June 17 Energy News

June 17, 2016

World:

¶ Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, has announced it will divest from investments in coal, oil, and gas, following a one-and-a-half year citizen-led campaign. The city declared that it would withdraw investments in coal, oil, and gas companies, amounting to about $3.5 million. [CleanTechnica]

Stockholm

Stockholm

¶ The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has floated a draft policy for large-scale development of geothermal power projects in the country. The policy calls for installed geothermal power capacity of 1 GW by 2022, which will then be increased to 10 GW by 2030. [Planetsave]

¶ The energy and climate change select committee has called on the UK government to split up National Grid to radically change the way power transmission and distribution is operated. Their inquiry report recommends transferring system operation from National Grid to a more distributed system. [reNews]

T pylon (National Grid)

T pylon (National Grid)

¶ Lebanon plans to bulk up on renewable-energy assets beyond just rooftop solar in a move that could wean reliance on fossil fuels and avoid blackouts, according to a government agency. The country is currently dependent on imported fossil fuels for its power. [Bloomberg]

¶ Volkswagen plans to launch 30 all-electric models to reposition itself as a leader in “green” transport. VW’s chief executive said huge investments would be needed as the firm moves beyond the “dieselgate” scandal. He hopes that all-electric cars would account for about 20-25% of sales by 2025. [BBC]

VW e-Golf electric car in Norway. Photo by Norsk Elbilforening (Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association). CC BY-SA 2.0 generic. Wikimedia Commons.

VW e-Golf. Photo by Norsk Elbilforening (Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association). CC BY-SA 2.0 generic. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is pushing coal power, both at home and through exporting technology abroad. At the same time, some of Japan’s powerful trading houses are cutting or freezing coal investments over concerns about the environmental fallout. [Financial Express]

¶ Alberta and Saskatchewan are renewable energy laggards, while Ontario and Quebec are leaders, according to a new report from Clean Energy Canada. While $78 million was spent in Alberta and $60 million in Saskatchewan, investment in Ontario was $5.3 billion. [CBC.ca]

Magrath Wind Power Project in southern Alberta. Photo by Chuck Szmurlo. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Magrath Wind Power Project in southern Alberta. Photo by Chuck Szmurlo. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The outlook for Australia’s four remaining big brown coal generators looks bleak following the Victorian Labor government’s decision to set a 40% renewable energy target for 2025. The inherent inflexibility of the ageing brown coal power stations marginalizes their capacity. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Hive Energy is set to become the first British company to net a major PV project contract in Cuba. Hive Energy will develop a 50-MW installation. It will stand as the first utility-scale site to be developed in the country and is expected to generate up to 93 GWh of electricity annually. [PV-Tech]

The 50-MW project is expected to generate up to 93 GWh of electricity annually. Image: Hive Energy

The 50-MW project is expected to generate up to 93 GWh of electricity annually. Image: Hive Energy

¶ The Japanese nuclear industry has had another setback, as it tries to recover after the Fukushima Disaster. A Japanese court upheld an order to keep two reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant closed, leaving efforts to get the struggling industry up and running in limbo. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ Canadian renewable energy company Alterra Power Corp announced that it has acquired the Flat Top scheme, a 200-MW wind project under development in Texas. Alterra also said that it had placed a $1.6-million security deposit with the local transmission provider. [SeeNews Renewables]

An existing wind park in Texas. Author: Kool Cats Photography over 2 Million Views. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

An existing wind park in Texas. Author: Kool Cats Photography over 2 Million Views. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ The American Wind Energy Association celebrated the 10th annual Global Wind Day by highlighting the 66% drop in the costs of wind-generated electricity that has happened over the past six years. The AWEA also pointed to wind industry’s employment figures for the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Omaha Public Power District voted Thursday to shutter the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, which is the nation’s smallest nuclear power plant. The board decided it was in the best financial interest of the utility and its customers to close the plant by the end of this year. [York News-Times]

Fort Calhoun nuclear reactor during Missouri River flood. Photo by US Army Corps of Engineers. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Fort Calhoun nuclear reactor during Missouri River flood. Photo by US Army Corps of Engineers. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The Nikola Motor Company has revealed a plug-in gas/electric semi-truck. Following the opening of pre-orders for the Nikola One semi-truck , they apparently received more than 7,000 pre-orders. This means about $10.5 million in reservation funds for around $2.3 billion in sales. [EVObsession]

¶ The Obama Administration laid out an extensive list of federal, utility and private actions to scale up microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy throughout the US. The commitments made at the event represent about $1 billion in energy storage investments alone. [Microgrid Knowledge]

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