new deal that brings the university closer to its target of 100% renewables. The long-term power purchase agreement is part of the 226-MW first stage of the wind farm. It is expected to be fully operational in 2019. [RenewEconomy]

Australian wind farm

¶ June was a big month for the Danish wind turbine maker Vestas. In the last six days of the month alone, the company secured and announced receiving nine orders for a total of 803 MW of wind turbine capacity. These add to the 1,354 MW announced through the first three weeks of the month, bringing the total orders for June to 2,157 MW. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ The cost of burning coal is rising, while the cost of renewable forms of energy is going down, according to a recent study commissioned by the Sierra Club. An independent company, Energy Strategies, was contracted for the study. Its analysis showed that wind and solar power tend to be less expensive for consumers than coal. [Utah Public Radio]

Coal plant in Utah (Photo: Arbryreed | Flickr.com)

¶ EDP Renewables North America is to sell electricity from two wind farms in Illinois and Indiana, totalling 405 MW, to three commercial and industrial companies. The power is covered by four 15-year power purchase agreements. The Illinois wind farm is expected to start operations next year, and the Indiana project is to come online in 2020. [reNews]

¶ A report by the Bonneville Power Administration and the state of Montana says Montana can now provide 360 MW of renewable energy to the Northwest, and more capacity will be available after the partial shutdown of the Colstrip power plant by 2022. One person commented that Colstrip’s power can be replaced with renewables at minimal cost. [Chem.Info]

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