May 13 Energy News

May 13, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Cities, Villages as Fulcrum of Germany’s Energy Transition” • One feature of the German energy sector that is hardly likely to be ignored by visitors to the country is the localization of the electricity supply system. It focuses on bringing together people, villages, and municipalities to invest and own their power systems. [THISDAY Newspapers]

Windpark Wildpoldsried (Richard Mayer, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Crumbling of nuclear deal boosts Iran hard-liners” • Across Iran, the hopefulness that followed the 2015 nuclear deal has been replaced by a rising hard-line fever with President Donald Trump’s decision to pull America from the accord. That is not to say Iran wants the deal to end. The Islamic Republic is still trying to salvage it. [Japan Today]

¶ “Withdrawing from Paris carbon emissions deal was a mistake” • Americans have long enjoyed a position of privilege as a global leader, from technology and agriculture to diplomacy and defense. But recent trends indicate a retreat from the position of world leadership as America increasingly takes on an isolationist role. [Hattiesburg American]

Pollution

¶ “Revenge of the dinosaurs: Administration seeks technology to revive coal” • The Trump administration is clearly serious about bolstering the declining and uncompetitive coal industry. In a sign of this, the federal Department of Energy is requesting designs for smaller, theoretically more efficient “modular” coal plants. But no funding is offered. [Yahoo News]

Science and Technology:

¶ Scientists researched sea level rise in five Florida communities and the flooding can cause. Three of the communities already find themselves partially submerged regularly, unrelated to storm events. The scientists forecast that all will have greater problems within 17 years, and the areas that are flooding now could double in size in that time. [Ocala]

Sunny day flooding (Photo: Lynne Sladky | AP)

World:

Nikkei Asian Review reports that Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd, or CATL, has signed an agreement with Nissan to supply it with batteries for the new Nissan Sylphy sedan that will be introduced in the Chinese market later this year. CATL, the largest Chinese battery manufacturer, has been focusing on batteries for buses. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction said that it has secured several orders for energy storage projects from home and abroad as it expands its footprint in the growing business sector. The South Korean company announced that it won a deal for an energy storage system from clean energy and solution provider SK E&S. [Yonhap News]

Doosan Heavy’s learning center in Changwon, South Korea

¶ China’s major power plants generated 528.34 billion kWh in March, up 2.1% year on year, data showed. Thermal power production was up 1.4% in March. Electricity generated by wind and solar farms in March saw strong year-on-year growth of 30.6% and 27.9%, generating 30.57 billion kWh and 7.8 billion kWh, respectively. [Xinhua]

¶ Tesla’s giant Powerpack battery in South Australia has been in operation for about 6 months now and we are just starting to discover the magnitude of its impact on the local energy market. A report now shows that it reduced the cost of the grid service that it performs by 90% and it has already taken a majority share of the market. [Electrek]

Tesla battery system in South Australia

US:

¶ According to Catherine Von Burg, CEO of battery maker Simpliphi Power, 2017 was a blockbuster year for the company, with sales more than tripling from 2016. The spike in sales has Simpliphi Power bursting out of its Ojai, California headquarters and scrambling around the surrounding area looking for more manufacturing space. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has made a preliminary decision to allocate about $5.5 million in incentives per year, for the years 2019 through 2022, to the renewable energy programs within  the Focus on Energy program. The decisions came as part of the program’s four-year planning process. [The Milwaukee Independent]

Solar array in Wisconsin

¶ Representatives of environmental groups gathered near the site of a proposed natural gas power plant in the township of North Bergen, New Jersey. They protested that the plant will increase carbon emissions, which pose a danger to the earth’s atmosphere and climate. They called on Gov Phil Murphy to act against the plant. [The Hudson Reporter]

¶ The Yale Program on Climate Change Communications carried out a study that reveals a jump in the number of Republicans who agree that climate change is caused by carbon emissions from human activities. The results showed a 9-point uptick in GOP voters who said they believed climate change was fueled by emissions. [Earth.com]

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