June 3 Energy News

June 3, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Green energy has a bright future – even without Trump” • President Donald Trump is trying to revive the coal industry and extend the lifespan of the oil business. But renewables like solar and wind power are still likely to thrive. Businesses and governments are shifting rapidly toward cleaner-burning fuels that are coming down in price. [Yahoo Finance]

Brooklyn Navy Yard (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

¶ “It must be a total coincidence that those who pushed Trump to ditch the Paris Agreement received donations from the fossil fuel industry” • It is a sad and painful reminder of the times in which we live that one of the most powerful men in the world can recklessly walk away from the single most important treaty that exists today. [The Independent]

¶ “Market Forces Are With Clean Energy, Not With Trump” • You want numbers proving that Trump is on the wrong side of history when it comes to climate change, the Paris agreement, and the battle between clean energy and dirty coal? We’ve got numbers for you. Nobody can turn back the tide of energy transformation. [CleanTechnica]

Energy transformation underway

World:

¶ GE Renewable Energy, global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power, and local Vietnamese partner the Phu Cuong Group have agreed to a $2 billion joint development agreement to develop, build, and operate the 800-MW Phu Cuong Wind Farm in the Soc Trang province of Vietnam. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ Chile will consider increasing its 2050 renewable energy target to 100%, according to local reports. The nation’s current target is for renewable energy sources’ share of the country’s power mix to be 70% by 2050. But Chile may raise the target to 100% thanks to the falling cost of renewable energy and improvements in energy storage. [Climate Action Programme]

Chile

¶ Indian power utility Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation is set to auction 1.5 GW of solar power capacity. Prospective projects developers can bid for project sizes of one to 500 MW. The maximum tariff bid allowed will be ₹4.00/kWh (6.2¢/kWh), 64% higher than lowest solar power tariff in India, which was ₹2.44/kWh. [CleanTechnica]

¶ India’s energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal has challenged Germany and the city of Munich to a race with the ancient holy city of Varanasi to become the first large metropolis in the world to be 100% powered by clean energy. Goyal was speaking at the Indo-German Energy Forum at Intersolar Europe when he made the challenge. [PV-Tech]

Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges (Flickr | Lyle Vincent)

¶ The construction of the fifth and sixth units of India’s largest nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu will cost about ₹50,000 crore ($7.5 billion) with half of the amount being funded by Russia as loan. The project will take seven years to start generating electricity, according to the chairman of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India. [Business Today]

US:

¶ Kansas City Power & Light Company announced it will soon retire six coal-fired generating units at the company’s Montrose, Lake Road and Sibley Stations. The utility announced in 2015 plans to either retire the coal units or convert them to alternative fuel sources, but emerging industry trends led the company to choose retirement. [Power Engineering Magazine]

KCP&L power plant

¶ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US is likely to continue to reduce carbon emissions despite exiting the Paris climate agreement. The statement came during a photo-op with the Brazilian Foreign Minister. It was Tillerson’s first public statement on the Paris deal since President Trump said he would withdraw the US from the pact. [The Hill]

¶ Residents in Pittsburgh say it’s ironic that President Donald Trump name-dropped their city during his announcement on Thursday that the United States was pulling out of a global climate accord. After all, it’s stricter environmental regulations and clean energy policies that transformed their once “smoky city” into a beautiful place to live. [CNN]

Pittsburgh, before environmental regulations, in the 1950s

¶ Democratic state attorneys general – the same group that beat back President Donald Trump’s travel ban in court – are now turning their eyes to climate and environmental issues. As Trump announced the US’ exit from the Paris climate accord, several attorneys general had already begun discussing strategies to battle the administration. [CNN]

¶ Pattern Energy Group Inc has announced the opening of its 324-MW Broadview Wind power facility and the associated 35-mile 345-kV Western Interconnect transmission line. Broadview Wind is located in Texas and New Mexico, about 30 miles north of Clovis. It is delivering clean energy to California via Western Interconnect. [Windpower Engineering]

Broadview Wind

¶ New York State will seek bids for clean energy projects valued at up to $1.5 billion in a move the Cuomo administration says is aimed at expanding the state’s green energy economy after President Trump’s pulled out of the Paris climate accord. The state expects the investments to result in up to 40,000 clean energy jobs by 2020. [Newsday]

¶ New Hampshire Electric Cooperative began construction of what will be the largest solar electric array in the state, a 2-MW system that will provide its members a clean source of electricity on NHEC’s own distribution system. It is expected to be online by the end of 2017, producing enough power for about 600 homes. [The Laconia Daily Sun]

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