February 27 Energy News

February 27, 2018


¶ “China Will Lead In Autonomous Cars Despite Advances In US Testing & Technology” • The technology that makes it possible for cars to drive themselves is getting better all the time. As with electric cars, much of the push for autonomous vehicles comes from China, and odds are that China will be where AVs will gain widespread popularity first. [CleanTechnica]

Waymo AV arriving in Michigan


¶ The Generali Group, a leading European insurers, announced that their Board of Directors approved a new climate change strategy of divesting from coal-related activities and investments while ramping up involvement in “green” sectors. By 2020, they will divest €2 billion worth of coal assets and put €3.5 billion into green investments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Danish tech news magazine Ingeniøren reports today that 18 years of hard work has resulted in the startup infinityPV finally commercializing products with printed solar PV foil. The polymer solar cells are non-toxic and at the end of their useful life they can be burned without creating any contaminating byproducts. [CleanTechnica]

Organic solar cell production (Credit: infinitypv.com)

¶ Philippine power generating company Phinma Energy Corp will next year start building a 40-MW wind park in Guimaras province, aiming to switch on the facility by 2020, according to a report in BusinessMirror. The proposed facility will use 16 turbines. Each of those machines will have a capacity of between 2.3 MW and 2.5 MW. [Renewables Now]

¶ Ontario is partnering with Toronto Hydro and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc to design and build a battery energy storage facility for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line at a new station in Toronto. Energy-Storage News reported the energy storage system will be 10-MW/30-MWh, using lithium-ion batteries. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Artist’s rendering of Light Rail Transit car (Ontario.ca)

¶ A fast-growing pipeline of large-scale PV projects is creating thousands of jobs in Australia. In Renewable Energy Index, Green Energy Markets reported that 2,273 MW of solar farms are being built in the country. Combined with the rooftop solar segment, there are over 10,000 Australians working in the solar installation and construction. [pv magazine International]

¶ The number of cities reporting they are mainly powered by clean energy has more than doubled since 2015. Data published by the not-for-profit environmental impact researcher CDP found that 101 of the more than 570 cities on its books sourced at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources in 2017, compared to 42 in 2015. [The Guardian]

The Nesjavellir geothermal plant in Iceland (Photo: Alamy)

¶ India had a 22% growth in power generation from renewable energy sources in the first ten months of the current financial year (April-December 2017), thanks largely to the recent massive ramp up in solar capacity, data from Central Electricity Authority indicated. Renewable energy’s share in total generation stood at 8%. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ After becoming the world’s first airport to be fully powered by solar energy, Cochin International Airport Limited in India is set to help counterparts in Ghana take this clean energy path as well. According to reports published earlier this month, CIAL will help set up 1.5 MW of solar power projects at three airports in the country.  [CleanTechnica]

New terminal at Cochin International Airport

¶ The Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak announced that the ministry will hold a tender for Turkey’s first offshore wind power plant, and that the wind farm will be the largest of its kind in the world. The wind power farm will be built in the Aegean Sea. Turkey has potential for 32,000 MW in offshore wind power. [Daily Sabah]


¶ The New York Public Service Commission last week approved two measures that will to help the state achieve its target of 1,500 MW of energy storage target by 2025. One was a Consolidated Edison Co plan to expand the use of battery storage systems in its service territory by simplifying the process for private owners. [Utility Dive]

New York

¶ American solar manufacturer SunPower has announced plans to restructure in the wake of Donald Trump’s imposition of a 30% tariff on solar modules and cells following a Section 201 trade case. The plans will see the company cut up to 250 jobs, and it will incur restructuring costs of between $20 million and $30 million. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Limiting fossil fuel production on federal lands would reduce both global oil consumption and overall carbon emissions, according to a study by the Stockholm Environment Institute, a research organization focused on sustainable development. The study specifically examined the policies proposed in the “Keep It in the Ground Act.” [DeSmog]

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Credit: Alaska
Region US Fish & Wildlife Service, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

¶ Two new lawsuits have been filed by groups of residents of St Louis living near radioactive waste sites, according to recent reports. Named as the defendants are Exelon Corp, Republic Services, Cotter Corp, and 7 others. The nuclear waste materials have come from a number of sources, some dating all the way to the Manhattan Project. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Energy Secretary Rick Perry will travel to London to discuss nuclear energy with officials from Saudi Arabia, as the Trump administration pursues a deal to build reactors in the kingdom, according to two people familiar with the plans. Perry scrapped a trip to New Delhi to create an opening for him to lead an inter-agency delegation. [Bloomberg]

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