December 2 Energy News

December 2, 2017


¶ “Puerto Rico faces a long road to a sustainable future” • Puerto Rico suffered an estimated $94 billion or more in damage, on top of an already sagging economy and $74 billion in debt. Its need for a total reboot is the subject of an ongoing conversation among non-profits, academics and private companies on and off the island. [Phys.Org]

Rebuilding Puerto Rico (Credit: Wikipedia | Creative Commons)

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¶ “Climate policy innovation” • Instead of reducing emissions in the past five years, Vermont’s greenhouse-gas emissions have increased. Far from being on track to meet our goals, we are not even headed in the right direction. The release of an innovative new climate pricing policy brings hope to getting Vermont back on track. [Rutland Herald]

¶ “Defending Renewable Energy in New England” • The state renewable energy laws in New England provide numerous benefits and are key to the region’s efforts to combat climate change. Opponents seek to undermine these popular laws and prop up polluting energy instead, but NRDC has been pushing back. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Block Island wind farm

¶ “Battery Storage Steals The Spotlight At Nuclear Power’s Birthday Party” • Nuclear power had its birthday bash, 75 years after the first manmade nuclear reaction. The CEO of Exelon, the nation’s largest nuclear operator, named energy storage the most promising technology of the future, one that could render nuclear power unnecessary. [Forbes]


¶ London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced his intentions to expand his city’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone standards to include London-wide buses, coaches, and lorries, and to expand the Zone to include North and South circular roads for all vehicles. London already has the T-Charge, a £10 Emissions Surcharge on the most-polluting vehicles [CleanTechnica]

Mayor Sadiq Khan

¶ Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy revealed that it was beginning construction on its first full-scale “Future Energy System – FES” at the Trimet SE aluminum smelter site in Hamburg-Altenwerder. The company has been working on R&D for thermal energy storage, specifically heating rock fill to store wind energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Executives from MHI Vestas and ESVAGT gathered at the Port of Oostende in Belgium to christen the Esvagt Mercator. It is the latest high-tech service vessel supporting Vestas offshore wind turbines in Belgian waters, including 50 turbines at Nobelwind, Belgium’s newest offshore wind park, and the 55 turbines at Belwind 1. [CleanTechnica]

Esvagt Mercator

¶ Germany has added 554 MW of new onshore wind capacity in October, the latest monthly data from the federal grid regulator showed. Onshore wind continues to boom with 4.5 GW added so far this year. Legacy projects are being rushed to come online ahead of further cuts to legacy feed-in-tariffs and a complete change to auctions in 2019. [Platts]

¶ As Kashmir falls short of around 700 MW during winters, with demand over 150% of capacity, a centrally sponsored scheme has been launched to address the problem. Under the scheme, customers can generate the electricity on their own and feed excess power into the power grid. Officials say the only other option is power cuts. [Free Press Kashmir]

Solar power in Kashmir

¶ Italian government-run renewable energy agency released a report that highlights a significant decrease in prices on the Italian Power Echange in 2016. Prices for solar and wind energy traded on the wholesale electricity market were, on average, lower than the average peak and off-peak wholesale power price. [pv magazine International]

¶ Elon Musk defied his doubters, beating a self-imposed 100-day deadline to install the world’s biggest battery in Australia. But he will probably relinquish that crown by February. South Korea’s Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems is building a 150-MW lithium-ion unit, 50% larger than Musk’s, and it will go live in three months. []

Tesla battery (Photo: AFP | Neoen| Getty Images)


¶ The Union of Concerned Scientists released a study that finds it is cheaper to drive an EV than a conventional car. It is about $770 a year cheaper, on average, with a range from $443 to $1,077 per year. The study looked at electricity prices in 50 metropolitan areas in the US and researched what off-peak rate plans were available. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, and Borrego Solar announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort’s 5.3-MW solar array, about 90 miles north of Albany. NYSERDA said the project is the largest solar system dedicated to a US ski resort. [Solar Industry]

Snow making at Gore Mountain

¶ Leaders of Platte River Power Authority, an electricity provider in northern Colorado, are considering closing the Rawhide coal plant in 2030, 17 years ahead of schedule. PRPA is the power provider for of Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, and Estes Park. It will unveil paths toward nearly 100% clean electricity for the service area soon. [The Coloradoan]

¶ The coal-fired Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is expected to close next fall. The decision comes at a time where renewable energy is becoming cheaper. There has also been limited to no growth in electricity demand, according to WEC Energy Group, the parent company of the plant’s owner, Wisconsin Public Service. []

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