November 4 Energy News

November 4, 2017


¶ “Long-Awaited US Tax Reform Signals Continued Undermining Of Renewables” • US Republicans finally published their proposed tax plan to much ballyhoo and recriminations, not only among Democrats but also in the country’s renewable energy industry, which will likely lose thousands of jobs and billions in investments if it passes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The clean energy revolution tipping point is inevitable – but the sooner, the better” • As global leaders gather for the UN’s annual COP meetings on mitigating the impacts of climate change, an energy revolution is underway with enormous implications, not least for the world’s poor, and market forces are accelerating those adoption rates. [Quartz]

¶ “Trump’s Coal Threat to Renewable Energy” • The Trump administration is plotting a series of moves in 2018 that could end up harming the wind and solar industries. The planned actions include asking regulators to rewrite power market rules, revamping the tax code, and imposing tariffs on foreign-made solar panels. [Bloomberg]

Solar panels (Photo: JG Photography | Alamy)

Science and Technology:

¶ Enevate, located in Irvine, California, claims its latest silicon-dominant lithium-ion battery technology makes 5 minute charging possible. In a press release, the company says an electric car equipped with one of its batteries can add 240 miles of range in just 5 minutes or 50 miles of range in a minute. And it has a number of other advantages. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Renewable energy may offer emissions-free electricity, but it isn’t always easy for electrical grids to integrate that energy. Dutch company Alfen is launching their answer to the dilemma. The Cellular Smart Grid Platform allows a central grid to be divided into smaller cells that can operate independently, if necessary, and even self-heal. [Inhabitat]

Alfen Energy Storage


¶ Kinder Morgan plans to build the Trans Mountain pipeline to carry crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to an ocean terminal in Vancouver. But the route crosses more than 300 miles of land claimed by the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia, and they plan to put a solar powered tiny house community in the way of the pipeline. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Indian EPC contractor Sterling and Wilson said it plans to build 500 MW of solar power stations in Australia in the coming three years. The company said in a statement it expects these projects to attract an investment of about A$600 million ($459 million, €395 million) and create over 750 jobs during the construction process. [Renewables Now]

Sterling and Wilson solar park (Photo: Business Wire)

¶ Enel Generación Chile was awarded the supply of 1.18 TWh per year to a number of Chilean distribution companies through the tender launched by the country’s National Energy Commission, and aimed at meeting the energy demand of regulated market customers over the 2024-2043 period. The award was 54% of a 2.2-TWh-per-year tender. [pv magazine International]


¶ Duke Energy is investing $3 billion in South Carolina over the next 10 years or so to strengthen the energy grid and provide a major boost to the state’s economy. The Power/Forward Carolinas initiative will result in an average of 3,300 jobs and more than $100 million in new tax revenue to benefit communities. [Windpower Engineering]

South Carolina grid

¶ City Utilities, in Springfield, Missouri, can now store electricity from renewable wind, solar, and hydroelectric source, thanks to a $1 million battery bank on the city’s south side. CU split the cost of the Battery Energy Storage System at Cox Substation with NorthStar Battery, which has a large manufacturing plant in Springfield. []

¶ A group of officials including the mayor of Duluth and the chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Duluth celebrated the start of a new “Solar Garden” pilot program in Wrenshall. The 1-MW solar array in Wrenshall and another in Duluth help provide power to the City of Duluth, UMD, and Minnesota Power customers who sign up. [KDAL]

Wrenshall solar array (Minnesota Power)

¶ Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC, announced that it finalized agreements to finance and construct the 100-MW Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Paulding County. The project will use GE 2.5-116 wind turbines. It contracted to sell 100% of its output to General Motors pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ In Oregon, a spokesman for the Portland General Electric Company said the utility is testing several different models to best use energy storage. That includes installing storage alongside existing solar and biomass facilities, installing batteries at a substation, and starting a pilot project to install batteries at people’s homes. [KLCC FM Public Radio]

Solar array in an Oregon vineyard (eyeliam, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The North Dakota Public Service Commission gave its okay to Otter Tail Power for a North Dakota wind farm and a South Dakota Natural Gas power plant. The two will replace an aging coal plant in Fergus Falls. The natural gas plant will be built near Astoria, South Dakota, and the wind farm will be built near Ashley. [Prairie Public Broadcasting]

¶ Westinghouse plans to be the first company to install a 3D printed fuel component in a commercial nuclear reactor. The company plans to explore how to reduce costs and lead times for obsolete and difficult-to-source parts, along with fuel structural components and prototypes for next-generation plants, such as microchannel heat exchangers. []

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