July 1 Energy News

July 1, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “India’s huge solar ambitions could push coal further into shade” • India says it intends to launch a tender for 100 GW of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world, which is also Indian. These and other green power promises from Delhi have serious implications for the coal industry. [The Guardian]

Solar array (Adani | Supplied)

Science and Technology:

¶ A study from the University of California in Santa Cruz, shows that we might have a powerful tool at our disposal to scrub carbon dioxide from the air. We can do this by splitting seawater atoms and producing hydrogen gas for fuel at the same time. The carbon dioxide is turned into a bicarbonate. [India Times]

World:

¶ Leading Saudi electricity producer and desalter, Acwa power, officially switched on a 120-MW wind farm in northern Morocco, as it continues to diversify its portfolio in the north African country. It is the first wind farm by Acwa power, a group that operates solar and desalination plants in 10 countries. [The North Africa Post]

Wind farm in Morocco

¶ US President Donald Trump has urged Saudi Arabia to sharply increase its oil production to combat the rising cost of fuel. Mr Trump tweeted that he had asked Saudi ruler King Salman to raise oil output by up to two million barrels a day. “Prices to [sic] high! He has agreed!” the president added. [BBC]

¶ The Swansea tidal lagoon energy project could go ahead without UK government backing. The Welsh government said it does not have the resources to back the project, but a Swansea council leader told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales it could be viable under different ways of paying for it and selling the energy. [BBC News]

Swansea tidal lagoon energy project (TLP)

¶ Kosovo aims to generate a quarter of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 to meet the standards of the EU, which it aspires to join. To achieve that goal it has to attract more investment and shift away from coal. Nine turbines at Kosovo’s first wind farm will cover 3% of the country’s demand. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ In an effort to become a ‘green’ city by 2025, Da Nang cut 12,000 tons of carbon emissions with solar-powered home water heaters and environmentally-friendly electric cars. Vietnam’s central region is sunny almost all year, so solar power systems are seen as among the most effective power solutions. [Inquirer.net]

Rooftop solar system (Viet Nam News | Asia News Network)

¶ A Chinese firm, Shenzhen Kang Ming Sheng Technology Industry Incorporation said it is planning to invest in a renewable energy manufacturing plant in Nigeria to help address the country’s power situation. The plant would produce affordable solar panels, energy-saving lights, and other clean energy products. [Today.ng]

US:

¶ The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected both of PJM Interconnection’s proposals to address failures in its 13-state capacity markets due to state subsidies supporting preferred generation resources. The decision came on a 3-2 vote. States supporting nuclear and renewable power is an issue for FERC commissioners. [Utility Dive]

Nuclear power plant

¶ Colorado farmers are turning to a resource bringing new economic life into eastern Colorado: wind turbines. One family has thirty turbines going up on its land, part of the largest wind farm ever put up in the state. The Xcel project will have a capacity of 300 MW, and is to be in operation in October. [Colorado Springs Gazette]

¶ The US cut its contribution to the Global Environment Facility for the first time in nearly 30 years, India Climate Dialogue reported. In 2014, the US gave $546 million to the GEF, which convenes an assembly once every four years. Reportedly, the Trump administration’s 2018 contribution will be only $273 million. [ThinkProgress]

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