January 14 Energy News

January 14, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Puerto Rico is taking a big step toward revamping how it gets power – and it could be a model for the rest of the US” • More than three months after the storm, 1.5 million Puerto Ricans remain without power, and hundreds of thousands have no clean water. It could happen elsewhere in America. And the solutions for Puerto Rico can inform us. [Business Insider]

Tesla microgrid in American Samoa (Tesla image)

¶ “Carbon Taxing May Be Coming To Energy Conscious States” • After President Trump said the US would abandon the Paris Climate Agreement, many state and local governments decided to continue with it. Massachusetts State Representative Jennifer Benson proposed taxing carbon much as countries around the world do. [The Drive]

Science and Technology:

¶ Global warming will increase the risk of river flooding over the coming decades, endangering millions more people around the world, a study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said. It found that flood defenses especially need to be improved in the United States, Indonesia, Central Europe, and parts of India and Africa. [Sun.Star]

Flooding in Germany (AP image)

World:

¶ The Australian summer heat is fierce. A section of highway from Sydney to Melbourne started to melt. Heat-struck bats fall dead from the trees. In suburban Sydney, temperatures hit 47.3° C (117° F), though they cooled to 43.6° C (110.5° F) the next day. It is now hotter without an El Niño than it used to be with one. And it may be the new normal. [BBC]

¶ The European Investment Bank announced that it will provide $150 million towards new renewable energy projects in Peru. The bank said the investment will go towards building a wind farm and solar power plant with a combined capacity of 312 MW. The 132 MW wind farm is set to become Peru’s largest, with 42 turbines. [Climate Action Programme]

Wind farm (Photo: Petya Boyadzhieva)

¶ The Portuguese government approved six more unsubsidized large-scale solar projects to be located the country’s southern regions. They will have a combined capacity of 229 MW. So far, the Portuguese Directorate General for Energy and Geology has approved unsubsidized solar projects with a combined capacity of 756 MW. [pv magazine International]

¶ Japan’s plans to develop its renewable energy lag behind much of the world, as the nation “prioritized keeping the status quo for fear of change,” its Foreign Minister said. He lamented the fact that Japan wants renewable energy to account for 22% to 24% of its overall energy mix by 2030, while the global average already stands at 24%. [Bloomberg]

Floating solar farm (Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe | Bloomberg)

US:

¶ The Tesla Model 3 is now on show, and attracting huge crowds. One is being featured at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto and another at the Century City mall in Los Angeles. But a customer who orders a Model 3 today will have to be patient. There are approximately 400,000 people with reservations for them in line already. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Lincoln Clean Energy, based in Chicago, has closed project financing for its 300-MW Tahoka Wind project in Texas. The project will have 120 GE 2.5-127 wind turbines, and GE will provide long term services for the wind farm as it operates. LCE has developed more than 1.8 GW of renewable projects since 2011. [CleanTechnology News]

Wind farm

¶ Coronal Energy, a power producer focused on utility-scale solar and storage projects, announced that it has closed $235 million in total financing for its Gulf Coast Solar Center portfolio. The Gulf Coast Solar Center is a 120-MW, three-site portfolio in Northwest Florida built for Gulf Power in cooperation with the Navy and Air Force. [PR Web]

¶ The Wendell, Massachusetts, Energy Committee wants its town to become a net-zero community that meets all its energy needs through renewable energy, and it has a plan to get there. Co-Chairwoman Nan Riebschlaeger said the board is focusing on supporting residents with its Green Fund, which helps residents invest in energy conservation. [The Recorder]

Wendell Town Hall (Photo: John Phelan, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has designated the Town of Stoneham as a Green Community and gave the town a grant of $169,615, after it committed to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Of the Commonwealth’s 351 municipalities, 210 have earned their Green Communities designation. [Patch.com]

¶ Years before South Carolina was saddled with two failed nuclear reactors, SCANA and other utility companies hosted “appreciation dinners” for the lawmakers who pick the state’s seven utility regulators, The Post and Courier found. All of these lawmakers were on the little-known Public Utilities Review Committee. [Charleston Post Courier]

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