May 3 Energy News

May 3, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “How The Small Community Of Moab, Utah, Is Making A Big Difference” • The city of Moab, Utah, with a population of 5,325 and a per capita income of $23,586, has committed to 100% renewable electricity by 2032. You can find out how Moab made the dream of going renewable into reality and how your community can do the same. [CleanTechnica]

“Sunfire,” near Moab, Utah (John Fowler, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Microgrids could whet the big appetite for clean energy in Texas” • With clean microgrids, the power supply is controlled closer to the source of generation. This gives locals an opportunity to trade energy with local neighbors, monetize excess supply, help stabilize the power grid locally and keep it from overheating from oversupply. [GreenBiz]

¶ “Tesla Will Disrupt Not Just The Automotive Industry, But Transportation In General” • Tesla envisions an entire new transportation ecosystem, one that ranges from vehicle autonomy to distributed renewable energy. One Morgan Stanley analyst said, “We see Tesla as disrupting transportation, not just the automotive industry.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Photo: Bret Hartman | TED

World:

¶ An industry report said energy from renewable sources provided the majority of the power over the weekend in Germany. For the first time, most of the country’s coal-fired power plants were offline. Renewable energy sources provided the majority of the power over the weekend, producing over 85% of the electricity on Sunday. [malaysiandigest.com]

¶ Grid operator Tennet and solar battery maker Sonnen GmbH have launched a pilot project that will tap home PV systems to help iron out imbalances on Germany’s power network. TenneT and Sonnen’s e-Services subsidiary aim to sign up 6,000 household PV producers equipped with storage batteries by the end of May. [Tech2]

Sonnen Battery (Image: Sonnen)

¶ Amid on-going industry concerns about the uncertainty of the government’s climate change policies after 2020, a report from the Clean Energy Regulator found Australia recorded its biggest ever year for renewable energy investment in 2016. This puts Australia on track to meet its 2020 Renewable Energy Target. [The Australian Financial Review]

¶ A joint venture created by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor, PensionDanmark, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners completed the 44-MW Snetterton biomass plant in the UK county of Norfolk. The £175 million project was finished a month ahead of schedule. BWSC will undertake operation and maintenance under a 15-year agreement. [reNews]

Snetterton bio plant (Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners)

¶ Environmental organisations and South Africa’s renewable energy industry say it does not make sense for the country to invest in nuclear energy. These comments follow last week’s ruling by the Western Cape High Court in favor of anti-nuclear activists, stating government’s nuclear procurement process was not valid. [ITWeb]

¶ The Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is planning to develop wind power plants in 16 locations across the country. The locations of the projects, which are to be developed in cooperation with Denmark, include Surakarta in Central Java and the South Sulawesi towns of Jeneponto and Sidrap, Antara news agency reported. [Jakarta Post]

Vertical axis wind turbines at the Jawa Bali Power Plant
Office in Jakarta. (Antara | Muhammad Adimaja)

¶ Solar PVs could provide 30% of Australia’s electricity needs by 2030, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. On May 1, the agency laid out its new Investment Plan outlining its investment priorities for the coming years. It has promised to accelerate solar PV innovation and development. [Climate Action Programme]

¶ NS, a rail company based in the Netherlands, has been working with renewable energies partners involved in sustainable energy, such as wind turbines, to move their rail fleet to use wind power to transport 600,000 passengers daily (1.2 million trips per day). This has reduced the carbon footprint to zero since the project began, two years ago. [Techly]

Wind turbines

US:

¶ Atlanta is joining the growing ranks of US cities that want to get 100% clean energy. Lawmakers in Georgia’s capital city approved a measure to get all of Atlanta’s electricity supplies from renewable sources, including wind and solar power, by 2035. The resolution commits city officials to developing a plan to make that happen. [Mashable]

¶ Wind power accounted for eight per cent of total US electricity generating capacity in 2016, according to the latest figures from the federal government’s Energy Information Administration. Wind turbines have contributed more than a third of the utility-scale power capacity added across the country over the past decade. [www.businessgreen.com]

Federal figures show growth in US wind capacity.

¶ Californians could be getting all of their electricity from renewable energy sources within 30 years under new legislation from Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). An amended version of SB 100 calls for 60% of the state’s power from renewables like solar and wind by 2030 on its way to 100% clean energy by 2045. [KQED]

¶ Installed US capacity of offshore wind will be about 2.2 GW by 2026, according to a report by Make Consulting. It says robust state-level policies in the Northeast will help support the development of at least one new project a year out to 2026. It also says the US will install about 59 GW of new renewable projects to 2026. [reNews]

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