July 12 Energy News

July 12, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “World’s only carbon-negative country Bhutan is giving us renewable energy goals” • Bhutan’s Prime Minister had the goal of making his country carbon neutral to make sure Bhutan does not contribute to the releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Now he has added a new policy of maintaining a minimum of 60% forest coverage. [India Today]

Paro Taktsang, Bhutan

¶ “Germany Is Nobody’s ‘Captive,’ Mr Trump” • At the NATO summit, Trump said Germany was “totally controlled” by Russia. “Germany is a captive of Russia because they got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of their nuclear plants. They’re getting so much of the oil and gas from Russia. I think it’s something NATO has to look at.” [Bloomberg]

¶ “Top Renewable Energy Financiers Reveal Pathway To $1 Trillion In US Investment” • A new financial sector survey shows confidence that renewable energy projects in the US will continue to be more attractive than other investments. Cumulative private investment in US renewable energy could reach up to $1 trillion between 2018 and 2030. [Forbes]

Wind park in Michigan (Consumers Energy via Flickr)

World:

¶ Independent solar power producer based Azure Power has announced that it won a 160-MW solar power project in Uttar Pradesh. It will sign a 25-year power purchase agreement with Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited at a tariff of ₹3.55/kWh (5.2¢/kWh), around 45% higher than the lowest tariff bid for a solar project in India. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ Delhi-based private power transmission firm Sterlite Power has announced that it bagged six new electricity line projects worth $1 billion in a recently concluded auction in Brazil. The projects include setting up 23 sub-stations; 2,000 circuit Kilometer of transmission lines and 5,500 Mega Volt Ampere of transformation capacity, the company said. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Aerial view of a transmission tower and lines
(A Google image search says this is a hardwood floor.)

¶ The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recommended the government give financial certainty to new power plants, guaranteeing energy will be bought at a cheap price if it can’t be sold. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the finance proposal had merit, but he ruled out directly funding specific types of power generation. [SBS]

¶ Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is to supply 109 turbines to two wind farms in South Africa. They are the 140-MW Kangnas wind farm in the Northern Cape, and the 110-MW Perdekraal East wind farm in the Western Cape. When they are done Siemens Gamesa will have installed over 850 MW of wind capacity in the country. [Power Engineering International]

South African wind farm (Kalle Pihlajasaari, Wikimedia Commons)

UK:

¶ UK renewable energy developer British Solar Renewables has announced that it had completed construction of the 49.99-MW Stocking Pelham battery storage project in England, the largest such facility in the UK. It is made up of seven of SMA’s E-houses, 27 inverters, 12 kilometers of cable, and 150,000 lithium-ion battery cells. [CleanTechnica]

¶ UK tidal power company Tidal Lagoon Power struck back at the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and its recent decision not to support the 320-MW Swansea Tidal Lagoon project in Wales. TLP said the department’s statement on tidal lagoons as a whole was “designed to mislead” and was “a manifest distortion of the truth.” [CleanTechnica]

Swansea Tidal Lagoon power plant

¶ The General Synod of the Church of England voted almost unanimously in favor of divesting from companies that fail to align themselves with the Paris Climate Agreement. The Church will “assess companies’ progress by 2023” to evaluate performance on climate goals and divest from oil and gas companies deemed to be failing. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ California greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels, meeting an early target years ahead of schedule and putting the state well on its way toward reaching long-term goals to fight climate change, officials said. The California Air Resources Board announced pollution levels were down 13% since their 2004 peak, while the economy grew 26%. [The Japan Times]

San Gabriel Mountains and Los Angeles (AP photo)

¶ Napa County might generate as well as take green energy from the power grid if proposed solar farms in rural Coombsville east of the city of Napa and near American Canyon become realities. Renewable Properties has applied to Napa County to build two rural arrays. Each of the solar systems would have a capacity of about three MW. [Napa Valley Register]

¶ BYD has delivered five electric buses to Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority. The new buses will give residents and visitors alike the opportunity to ride in fully electric buses that generate zero emissions and make far less noise than those with internal combustion engines. And each bus will save the transit authority tens of thousands of dollars per year. [CleanTechnica]

VTA electric bus in a Fourth of July parade

¶ Westar Energy is creating a new opportunity for businesses to access wind-generated power. The utility company announced it has received approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission for a renewable energy program that will allow companies to purchase wind energy from a wind farm to be developed near Manhattan, Kansas. [Wichita Business Journal]

¶ A federal appeals court backed Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy Florida in a class-action lawsuit that sought to recover $2 billion in money paid by utility customers under a controversial 2006 nuclear-power law. The law, allowing utilities to collect money for nuclear projects that might never be built, was argued to be unconstitutional. [Citrus County Chronicle]

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