Hawaii mandates 100 percent
renewable energy by 2045
Hawaii lawmakers voted 74-2 to pass
NextEra Energy breaks ground
the nation’s first state-wide requirement
for 100 percent renewable energy gener-
ation. House Bill (HB) 623 mandates that
the entirety of the state’s energy portfo-
lios must be generated using renewable
energy resources no later than 2045./.
As reported by eSolarEnergyNews, Jeff
Mikulina, Executive Director of the Blue
Planet Foundation said, “Hawaii law-
makers made history passing this legis-
lation--not only for the islands, but for
the planet. Passage of this measure is a
historic step towards a fossil fuel-free Ha-
waii. This visionary policy is a promise to
future generations that their lives will be
powered not by climate-changing fossil
fuel, but by clean, local, and sustainable
sources of energy.”
“Local renewable projects are already
cheaper than liquid natural gas and oil,”
said Chris Lee, Chairman of the House
Energy and Environmental Protection
Committee and introducer of HB 623.
“Our progress toward meeting our renew-
able energy standards has already saved
local residents hundreds of millions on
their electric bills. Moving to 100 percent
renewable energy will do more to reduce
energy prices for local residents in the
long term than almost anything else we
House Bill 623 also increases interim
requirements for renewable energy to 30
percent by 2020. Last year, Hawaii gen-
erated about 22 percent of its electricity
from renewable resources.
on New York solar projects
NextEra Energy Resources started
construction on two distributed generation solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Oneida County, New York.
The systems will have the capacity
to produce 5.2-MW of solar power.
“The state of New York has made a
Panel backs plan for
commitment to a cleaner energy future,
and we’re happy to play a role in helping
them to achieve this vision,” said Matt
Handel, vice president of development for
NextEra Energy Resources. “Now we’re
entering the most exciting phase of a solar
project, watching the system come to life
and begin generating clean, reliable pow-
er for the local community.”
The two systems will feature 17,086
solar modules from Suntech Power and
Canadian Solar. Oneida County will pur-
chase the electricity generated under a
25-year power purchase agreement with
Next Era Energy, which will own, operate
and maintain the systems for the life of
nuclear waste disposal
near Lake Huron
A Canadian advisory panel has endorsed a long-debated plan to bury waste
from nuclear power plants less than a
mile from Lake Huron.
The Joint Review Panel made its recommendation in a report to Canada’s
environment minister, who is expected to
render a decision within 120 days.
Publicly owned Ontario Power Gener-ation wants to bury 7. 1 million cubic feet
of low- and intermediate-level waste from
nuclear plants about 2,230 feet below the
earth’s surface at the Bruce Power generating station near Kincardine, Ontario.
Company officials say it would be entombed in rock and wouldn’t reach the
lake. Opponents say there’s no way to
assure that, as some material would be
radioactive for centuries.
The advisory panel says it concluded
the project is unlikely to harm the environment, including Lake Huron.
CHP market worth $14 billion
a year by 2024
The combined heat and power (CHP)
market is expected to be worth $14 bil-
lion annually by 2024. That’s according to
a report recently published by Navigant
The forecasted growth is thought to
be due to the concerns of policymakers,
utilities, and facility owners about grid
reliability, electricity demand, and greenhouse gas emissions.
“While the market as a whole is expe-
riencing steady growth, CHP’s penetra-
tion into global building infrastructure
has been minimal,” says Brett Feldman,
senior research analyst with Navigant
Research. “In 2015, globally, the techni-
cal potential of floor space that could be
served by commercial CHP is estimated at
441 billion square feet—but only a frac-
tion of this total can be realistically served
due to the high upfront capital cost asso-
ciated with these types of systems.”
In addition to the high upfront ex-
pense, additional conditions including
high spark spreads, thermal require-
ments, and utility cooperation must be
present for installed systems to be viable
according to the report.
As such, the majority of today’s installations are confined to developed areas
such as the United States, Northern Europe, South Korea, and Japan.
Con Edison acquires 140 MW
of solar power projects
Con Edison Development, a unit of
Consolidated Edison, bought six solar
photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 140-
MW from a PV project portfolio developed through a joint venture between
SolarReserve and GCL Solar Energy.
Ranging in size from 20-MW to 25-
MW, the projects acquired by Con Edison
Development are in Tulare, Kings and
Fresno counties. The projects are all fully
permitted, with interconnection agreements in place.
Power purchase agreements have been
secured with Southern California Edison
(SCE) for four of the projects and with Pacific Gas & Electric for the remaining two.
The acquisition adds to Con Edison