April 26 Energy News

April 26, 2017


¶ “Is Trump warming to wind power?” • Trump’s position on wind may be shifting. During the election, the narrative on wind wasn’t looking good. Trump promised a national energy policy that prioritized domestic fossil fuels over renewables. But the narrative seem to be shifting, and the biggest game-changer for Trump seems to be jobs. [WorkBoat]

Brave Tern at work (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

¶ “100 days of Trump: Round 1 to renewables” • Despite battle cries to end the ‘war on coal’, Trump’s first 100 days as president have done very little to dismantle progress in renewable energy and climate action materially, according to energy and national security expert Kevin Book. He and other experts spoke at a webinar. [PV-Tech]


¶ ABB has won the contract to provide fast chargers that will support the 8 fully electric Volvo buses being brought to the city of Harrogate in northern England. In just a short 3 to 6 minute stop, the chargers will supply enough power for the fully electric buses to complete the route. “Opportunity charging” has a number of advantages. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Bus at Harrogate

¶ In November, the UK’s highest court found the government’s proposed clean air rules were deficient, and it ordered the government to present a new plan to the court by April 24. After calling for new elections, the government claimed that revealing its plans would be improper during an election campaign. The court was not impressed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Global wind power capacity stood at almost 487 GW at the end of 2016 and is on track to reach 800 GW by the end of 2021, according to a report from the Global Wind Energy Council. The report, “Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update,” predicts 60 GW of new annual capacity in 2017, rising to 75 GW annually in 2021. [reNews]

Wind farm (Image: FreeImages | Hyoung Il So)

¶ A proposal from struggling Indian multinational Adani Group to develop a new coal mine in Australia’s north-east is becoming increasingly difficult to justify, not least because Adani is unlikely to be able to contribute much in the way of equity for the $5 billion project. The entire coal mining industry is in decline worldwide. [CleanTechnica]

¶ India has pledged to the international community to reduce its emissions intensity by as much as 35% from 2005 levels by 2030, and to increase the percentage of renewable energy in its power grids. US researchers warn that it will be nearly impossible to achieve the goal if the country builds 65 GW of coal-burning plants it plans. [Livemint]

Indian coal-burning plant (Photo: Bloomberg)

¶ The Western Cape High Court set aside all nuclear deals with South Africa, ruling they were unlawful and unconstitutional, including deals with the United States, Russia, and South Korea. Two NGOs had sued when the energy department moved the procurement of the nuclear energy to the South African utility Eskom. [Huffington Post South Africa]

¶ South Africa’s Ministry of Environmental Affairs announced that it has simplified the procedure to conduct environmental impact assessment for large-scale PV and wind power projects that would be in any of the country’s eight Renewable Energy Development Zones or its associated Strategic Transmissions Corridor. [pv magazine]

Solar farm built by Acciona in South Africa (Acciona)


¶ US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the US should renegotiate the Paris accord on climate change instead of abandoning it, while criticizing Germany for allowing its fossil-fuel emissions to rise. The remarks put Perry among a group of advisers urging President Donald Trump to stick with the United Nations accord that he vowed to scrap. [BOE Report]

¶ The City of Hartford, Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, and Bloom Energy announced the completion of a fuel cell microgrid that will generate clean energy, manage electricity costs, and supply emergency power for public buildings and businesses in the city’s Parkville neighborhood. [Asia Cruise News]

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¶ President Donald Trump will order the Interior Department to review locations for offshore oil and gas exploration and consider selling drilling rights in territory that former President Barack Obama put off limits, according to people briefed on the order, who spoke on the condition of anonymity before it is issued. [Bloomberg]

¶ The Tennessee Valley Authority is adding more solar to its generation portfolio with the construction of a solar power facility at a combined cycle gas site in Memphis. The 1-MW facility will be the largest TVA-owned solar project in its service area. Construction is under way, and the plant should be operating by September. [Electric Light & Power]

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