April 20 Energy News

April 20, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Cost, Schmost! Energy Dept Touts Coal-Killing Atlantic Offshore Wind” • The US offshore wind industry ran into some mighty stiff headwinds under the Obama Administration. Now, the logjam is breaking up, and the Trump Administration is overseeing a burst of activity along the Atlantic Coast. Does that sound a bit weird? [CleanTechnica]

Erecting an offshore wind turbine

¶ “OH & PA Will Transition From Nuclear Energy – But How?” • Bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions is seeking customer-funded bailouts or, it says, it will close three nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The debate over uneconomical plants is heating up, including the prospect of replacing them with shale-gas-fired plants. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

World:

¶ Element Power has taken over the development of the up-to-750-MW North Irish Sea Array offshore wind site off the coast of Ireland from Gaelectric. The move marks Element Power’s entry into the offshore wind sector. The company said it has been assessing the market to determine the best entry point for its capabilities. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm (reNews image)

¶ The Canada Green Building Council has announced the first building certified under their new Zero Carbon standard, an office building in Waterloo, Ontario. The building was built by the Cora Group and designed by Stantec. Waterloo is a hotbed of technology startups (it is where the Blackberry came from) and continues to thrive.  [Treehugger]

¶ How can you create public transport in the jungle without polluting it? The isolated Achuar peoples of Ecuador have come up with an ingenious solution. Since April 2017, a canoe powered solely by solar energy travels back and forth along the 67-km (42-mile) stretch of the Capahuari and Pastaza rivers that connect their settlements. [BBC]

Commuting to school

¶ After an agreement for further work to be done on the national energy guarantee, Lily D’Ambrosio, the energy minister for Victoria, wrote to the Energy Security Board, asking for detailed analysis of it. The stand-off between the Turnbull government and the Australian states over energy policy seems to be shifting into its decisive phase. [The Guardian]

¶ No coal was used for power generation by stations in the UK during the 55 hours from 10:25 pm in London on Monday, April 16, until 5:10 am on Thursday, April 19, according to grid data compiled by Bloomberg. During the same time, wind turbines produced more power. Coal is increasingly losing out to power sources that are renewable. [Bloomberg]

Boat in a wind farm (Photo: Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg)

¶ National Thermal Power Corporation, India’s largest coal-based power generator, will back down thermal power at some of its units to blend with renewable energy and sell the two together. The company has placed a tender to procure 2,000 MW of solar and wind power which will be bundled with the non-pithead units. [Business Standard]

US:

¶ Sun Flyer’s Sun Flyer 2 electric airplane has completed its successful maiden test flight at the Centennial Airport near Denver, Colorado. Though the company has not decided on a final system, it used LG Chem’s MJ1 lithium-ion battery cells in the test. The battery pack will push out 260 Wh/kg, enough for a 3.5-hour flight. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Sun Flyer 2

¶ Two years ahead of schedule, Bowdoin College has achieved carbon neutrality. Onsite carbon emissions were reduced by 29%, with remaining emissions offset with renewable energy credits from wind farms. Bowdoin also announced a renewable energy project partnership that will result in the largest solar array in the state of Maine. [Bowdoin]

¶ Wells Fargo plans to put $200 billion into investments and financing for new renewable energy and clean technology from now through 2030, according to Tim Sloan, the bank’s Chief Executive. The bank is making a company-wide effort to support and be part of the transition to a low-carbon economy, he said in a call. [GreenBiz]

Solar farm (Shutterstock | Roschetzky Photography)

¶ With Earth Day only days off, Democratic and Republican legislators from from both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are introducing legislation to make the state a leader in efforts to solve climate change. Newly introduced legislation would transition Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by 2050. [Bucks Local News]

¶ We have never seen change in the energy space like we’re seeing right now, and “from here, things will only pick up.” So said Greg Scheu, president of ABB’s America’s Region, delivering the a keynote address at a conference. Swiss-based ABB is a pioneer in electrification products, robotics, power grids, and industrial automation. [WRAL Tech Wire]

Solar Impulse 2

¶ Invenergy is to supply electricity to MGM Resorts International from a 100-MW solar project located 40 km (24 miles) north of Las Vegas.  The MGM-Invenergy solar project, which is expected to  be operational by the end of 2020, will help power thirteen properties on the Las Vegas strip belonging to MGM Resorts International. [reNews]

¶ The Senate narrowly confirmed Rep Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla), a former Navy pilot with no scientific credentials and who doesn’t believe humans are primarily to blame for the global climate crisis, to lead NASA. He joins a Cabinet already loaded with deniers of the near-universal scientific consensus on climate change. [Huffington Post]

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