December 18 Energy News

December 18, 2017


¶ “Why Truck Fleet Buyers Are Keen On The Tesla Semi (Calculations)” • An increasing number of companies have shown interest in Tesla Semi with pre-orders. That includes large corporations like Sysco, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, Loblaw, Deutsche Post / DHL, and PepsiCo. Recognize any of those names? [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Semi (Tesla image)

Science and Technology:

¶ Systems design and energy technology company Faraday Grid launched its prototype Faraday Exchanger, which it says can be used to integrate significantly high levels of renewable energy onto the grid. The technology is intended to be integrated into existing electricity networks, smoothing out the volatility of intermittent renewables. [Clean Energy News]


¶ Power prices in Australia rose almost 11% during 2017, but a new forecast says they will fall over the next two years because of the entry of 5,300 MW of new generation capacity into the national electricity market, most of it renewable. The Australian Energy Market Commission predicts a fall in power prices beginning in mid-2018. [The Guardian]

New South Wales (Photo: Jonny Weeks | Guardian)

¶ Venezuela awarded licences to Russian energy giant Rosneft to develop two offshore gas fields in the Caribbean Sea. The deal, which allows a subsidiary to export gas from the fields for the next 30 years, still needs final official approval before production begins. Russia is a close ally of Venezuela and seeks to expand its influence in Latin America. [BBC]

¶ Wales generated 43% of its electricity through renewables in 2016. That’s according to a new government report, which says this was up nearly a third from the previous year. There are 62,420 projects of renewable energy under local ownership in Wales. They generate 575-MW, with solar making up 81% of the total installations. [Energy Live News]

Y Ddraig Goch (Shutterstock image)

¶ The Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology announced that work has begun on what will be the country’s largest PV plant. The 37-MW project is being developed by French independent power producer Neoen. It owns a 50% stake in the plant, and is building it through its unit Eight Rivers Energy Company. [pv magazine International]

¶ The Assam Energy Development Agency under the state’s science and technology department aims to provide solar energy to around 7,000 families. The project will be implemented to reduce dependence for power on other sources. It is now waiting for a no-objection certificate from the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd. [EnergyInfraPost]

Solar power for Assam

¶ The International Energy Agency has once again forecast that world coal demand will rise, despite halving its outlook for growth in India. The report says the increase will be small. Since 2011, the IEA has consistently forecast rising coal demand, even as it has repeatedly adjusted its figures downwards in light of lower-than-expected growth. [Carbon Brief]

¶ For all the new wind parks, solar farms, and hydro plants that will help Germany generate yet another renewable energy record this year, the world’s dirtiest power fuel still sets the price for how much factories are paying for electricity. The average German day-ahead power price is expected to rise this year for the first time since 2011. [BloombergQuint]

Windpark Wildpoldsried (Richard Mayer, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ South Korea aims to lift the share of renewables in its total power mix to 20% by 2030 under a new plan to cut dependence on coal and nuclear power. The country will bet on liquefied natural gas and renewable energy, mainly by investing in wind and solar projects, and will fight to lower greenhouse its gas emissions 26% by 2030. [Renewables Now]


Wind turbine

¶ A proposed Montana wind farm moved one step closer toward breaking ground after receiving the go-ahead from the state regulators. The Public Service Commission voted unanimously to approve the sale of electricity from the facility to Northwestern Energy under the terms of a 15-year power purchase agreement. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants to insure grid reliability got a response from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. NERC’s 2017 Long-Term Reliability Assessment said renewable power and natural gas could match conventional generators for important metrics of reliability. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ US Wind has contracted Oceaneering International to carry out geophysical marine surveys of the site of the up to 750-MW Maryland offshore wind project. The work is scheduled to start in the second half of 2018 at the lease area about 40 km off the coast of Ocean City. The wind farm is planned to be built in stages, the first will be 248 MW. [reNews]

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