November 7 Energy News

November 7, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Embattled Navajo coal plant is a preview of what’s ahead as coal declines across the US.” • It looks like it doesn’t belong there. The lonely, aging power plant stands out against the red desert, connected to the nearest town by a single, crumbling road. If it closes as scheduled, it will soon become an artifact, a relic from when coal was king. [ThinkProgress]

Navajo Generating Station (Credit: Wolfgang Moroder)

World:

¶ The largest retailer in Canada that specializes in food and pharmaceuticals unveiled a 53 foot, fully electric class 8 BYD truck that is the first in a transition of its company-owned fleet to electric vehicles. The new semi truck is the first of many, as Loblaw announced a commitment to move its entire trucking fleet to electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Petroleum Development Oman and GlassPoint Solar have announced completion of the first block of one of the world’s largest solar plants, the 1,021-MW Miraah solar plant in Oman. Each of the 36 blocks has a separate greenhouse protecting its solar array from the harsh conditions on the oilfield, such as strong winds and dust storms. [CleanTechnica]

Miraah solar plant

¶ Zhangbei County, 150 miles northwest of Beijing, has 128 low income villages where residents have an abundance of sunshine but struggle to get by. Now each of those villages is in line to benefit from a 300-kW solar power plant, for a total installed capacity of 38.4 MW. The project will use 140,000 solar panels supplied by Yingli. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Waves4Power, based in Sweden, hopes to establish a wave energy park in UK waters, off the Cornish Isles of Scilly, to help generate 40% of the islands’ power from renewable sources by 2025. The buoy was developed to supply fish farms, offshore power platforms and remote island communities with renewable electricity. [Business Cornwall Magazine]

Inauguration of the WaveEL buoy

¶ London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that the city’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone will begin in central London from the 8th of April, 2019, and will reduce lethal air pollution and reduce harmful emissions from up to 60,000 vehicles daily. He said, “London’s lethal air is one of the biggest health challenges of this generation.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ The solar and wind power generated in Germany in October has reached a record high. According to research released by IWR on behalf of Entsoe-e, 14.6 billion kWh of energy was generated last month. This is almost double the production of last October, and significantly beats the previous record of 12.5 billion kWh set last March. [Energy Digital]

Solar array (Getty Images)

¶ Some of the world’s largest and most notable energy companies, traders and financial institutions have united to create a blockchain-based digital platform that replaces the current manual tasks in the energy sector with digital contracts. The blockchain digital platform is expected to be launched by the end of 2018. [pv magazine International]

¶ Strong winds and storms in October helped Scottish turbines produce more than 1.7 million MWh of electricity for the National Grid. Wind power provided more than 100% of electricity demand for Scotland on 15 days during October and supplied enough electricity to power all of Scotland’s homes on 28 days. [Aberdeen Evening Express]

Wind turbines

US:

¶ A $48.8 million loan from the US Department of Agriculture will help the Umatilla Electric Cooperative build 25 miles of new power lines, while improving 41 miles of lines and investing in smart grid projects. The upcoming projects include a new power line that will boost reliability for customers, a UEC spokesman said. [East Oregonian]

¶ After NRG Energy pulled plans for the construction of a 262-MW gas plant in Oxnard, California, state regulators allowed the company to place the development process on hold for six months, the Ventura County Star reported. NRG said it needed six months to analyze the feasibility of an alternative renewable energy project. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Oxnard Puente Power Project

¶ Regulators have approved a plan allowing Tampa Electric to expand its solar power generation to provide nearly 7% of the utility’s capacity while also granting a rate freeze for electricity customers for the next four years. The electricity generated by the utility’s anticipated solar capacity could power 100,000 homes, a press release said. [Patch.com]

¶ American Electric Power announced it is increasing capital investment in its regulated operations and new, renewable generation over the next three years to provide more advanced, cleaner energy solutions for its customers. The company plans to invest $1.8 billion in new renewable generation during 2018 to 2020. [Digital Journal]

Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma

¶ The future looks promising for the local and regional offshore wind business. Three recent reports project up to 36,000 new jobs and 8,000 MW of offshore wind power between New Jersey and Maine by 2030. The reports were released by the Clean Energy States Alliance, a coalition of state energy agencies and other organizations. [ecoRI news]

¶ Georgia Power and partner companies overseeing the construction of nuclear plant, Vogtle, presented a united appeal to PSC commissioners, as hearings began on the fate of the nuclear power plant. The CEO’sof the companies argued the project would present “the best economic choice” and “long-term benefits to customers.” [MyAJC]

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