August 8 Energy News

August 8, 2018

World:

¶ “China’s Qinghai province runs on renewables for 216 hours” • Qinghai province reached a milestone for renewable energy by running on renewables for a full 216-hour period. The province was powered entirely by wind, solar and hydropower for nine days at the end of June, according to wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind. [Energy Digital]

Qinghai

¶ “Polish Government Approves Amendment To Support More Renewable Energy” • An amendment was approved by the upper house of the Polish parliament to support more investment in green energy. This might be a step in the right direction for a country which relies heavily on coal, but it still needs to receive the President’s signature. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ireland Approves Renewable Energy Support Scheme, Aiming For 2019 Auction” • In late July, the Irish Government approved its long-awaited Renewable Electricity Support Scheme. The first RESS auction is set to take place next year and is designed to deliver “shovel ready” projects to get Ireland back on track to meet EU emissions goals. [CleanTechnica]

Irish wind farm

¶ “Dominican Republic to add 240 MW of wind, solar in coming months” • A Dominican Republic Electrical Industry Association announcement said that 240.3 MW of wind and solar projects will be connected to its grid in the coming months. Five large-scale renewable energy projects include 182.3 MW of wind power and 58 MW of solar capacity. [Renewables Now]

¶ “City of Strasbourg pushing a green revolution with geothermal as large part of it” • A few km north of Strasbourg, a well drilled to a depth of 4,680 m can get water at 220° C, the hottest well of France at this depth. The site will eventually supply a hot water and heating network for public institutions, businesses, and over 20,000 housing units. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Strasbourg (Valentin R | flickr, creative commons)

¶ “France approves 720 MW of new solar power” • The French government gave the go ahead to 103 new solar power projects. The Ministry of Ecology and Solidary Transition said they represent an estimated 720 MW of power capacity. France has a target set by the ministry to tender 2,450 MW of new solar energy each year. [Climate Action Programme]

¶ “British Virgin Islands Turn To Renewable Energy After Hurricane Irma” • With winds of 185 miles per hour, Irma left the British Virgin Islands with 400 miles of uprooted electrical cables. Like most small islands, BVI depended on traditional energy sources, but post-Irma they have found new opportunities with renewable energy. [Green Matters]

Cruz Bay St Johns

Australia:

¶ “Victoria toughens negotiating stance on national energy guarantee” • The state of Victoria made four demands for its approval of Australia’s NEG. Emissions reduction targets must increase over time; future targets will need to be set by regulation; the targets will need to be set every three years; and the emissions registry must be fully transparent. [The Guardian]

¶ “Blockchain enables Australia’s peer-to-peer power trading kick-off” • Cheap solar electricity will be traded among neighboring residents in apartment blocks in Western Australia, in a project supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The trading scheme uses Power Ledger, a computer technology based on blockchain. [Energy Storage News]

Solar powered homes in Western Australia
(Smart Energy Council | Yolk Property Group)

¶ “Energy minister rejects Victorian demand” • Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has torpedoed a list of demands from Victoria that could have secured the state’s support for the Turnbull government’s energy policy. State and territory energy ministers will meet with Mr Frydenberg in Sydney on Friday to discuss the design of the National Energy Guarantee. [SBS]

US:

¶ “Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone Is 3 Times Larger Than Long-Term Targets” • NOAA predicts that the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life, will be about average in dimension by the end of the summer. Unfortunately, that means the dead zone is three times larger than long-term established targets. [CleanTechnica]

Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (EPA image)

¶ “Study Finds California Can Close 28 Natural Gas Plants Immediately Without Affecting Electricity Reliability” • California can retire at least 28 of its natural gas plants because they are not needed to meet its electricity needs and do not help for carbon emissions goals, analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists said. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

¶ “Raimondo vows emission curbs in energy plan” • Gov Gina Raimondo called for mandatory emissions restrictions in Rhode Island as part of her plan to remake the state’s energy system and increase investments in clean power sources. She announced her energy plan in the offices of Deepwater Wind, builder of the first US offshore wind farm. [newportri.com]

Block Island Wind Farm (Ionna22, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Partnership grow local renewable energy” • The Vermont Public Power Supply Authority and Encore Renewable Energy announced a partnership to pursue development of about 10 MW of solar capacity on behalf of VPPSA’s Member municipal utilities. Encore will lead design, development, financing, and construction of solar projects. [Vermont Biz]

¶ “NJ Politics Digest: Feds Might Quash State Plan to Have Residents Bail Out Nuke Plant” • Earlier this year, New Jersey adopted legislation forcing ratepayers to pay subsidies to help bail out a nuclear power plant. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that state subsidies of nuclear and renewable energy are “unjust and unreasonable.” [Observer]

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