October 4 Energy News

October 4, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Pairing Wind and Solar for 24-Hour Renewable Energy” • Invenergy is starting with a 175-MW wind farm. Within that, it plans to build a 150-MW solar farm. They will produce enough electricity together for about 175,000 homes. The wind and solar energy complement each other, because they hit their peaks at different times. [InsideClimate News]

Invenergy’s Grand Ridge project in Illinois (Invenergy)

¶ “The cost of carbon capture: is it worth incorporating into the energy mix?” • The high cost of carbon capture and storage has thus far kept the technology from entering mainstream use, though it is held as one of the few means of keeping fossil fuels in the global energy mix without inciting further environmental damage. [Power Technology]

World:

¶ “Alberta Government issues RFP for 135,000 MWh of solar” • The Government of Alberta has said it is committed to buying renewable energy certificates equivalent to 135,000 MWh of solar electricity over the next 20 years. This is enough to power around 18,750 homes and equivalent to 55% of the government’s electricity needs. [pv magazine International]

Alberta legislature building (Image: Zeitlupe, Wikipedia)

¶ “SoftBank CEO Offers Free Solar Power to ISA Countries After the End of 25-Year PPA” • Talking at the Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son announced, “I will give free power from solar power projects after 25 years of PPA to all [International Solar Alliance] member countries.” [Mercom India]

¶ “Modi fires starting gun on India’s National Energy Storage Mission” • India’s prime minister Narendra Modi made an official commitment towards the launch of the country’s first National Energy Storage Mission. He said India could see clean energy business opportunities worth $70 billion to $80 billion in the next four years. [Energy Storage News]

Solar array (Image: Tata Solar)

¶ “Group calls for 70% target for renewable electricity by 2030” • A report from energy and utilities analysts Baringa concludes it is technically possible and cost neutral to the consumer to use renewable energy to supply 70% of Ireland’s electricity needs by 2030. A group representing renewable energy providers is now calling for that goal. [Irish Times]

¶ “Siemens, AES puts store in England” • Fluence, a Siemens and AES joint venture, is to provide battery systems totalling 60 MW to the second phase of UK Power Reserve’s 120-MW energy storage portfolio in England. The contract builds on a previous deal for the 60-MW first phase of the portfolio, which is under construction. [reNEWS]

Battery storage (AES image)

¶ “Australia installed solar capacity to double to 18 GW by 2020” • Australia’s installed capacity of solar is expected to double to 18 GW in the next two years as a wave of new large scale projects are completed and customers continue to turn to solar to reduce their electricity bills. One analyst expects up to 4 GW installed this year. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Finnish main course for Nordex titan” • German turbine manufacturer Nordex has secured its first large-scale order for the N149/4.0-4.5 series unit for the 81-MW Hedet wind farm in Finland. A total of 18 machines with 135-meter towers will be delivered and installed at the site under a turnkey deal with developer Neoen. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Nordex image)

¶ “Britvic moves to 100% renewable electricity in its British business” • Britvic now powers all of its British operations from 100% renewable electricity, the UK-based beverage maker has announced, after securing a four-year deal with energy provider E.ON. It will save the equivalent of over 17,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. [FoodBev.com]

¶ “Areva’s Finnish reactor may face further delays” • Finland’s proposed Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, which is already more than a decade behind schedule, may face further postponements, according to plant operator Teollisuuden Voima. After repeated delays and soaring costs, TVO said the final testing phase is now running late. [Reuters]

Olkiluoto 3 (Jussi Rosendahl | Reuters | File Photo)

¶ “Hinkley Point builder feels heat for French reactor failings” • The company building the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant has been rebuked by French safety regulators for failings in the construction of a prototype reactor in Normandy. The reactor EDF is building at Flamanville has the same design that it plans to use at Hinkley Point. [The Times]

US:

¶ “Organic Valley to Become 100% Renewably Powered in 2019” • Organic Valley, a cooperative of organic farmers, announced the details of its community solar partnership. The project enables Organic Valley to share the benefits of solar energy with its rural neighbors and become the largest food company to be 100% renewably powered. [waste360]

Organic Valley solar and wind

¶ “Trump names pro-fossil ideologue to fill vacant FERC seat” • Trump appointed Bernard McNamee to fill the seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that was vacated when Robert Powelson stepped down. McNamee has been a champion of a coal and nuclear bailout and has written about benefits of fossil fuels. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Drift and Budweiser Partner to Increase Renewable Energy Use” • Drift, a new power company that uses high-frequency trading and AI to provide 100% renewable, low-cost, local power, and Budweiser, which is moving to 100% renewable energy, are partnering to help power customers get low-cost local 100% renewable power. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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