June 8 Energy News

June 8, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Trump’s nuclear bailout could cost consumers up to $17 billion each year” • According to an updated report from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Trump’s subsidies for nuclear power plants could increase the overall cost of electricity by up to $17 billion each year. And that does not include subsidies for coal-burning plants. [Inhabitat]

Nuclear power plant’s cooling towers

Science and Technology:

¶ Tropical cyclones, are moving slower around the planet, a study from NOAA scientist James Kossin said. The study, released in the scientific journal Nature, showed a 10% decrease in forward speed globally between 1949 and 2016, though there is some variation among ocean basins. Slow-moving storms leave more rainfall in the areas they visit. [CNN]

World:

¶ Leaders of the G7 group are gathering in Canada for what could be one its most acrimonious summits in years. Some leaders clashed with US President Trump, who has imposed steel and aluminium tariffs that have sparked reprisals from trade partners. But the nations could also clash on the Iran nuclear deal and climate change. [BBC]

Protester with a flare (Reuters image)

¶ A new European renewable energy initiative has Microsoft, Google, and Amazon and other corporate giants in its steering group. RE-Source is an alliance of big brands that are buying and supplying clean power in the corporate market. The European network will help streamline and coordinate how green energy is sourced. [Innovators Magazine]

¶ China’s decision to curtail solar development this year in an effort to prevent oversupply has resulted in significantly revised forecasts for the Chinese and global solar markets. Forecasts on China’s solar installations for the year were revised downward by up to 40%. Expectations now are that solar module prices will fall by 35%. [CleanTechnica]

Chinese solar panels

¶ The Asian Development Bank will support over $1 billion in energy investments in the Pacific in 2018 through 2021. This includes 19 projects helping countries get access to sustainable energy sources, according to the Pacific Energy Update 2018. The report provides an overview of ADB’s energy-focused work in the Pacific. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ European renewables asset manager WPO is to issue renewable energy production certificates that can be traced by blockchain to its projects. This will provide “secure and irrefutable traceability of the production of energy from renewable sources.” The aim is to make the certificates a standard reference to encourage clean power generation. [reNews]

Wind farm (Pixabay image)

¶ Brazilian utility Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais SA said it has contracted power generation from 1,240 MW of solar and wind capacity through an energy auction. The tender awarded 20-year power purchase agreements starting in January 2022. The power auction was to provide electricity to meet demands for several Brazilian regions. [Renewables Now]

¶ Enel Green Power has launched a series of initiatives in Italy aimed at improving the efficiency and maintenance processes at its wind farms. The Wind Big Data Boost project is collating information from over 4000 of the company’s operational wind turbines, including all of those in Italy and Spain, to help improve predictive maintenance. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Enel Green Power image)

US:

¶ EPA head Scott Pruitt said greenhouse gases such as CO2 are “good for us” and that CO2 does not cause global warming. After the EPA ignored a Freedom of Information Request for information supporting Pruitt’s claim, the agency was taken to court on the issue. Now a federal judge has ruled that Pruitt has to deliver the documents. [ZME Science]

¶ Freightliner Trucks, a division of Daimler Truckers North America, took to the stage recently to take the wraps off of two new fully-electric truck offerings. The Freightliner eCascadia is a heavy-duty truck, while the Freightliner eM2 106 is a medium-duty truck, and the company says they mark the beginning of a new era in trucking. [CleanTechnica]

Freightliner Trucks

¶ At the International Mayors Climate Summit in Boston, Boston mayor Marty Walsh urged other mayors to join in a renewable energy procurement initiative. He plans to issue a request for information aimed at compiling energy demand data from participating cities and asking energy developers for renewable energy prices. [The Salem News]

¶ JinkoSolar, the world’s leading solar PV supplier, announced that it signed a three-year, 1.43-GW solar supply agreement with sPower, the largest private owner and operator of solar assets in the country. sPower has 13 GW of wind and solar projects in its operating and construction pipeline, and has 1.3 GW already in operation. [CleanTechnica]

Robot with a solar panel

¶ The latest war of words over Arizona’s renewable energy ballot measure focuses on the Palo Verde nuclear station. The Arizona Public Service Co said it could be forced to close the 3,037-MW three-unit nuclear plant if voters approve the measure. But a study by energy firm ICF said Palo Verde would remain open regardless. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ Former Chattanooga developer Franklin L Haney signed an agreement to hire a Canadian engineering company to do engineering and construction work to finish one reactor at the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in Alabama. He is buying the plant for $111 million, and he is asking for federal guarantees. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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