August 10 Energy News

August 10, 2018


¶ “The NEG’s failure to factor in climate change will cost our Pacific neighbours dearly” • As political leaders from across the country meet to determine the fate of the embattled National Energy Guarantee, they must be under no illusion as to how Australia’s backwardness on climate change is perceived by our Pacific island neighbours. [ABC News]

Children and the sea (Photo: Darren James)


¶ “Ontario’s provincial power company buys US renewable energy firm for $388 Million” • Ontario’s government-owned power company is making its first foray outside the province. It made a deal to buy Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, based in New Jersey, for $388 million. Eagle Creek’s 63 small hydropower facilities have a total 216 MW of capacity. [National Observer]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Norway joy” • Siemens Gamesa is to supply 51 wind turbines totalling 208 MW to the Engie’s Tonstad wind farm in Norway. The order covers the turbines well as a long-term service agreement. Electricity from the project will be sold to a subsidiary of Norwegian aluminium producer Hydro under a 25-year power purchase agreement. [reNews]

Wind turbine (Image: Siemens Gamesa)

¶ “Mainstream Aurora rises in Chile” • Mainstream Renewable Power has installed the first of 43 turbines at its 129-MW Aurora wind farm in Chile. The $210 million project will comprise Senvion 3-MW machines with heights of 180 metres and rotor diameters of 122 metres. The project is located in the Los Lagos region of southern Chile. [reNews]

¶ “Portugal Announces Extensive Solar Power Plans During Record-Breaking Heat Wave” • After getting 103% of its national electricity needs in March from renewables, the country proved that it is indeed becoming a green energy leader. Hydro supplies 55% of Portugal’s renewable energy, and 42% is from wind; now it is turning to solar power. [South EU Summit]

Hydropower project in Portugal (Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Energy plan shuts out WA and risks $2 billion in renewables investment, McGowan government says” • Western Australia says the NEG excluded it in a move that creates investment uncertainty and threatens $2 billion worth of renewable energy projects. The head of the board that drafted the policy, described the concerns as “silly.” [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “States give conditional support to National Energy Guarantee, but more talks to come” • The Turnbull Government is a step closer to settling a national policy on electricity and emissions. The Federal Government released a draft of the energy bill and the states will now wait to see what happens in Coalition party discusses of the policy next week. [ABC News]

Mt Miller wind farm

¶ “National Energy Guarantee to next be discussed on Tuesday” • Energy ministers agreed in-principle to support the NEG. If a Coalition party room meeting agrees and energy ministers give it final approval, a draft legislation on changes to current law will be released for public consultation over a four-week period before Parliament considers it. [Tasmania Examiner]

¶ “Flow Power contract to underpin Windlab’s new Queensland wind farm” • Flow Power, a rapidly expanding business-focused retailer, has signed another contract with a new renewable energy project, the Lakeland wind farm, adding to the growing portfolio of wind and solar projects it is using to deliver cheaper electricity to corporate customers. [RenewEconomy]

Musselroe wind farm


¶ “US Renewables Are Closing In on Nuclear Generation” • The US nuclear industry has been stalled for decades. Now cheap wind and solar deployments are taking a lead over it. In the first five months of 2018, renewables produced 20.17% of US electricity and nuclear produced 20.14%, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Danish Firm Moving big into U.S. Wind Energy Development” • Danish offshore wind farm developer Ørsted is making a big move onshore by acquiring a major renewable energy company in the US. Ørsted announced it is buying 100% of Lincoln Clean Energy for about $580 million (€500 million ) from I Squared Capital. [Electric Light & Power]

Parts waiting to be assembled into a wind turbine

¶ “Richard Branson-Owned Clean Energy Firm Buys Solar Plant Damaged By Hurricane Maria” • BMR Energy, a clean energy company owned by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, has stepped in to acquire a 4-MW solar plant on St Croix which was damaged by Hurricane Maria and has been running below 45% capacity ever since. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Missouri’s clean energy industry is growing but some employers say hiring is not easy” • Clean energy companies in Missouri are finding it difficult to hire qualified workers, even as the number of residents in the state working in energy efficiency, electric transportation, and renewable energy grows. The shortage of job seekers could take its toll. [KBIA]

Solar array in Missouri (Maria Altman | St Louis Public Radio)

¶ “NY examines offshore links” • The New York Power Authority is leading a study into European offshore wind transmission models to help guide development of the sector. The study will assess best practices for connecting offshore wind projects to mainland grids and examine ways costs have been reduced, focusing on physical design. [reNews]

¶ “Walmart Releases Global Responsibility Report, Inches Closer to 100% Renewable Energy Goal” • Walmart released a summary of its eleventh annual Global Responsibility Report, highlighting the company’s progress in fiscal year 2018 to increase economic opportunity, strengthen local communities, and enhance supply chain sustainability. [Energy Manager Today]

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