July 31 Energy News

July 31, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Nuclear power is ‘ridiculously expensive’ compared to solar, says longtime nuclear advocate” • A longtime nuclear industry advocate and former head of the International Energy Agency now says nuclear is too expensive compared to solar. Meanwhile, Bloomberg has repeatedly shown existing US nuclear power plants are “bleeding cash.” [ThinkProgress]

Cooling towers at a nuclear plant (Sean Gallup | Getty Images)

¶ “Australia renewables boom rolls on, but NEG shadow looms” • The scale of Australia’s large-scale renewable energy construction boom can be seen in a jaw-dropping chart, unveiled at the Australian Clean Energy Summit. The chief of the Clean Energy Council said, “Wind and solar is now the lowest-cost generation it is possible to build.” [RenewEconomy]

World:

¶ “The Future Of Electric Aviation Is Developing In Scandinavia” • Norway has just conducted its first successful electric flight under a coordinated initiative to electrify its domestic aviation by 2040. Supported by the government, the project is handled by the state-owned airport operator Avinor, Scandinavian Airlines, Widerøe Airlines, and others. [CleanTechnica]

Oslo Airport

¶ “Repsol, Enagás join forces to produce hydrogen from solar energy” • Two months after announcing its intention to turn to renewables, Spanish oil giant Repsol named of its first technology partner. It will team up with Enagás, a Spanish energy company and European transmission system operator, to produce renewable hydrogen. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Toyota Rolls Out Version 2.0 Of Its Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck, Dubbed The ‘Beta Truck'” • Toyota unveiled version 2.0 of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck at a seminar at the Center for Automotive Research. The Beta truck will be able to travel more than 300 miles per fill up, an increase from the 200 mile range of the Alpha truck. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota hydrogen fuel cell truck

¶ “Renewables covered 31% of French electricity consumption in Q2” • Renewable energy sources covered 31% of French electricity consumption in second quarter, its highest level since the 1960s, electricity grid operator RTE said. RTE, a unit of state utility EDF, said there had been a sharp increase in French hydropower generation. [ETEnergyworld.com]
Hydropower

¶ “Energy Absolute to seize battery storage market” • A Thai-based renewable energy technology company, Energy Absolute, plans to invest $3 billion in a battery factory, hedging on Southeast Asia’s uptake of electric vehicles and smart grids. As a small first phase, a plant with a production capacity of 1 GWh, is slated to open in Q3 of 2019. [ESI Africa]

Batteries (Stock image)

¶ “EDF curbs nuclear output by 2.5 GW amid cooling issues” • EDF has curtailed the production at four French nuclear reactors by about 2.5 GW due to cooling issues amid an ongoing hot spell, transparency data showed. Daily peak power demand is likely to remain below 55 GW on working days this week, after exceeding 57 GW last week. [Montel]

¶ “Allow nuclear waste disposal under national parks, say MPs” • Highly radioactive nuclear waste could be permanently buried under national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. The chairman of a parliamentary committee backing the plan took the view that safety matters should “prevail over environmental concerns in this case.” [The Guardian]

Lake District national park in Cumbria
(Photo: Jonathan Allison | Getty Images)

US:

¶ “Ohio Residents Exercise Community Choice to Bill Themselves for Public Solar” • Residents of Athens, Ohio, passed a carbon fee ballot initiative to add 0.2¢/kWh to rates for Community Choice Aggregation members. The first-of-its-kind carbon fee would support installing PVs on public buildings and provide resources for public investment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar panel glut is muting effect of Trump tariffs on imports: SunPower” • A steep global decline in the price of solar modules is nearly offsetting the effect of the Trump administration’s 30% tariff on imported panels, the chief executive of SunPower said. The module price has dropped 12% since China reduced internal incentives. [ETEnergyWorld.com]

Solar array

¶ “Fort Collins staff crafting goal for 100% renewable electricity by 2030” • Platte River Power Authority, the electric utility for Fort Collins, Colorado, plans to end use of coal-generated electricity. It projects its delivered electricity will be about 32% renewable in 2018 and about 50% renewable by 2021, after new wind and solar facilities come online. [The Coloradoan]

¶ “Panasonic To Increase Gigafactory Cell Production More Than 30% By End Of 2018” • Panasonic is ramping up its 2170 battery cell production “more than 30%” at the Gigafactory by the end of 2018, Japanese publication Nikkan reported. Panasonic will add battery cell production lines in response to increased demand for Tesla’s Model 3. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Gigafactory

¶ “GHG worsens just as climate commission releases report” • The Vermont Climate Action report sets forth goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dealing with the effects of climate change. It also contains discouraging news about the rise of GHG emissions in Vermont, which will make achieving ambitious goals challenging. [Vermont Biz]

¶ “sonnen Demonstrates The Power Of Solar + Storage Microgrids In Puerto Rico” • sonnen was one of the early movers to help solve the problems caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. It committed to bring 15 microgrid systems to the island. Now the 11th system is finished, with 9 kW of PVs and 24-kWh of batteries in the region of Lares. [CleanTechnica]

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