Monday, May 25, 2020

Electricity System News

innogy Applauds Ireland's Offshore Wind Push

Illustration only. Image by Peterjohn Chisholm - AdobeStock

innogy Renewables Ireland, the joint developer of Dublin Array Offshore Wind Farm, has this week welcomed the announcement by Ireland's Minister of State, Damien English TD, of a clear road map for the development of offshore wind energy in Ireland. The government earlier this week announced the seven offshore wind energy projects that have been designated as Relevant Projects. These are offshore wind projects that either applied for or were granted a lease under the Foreshore Act 1933…

TenneT, Vattenfall Pact on Hollandse Kust Zuid

TenneT’s offshore transformer platform (artist’s impression). Image: TenneT Holding

European transmission system operator TenneT Holding and offshore and wind farm developer Vattenfall  have signed agreements for the offshore grid connection for the Hollandse Kust Zuid I and II wind farms.The agreements concern the realisation of the connection and the transmission of electricity between the 700 MW wind farm of Vattenfall and the TenneT Hollandse Kust Zuid Alpha offshore platform…

Tax Sops for Shore-Side Electricity Supply for Ships in EU

Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General. Photo: The European Sea Ports Organisation

The Transport committee of the European Parliament supported yesterday the removal of tax barriers for the uptake of shore-side electricity supply (OPS) in ports for ships at berth.The Ertug report on the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU which was voted by the Transport committee, pointed out that taxation has a major impact on the price competitiveness of alternative…

Total, Siemens Hope to Sign Cuban LNG Deal Soon

French energy firm Total SA and German industrial giant Siemens AG hope to sign a deal soon with Cuba to build a 600 megawatt gas-fired power plant on the island, according to diplomats and businessmen with knowledge of the talks.The two are leading a consortium that has been in negotiations with Communist-run Cuba since last year when they won a tender for the project, said the sources, who did not identify the other members"Total…

Fortum Contracted to Raise Finland's Solar Power Capacity

Photo: Fortum

Finland's Fortum, a majority state-owned utility company, won a tender to increase Finland's total solar production capacity by nearly 30 percent, the firm said on Monday. Fortum will install a solar electricity system on rooftops of about 40 commercial buildings across Finland. Even though their combined output will be of only 10 megawatts (MW), the project will be the biggest ever of its kind in the Nordics.

Energy Island: Europeans Mull North Sea Hub

Image: TenneT

A plan set in motion by three European transmission system operators (TSO) aims to develop mammoth offshore wind farm infrastructure in the North Sea supported by at least one manmade island. First unveiled in June 2016, plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub project will now press ahead to develop a large offshore renewable European electricity system following the signing of a trilateral agreement by TenneT TSO B.V.

Canada's Ontario to Scale Back Renewable Energy Purchases

Ontario will scale back its purchase of renewable power, a move expected to save up to C$3.8 billion ($2.86 billion) in electricity system costs relative to a 2013 forecast, the government of the Canadian province said on Tuesday. The government said it will immediately suspend the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer Program, halting procurement of over 1…

ABB Debuts Digital Substation

Control room - ABB's digital grid approach Photo ABB

Digital substations as key elements in future-oriented power grids to improve efficiency, safety and system visibility. ABB is presenting its digital substation model at the Cigré conference and exhibition, in Paris from August 22-26, 2016, a leading global platform for power experts and a showcase for the latest technology developments in the sector. Digital substations will be a key component of next generation grids as they enable smarter power systems.

Portugal to Build Sustainable Energy System

Portugal has continued to develop and reform its energy policies since the previous International Energy Agency (IEA) in-depth review in 2009 Image IEA

Portugal must maintain its efforts to deliver a financially sustainable energy system, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today as it also urged the Portuguese government to build stronger energy links between the Iberian Peninsula and France. Speaking at the launch of an IEA review of Portuguese energy policies, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol encouraged Portugal to maintain efforts to resolve the so-called tariff deficit…

ABB Integrates Baltics with European Grid

Courtesy ABB

ABB has commissioned and handed over a high-voltage power transmission link to the Lithuanian transmission system operator Litgrid. The LitPol Link is the final step of the European Union’s Baltic Ring initiative to interconnect the grids of nine countries around the Baltic Sea: Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. ABB’s high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link…

Britain's Coal Transition Holds Lessons for China

Britain's last deep coal mine closed on Friday, bringing the curtain down on an industry that once employed more than 1 million miners at over 3,000 collieries. Coal helped Britain become the first modern industrial power, fuelling her factories, steel works, ships and railways in the 19th century, when the country became famous as the workshop of the world ("Energy transitions", Smil, 2010). Contemporary observers believed Britain's imperial might was bound up with the future of her mines…

APVI Upgrades Popular Live Solar Map

Popular live solar map upgraded

The Australian PV Institute (APVI) has released an enhanced version of its live PV solar map. The map now monitors more than 5500 systems, double the previous amount. This extra allows energy stakeholders to access more data and more detailed and accurate output estimates from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed across Australia. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said ARENA was pleased to have provided $430,000 funding support to the map’s development.

Green Investments Up After Two-Year Decline

Renewables investment last year up nearly 17 pct to $270 bln. Global green energy investment surged in 2014, after two years of decline, due to a solar boom in China and Japan and record offshore wind investment in Europe, a U.N.-backed report showed. Renewables investment reached $270.2 billion last year, 16.6 percent above 2013 investment of $231.8 billion, said the report backed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Eskom Repairs Three Units, Builds Up Diesel and Water

South Africa's Eskom was able to repair three out-of-service units and build up its diesel and water reserves after instituting rolling black-outs over the weekend, the state-owned power utility said on Monday. The move restored much-needed power back into South Africa's ailing grid although the utility said supply would remain tight. "The electricity system will remain constrained this week requiring…

India, Indonesia on Different Coal Paths

India, poised to become the world's largest importer of thermal coal, appears to be opening up its domestic mining sector to foreign competition just as Indonesia, its biggest supplier, is making it harder for exporters. On a superficial level it appears that India and Indonesia are choosing different paths for their coal sectors, but the policies being pursued by the countries' new, reform-minded leaders may have more in common than first appearances suggest.

CEE Power Prices Fall on Lower Consumption

Declining power consumption across central Europe heading into a holiday pushed day-ahead prices lower across the region on Wednesday, outweighing any impact on spot prices in Poland from a major power plant outage, traders said. Czech electricity for Thursday delivery dipped 2.30 euros to 32.20 euros ($43.12) in the over-the-counter market, while Hungarian day-ahead prices fell 5.40 euros to 40.50 euros.

Political Meddling at root of India's Power Problems

For decades, India's power engineers had a dream: "One Nation. One Grid. At the start of this year, that vision was realised. India finally has a nationwide power system stretching from Tamil Nadu in the south to Kashmir in the north, Gujarat in the west to Nagaland in the east. On Dec. 31, India commissioned the last link, a high-voltage transmission line between Raichur and Solapur, connecting the southern regional grid to the four other grids serving the north…

Weak Middle East Oil Investment Could Drive Pricing

Total of $40 trillion needs to be invested in energy supply by 2035; Investment more than double in 2013 compared to 2000. Upstream spending dominated by LNG. A potential shortfall in investment in production in the Middle East could create a $15 spike in the oil price by 2025, the energy arm of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said. The world will need to invest…