July 27 Energy News

July 27, 2018

World:

¶ “Wind and solar power could provide more than third of Europe’s energy by 2030” • By trading energy between countries with different weather, Europe could make the most of wind and solar power, a study of future of weather and energy in Europe indicated. Europe could use renewables for over two-thirds of its electricity by 2030. [Imperial College London]

Solar and wind power

¶ “Utility of Munich successfully drills first well of ambitious geothermal heating project” • A report by TiefeGeothermie said the city utility of Munich, Stadtwerke München, announced that drilling of its first well for the new planned combined heat and power plant South in Munich has been successful. Drilling took about three months. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

¶ “Finns fire 50 MW start gun” • A long-term corporate power purchase agreement has been signed for power generated by a 50-MW wind farm in Finland, and CPC Finland started construction. The wind farm will feature 12 Vestas 4.2-MW turbines, and the company said the wind farm is being built without any need for subsidies. [reNews]

Wind farm (Pixabay image)

¶ “Punjab approves renewable projects of Rs 100 crore” • The Punjab government approved renewable energy projects worth ₹100 crore ($15 million), its energy minister said. The approvals cover nine small hydro projects totalling 5.55 MW capacity, one bio-CNG project involving, and a bio-Coal Plant, all to be set up by private players. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Australia:

¶ “Renewables power ahead in Australia” • Analysis by Green Energy Markets shows the National Electricity Market is on track to get 33% renewable electricity by 2020, with some states doing much better. But the report claims solar jobs will be lost unless the National Energy Guarantee’s 26% emissions reduction target is lifted. [pv magazine International]

Solar power (Image: First Solar)

¶ “Renewable crude oil made using sewage? It’s happening in Australia” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has given A$4 million ($2.96) in funding to a project looking to turn sewage into renewable crude oil, which will eventually provide fuel to power cars and jets. What you flush down the loo could be made into jet fuel. [Compelo]

¶ “State sitting in clean power top spot” • Projections by the Green Energy Markets’ June Renewable Energy Index show that Tasmania will be producing 99.6% of the power it consumes with renewables in less than two years. If the projects in Tasmania’s pipeline are all built, it will produce over 120% of the power it needs and become an exporter. [The Advocate]

Tasmania (Advocate file photo)

¶ “Victoria’s biggest solar farm reaches financial close, to power steel works” • The Numurkah solar farm has reached financial close and will begin construction next week. At 100 MW (AC), it will be the largest solar facility in Victoria, at least for a while. The $198 million facility will help power the Laverton step works in the state. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “OPPD partner’s wind power project will continue utility’s renewable energy growth” • Once a new private wind power project in Nebraska comes online in late 2019, Omaha Public Power District’s renewable portion of its energy mix would make up 40%, a spokeswoman confirmed. The figure was less than 20% as in 2016. [Omaha World-Herald]

Grande Prairie Wind Project (Megan Farmer | The World-Herald)

¶ “Georgia Power seeks more than 100 MW of solar RFPs” • Georgia Power is continuing to grow renewable energy in Georgia through the Renewable Energy Development Initiative, originally approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission in 2016. The company is now accepting bids for over 100 MW of new distributed solar power. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Top Interior officials ordered parks to end science policy, emails show” • Policy enacted in the final weeks of the Obama administration elevated the role of science for decision-making and emphasized that parks should take precautionary steps to protect natural and historic treasures. Newly released emails show how that policy was rescinded. [PRI]

Grand Canyon (Credit: Stephanie Keith | Reuters)

¶ “Report Knocks Rhode Island for Dirty Renewables” • A national study by the environmental advocacy group Food & Water Watch draws attention to Rhode Island’s use of highly polluting wood and other questionable “clean energy” sources that the state considers renewable. The recent report grades 29 states and Washington, DC. [ecoRI news]

¶ “Tesla, Others Help Puerto Ricans Go Solar” • The US territory is turning to renewable energy sources to keep the lights on during tropical storms. Ten months after Hurricane Maria, a heavy rain or wind is enough to cause power loss in many areas. But homes and businesses are beginning to switch to solar PVs for energy. [U.S. News & World Report]

Solar installation in Puerto Rico (Dennis M Rivera Pichardo | AP)

¶ “Revised Settlement Over Shutdown Costs for former Edison Nuclear Plant Approved” • A revised settlement over shutdown costs for the San Onofre nuclear power plant was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. It pushes more of the $5.5 billion tab onto shareholders of majority parent Edison International. [Los Angeles Business Journal]

¶ “Uranium leaked at South Carolina nuclear fuel plant but regulators think water supply isn’t threatened” • Some uranium leaked through a hole in the floor of a nuclear fuel plant in South Carolina. State health officials say they do not think it threatens water supplies.The plant makes fuel rods for commercial nuclear reactors. [The Japan Times]

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