October 21 Energy News

October 21, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “The Best Bet: Big Money Solves the Climate Crisis” • Make way for the modern clean-energy revolution, underway around the world and driven by major investment houses. They are making bold commitments and aggressive financial bets on the sure transition to a fossil-free future, regardless of the tornado in the White House. [HuffPost]

Union Point smart city project south of Boston (LStar Ventures)

¶ “Calls For Renewable Energy Rebuild In The Caribbean” • The destructive impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria have been felt across the Caribbean islands and beyond. In Puerto Rico, 85% of citizens are still without power; in the British Virgin Islands, key generation and distribution infrastructure face catastrophic damage. [Curacao Chronicle]

How can I help the people of Puerto Rico? One way
is to donate at [Sunnyside Solar’s crowdfunding site].

World:

¶ Nissan will roll out its vehicle-to-grid energy program promising the average customer will enjoy virtually free home electricity. The scheme, announced at an event in Oslo, was tested in Denmark and is to begin its European rollout next year. The trial involving a fleet of e-NV200 vans resulted in weekly revenue of €40 ($47) per vehicle. [Ward’s Auto]

Leaf battery-electric car

¶ EU investigators are looking into allegations that BMW, Daimler, VW, Audi, and Porsche colluded to limit their spending on emissions technology. BMW has confirmed that its head office, which is in Munich, was searched this week by European Union officials investigating an alleged cartel among the five German carmakers. [BBC News]

¶ French gas utility Engie has bought a Ugandan home solar systems company to expand in sub-Saharan Africa by providing power to millions of people who have no access to electricity. Engie said that it had acquired Fenix International, which sells home solar kits financed through tiny regular payments by mobile phone. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar system

¶ India’s largest power generator NTPC Limited achieved a unique feat in August 2017. The company reported over 100 million kWh of solar power generation in one month for the first time ever. NTPC’s solar power generation during the first 8 months of 2017 was 657 million kWh, up 237% from the same period in 2016. [CleanTechnica]

¶ France will propose rule changes to remove administrative hurdles and speed the development of onshore wind power projects within six months, its junior ecology minister said. France gets over 75% of its electricity from nuclear plants but plans to ramp up use of renewable energies to reduce its nuclear dependence. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind turbines

¶ Saudi companies are looking to solar electricity to hedge the risk of rising power prices if energy subsidies are cut, according to one of the Kingdom’s biggest plant developers. Saudi Arabia is implementing its Vision 2030 master plan to wean its economy off oil and diversify into other industries. With the change, tariffs are expected to rise. [Bloomberg]

¶ Renewable energy is booming in Iran, where installed capacity is expected to grow at least sevenfold over the next five years. Iran has agreements with 124 companies, mostly European, to install 2,380 MW of renewable capacity, in addition to the 340 MW currently in place, according to data from Iran’s Energy Ministry. [EnergyInfraPost]

Unusually mounted solar array

¶ Oil and gas workers and members of the Louis Bull Tribe installed rooftop solar panels on a community daycare in Maskwacis, Alberta, as part of an initiative to give workers new opportunities in clean energy. The goal is to “upskill” 1,000 oil, gas and coal workers, as well as members of the indigenous community, as solar specialists. [JWN]

US:

¶ The sun will be the source of electricity for about 70% of the government complex in Madison County, New York, from now on. Tucked between some cornfields and brush on a rural Madison County road, are more than 7,500 ground-mounted solar panels. They will save the county $3 million over the next 25 years. [WRVO Public Media]

Madison County’s solar array (Photo: Ellen Abbot | WRVO News)

¶ Distributed energy specialist Arensis has delivered an off-grid energy system to aid Puerto Rico and help with recovery from Hurricane Maria. A combined 50 kW of electricity and 120 kW of thermal energy will be powering the Sports Complex in the City of Fajardo, a refugee shelter and distribution center, as soon as it can be installed. [Decentralized Energy]

How can I help the people of Puerto Rico? One way is
to donate at [Sunnyside Solar’s crowdfunding website].

¶ AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power company, issued a Request for Proposals for up to 400 MW of solar generation resources in Ohio. The company will give preference to projects that are sited in Appalachian Ohio, that create permanent local manufacturing jobs, and which commit to hiring Ohio military veterans. [Daily Energy Insider]

Solar canopy at the Cincinnati Zoo (quadell, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Although the Trump administration announced that the so-called “war against coal” is over, Michigan’s largest utility believes there is no future left for such a dirty, carbon-dense fuel and is making plans to phase out all of its coal-based energy production within 23 years, including a massive coal-fired power plant in Monroe. [Toledo Blade]

¶ Facebook is building a massive data center to Papillion, Nebraska. The Omaha Public Power District played a key role in attracting Facebook to the area by providing access to 100% renewable energy, which will come from the resurrected Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project in Dixon County, Nebraska [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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