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November 7 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “What Happens When Solar Energy is Cheaper Than Local Electricity Prices?” There is an enormous battle behind the scenes over the nitty-gritty of everyday power plant operations, and making money from older, inefficient plants, as the price of solar power goes down. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • “The End of the Big Oil and Gas Game Has Come” Sheikh Ahmed-Zaki Yamani said in 2000, “Thirty years from now there will be a huge amount of oil – and no buyers. Oil will be left in the ground.” A decade and half later and we are coming to the end of Big Oil. Why? Pollution, grid parity, and competition with zero marginal costs. [Huffington Post]

World:

  • SunEdison has signed an agreement with the government of the Indian state of Rajasthan to set up 5 GW of solar power capacity over the next five years. The projects will be set up in increments of 500 MW. Rajasthan is particularly rich in solar resources and was among the first states in India to have a solar power plant. [CleanTechnica]
  • GE plans to begin construction of a 100-MW wind power farm in Kenya early next year and expects it to be up and running within 18 months after that, a company executive said on Thursday. Kenya is pushing to expand its power generation capacity by 5,000 MW by 2017 from about 1,700 MW now. [The Standard Digital News]
  • Quebec’s call for bids on 450 MW of wind energy received bids totaling 6627.5 MW. Hydro-Quebec Distribution received 54 submissions from 10 developers, including bids from established players such as EDF EN Canada, Boralex, Innergex, Invenergy and Northland Power. [reNews]
  • Cost differences between renewables and fossil fuels have guided new renewable energy additions, especially in developing countries. Market economics often made new fossil fuel generation cheaper, but those days are ending. Renewable electricity is now just as affordable an option as fossil fuel in 55 emerging nations. [Energy Collective]
  • There is more than enough geothermal energy in British Columbia to power the province’s grid, yet not one site has been developed. Geothermal energy has never been invited to bid on calls for power. In fact, with 150 known hot springs in western Canada, there isn’t a single developed geothermal site in the country. [CleanTechnica]
  • Enel Green Power and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad SA have signed 20-year supply contracts for two wind power projects and 25-year contracts for three solar projects in Chile. The contracts are worth approximately $2.3 billion. The wind and solar plants will have 307 MW of capacity. [reNews]

US:

  • Siemens Energy Management, Microsoft, and FuelCell Energy have produced the nation’s first zero-carbon, waste-to-energy data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The project uses biogas methane produced by common waste byproducts at the nearby Dry Creek wastewater facility to power the fuel cell system. [Broadway World]
  • Ice Energy today announced it has been awarded sixteen contracts from Southern California Edison to provide 25.6 MW of behind-the-meter thermal energy storage. Ice Energy’s proprietary Ice Bear system uses electricity at low-demand times to freeze water, which provides cooling during high demand periods. [Rock Hill Herald]
  • ISO New England Inc, the operator of the New England power system and wholesale electricity markets, issued its 2014 Regional System Plan. The plan guides long-term power-system planning efforts in New England, including identifying grid areas needing transmission upgrades and market responses. [MarketWatch]
  • Projections for a “death spiral” in the utility sector are premature, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The industry is being transformed by widespread adoption of distributed generation, but utilities, state lawmakers, and regulators are acting to refine utility cost-recovery models, decreasing the threat of disruption. [Platts]
  • Vestas has received an order for 100 turbines for First Wind’s 200MW South Plains wind farm in Texas. The Danish manufacturer expects to deliver V100 2-MW machines in late 2015. The deal includes supply and commissioning as well as a 10-year service agreement. [reNews]

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