Archive for June 25th, 2018

June 25 Energy News

June 25, 2018


¶ “Why solar is suddenly so sexy for Indian companies” • A few months ago, a few firms were experimenting with renewable energy. Now, solar and wind energy tariffs are below grid costs and the government pushing for renewables, so companies are going big on them. Some are even working towards meeting all their needs with clean power. [Quartz]

Solar power (Stringer | Reuters)

¶ “30 years later, deniers are still lying about Hansen’s amazing global warming prediction” • The incredible accuracy of James Hansen’s climate model predictions can debunk a number of climate denier myths. It shows that climate models are accurate and global warming is proceeding as predicted. But some people purposely distort Hanson’s work. [The Guardian]


¶ India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies is set to hold a public hearing in the national capital with regard to imposition of 70% safeguard duty on imported solar equipment. Solar power developers have expressed concerns that such a duty on solar equipment may jeopardize India’s target of installing 100 GW capacity by 2022. []

Solar array on water

¶ The roll-out of large-scale solar power in Queensland – and the ongoing rapid uptake of rooftop solar by homes and businesses – is starting to have an impact on electricity prices in the state, even sending prices into negative territory in the middle of the day. On June 19, wholesale electricity prices in the state dipped below zero. [RenewEconomy]

¶ China’s decision to cap deployment and reduce feed-in-tariffs for solar projects may lead to a further drop in module prices, and this is likely to result in further reduction in solar bid tariffs, experts say. Chinese module prices are expected to decline to 29¢/W or lower from the current average of 33¢/W, following this announcement. []

Indian solar array

¶ Sembcorp Solar Singapore Pte Ltd won a 50-MW project from the Housing & Development Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board. Sembcorp will build, own, operate, and maintain grid-tied rooftop solar systems in the West Coast and Choa Chu Kang Town Councils along wtih 27 other government sites in Singapore. [The Straits Times]

¶ World leaders and officials from over 100 nations, top heads of UN agencies and multilateral financial institutions, scientists, and activists gathered in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang for the Global Environment Facility’s Assembly to tackle global climate change challenges. The GEF Assembly reviews policy every three to four years. []

Air pollution

¶ A windpower boom is underway in Finland. Hundreds of new wind farms are in the pipeline, despite the state’s intention to curb subsidies for the energy source. A renewable energy expert at the Lappeenranta University of Technology, explains that today wind energy is €5 to €7 cheaper per megawatt hour to produce than nuclear power. [YLE News]

¶ Residents of five German cities, including Berlin and Hamburg, took it to the streets on Sunday to protest against the country’s reliance on coal for power production. The Associated Press reported that about 22% of Germany’s electricity comes from burning lignite or brown coal, 12% from hard coal, and 33% from renewable energy. []

Germans protesting against coal (Photo: WWF Twitter page)

¶ London’s first “virtual power station” is to be created using only electricity produced by solar panels fitted on the roofs of houses. Batteries will be installed at about 40 homes already fitted with solar panels within the borough of Barnet. The virtual power station will mean they can both save and earn money from excess energy. [Compelo]


¶ Tippy Dam in Brethren, Michigan, has become Consumers Energy’s latest hydroelectric facility to mark 100 years. The company celebrated the milestone by opening the dam to public tours. A company spokesman said Consumers Energy anticipates that the dam will be vital part of its energy portfolio for years to come. [Manistee News Advocate]

Tippy Dam (Michelle Graves | News Advocate)

¶ Thirty years after many Americans first heard the term climate change, Skagit County, Washington – like the rest of the world – is warmer on average. The North Cascades now has less glacial ice and the Sauk River has more intense winter floods. The changes NASA scientist James Hansen warned Congress about in June 1988 are now real. []

¶ Michigan energy suppliers say that the Trump administration proposal to declare an energy state of emergency is unnecessary and could lead to higher electric bills for customers. One nuclear and four more coal plants are to retire in Michigan by 2025. The closures would nearly eliminate grid-supporting coal generation in the state. [The Detroit News]

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