Archive for April 28th, 2018

April 28 Energy News

April 28, 2018


¶ “Earth to Pruitt: Americans Say Keep Clean Power Plan – Again” • One thing echoing through the halls of Capitol Hill is that Scott Pruitt is far out of touch with both the public he is supposed to protect and the mission of the EPA. That is clear in his remorseless defense of efforts to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Clean power (Photo: Karsten Wurth)


¶ Swedish wave energy company Seabased and Infocom Connect are working to develop renewables projects in Sri Lanka. The first system the partners will work on is a 1-MW to 5-MW wave project that will power a fish farm. Infocom Connect’s managing director pointed out that many countries have little land to site renewables projects. [reNews]

¶ A study from researchers at MIT found that if China follows through on its climate policies targeting the reduction of CO2 emissions, the monetary savings stemming from air quality and human health will greatly exceed the cost of meeting those goals in the first place. The study was published in the journal Nature Climate Change. [CleanTechnica]

Air pollution in China

¶ Sunseap International, a unit of Singaporean clean energy company Sunseap Group, said it has been given the green light for a 168-MW solar farm in Vietnam, with construction expected to start in mid-2018. The solar project, which is described as the country’s largest so far, has received Decision on Land Handover (Phase 1). [Renewables Now]

¶ Toyota has built a prototype hydrogen fuel cell truck using most of the hydrogen fuel cell components from two of its Mirai passenger vehicles. The design of the truck arose out of a need for improved air quality in seaport facilities, where large numbers of traditional diesel trucks were making a bad problem much worse. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota hydrogen-powered truck

¶ Canadian Solar Inc announced a partnership with Turkey’s Global Investment Holdings to develop and operate up to 300 MW of solar power projects. The solar company will provide engineering, procurement and construction for the projects, and after completion will continue with operations and maintenance services. [Renewables Now]

¶ ABB has inaugurated a microgrid solution at its Vadodora manufacturing facility in Gujarat, India. The microgrid is said to be the first of its kind to be installed at a manufacturing campus in India using both solar PV and battery energy storage. The facility makes transformers, generators, and other technology products. [Energy Storage News]

ABB manufacturing facility (Credit: ABB)

¶ Iberdrola Renewables Offshore will invest €1 billion ($1.21 billion) to develop two offshore wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea after it recently won 486 MW of capacity in an auction, its managing director said. The 476-MW Baltic Eagle wind project received a minimum guaranteed power price of €64/MWh from the German regulator. []

¶ Rural communities in Pakistan have high expenses when using generators or aren’t even connected to the national grid. Karachi, the capital city is dealing with blackout issues so bad that the power is often out eight hours per day, forcing businesses to lay off workers. These are reasons why people are increasingly turning to solar energy. [Green Matters]

Small rural solar array

¶ North Korea has hailed its summit with the South as “new milestone” in the history of the two countries after the two leaders pledged to pursue a permanent peace and rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons. The official KCNA news agency said the meeting opened the way “for national reconciliation and unity, peace and prosperity.” [The Guardian]


¶ MGM Resorts International announced that it plans to power a significant portion of its 13 Las Vegas casinos with a dedicated solar panel array, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The resort and casino giant has partnered with generation and storage developer Invenergy to create a 100-MW PV array 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas. [TravelPulse]

Mandalay Bay Convention Center’s 8.3-MW rooftop
solar array (photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International)

¶ Five Winter Olympians are urging Congress to take action on climate change. Snowboarder Arielle Gold, biathlete Maddie Phaneufalong, and skiers David Wise, Jessie Diggins, and Stacey Cook traveled to Capitol Hill this week to brief lawmakers on how climate change is a growing threat to winter sports and outdoor recreation. [CNN]

¶ Michigan utility regulators approved DTE Energy Co’s plan to build a 1,100-MW natural-gas-fired power plant in St Clair County to replace aging coal plants. The Michigan Public Service Commission authorized DTE to recoup up to $951.8 million for the construction of the plant through future rates charged to customers. []

Natural gas plant

¶ With the dust settling from President Trump’s PV tariff, it looks like we have a winner: First Solar hopes to open a 1.2-GW factory in Ohio to make thin-film solar PVs. “Roll” is the key word here. The film PV can be made with low cost, fully automated, high output roll-to-roll systems. In other words, most jobs go to robots. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The 21-MW Icebreaker offshore wind farm in Lake Erie, a project of Fred Olsen Renewables and LEEDCo, is back in action after the US Fish and Wildlife Service said the project poses little threat to wildlife. The Ohio Power Siting Board re-commenced its review of the project’s application ahead of a public hearing on 19 July. [reNews]

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