May 30 Energy News

May 30, 2017

Science and Technology:

¶ A study by researchers working at the Materials, Science, and Technology Laboratory in Switzerland claims that particulate emissions from gasoline engines can be far greater than those from diesel engines. The research found the they can even emit more particulates than older diesels that were without particulate filters. [CleanTechnica]

Direct gas injection system (Credit: Bosch)

World:

¶ Kerala’s chief minister said the state has become the first in India to provide electricity to every home. To do this, it eased requirements like security deposits and land titles, and even mobilized funds from legislators to corporate sponsors for internal wiring of poor households, the electricity minister said in a phone interview. [Livemint]

¶ Acciona has switched on Spain’s first ever hybrid plant for storing energy generated by a grid-connected wind farm. The plant’s storage system consists of two batteries and is connected to a 3-MW wind turbine. The lithium-ion batteries feature Samsung SDI technology and will store energy produced by the wind turbine when required. [reNews]

Acciona batteries (Acciona image)

¶ A study of carbon and climate goals by a group of thirteen leading economists, supported by the World Bank Group, was published this week. It concluded that countries must work towards the goal of implementing a strong carbon price in the range of $40 to $80 per tonne of CO2 by 2020, and $50 to $100 per tonne by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Data released by the Clean Energy Council shows renewable energy provided 17% of Australia’s power demand in 2016 – its highest in more than half a century (since Snowy Hydro was completed). But the big mover is the growing share of solar. Its generation jumped 29% in the last year, and it accounted for 3.16% of the total 2016. [RenewEconomy]

Australian solar farm

¶ The government of the Indian state of Odisha has set a target to electrify at least 406 villages through solar power during 2017 after providing similar facilities to 1620 villages so far. Out of all the villages that have already been electrified with solar energy, 145 are located in remote areas inhabited by tribal populations. [The Indian Express]

¶ The report by the Clean Energy Council says 2016 was a year of recovery for the Australian renewables sector after uncertainty generated by the Abbott government’s review of the federal renewable energy target cost jobs and investment. Renewable energy provided 17% of Australia’s electricity in 2016, up from 14% the year before. [The Guardian]

Solar farm outside Canberra (Photo: Lukas Coch | AAP)

¶ SunPower, which is a majority-owned subsidiary of Total SA, announced that in the first round of France’s tender process for rooftop solar projects, the company will supply 64 MW of its high-efficiency SunPower® E-Series solar panels. A significant portion of the panels SunPower supplies will be made in France. [Your Renewable News]

¶ The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017 report shows that as costs of solar and wind energy continue to fall dramatically, a total of 138.5 GW of wind, solar, and other renewable sources was installed worldwide last year. The report says this is up 8% from 2015, and clean power accounted for 55% of all new energy generation. [Proud Green Building]

Urban solar power (iStock photo)

¶ A project with 13 wind turbines will be built on land next to an existing Mid-Wales wind farm. Planning officers at Powys County Council have granted full permission for Carno 3 on land adjacent to Carno Wind Farm. The site will feature 13 wind turbines up to 126.5 meters to the blade tip and generate up to 39 MW of renewable power. [shropshirestar.com]

¶ In January, Taiwan’s parliament voted to phase out nuclear energy, which filled 14% of its power in 2015, by 2025. Now, global renewable energy companies are rushing to set up offshore wind farms, and investment applications filed with the government so far reached around NT$1.8 trillion (US$59.5 billion). [Nikkei Asian Review]

Wind turbines on Taiwan’s Penghu Island

US:

¶ Southern California Edison is offering people who drive a plug-in or electric car a one-time cash rebate of $450. What makes it different from other EV rebate programs is that it applies to second and third owners and those who lease cars as well. Typically, an EV rebate like the federal tax credit only helps new-car buyers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ While America’s slashed its coal-fired electricity generation by more than a third between 2006 and 2016, Nebraska raised its coal-fired power output by 6%, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. This was because coal-burning plants opened in 2009 and 2011, and the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant closed. [Bloomberg]

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¶ At an energy conference in Wyoming, Goldwind Americas, the US arm of China’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, offered to provide free training to unemployed coal miners looking for work building wind power farms or as wind turbine technicians. Free retraining for unemployed workers is more than the state government offers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency indicates that the job growth within the US solar industry is up to 17 times faster than that for any other industry in the country. So, contrary to political rhetoric in support of fossil fuels, the best source of jobs in the US is actually its competitor, the solar power industry. [EconoTimes]

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