June 2 Energy News

June 2, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Breaking Down the Opposition to DOE’s Emergency Coal and Nuclear Bailout Plan” • It is hard to overstate how negative the reactions have been to news that the Trump Administration is directing the US DOE to find ways to force Americans to buy power from uncompetitive coal and nuclear plants in the name of national security. [Greentech Media]

Closed coal power plant

¶ “The US EPA’s science advisers push back against Scott Pruitt’s attempts to dilute environmental regulation” • In the larger interest of the nation, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board has decided to fight back against Pruitt’s vision of a reduced agency. The board voted to review some of the controversial rules his EPA proposed. [Financial Express]

¶ “A Year After Trump’s Paris Pullout, US Companies Are Driving a Renewables Boom” • When President Trump announced on June 1 last year that the US would exit the Paris climate deal, many of America’s largest corporations said they would honor the agreement anyway, vowing to pursue clean energy and cut emissions on their own. [New York Times]

California Walmart roof (Reed Saxon | Associated Press)

Science and Technology:

¶ A team in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Delaware have discovered a previously unknown property in bismuth that they say could be a tool in the fight against global warming. Through a catalytic process, bismuth can be used to convert atmospheric CO2 directly into liquid fuels and industrial chemicals. [Seeker]

World:

¶ CleanTechnica’s Kyle Field caught up with BYD’s Jack Symington to talk about what the current deployment of BYD trucks looks like around the world. BYD is moving into new facilities across the globe as it builds out use cases and platforms for company fleets. BYD is developing a wide-ranging set of offerings. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Electric waste collection truck

¶ The French Environment & Energy Management Agency will allocate €100 million next year to support the nation’s hydrogen industry. The French government believes hydrogen can become a pillar of its energy transition because it can be used to store renewable energy, according to the Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition. [pv magazine International]

¶ South Africa’s Department of Energy will launch a new bid window of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme later this year, said Minister Jeff Radebe. He told a stakeholder engagement session in Midrand that bid window 5 could bring up to R50 billion ($3.94 billion) of investment to the country. [Devdiscourse]

Wind turbines (Credit: Twitter)

¶ The Vatican will host executives of the top oil companies for a conference next week on climate change and the transition away from fossil fuels, a Vatican source said. Pope Francis, who wrote a major document on protection of the environment from global warming in 2015, is expected to address the group on the last day of the conference. [Reuters Africa]

US:

¶ The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission directed three utility companies in the state to include the social cost of coal in their future planning. These include the costs of effects on human health and environmental damage. The social cost of coal will be $42 per metric ton by 2020 and will rise to $60 per metric ton by 2040. [CleanTechnica]

Coal-burning power plant

¶ Only a day after MidAmerican Energy announced it would become the first investor-owned utility to be 100% renewable energy by 2020 with a 591-MW wind farm, it had more news. MidAmerican subsidiary NV Energy will procure power from 1001 MW of new solar projects and 100 MW/400 MWh of battery storage. [pv magazine USA]

¶ Rocky Mountain Power is seeking cost-competitive bids for solar, wind and geothermal energy projects in Utah to connect to the PacifiCorp system. The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 MWh of power generation, which implies about 40 MW of geothermal capacity or about 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Cove Fort geothermal plant (Ariel Sacerdoti, Ormat)

¶ Florida’s NextEra plans to build 300 MW of solar power in Wisconsin. The first project, the 150-MW Badger Hollow Solar Farm, would be located in southwestern Wisconsin, about 12 miles west of Dodgeville. Wisconsin Public Service will own 100 MW of this plant and Madison Gas and Electric will own the remaining 50 MW. [pv magazine USA]

¶ NV Energy plans to build more than 1 GW of solar and 100 MW of battery storage in Nevada. Three of the solar projects will be located in northern Nevada, and three will be located in the southern areas. The company will file a plan with the state’s Public Utilities Commission, requesting approval for six 25-year power purchase agreements. [Solar Industry]

Nevada Solar One (Photo: s pants, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ US online retailer Amazon.com, Inc, switched on a 1.1-MW rooftop solar system on its fulfillment centre in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Including this one, Amazon has deployed 17 rooftop solar arrays in the US over the past 14 months. It aims to install at least 50 rooftop solar systems worldwide by 2020, in a move to 100% renewable energy. [Renewables Now]

¶ After NRG abandoned a two-reactor expansion of its South Texas Project nuclear plant, Toshiba sought investors to continue the project. Now Toshiba has officially withdrawn its plans for the two reactors, Reuters reported. Toshiba said it had failed to find investors due to sharply lower electric rates and increased global regulation. [Power Engineering Magazine]

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