August 15 Energy News

August 15, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Claimed power price cuts from energy guarantee are ‘virtually meaningless'” • The Turnbull government is trumpeting power price reductions to result from its national energy guarantee, but analysis from the Australia Institute’s chief economist says that subsidies for coal-fired power stations will render those forecasts “virtually meaningless.” [The Guardian]

Liddell Power Station (Dan Himbrechts | AAP)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Rising Temperatures Could Cause Common Songbird Population To Collapse” • University of Missouri researchers said numbers of a common songbird, the Acadian flycatcher, could decline greatly within this century if the climate continues to warm. In fact, it is possible it could be driven into near extinction in just 90 years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Farms Can Become Pollinator Habitats & Help Save the Bees!” • At the US DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, researchers are investigating ways to reinvigorate pollinator habitats at solar farms. They hope their work can help rehabilitate pollinator populations that play a crucial role in national and global agricultural industries. [CleanTechnica]

Bees at work

World:

¶ “Caribbean Nations Partner With Global Superstars & Corporate Giants For $1 Billion Climate Accelerator” • A coalition of 26 Caribbean nations, over 40 private sector giants, 8-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt, and global music superstar Sean Paul intend to make the Caribbean region the world’s first climate-smart zone. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Argentine water utility AySA seeks to procure renewable energy” • Argentine public water utility Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos SA is looking to procure renewable energy in line with a law that requires large users to cover a portion of their power consumption with renewables. AySA is seeking bids for 10 MW of power over 10 years. [Renewables Now]

Renewable energy (Gerry Machen, CC No Derivs 2.0)

¶ “Modus Group to embark on 35-MW solar project in Ukraine” • Lithuania’s Modus Group said it will invest €30 million ($34.2 million) building a 35-MW solar power plant in Ukraine. The group has a strategy to expand its renewables business in Europe and this is its first investment in Ukraine. The project will be built by two Modus business units. [Renewables Now]

¶ “New ‘Power Grid Action Plan’ to accelerate network development” • Technical fixes, better communication, and smoother planning procedures can accelerate Germany’s grid expansion, the energy minister said. He has a new plan for a modernised power grid, which he said is essential for the move to renewable energy. [Clean Energy Wire]

Power lines (Pixabay image)

¶ “Sanjeev Gupta unveils $1 billion SA energy plan” • Billionaire industrialist Sanjeev Gupta launched a $1 billion, 1-GW renewable energy plan based in South Australia’s mid-north. He says it will lead Australian industry’s transition to more competitive power. The project will feature 280 MW of solar power and a battery larger than Elon Musk’s. [InDaily]

¶ “Two in five London businesses consider renewable energy a ‘fad’” • Research from Haven Power, one of the UK’s largest business electricity suppliers, reveals that 40% of London business decision makers think renewable energy is a passing fad. They say cost as the biggest barrier preventing businesses from changing to sustainable practices. [London Loves Business]

Renewable energy

¶ “Germany’s RWE output, earnings hit by coal, lignite, nuclear plant closures, lower margins in H1” • Coal, lignite, and nuclear plant closures as well as falling generation margins hit RWE’s first half 2018 financial performance. Output from conventional plants in Germany declined 18% on year, mainly due to closing one coal plant and one nuclear reactor. [S&P Global Platts]

¶ “Hydro, wind and solar output rises as gas generation slumps” • The latest quarterly report from the Australian Energy Market Operator shows that Australia experienced a significant jump in output from hydro power, and wind and solar farms in the second quarter of 2018, mostly at the expense of gas generation and some black coal output. [RenewEconomy]

Acciona wind farm

US:

¶ “Sunrun Installs 91 MW In Mixed Second Quarter” • In its second-quarter earnings report, US residential solar company Sunrun confirmed itself as the country’s leading solar installer for the quarter by installing a total of 91 MW of new capacity. It was Sunrun’s best ever quarter, despite earnings that were well below expectations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Maryland launches a community solar power pilot program” • A new community solar power pilot program has been launched in Maryland. About 200 MW in community solar projects have been authorized so far by the General Assembly, over three years. This amount of power is about equal to providing electricity to about 40,000 homes. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

Community solar project

¶ “Traverse City Light & Power Board Votes To Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2040” • Traverse City, Michigan, is now one step closer to running on 100% renewable energy. In a five to one vote, The Traverse City Light & Power board voted to accept a three-step plan with an end goal of getting 100% of their energy from renewable sources by 2040. [9&10 News]

¶ “Kit Carson’s new solar farm a step on the path toward 100% renewables” • Another 4,000 solar panels have been erected in the service territory of Taos-based Kit Carson Electric Cooperative. Kit Carson now has 10 MW of solar capacity, enough to supply 25% of the daytime load of the coop members. And it says more is coming. [Mountain Town News]

Have a fabulously worthwhile day.

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