July 30 Energy News

July 30, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Alaska Is Offering Entrepreneurs a Huge Renewable Energy Opportunity” • It seems ironic that Alaska, known in the lower 48 for its oil pipeline, would now be promoting alternative energy. But oil prices are down, and the state is in a recession. For one renewable energy entrepreneur, “It’s a great place to prove your concept and get some traction.” [Entrepreneur]

Alaska (Stephan Zirwes | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The EV Safety Advantage” • Electric cars are now known for being quick. They are known for being clean. They are known for being quiet and smooth to drive. However, one of their biggest benefits is something seldom discussed or even acknowledged. Major independent government agencies rate EVs as the safest cars to drive. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Ørsted’s wind power pivot: the story so far” • In 2017, Ørsted abandoned the oil and gas market, refocusing on becoming a prime player in the burgeoning global wind turbine market. How is it doing? Ørsted’s interim report for the first quarter of 2018 indicated that the period’s operating profits grew 68%, year-on-year. [Power Technology]

Ørsted wind farm off Yorkshire (Courtesy of Ørsted)

¶ “At 62.8 GW, India using just 7% of renewable energy potential” • Economic Times reported that India is using just 7% of the energy it could potentially generate using wind, solar, biomass, and small hydro resources. But capacity is building up and with it the share of renewables in India’s energy mix. It is up from 5.6% in 2015-16 to 8.0% in 2017-18. [SteelGuru]

¶ “China Electric Car Sales Up 77% In June” • EV sales in China were up 77% in July, compared to the same month last year. This is a smaller increase than earlier months this year, which were in triple digits, because China has cut subsidies to vehicles with ranges of less than 150 km. Growth of sales of EVs with longer range is expected to continue. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Six charts show mixed progress for UK renewables” • The latest data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, shows that coal supplied just 5% of UK energy in 2017, down from 20% only five years earlier. British onshore and offshore wind power rose by 34% last year, compared to 2016, though solar grew only 11%. [Carbon Brief]

¶ “Lekela reaches financial close on Senegal’s first utility-scale wind farm” • Renewable power company Lekela said it has reached financial close on its Taiba N’Diaye wind power project in the West African nation of Senegal. It will be the country’s first wind farm. Its capacity will be almost 160 MW and it will be fully operational in less than two years. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind turbines (Christian Hartmann | Reuters)

¶ “CEFC helps deliver 1,100 MW renewables in 2017/18 – says “considerably more work to do”” • A year of record investment by the Australian government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation has helped deliver ten large-scale solar projects and four wind farms in the past 12 months, a report shows. Their total capacity is 1,100 MW. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Tender launched for 68-MW wind farm in Russia’s Leningrad region” • Russian Association of Wind Power Industry members are invited to take part in a tender for the design and construction of a 68.4-MW wind project in Leningrad Oblast. WWES Sviritsa launched the competitive selection in an open request for prices without a prequalification process. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm (Maret Hosemann, Creative Commons 2.0 Generic)

¶ “Renewables beat fossil fuels, and are getting cheaper” • A study by Bernstein documents the persistent drop in the levelized cost of electricity from renewable generation with projections of future cost potentials. It argues that the cost of wind and solar power is likely to be well below the cost of fossil fuel generation nearly everywhere. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Latest climate change projections ominous for Iowa” • In 1991, climate scientists believed that climate change in the Midwest would lead to a warmer, wetter climate, including warmer winters and more rain in spring and early summer. They were right. New climate projections for Iowa may make you sweat – and build a dam around your home! [The Gazette]

Flooding in Iowa in 2016 (Jim Slosiarek | The Gazette)

¶ “Critics Challenge ‘Fundamental Flaws’ in Energy Department LNG Export Study Draft” • The DOE missed the mark in its draft Liquefied Natural Gas study, ignoring economic costs associated with climate change and the growth of the renewable energy industry, according to public comments filed with the DOE by dozens of environmental groups. [DeSmog]

¶ “The US Is Still The Global Natural Gas King” • Data from the 2018 BP Statistical Review of World Energy show that last year the US maintained its lead as the global natural gas powerhouse. In 2017, the US produced an average of 71.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. That is a 1.0% increase from 2016 production, and about 20% of the world total. [Forbes]

Natural gas delivery in Japan (Tomohiro Ohsumi | Bloomberg)

¶ “California set to spend $3 billion increasing efficiency of Hoover Dam” • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has expressed aims to build a pump station and pipeline at the Hoover Dam in order to boost the capacity of the 80-year-old facility with wind and solar energy. The dam operates at about 20% of its potential capacity. [Energy Digital]

¶ “NRC Officials Talk Oyster Creek Decommissioning At Public Hearing” • The NRC held a public hearing for residents of Lacey Township and surrounding municipalities of New Jersey on the shutdown of the nearby Oyster Creek Generating Station. Spent fuel storage and plant decommissioning were among the topics of discussion. [Jersey Shore Online]

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