March 5 Energy News

March 5, 2018


¶ “300 Electric Buses Make No News In Poland” • I was amazed to learn that one of the Polish cities, Katowice, is planning to purchase 300 electric buses and very little is said about it in the press or social media. This is a really big story for any city that is outside China. So, why was there no media frenzy in the local news? [CleanTechnica]

Polish electric buses (Source: Agencja Gazeta)

¶ “Climate Action Makes (Business) Sense for US Utilities” • DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, and many other utilities are committing to cutting emissions, at just the time the Trump administration is working to roll back climate and clean energy action. Why? Because it just makes good business sense. [Natural Resources Defense Council]


¶ “Notre-Dame: Cracks in the Cathedral” • The Catholic Church in France has launched an urgent appeal for funds to save the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. Parts of the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece are starting to crumble, because of pollution that is eating the stone. There are fears the structure itself could become unstable. [BBC]

Unhappy Notre-Dame Gargoyle (Chosovi, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ The Chilean energy regulatory agency, the Comisión Nacional de Energía de Chile, has announced that the country will use Blockchain technology for national energy grid. The CNE will use Blockchain to authenticate information, such as marginal costs, average market prices, fuel prices, and compliance with the renewable energy law. [TOINNOV]

¶ The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company received 28 requests for qualifications for a 500-MW tendered solar plant, to be located in Ibri, 300 km west of Muscat. The project will be the country’s first large utility-scale PV independent power project. It will be built at an estimated cost of around $500 million. [pv magazine International]

Oman (Image: Flickr, Jeffrey Zabinski)

¶ Sembcorp Energy India Ltd said it has been awarded a 300-MW project, in a wind power auction. With this order, SEIL has bagged a combined capacity of 800 MW from the three auctions, by far the largest combined capacity that has been won by an independent power producer. The Solar Energy Corporation of India confirmed the award. [Livemint]

¶ Jamaica Public Service Company announced the start of construction of a new hybrid storage facility set to provide reserve power to the country’s grid. The project will cost of $21.6 million and will feature a combination of lithium-ion batteries and flywheel technology, for a total energy storage capacity of 24.5 MW. [pv magazine International]

Jamaica (Image: James Willamor)

¶ The Australian government-owned Snowy Hydro 2.0 could flood the market with cheap energy, curbing investment in dispatchable capacity or storage in a few years’ time, analysts say. Energy analysts and generators are concerned that changes in price may be driven more by political issues rather than the market. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ Roving jellyfish and seaweed are unwanted guests at nuclear power stations. Now the marine algae have hit again, forcing one plant in Scotland to partially power down just as freezing temperatures were pushing up demand for electricity. During the cold weather, excessive amounts of seaweed shut one reactor at the Torness station down. [The Guardian]

Torness nuclear power station (Photo: Alamy)


¶ Onyx Renewable Partners, LLC, is installing 1,260 home solar systems at Fort Riley, in Kansas, at no cost to the military. The systems will reduce electric consumption at the homes by 37%. Corvias, a private company managing the post’s housing, will use the savings from reduced electricity costs to pay the energy company for its work. [Manhattan Mercury]

¶ New projections from the Energy Information Administration estimate that Americans will be less dependent on coal, that coal production will fall, and that coal capacity in the nation’s power plants is likely to decline in coming years, according to an annual report released last month. The war on coal, in short, is over. And coal lost. [The Hill]

Beautiful, clean coal (Getty Images)

¶ The first community solar garden on the Near North Side of Minneapolis will rise this spring on a church rooftop, thanks to a coalition of faith partners, clean-energy advocates, industry experts, job trainers, and community members. It will provide enough electricity for the church, a mosque, and 26 households. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

¶ Cities in California are suing ExxonMobil and other companies over climate damage, saying they hid risks they knew were real. Exxon responded with a novel legal tactic. Exxon alleges the local government officials are defrauding buyers of municipal bonds by not disclosing to lenders the climate risks they have claimed in their lawsuits. [McClatchy Washington Bureau]

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