February 26 Energy News

February 26, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ Temperatures in the Arctic are increasing twice as fast as the global average and sea ice is retreating quicker than predicted. While humans react slowly to the problem at hand, evidence suggests that animals are on the move. In the cold Arctic, invasive species are drawn to regions where they could not previously have survived. [ScienceNordic]

Researchers in the Arctic (Photo: Kristine Engel Arendt)


¶ The Asia Pacific region is expected to add more than 500 GW of non-hydro renewables capacity by 2027. This is almost twice the 290 GW addition expected in Western Europe and North America combined. The Asia Pacific share of total global renewables capacity is likely to increase from 45% in 2017 to 51% in 2027. [Singapore Business Review]

¶ Last week, 16 Volkswagen e-Golf sedans began patrolling the streets of Paris. They are part of a one-year test to determine the suitability of electric cars for the demands of police work, according to New Mobility. The electric patrol cars will be used in all districts of Paris except three without adequate charging infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]

Paris electric police car

¶ Iran plans to build a new solar power plant in the Zarandieh town of Markazi Province as part of a project mainly funded by a South Korean company. The company will provide 70% ($44 million) of the money needed to build the plant. The solar power plant will be built within the next 15 months with a production capacity of 17 MW. [IFP News]

¶ Vestas topped the wind turbine supplier charts in 2017, boosted by a wide geographic diversification strategy, according to preliminary data from consultancy FTI Intelligence. Siemens Gamesa came in second, mainly due to the merger between Siemens Wind Power and Gamesa. Chinese supplier Goldwind ranked third. [reNews]

Vestas V112 turbine (Credit: Vestas)

¶ Clean energy player Avaada Power plans to invest ₹25,000 crore ($3.76 billion) in the sector and develop 5,000 MW capacity in largely solar and wind projects in the next four years, a senior company executive said. The plan is to add 1,000 MW to 1,500 MW of new power capacity each year, with aggressive rooftop solar investment. [Economic Times]

¶ A city awash with electric vehicles driven by workers on their way home from high-tech, cutting edge digital businesses powered by renewable energy – it sounds like San Francisco but if Adelaide’s Lord Mayor has his way, it could be South Australia’s capital. The city has quickly become Australia’s green leader. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

San Francisco, an image to emulate

¶ ReNew Power, a leading Indian clean energy company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the CII Partnership Summit to invest ₹13,000 crore ($1.95 billion) in renewable energy projects. The MoU envisages developing 1,000 MW of installed capacity for solar power and another 1,000 MW of windpower over the next five years. [The Hindu]

¶ Groupe Renault has announced a program where it will show how re-employing second-life batteries can support a local “smart island” ecosystem. Renault announced the small Portuguese island of Porto Santo is getting a pilot program, teaming up with Empresa de Electricitade da Madeira and the Madeira Regional Government. [Tech Xplore]

Porto Santo (Photo: Moxmarco, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Saudi Arabia is in talks with American nuclear firms to enter the nuclear power business and erect as many as 16 nuclear reactors, purportedly only to generate electricity over 25 years, a New York Times report said. But the report also said there are growing signs that the Saudis want to have the option of building nuclear weapons. [Tasnim News Agency]

¶ The head of TEPCO said the Japanese company remains committed to renewables development, and he vowed to expand the company’s business beyond its home market. The future of the company has been in question since its nuclear fleet was shut down in the wake of the March 2011 meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi. [pv magazine International]

Japanese solar installation (Image: Canadian Solar)


¶ All across America, states and utility companies are including energy storage options in their planning. GTM Research sees battery storage growing nearly tenfold in the next 5 years, from 295 MW in 2017 to 2.5 GW in 2022, of which almost half is projected to be “behind the meter,” operating as part of microgrids. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, according to a group of scientists. The scientists say the move toward beech-heavy forests is associated with higher temperatures and precipitation. [Maine Public]

Some are unhealthy. (Brian E Roth | University of Maine | via AP)

¶ A large swath of the utility industry, including 2,000 public utilities represented by the American Public Power Association, is facing a familiar fight with the federal government over the Trump administration’s proposed sell-off and privatization of federally owned utility companies such as the massive Tennessee Valley Authority. [Washington Examiner]

¶ Natural gas will continue to replace coal due to its competitive edge in prices, according to energy experts on Sunday. As the price of natural gas maintains a competitive edge over coal for fueling power plants, three coal-fueled power plants have retired in the Texas so far this year. The retirements are not expected to lead to shortages. [Xinhua]

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