November 22 Energy News

November 22, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “The Queensland election’s renewables versus coal debate isn’t about jobs. It’s a culture war” • The choice between wind turbines and steam turbines might seem to be purely one of technology. But since environmentalists support renewable energy, the demands of the culture war require that conservatives must oppose it. [The Guardian]

Installing a solar system (Photo: Solar Savers)

Science and Technology:

¶ The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before the end of the century, a study says. What was once an extremely rare event, 20 inches of rain over a large area of Texas, could soon be almost common. [The Japan News]

World:

¶ A report from CDP has found that 87% of companies identify deforestation as a financial risk and 32% are already experiencing impacts from those risks, but only 13% of companies are making any effort to mitigate the risks of deforestation, a decision which could end up costing billions. The report is based on responses from 272 companies. [CleanTechnica]

Deforestation for palm oil (Photo: Bay Ismoyo | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ Mercedes-Benz Van plans for all of its commercial van model lines to have electric versions, a press release said. Deliveries of the eVito will begin in late 2018, deliveries of the eSprinter begin in 2019, with others to follow. The eVito will apparently start at €39,990 ($47,000) in Germany, not including VAT, and the range will be 150 km (90 miles). [CleanTechnica]

¶ The number of renewable energy industry jobs in Queensland has almost doubled in four months, a report said. Green Energy Markets’ Renewable Energy Index showed there were 7194 renewable energy construction jobs in the state in October, up from 3634 at the end of June. The report was paid for by GetUp. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Solar system in Australia

¶ Transitioning quickly to wind, rather than gas, would be more cost-effective and decarbonise Europe’s energy sector more quickly, a report finds. The fall in the cost of renewables has gone far beyond all expectations, tipping the economics in favor of decarbonization, but it requires good policy, according to experts from Artelys. [Offshore Wind Journal]

¶ The municipal-owned energy company in the German city of Wuppertal launched a blockchain-based trading platform to allow customers to buy certified local wind and other renewably generated electricity. The company sees big potential for the blockchain platform, Tal.Mark, to sell electricity from projects over 20 years old. [Windpower Monthly]

Renewable energy selling direct to customers

¶ Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a report forecasting thats the global energy storage market will “double six times” from now to 2030, from less than 5 GWh last year, to more than 300 GWh and 125 GW of capacity by the end of the next decade. An estimated $103 billion will be invested in energy storage over that period. [Greentech Media]

¶ Three solar farms capable of generating enough power over 100,000 homes are planned for South Australia. Tilt Renewables proposes to build a 45-MW and a 70-MW solar farm next to a wind farm at Snowtown. Spanish renewable energy developer FRV proposes a 100-MW farm paired with 50-MW battery near Mintaro. [The Advertiser]

Rendering of a Tilt Renewables project (Tilt Renewables image)

¶ The solar energy sector has accounted for the largest capacity addition to the Indian electricity grid so far this year. It has contributed over 7,100 MW, around 39% of capacity additions, according to data from Mercom Capital Group. For comparison, solar energy capacity additions stood at only around 4,313 MW in all of 2016. [Quartz]

¶ Preliminary results from Mexico’s latest energy auction have broken the record for solar costs. According to Electrek, Italian developer Enel pitched two solar lots at $17.70/MWh, or just 1.77¢/kWh, the lowest bid achieved anywhere in the world so far. The Mexican government said the average price in the auction was $20.57/MWh. [Greentech Media]

Utility-scale solar system in Mexico

¶ The UK’s Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinizes government expenditures, has slammed the government over its handling of the Hinkley Point C contract. It identified a catalog of errors that it said could see consumers footing the bill for what stands to be the UK’s first new nuclear power station in more than two decades. [Clean Energy News]

US:

¶ BYD delivered to the City of Palo Alto and GreenWaste, its waste management firm, their first all-electric automated side-loader garbage/refuse truck, a report said. The truck uses its battery pack for both propulsion and operation of its hydraulic system. It has a range of 76 miles per full charge and a charge time of two to three hours. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric garbage truck

¶ TechCrunch reports that Uber has struck a deal with Volvo to purchase 24,000 self-driving XC90 SUVs beginning in 2019. The SUVs will be equipped with autonomous driving systems developed by Uber and integrated into the XC90s at the Volvo factory. The contract, which runs from 2019 through 2021, is valued at $1.4 billion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Solar development has contributed significantly to the University of California system’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, and UC Davis has played a major role in this progress. However, more challenges still lie ahead to achieve a balance between environmental and economic sustainability. Skeptics still question the costs. [The Aggie]

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