August 19 Energy News

August 19, 2017


¶ “Staying below 2 degrees is ‘possible and practical’ says RMI” • The latest UN Emissions Gap report showed that the world would still be heading for a temperature rise between 2.9 and 3.4 °C by 2100. A report from the Rocky Mountain Institute argues that staying below 2° C is both practical and possible given trends in renewable energy. [pv magazine]

Wind and solar, sun and clouds (Public domain image)

¶ “Pushing us to the brink of climate disaster” • President Trump’s repulsive behavior drew well-deserved media attention this week, but his antics drowned out some truly troubling warnings from the scientific community on climate change. A spate of recent reports indicate we are in new territory thanks to human-driven carbon emissions. [HuffPost]

¶ “Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money” • The main rationale for renewable energy subsidies is that wind and solar produce benefits to society that are not captured in their market price. Wind and solar power reduce pollution, which reduces sickness, missed work days, and early deaths. [Gears Of Biz]

Please click on the image to enlarge it. (CA senate image)


¶ General Electric will supply and install all of the wind turbines to the Coopers Gap wind farm project in Queensland. GE won the contract from the Powering Australian Renewables Fund. GE will provide 91 of its 3.6-MW turbines and 32 of its 3.8-MW turbines. The Coopers Gap wind farm will be the largest in Australia. [ExpressNewsline]

¶ Darwin is set to play host to an Australian solar-powered battery “giga-factory.” Energy Renaissance said it had received support from the Northern Territory government for its proposed 1-GWh lithium-ion battery plant. The company says its semi-solid state lithium-ion batteries are uniquely optimized for warm climates. [CleanTechnica]

Rendering of Australian battery factory

¶ Acer Inc, a leading PC brand in Taiwan, has inaugurated a solar power station in its Aspire Park in Taoyuan City as part of its efforts to push for the use of renewable energy, the company said. When completed, it will have an installed capacity of 2.4 MW, and be capable of generating roughly 3,520 MWh of power a year. [Focus Taiwan News Channel]

¶ Described as “a fortress for data,” developer Kolos plans to build the world’s largest data center within the Arctic Circle in Ballangen, Norway. The facility will be powered entirely by sustainable energy from hydro and wind power. The 600,000 sqare meter facility will eventually need more than 1,000 MW, although at first it will use just 70 MW. [GCR]

Proposed data center for Ballangen, Norway (Kolos image)

¶ In a European test of vehicle-to-grid technology involving 100 vehicles, the owners of the electric Nissans earned an average of $1,530 a year from the program, more than the cost of charging the vehicles. The test also showed that vehicle-to-grid schemes may actually slow the rate at which lithium-ion batteries degrade in normal use. [CleanTechnica]


¶ The residents of Neptune, New Jersey know well the problems that can be created by a hurricane. Now, Neptune is one of 13 state municipalities getting money from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to study microgrids. One hundred fifty thousand dollars will be spent on a feasibility study to be completed by early next year. [NJTV News]

After Hurricane Sandy (National Guard, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The Baker-Polito administration in Massachusetts has awarded a $545,000 grant to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to support the installation of a 436-kW solar canopy at the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction in Greenfield. The grant is the seventh by the Leading by Example State Solar Canopy grant program. [Solar Industry]

¶ Scott Pruitt’s successor in Oklahoma as attorney general, Mike Hunter, is showing the fossil fuel industry that he cares as much about it as Pruitt did. After threatening a lawsuit against a California official over his stance on coal, Hunter is challenging plans by Public Service of Oklahoma plans to purchase the $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project. [ThinkProgress]

Oklahoma’s frequent earthquakes may be caused by fracking.
(Photo: Brian Sherrod, USGS, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Utility company Mississippi Power and SR Meridian III have received unanimous approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission to build a 52.5-MW solar project in Lauderdale County. The project will include approximately 570,000 PV panels, and the plant is scheduled to begin providing energy by December 2019. [Solar Industry]

¶ The Midcontinent ISO has launched a multiyear study of renewable energy integration and its impacts on grid reliability. The study aims to inform future discussions of resource needs. It will consider limitations to renewable energy integration, including where the grid might be impacted and whether battery storage is required. [Utility Dive]

Wind turbines in Oklahoma (USGS photo, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The Home Depot is developing mini solar farms on 50 of its store rooftops. In partnership with Current, a subsidiary of GE, and Tesla, the company is leasing its roof space to produce power through power purchase agreements in five states and the District of Columbia. This will reduce grid demand at each store by 30% to 35%. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ As South Carolina grapples with the debacle of two utilities abandoning a nuclear power project, a poll found that more than two-thirds of its voters believe the state should rely more on solar energy to generate electricity, while substantially fewer voters believe it should become more reliant on sources like coal and nuclear power. [Solar Industry]

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