July 16 Energy News

July 16, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Babcock Ranch In Florida Is To Sustainable Living What Tesla Is To Sustainable Transportation” • Tucked into a corner of Southwest Florida about a half-hour from Fort Myers, Babcock Ranch is what developer Syd Kitson calls the most sustainable new community in America. It was designed from the start as a green development. [CleanTechnica]

Babcock Ranch

¶ “Why Nuclear Energy Is Critical For Russia” • The order book of Russia’s state-owned Rosatom has steadily grown to $300 billion dollars in recent years. Currently, 34 reactors in 12 countries are under construction worldwide, while several other states have shown interest. That is 60% of all nuclear power plants planned or under construction. [OilPrice.com]

Science and Technology:

¶ We have seen news about a cruise ship, Energy Observer, which as caught the world’s attention as it sails around the world on a six-year voyage. It is going on this long trip powered entirely by solar, hydrogen, wind and water energy, without fossil fuels. One article has already appeared here on June 23, but now we have more. [Interesting Engineering]

Energy Observer (Gaël Musquet | Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ For the first time ever, more than 80% of the power generated in the Indian state of Karnataka was green. According to the energy department, of the total 6,763 MW power generated at 7 pm, only 1,300 MW was from conventional sources. Non-conventional sources contributed 3,319 MW, of which wind energy accounted for 2,964 MW. [Deccan Herald]

¶ China is set to make more inroads into European infrastructure, as a state-owned company tries to gain full control of Portugal’s power grid. The EU Commission lacks the proper legal framework to “protect” EU common interests, and it could be a wake-up call to speed up the procedure to establish an investments screening mechanism. [EURACTIV]

Transmission lines

¶ A Franco-German declaration signed in Paris on 21 July could see the countries collaborate in the realization of offshore wind and other renewable energy initiatives. The declaration noted that France and Germany believe co-ordination in the field of EU energy policy should be complemented by concrete projects and measures. [Offshore Wind Journal]

¶ South Korea saw the trading value of power generated from renewable energy come to 2.05 trillion won ($1.82 billion) last year, up 20.1% from the previous year, according to the data from the Korea Power Exchange. Electricity coming from the so-called by-product gas accounted for 47% of renewable energy-based power generation. [The Korea Bizwire]

Wind turbines (Image: Korea Bizwire)

¶ A governmental framework to bring clean power to rural communities through micro hydro plants is being developed in the Dominican Republic. It is part of an effort to develop planning and technical advice schemes so that no community in the country is left without electricity, in line with national strategy goals. [Renewables Now]

¶ A YouGov poll found that a majority of the UK public think the Government should reverse its current policy on banning onshore wind from the energy mix. Of people surveyed, 66% said they felt that they would support a change in government policy to allow the building of onshore wind farms in areas where they have local backing. [Energy Voice]

Welsh wind farm

Australia:

¶ Australian renewable energy company Renew Estate says it has been granted planning approval to build the 300-MW Rodds Bay Solar Farm in Queensland. If it goes ahead at that scale, Rodds Bay will be one of the largest solar farms in Australia, and would provide enough renewable energy to power about 88,000 homes. [RenewEconomy]

¶ The Renewable Energy Index reveals that solar and wind farms contracted or being built in Australia, combined with steady rooftop solar investment, will contribute 33.3% of power to the National Energy Market by 2020. This almost doubles the 2015 rate when renewables contributed just 17.3% of annual electricity consumption. [PACE Today]

Transmission lines at twilight

¶ The prospects for Tesla’s proposed 250-MW virtual power plant in South Australia look significantly brighter after the success of its first trial and an enthusiastic response from the South Australia government. So far, some 100 Housing SA homes have received their 5-kW of rooftop solar PVs and the 13.5k-Wh Tesla Powerwall batteries. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ Tucson Electric Power Co claims a proposed state policy requiring utilities to generate 80% of their power from renewable sources by 2050 is doable but would raise costs by more than $800 million through 2030. Much of the higher costs would consist of an additional $673 million in investments in energy-storage systems. [Arizona Daily Star]

Solar power (Courtesy of Tucson Electric Power Co)

¶ According to the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, the Future Energy Jobs Act, signed into law in 2017, was designed to help guide Illinois toward new clean economy by growing renewable energy resources and energy efficiency programs. Residents of Bloomington-Normal are achieving goals with it. [WJBC News]

¶ While the US is deeply divided on many issues, climate change stands out as one where there is remarkable consensus, according to a Stanford research study that was conducted with ABC News and Resources for the Future, a research organization based in Washington, DC. Of those polled, 74% believe the world is warming. [Stanford University News]

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