August 4 Energy News

August 4, 2018

World:

¶ “Europe heat wave: Side effects felt by zoo animals, sprout farmers and more” • Europe could break an all-time temperature record in the next few days. And parts of southern Spain and Portugal are forecast to go above 47° C (116.6° F), surpassing national records. Here are photos of some of the things the heat wave has caused in Europe. [BBC]

Kebnekaise glacier, no longer the highest point in Sweden (AFP)

¶ “Germany’s power system weathers heat wave despite fossil plant curbs” • As Germany is in an extended heat wave and drought, with temperatures rising up to 40° C, some of its coal and nuclear power stations struggle to keep operations running because of cooling problems. But wind and solar power are meeting demand. [Clean Energy Wire]

¶ “Lloyds Banking Group Moves To Cease Financing New Coal-Fired Power” • Lloyds Banking Group announced new policies to solidify its support for the transition to a low-carbon economy by ceasing new funding for coal-fired power stations or thermal coal mines. This is a continuation of climate policies Lloyds already has in place. [CleanTechnica]

Lloyds Bank

¶ “Corporate Giants Are Buying so Much Clean Power This Year They Already Broke 2017’s Record” • Non-utility companies and agencies, acting to curb climate change have agreed to buy 7.2 GW of clean energy worldwide so far this year, already shattering the record of 5.4 GW for all of 2017, according to a report from Bloomberg NEF. [Bloomberg]

¶ “IFC-GAIA Partnership To Boost Africa’s Renewable Energy Development” • According to reports, the International Finance Corporation announced its partnership with Gaia Energy. The new platform will begin with a pipeline of 22 projects in nine countries in Africa and is expected to generate more than 3 GW of clean energy. [Technology Magazine]

Solar array

¶ “Subsidy-Free Solar Plant Inaugurated in Portugal” • A WElink Energy’s solar plant in Portugal has been inaugurated. The plant’s construction began in July 2017, and it has been in operation since last June. It is the first solar plant on the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the largest in Europe, to be developed without any public subsidies. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Enel and Carnegie Clean Energy to Collaborate on Wave Energy Generator Development” • Australian developer Carnegie Clean Energy Limited and Enel Green Power signed an agreement for developing CCE’s CETO 6 wave energy generator. They will work together to identify and develop opportunities for the CETO 6 system. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Wave energy system

¶ “UK power market transition: Big Six under pressure” • The UK’s Big Six energy firms’ market share of domestic customers is dwindling and fell to a record low in 2017, as smaller rivals lured customers away with cheaper deals. The six largest electricity suppliers’ market share dropped to 78% at the end of 2017 from 85% a year earlier. [Power Technology]

¶ “Drought-hit Queensland community welcomes ground-breaking renewable energy park” • A hybrid wind, solar, and battery storage facility, the first of its kind in Australia, is being built in Queensland. The Kennedy Energy Park will combine 12 wind turbines, 55,000 solar panels and 4 MWh of battery storage, to deliver an average of 50 MW. [ABC News]

Wind turbine blade (Nathalie Fernbach | ABC North Queensland)

US:

¶ “New York deals setback to $900M power plant in Joe Percoco corruption case” • New York’s environmental regulators dealt a setback to a controversial $900 million power plant set to open within weeks. The Department of Environmental Conservation denied a key air-quality permit renewal application for the gas-powered plant. [The Journal News | LoHud.com]

¶ “California’s EV Growth Benefits Outweigh Energy System Costs, Report Says” • Next 10, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, took a close look at how California’s grid might be challenged or helped by the rise of EVs. It found that with rapid EV growth, the energy system will require upgrades, but the costs are likely to be lower than the benefits. [Energy Manager Today]

Charging station (Jimmy Baikovicius | Flickr Creative Commons)

¶ “Cactus Flats Wind Facility in Texas is Operational” • Southern Power announced that the 148-MW Cactus Flats Wind Facility in Concho County, Texas is operational. The electric energy and associated renewable energy credits are being sold under two separate power purchase agreements with General Mills and General Motors. [PR Newswire]

¶ “Northam announces Coastal Virginia offshore wind energy demonstration project” • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that Dominion Energy is filing for State Corporation Commission approval to build an offshore wind demonstration project. Dominion Energy is partnering with Ørsted on the two-turbine project. [REVE]

Offshore windpower

¶ “Coal piles up at power plant as cheap natural gas wrecks Eastern Kentucky’s economy” • Kentucky Power’s Mitchell plant could not generate electricity as cheaply as facilities fueled by natural gas, so the regional grid manager has ordered power from it less often. It has a long-term contract to buy coal, which it wants to sell. [Lexington Herald Leader]

¶ “Construction in full swing at 221-MW wind project of Pattern Dev” • Pattern Development said today that construction on the 221-MW Grady Wind project in Curry County, New Mexico is getting fully underway. Grady Wind is expected to generate enough electricity to provide for the annual needs of almost 90,000 New Mexico homes. [Renewables Now]

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