August 11 Energy News

August 11, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “5 GW of renewable plans hang in the balance following re-enaction of Iranian sanctions” • President Trump re-imposed sanctions on Iran while many solar companies were actively developing massive project pipelines. These are now in jeopardy, even with the recently imposed EU blocking statute designed to protect them. [pv magazine International]

Solar array (Image: Gruppo Maresca)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Smoke Alert: Thick plume triggers weekend air alert for all of Minnesota” • A huge smoke plume is pushing across Minnesota. Rising from wildfires in western Canada, it covers much of North America. We may not be able to blame climate change for an individual smoke event, but we can blame it for their increased frequency. [Minnesota Public Radio News]

World:

¶ “Africa’s mini grid sector preparing to take off” •  Universal access to electricity by 2030 may require investments in mini-grids of $187 billion, with sub-Saharan Africa the most important region. The Africa Mini-grid Developers Association was launched last April with a fund for results-based financing promoting mini-grids as one of its objectives. [Renewables Now]

Rural Ethiopia (Photo: Ninara)

¶ “Algeria seeks to have schools run on renewable energy” • The Algerian Minister of Interior, the Minister of Interior and Local Government, and local authorities said the government plans to equip all primary schools in the country with renewable energy in the next three years. Nationwide, 500 schools are already solar powered. [The North Africa Post]

¶ “Wello set to ride Scots wave” • Finnish wave developer Wello is on track to install the second of three 1-MW Penguin devices at the European Marine Energy Centre off Orkney by the year-end. The device, with improved power, is being constructed at the Netaman shipyard in the Estonian capital Tallinn is expected to be completed in the autumn. [reNews]

Penguin wave device (Wello image)

¶ “Peak Power Deploying Energy Storage to Target Rising Global Adjustment Charges” • Peak Power, headquartered in Toronto, has signed an agreement with Starlight Investments, to install up to 2350 kW of energy storage systems that can deliver 4700 kWh of energy in Toronto. The project could save up to 25% on electric bills. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Prime Minister Chastanet, President Clinton, And President Figueres Open Historic 3-MW Solar Farm In Saint Lucia” • Pres Bill Clinton, Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, former President Figueres of Costa Rica, and Rocky Mountain Institute’s trustees officially opened a 3-MW solar farm of the St Lucia Electricity Services Limited. [STL.News]

Solar array

US:

¶ “California wildfires: Thousands evacuated as Lake Elsinore threatened” • More than 21,000 people have been evacuated from the path of a fast-moving wildfire in Southern California. The blaze, called the Holy fire, threatened homes around Lake Elsinore in Orange County. The fire is just one of at least 18 wildfires raging across California. [BBC]

¶ “Electric Flight Dominates Air Mobility News At The 2018 International EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Event” • This year’s 2018 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh was well worth the travel to get there, as it aimed to show a clearer picture of our near future mobility. Electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, air taxis, and electric planes are getting popular. [CleanTechnica]

The Black Fly, a personal air mobility vehicle

¶ “At America First Energy Conference, solar power is dumb, climate change is fake” • Messages from the America First Energy Conference included that pumping out carbon dioxide makes the planet greener, the UN puts out fake science about climate change to control the global energy market, and wind and solar energy are simply “dumb.” [New York Post]

¶ “Renewable energy employment in Indiana surges” • More than 83,000 Indiana residents work at clean energy jobs according to Clean Energy Trust analysis. That is more than all the waiters and waitresses, computer programmers, lawyers, and web developers in Indiana combined, according to data from the Department of Labor Employment Statistics. [Country 103.9 WRBI]

Clean energy

¶ “Two Wisconsin utilities are increasing solar and wind power as they dramatically cut coal use to combat climate change” • The two largest public utilities in Wisconsin are making bigger stakes in renewable energy and pledge far deeper cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases than previously predicted. They are reducing their use of coal. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

¶ “Rural electric cooperatives look at cutting the cord” • More Colorado electric co-ops are looking for ways divorce themselves from wholesale provider Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Several have complained about Tri-State’s power costs and the wholesaler-imposed limits on developing local renewable energy. [The Durango Herald]

Solar array (Courtesy of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative)

¶ “Tucson Power Plant Switching From Coal To Natural Gas” • A Tucson power plant will replace two coal-fired generators with ten natural-gas engines. The old units were installed in the 1950s, and the move to natural gas will lead to lower emissions overall. But the change will mean more nitrogen oxide pollution which leads to higher ozone levels. [KJZZ]

¶ “US nuclear units shut as low power prices threaten more retirements” • When Exelon’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant is taken off the grid at the end of September and permanently shuts down, it will mark the start of a busy period of US nuclear power plant closures driven by low power prices that are placing dozens more units at risk. [S&P Global Platts]

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