January 26 Energy News

January 26, 2018


¶ “Renewable Energy Doesn’t Get More In Subsidies Than Fossil & Nuclear Energy Have Gotten, & Continue To Get” • Fossil fuels have received government subsidies for 100 or so years. They reportedly get about $5 trillion each year, globally. Renewable energy also receives subsidies, but nothing compared to what fossil fuels get. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm Avangrid

¶ “We want 41 million conversations about climate change” • At Budweiser, we pride ourselves in a close relationship with our consumers. Our research shows that they want to act on climate change but feel powerless to do anything. We sell 41 million bottles of Budweiser every day, and each one is an opportunity for discussion. [The Climate Group]

¶ “An Overlooked Solution for Competitive and Local Renewable Power” • A 40-year-old federal law has a new life in promoting a competitive US clean energy market because of falling costs for wind and solar. But despite its lofty potential, the policy remains trapped between regulatory obstacles and utility resistance. [CleanTechnica]

Local renewable power’s effects on the market


¶ Dongshi Kingpower Science and Technology Ltd and Hydro-Québec announced that they had signed a license agreement for patents related to solid-state lithium batteries. The agreement allows Kingpower to use solid-state battery technology, which Hydro-Québec developed, to produce batteries for the Chinese automotive market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Two wells have been drilled for a geothermal project on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. A third well that was stalled by mud is now moving forward. The geothermal plants will provide baseload power with solar PVs to form a core part of Montserrat’s Energy Policy. The policy aims at a target of 100% renewable power by 2020. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Montserrat geothermal plant (Photo: Bastien Poux)

¶ Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is next in line to lead South Africa, told reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos that his country currently cannot afford to build new nuclear power reactors. Ramaphosa’s approach differs markedly from that of President Jacob Zuma, wanted to build up to eight reactors. [TechCentral]

¶ The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery has absorbed excess electricity on the South Australian grid, and resold it on the power market for around $810,000. Tesla‘s Powerpack Project only came on stream in December, but on two occasions it has already stepped up to save the grid and helped its owners turn a quick profit. [Greener Ideal]

Hornsdale battery


¶ The Northern Pass Transmission Line project that will bring up to 1.09 GW of hydropower from Quebec, Canada, to New England, has been selected as the sole winner of a huge Massachusetts clean-energy solicitation. The Northern Pass project envisages the construction of a 192-mile (309-km) power distribution network. [Renewables Now]

¶ A group of 409 clean energy business leaders organized by independent environmental advocacy group E2 has penned a letter to US President Donald Trump opposing his recent decision to impose a 30% tariff on all imported solar cells and modules, warning that the move has the potential to eliminate almost 90,000 American jobs. [CleanTechnica]

Row of solar houses (Shutterstock image)

¶ Lawmakers are trying again to close a loophole in Hawaii’s “100 percent renewable energy by 2045” policy that allows the state to meet that goal even if half of the electricity being consumed comes from oil-burning power plants. Gov David Ige asked lawmakers in 2016 to reconsider a tabled bill to amend the first-of-its-kind law. [Honolulu Civil Beat]

¶ Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey will soon be powered by a 23.5-MW solar development to be built by KDC Solar, making it the world’s first solar-powered theme park. The project will include solar carports over certain parking lots and 40 acres of ground-mounted solar panels. It is expected to be finished in 2019. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Six Flags Great Adventure

¶ Renewable energy jobs outnumber coal and natural gas jobs in 30 states, according to a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Clean-energy jobs number about 777,000 positions, with California and Texas employing the most, says the 31-page report. In comparison, coal and gas jobs number about 558,000. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ E.ON announced its Texas Waves energy storage projects, co-located at the existing E.ON Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas, have started operations. Texas Waves consists of two 9.9-MW short-duration energy storage projects using lithium-ion battery technology. They are at wind farms near Roscoe, Texas. [Windpower Engineering]

E.ON batteries

¶ Enel Green Power North America signed a power purchase agreement with Wynn Las Vegas for energy produced from the new 27-MW Wynn Solar Facility under construction in Stillwater, Nevada. The 160-acre facility is expected to cost $40 million to develop, and will be finished in the first half of 2018. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ A lawsuit challenging subsidies for New York’s nuclear plants will head to trial after the state’s Supreme Court rejected motions to dismiss it. The measure deals a setback for Exelon Corp, whose subsidiaries own the RE Ginna and Nine Mile Point nuclear plants in upstate New York. Entergy Corp is also a defendant. [POWER magazine]

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