Archive for July 3rd, 2018

July 3 Energy News

July 3, 2018


¶ “Trump Has Done More Than Pull Out of Paris” • Since taking office, Trump has done something worse for the climate than pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on climate change: He has cut a large body of climate-focused rules issued by President Obama. With rules no longer in place, corporate plans will increase carbon emissions. [The Atlantic]

Coal-fired power plant (Greg Goebel, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ Researchers at Penn State University created a self-heating battery. Cold temperatures slow down the charging rate of conventional lithium-ion batteries, so they have to be plugged in longer to be charged fully when it is cold. Charging when it is below 50º F can also lead to faster battery degradation, the researchers say. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Alta Devices, a California-based subsidiary of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, set a record for conversion efficiency of 28.9% for a single-junction solar module, it announced. The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory rated Alta Devices’ single junction GaAs module as the world’s most efficient single-junction solar module. [Renewables Now]

Alta Devices solar cell. (Photo: Business Wire)


¶ Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd, an arm of Mumbai-based private power producer Tata Power, said it has commissioned a 100-MW solar power project at Anthapuramu Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh. The overall operating renewable energy capacity of the company now stands at 2,215 MW in India, the firm said in a statement. []

¶ The largest nuclear power company in China, China General Nuclear Power Group, aims to expand its UK operations. The firm is targeting clean energy projects, specifically wind power and liquefied natural gas opportunities. CGN already owns over 300 MW of wind capacity in the UK and a 33.5% stake in the 3.3-GW Hinkley Point C farm. [Energy Digital]

Wind farm on the shore (Getty Images)

¶ Britain’s heatwave has helped break several records for solar power generation, and over the weekend the renewable energy source briefly eclipsed gas power stations as the UK’s top source of electricity. Solar broke the record for weekly output, producing 533 GWh of power. In a first, solar output was over GW for eight consecutive days. [The Guardian]

¶ The Danish renewable energy specialist, Aalborg CSP, has collaborated with Smørum Kraftvarme AmbA on a new solar district heating facility in the capital area of Denmark. The plant consists of flat panels that can jointly produce 5,568 MWh heat annually, contributing to 2,583 consumers’ heat and hot water demands. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar heating plant in Denmark (Courtesy of Aalborg CSP)

¶ Bosnia’s autonomous Serb Republic has launched a tender for the construction of a 65-MW solar power plant in southeastern Bosnia, the country’s largest so far, an Energy Ministry official told Reuters. Investors have until July 27 to submit bids. The project is expected to cost around 150 million Bosnian marka ($89.4 million). []

¶ Wind turbines or solar panels with batteries will be able to provide on-demand power cheaper than old coal plants in China by 2028, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. In the US, the combo can outcompete gas generation by 2027, according to the same New Energy Outlook report, presented in London. [Climate Home]

¶ In New South Wales, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has released its final report on solar feed-in tariffs. It recommended that the voluntary payments be cut from 11¢/kWh to 15¢/kWh to 6.9¢-8.4¢, from the start of this month. Such a decision on rooftop solar power will “sabotage” the solar industry, critics warn. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ The production of renewable energy in Germany has hit a new record, providing 41.5% of the country’s power supply in the first half of 2018. Politics are becoming embroiled in migration issues, but the launch of a commission to find a path to end coal-fired power generation has fuelled hopes that the country will be able to reduce emissions more. [RenewEconomy]

Wind and solar power (Photo: Pixabay)


¶ The TransAlta power plant contributes 10% of the of the total greenhouse gas emmissions of Washington state. Its three units will shut down, one at a time, from 2020 to 2025. The plant’s coal comes from a terraced, open-to-the-sky strip mine, and TransAlta will replace its generating capacity by repurposing 1,000 acres of the mine site to a solar farm. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Rhode Island has become the first state to sue oil companies over the effects of climate change. It filed a complaint seeking damages for the costs associated with protecting the state from rising seas and severe weather. The state’s attorney general said Rhode Island would hold the companies accountable for harm they have caused. [InsideClimate News]

Rhode Island (Photo: Marc Choquette | CC-BY-2.0)

¶ An administrative law judge has recommended that plans for a proposed natural gas power plant in Minnesota come to an end. Judge Jeanne M Cochran said Minnesota Power’s proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center is neither needed nor in the public interest, and should be rejected by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. [Duluth News Tribune]

¶ At a June 28 meeting, New Orleans regulators put the city’s public utility Entergy in the hot seat over slow progress on clean energy goals and increasing power outages. City council members showed little patience for the company, which currently is under investigation for its role in paying actors to show support for a proposed natural gas power plant. [DeSmog]

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