April 2 Energy News

April 2, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “What Holds Up Automakers From Catching Up To Tesla? Corporate Inertia” • Most of the major automakers have well-thought-out strategies for electrification, but successfully implementing these plans will be an uphill battle because their corporate cultures are not conducive to pushing a new product at the expense of an old one. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla’s Model S (Instagram: teslamarksthespot)

¶ “As the world transitions to clean energy, are Canadian companies ready?” • Change happens, with or without us. Just as social media upended communications, the transition to clean energy is rapidly undoing century-old expectations around electricity, transportation, and oil. And it is happening in market-shifting ways. [The Globe and Mail]

¶ “The (long) Weekend Read: A view of the large-scale boom” • From having few large-scale solar PV projects recently, Australia is becoming one of the world’s fastest-growing markets. With a substantial project pipeline, the country is set to experience a banner year in 2018, and at the same time a new set of policies is taking shape. [pv magazine Australia]

Broken Hill solar array (Image: Jeremy Buckingham | Wikipedia)

¶ “National flood insurance is underwater because of outdated science” • The National Flood Insurance Program, which is run by FEMA, is struggling because it is trapped in a downward spiral of ballooning claims without the resources to cover them. And the Senate is failing to hammer out reforms that address the changing math of flood risk. [Salon]

World:

¶ JinkoSolar Holdings, the world’s largest solar panel maker, is thought to ship a little over 20% of its product to the US. Now that the US is imposing tariffs on Chinese solar products, Jinko plans to sell products elsewhere. It expects production to increase by about 30% this year to 13,500 MW for sales in emerging markets. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Solar array in China

¶ Government-owned miner Coal India Ltd plans to generate about 20 GW of solar power in the next 10 years, a senior company official said. India has set a target to generate 100 GW of solar power by 2022. “For Coal India to be sustainable we must diversify,” according to Coal India’s Chairman and Managing Director. [BloombergQuint]

¶ Greece will increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 50% by 2030, Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis said. In addition, the energy consumption will be reduced by 30%. Stathakis said that the country has not done much to save the energy so far, but the country has been going through an economic crisis. [Finance Appraise]

Renewable energy in Greece

¶ China’s installed power capacity in 2017 grew 7.6% compared to the end of 2016, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Installed wind power generation increased by 10.5%, to 9% of total capacity, and installed grid-connected solar power generation systems shot up 68.7% to hit 7% of the country’s total capacity. [POWER magazine]

¶ Kyushu Electric Power Co said it found a 1-cm hole in a pipe believed to have caused a steam leak at one of the reactors at the recently restarted Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture. The leak at Genkai’s No 3 reactor occurred in a part of the steam production system and did not involve any radiation leaks, reports said. [The Japan Times]

The Genkai nuclear power plant (Kyodo)

¶ Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology held a ceremony at the groundbreaking for the construction of Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City in southern Taiwan. The science city will consist of an R&D zone, a green technologies joint research center, a demonstration field, a convention and exhibition center, and more. [Digitimes]

US:

¶ Jobs in the Minnesota solar industry increased from 1,995 to 4,256 between 2015 and 2017, a report finds. About half of the jobs were focused on installation. Hennepin County had the most solar jobs by far, totaling 2,767 position in 2017, according to the report by the Solar Foundation. The growth is counter to a nationwide decline. [BusinessNorth.com]

Minnesota solar system (Kirsti Marohn | MPR News file)

¶ Hawaii, with its population of nearly 1.5 million, had less than 7,000 electric vehicles registered across the state in January. But the Hawaiian Electric Co believes that number will explode to more than 430,000 EVs on Oahu alone by 2045, according to Brennon Morioka, the utility’s general manager for electrification of transportation. [Honolulu Civil Beat]

¶ National Park Service officials have deleted every mention of humans’ role in causing climate change in drafts of a report on sea level rise and storm surge that has been long awaited. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke vowed to Congress that his department is not censoring science. The report has been altered as its release was held up for ten months. [Reveal]

Liberty Island storm damage

¶ After years of talking about developing offshore wind farms, New Jersey is finally moving. The state Board of Public Utilities has been fast-tracking a plan to build giant turbines off the Jersey Shore. This came after Gov Phil Murphy signed an executive order a few months ago calling for 3.5 GW of offshore wind by 2030. [New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio]

¶ Utqiagvik recorded its second record daily high temperature of March on Saturday, registering 30° F, according to the National Weather Service. The typical high is 1° F below zero. The coastal North Slope city, formerly known as Barrow, had also set two other longer-term warm-weather records at the end of March. [Fairbanks Daily News-Miner]

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