April 6 Energy News

April 6, 2017


¶ “Trump’s Dirty Energy Policies Face Backlash in States Across the Country” • On December 9, as the Obama administration rushed to preserve what it could of its climate legacy before Donald Trump’s inauguration, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican, signed a bipartisan energy reform package. Illinois is not alone. [Truth-Out]

The Fisk Generating Plant in Chicago, now closed
(Photo: Seth Anderson / Flickr)

¶ “TEP can help Navajo and Hopi by buying their renewable energy” • I am a Diné (Navajo) woman who came to Tucson to study microbiology at the University of Arizona. Even though it’s 400 miles away, Tucson Electric Power gets some of its electricity the Navajo Generating Station. It could support Navajo solar and wind instead. [Arizona Daily Star]

Science and Technology:

¶ While lithium-ion batteries sold by Tesla and others are perhaps the most widely known storage technology, several other energy storage options are either already on the market, or are fast making their way there. Salt, silicon, and graphite are also hoping to claim a slice of what, by all indications, will be a very large pie. [The Guardian]

Power for batteries (Photo: Tim Phillips Photos | Getty Images)


¶ European emissions from coal fell by an impressive 11% in 2016, according to analysis of new figures published by the European Commission this week. Almost half of the fall in coal emissions during 2016 came due to plant closures in the UK, which itself saw a massive 58% year-on-year fall in coal emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ GTM Research’s new Global Solar Demand Monitor: Q1 2017 report projects a global total of 85 GW of new solar capacity installed in 2017. The concentration of global solar demand has contracted to the point where the world’s top four markets – China, the US, India, and Japan – are expected to account for 73% of a global total. [CleanTechnica]

Global PV Demand (Please click on the image to enlarge it.)

¶ Indian Railways could draw up to 25% of its electric power needs from renewables and achieve the target of 5 GW of solar by 2025, according to a study released by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water. An investment of $3.6 billion would be needed by Indian Railways to meet the 5-GW target. [Daily News & Analysis]

¶ UK telecoms operator BT has announced signing a power agreement with a Scottish wind farm. The power purchase agreement is worth £185 million ($230.79 million) over 15 years. In a statement earlier this week, BT said that 13 wind turbines in the north of Scotland were providing the business with 100 GWh hours of electricity annually. [CNBC]

Wind turbine (Phil McLean | Corbis Documentary | Getty Images)

¶ German battery developer Dynavolt has inaugurated its new mass production lithium battery facility in the Southern Chinese province of Fujian. The company has invested €400 million in the factory, which will have a yearly production of 6 GWh and could be used to build 200,000 electric vehicles per year. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ Spanish power provider Iberdrola has begun construction of a 100-MW solar facility in the Mexican state of Sonora. The announcement was made by the local government, which said that State Governor Claudia Pavlovich met with representatives of the company this week to discuss details of the $135 million project. [pv magazine]

Pirâmide do Sol (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ French Energy Minister Segolene Royal warned EDF’s board against trying to prevent the closure of France’s oldest nuclear plant, as a long-running conflict between the state-controlled utility and the government comes to a head. EDF scheduled a board meeting to decide the fate of the 1,800-MW Fessenheim plant. [Reuters UK]

¶ The world’s first airport to be solely powered by solar energy is set to increase its capacity from 15.5 MW to 21.5 MW to power its new international terminal. The 46,000 solar panels already in place have provided more electricity than was required by the airport, and the excess electricity has been sold to the grid. [Climate Action Programme]

Cochin International Airport


¶ US State Attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for illegally blocking energy efficiency standards that the claimants believe not only cut costs but cut pollution levels as well. They are “common sense standards” and would, over time, save consumers and businesses approximately $24 billion.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ Florida Power & Light is making up for lost time, and now expects to have 2.1 GW of new solar capacity installed on its system within the next seven years. In addition to the utility’s renewables announcement, FPL said it has also reached a deal to close down a coal-fired plant in the state. FPL currently operates 335 MW of solar energy. [Utility Dive]

Solar dawn

¶ State officials are allowing two Native American tribes to get involved in the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee. The Vermont Public Service board has ruled that both the Elnu Abenaki and Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi can act as “intervenors” in the state’s review of the plant’s purchase by NorthStar Group Services. [Commons]

¶ Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co, has announced commercial operation of the 120-MW East Pecos Solar Facility in Pecos County, Texas. Construction of the approximately 1,000-acre project began in February 2016. The facility consists of approximately 1.2 million solar panels manufactured by First Solar. [Solar Industry]

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