February 16 Energy News

February 16, 2018


¶ “The Trump Budget Is Full of Giveaways to Coal and Oil Companies” • The Trump administration’s proposed budget for funding the federal government in 2019 has extensive cuts to health care, schools, scientific research, and nutrition assistance, but it would benefit clear winners in the fossil fuel industry. [Center For American Progress]

Coal at a Pacificorp power plant (Photo: George Frey | Getty)

¶ “Heartland Institute’s pro-coal lobbying isn’t working in Missouri” • The Heartland Institute, a free market think tank known for its efforts to promote climate science denial, is lobbying to keep one of the country’s oldest coal-fired power plants alive. But it doesn’t seem to be working. Not even the owner wants to keep the plant open. [ThinkProgress]


¶ Eviation Aircraft is now aiming to bring its 9-seat electric aircraft to market by 2021 after it closed a battery supply agreement with South Korea’s Kokam, the company’s CEO has revealed. The Israel-based firm went with Kokam because it could expect  a relatively high degree of flexibility and access to customization. [CleanTechnica]

Eviation Aircraft prototype

¶ The EU is to provide a record amount of funding to build a renewable power link between Spain and France. The submarine cable, costing €578 million, will run for 230 miles across the Bay of Biscay, easing a transmission bottleneck. Carrying renewable energy between the two countries, it hopes to double current power capacity to 5,000 MW. [Olive Press]

¶ Blasting the Spanish Government for its lack of renewables action, the Balearic Government has today issued an ambitious Climate Change Law designed to kick-start a renewable energy transition on the four islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. It aims to cover 100% of energy demand with renewables by 2050. [pv magazine International]

Solar PV array (G-Ener Soluciones)

¶ The northern New South Wales city of Lismore has formally opened the country’s largest floating solar installation, and flagged plans to increase its size five-fold or more and to add battery storage. The 100-kW floating solar farm is a key part of the local council’s plan to source 100% of its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2023. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Tasmanian Labor Party pledged to take the state to “120% renewables,” aiming to lock in lower electricity prices and secure the island’s status as a clean power exporter. Labor leader Rebecca White said if her party wins in the March 3 election, it will “restore” and capitalise on Tasmania’s renewable energy advantage. [RenewEconomy]

Tasmanian Wind Farm

¶ Egypt has officially awarded electricity generation licences to four wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,420 MW, the Daily News Egypt reports. One of the wind farms receiving a 20-year power generating license is the Gulf of Suez project, to be located in the municipality of Ras Ghareb, in Cairo’s Red Sea Governorate. [Renewables Now]


¶ Southern California Edison, which serves customers in the greater Los Angeles area, has just announced it is cooperating with BMW to offer a $10,000 rebate to customers who purchase a BMW i3 electric car between now and April 30. To qualify, customers must prove they are an SCE customer and the car must be purchased, not leased. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i3 electric car

¶ The top US intelligence official warned Congress about the threat of “abrupt” climate change, despite Trump administration efforts to drive climate out of national security discussions. The Director of National Intelligence submitted written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee identifying climate change as a significant concern. [Vox]

¶ Federal regulators are allowing Anbaric Development Partners to move ahead with a shared transmission system for offshore wind off the coast of Massachusetts. The US company plans to solicit customers and sell transmission rights to the 2-GW to 2.4-GW Massachusetts Ocean Grid. Three developers already hold leases off the coast. [reNews]

Offshore wind substation (Credit: Statkraft)

¶ A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, announced that during the previous four months, five new community solar gardens have been brought online in southeastern Minnesota. The solar-gardens are part of a larger Minnesota community solar-gardens portfolio totaling 66 MW including projects in development. [Markets Insider]

¶ US regulators have removed all market barriers to electric storage, so operators can dispatch power from multiple storage systems, including batteries. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has completed a ruling that allows energy storage companies to directly compete against power plants in wholesale power markets. [Digital Journal]

Offshore wind installation

¶ Maryland, an early adopter for solar electricity, opened a energy-storage tax credit program. The program is now taking applications for $750,000 in tax credits to support energy storage systems for existing renewable energy systems, with $225,000 reserved for residential solar customers and $525,000 reserved for commercial taxpayers. [pv magazine USA]

¶ Florida-based power behemoth NextEra Energy is floating a $15.9 billion proposal to buy Santee Cooper to South Carolina lawmakers. The state-owned utility went on the auction block after it and Cayce-based SCANA abandoned a decade-long, $9 billion effort to build two new nuclear reactors in Fairfield County. [The State]

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