August 16 Energy News

August 16, 2018


¶ “The message of a scorching 2018: We’re not prepared for global warming” • This summer of fire and swelter looks a lot like the future that scientists are warning about for the era of climate change, and it is revealing in real time how unprepared much of the world remains for life on a hotter planet. The disruptions to everyday life have been devastating. [SBS]

Rhine River at Düsseldorf

¶ “Climate Change ‘Skepticism’: 6 Overlapping Drivers” • A burning question for most of the world is why do climate change deniers deny the so-strongly supported science. Here are six important reasons why people deny science. With them, however, is a glimmer of hope for those of us who understand the problem more objectively. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Boeing, Airbus, GE, & Aerospace Leaders Confirm Electric Flight Will Take Many Shapes & Forms” • Electric aviation is knocking at the door of every aerospace industry. But electric aircraft come in more shapes and forms than land-bound EVs. Electric air mobility is already getting off the ground, and much more is coming. [CleanTechnica]

eVTOL Volante


¶ “Tesla wins contract for another massive battery system with Powerpacks” • It is estimated that Tesla’s 100-MW/129-MWh Powerpack project in South Australia reduced the grid service cost by 90%. Infigen Energy, wanting to duplicate that success, ordered a 25-MW/52-MWh energy storage system for the 278.5-MW Lake Bonney Wind Farm in the same state. [Electrek]

¶ “Juwi bags EPC deals for 250 MW of S African solar projects” • Juwi Renewable Energies, part of renewables developer Juwi Group, sealed ZAR 3 billion ($206 million, €181 million) worth of contracts to build, operate, and maintain 250 MW of solar parks in South Africa. The contracts are for three projects ranging from 78 MW to 86 MW. [Renewables Now]

Solar farm (Photo: Michele Lamberti, CC-BY-SA 2.0 Generic)

¶ “E.ON offers EV drivers ‘850 free miles’ with new energy tariff” • E.ON has become the latest energy supplier to launch a 100% renewable electricity tariff tailor-made for electric vehicle owners. The company is offering customers who sign up a cash incentive of £30 annually, which it says is the equivalent of 850 free driving miles per year. []

¶ “OPT adds spice to Chile wave” • US wave developer Ocean Power Technologies signed an agreement with Enel Green Power to develop a potential installation off the coast of Chile. OPT will evaluate a PB3 PowerBuoy deployment through a detailed feasibility study as an autonomous offshore platform hosting oceanographic sensor systems. [reNews]

PB3 PowerBuoy (OPT image)

¶ “US sanctions force British Quercus out of Iran’s energy sector” • The US sanctions on Tehran led British renewable energy investor Quercus to cancel a €500 million ($570 million) solar power plant in Iran, Iranian news reported. The US imposed santions after pulling out of a nuclear agreement achieved after two years of negotiations. [AzerNews]


¶ “EPA Staff Claim Fuel Economy Rollback Based On Junk Science” • The EPA and the Transportation Department have taken the position that vehicle fuel economy standards put in place under President Obama should be relaxed. But the EPA’s own experts say that the new policy initiative is based on flawed assumptions. [CleanTechnica]

Traffic congestion

¶ “California’s Zero-Carbon Bill Aims To Set Climate Example” • California lawmakers want to prove that the state can wean its electric power sector off of fossil fuels, using a bill expected to receive a final vote before the end of August. If enacted, Senate Bill 100 would make California the second state to adopt a 100% renewables mandate. [Bloomberg BNA]

¶ “Wells Fargo backs 52-MW solar project in Florida” • US bank Wells Fargo & Co said it committed the capital in construction debt, as well as the tax-equity funding of $35 million (€31 million) for a 52-MW solar project in Florida. Solar company Origis Energy USA is the developer and will provide the balance of the project’s capital. [Renewables Now]

Georgetown University solar project (Origis Energy image)

¶ “Dominion buying 240 MW in Virginia solar power projects” • Dominion Energy is buying two planned Virginia solar farms totaling 240 MW. Work on both the 142-MW Colonial Trail West and 98-MW Spring Grove farms is scheduled to begin next year, with the former to be operational by December 2019 and the later by October 2020. [Electric Light & Power]

¶ “A coal company and Interior teamed up to save a power plant” • In September 2017, Peabody Energy Corp sent the Interior Department a game plan for keeping the coal-burning, 2,100-MW Navajo Generating Station in Arizona operating. A Peabody mine supplies coal to the plant. The plant is a symbol of Trump’s support for the coal industry. [E&E News]

Navajo Generating Station (Wolfgang Moroder | Wikipedia)

¶ “Solar Energy Becoming Increasingly Popular In Florida As Homeowners Save Money On Power Bills” • The US installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter of this year. And it’s becoming increasingly popular in Florida, where there’s no shortage of rays. For some people, going solar is a no-brainer. [CBS Miami]

¶ “Attorneys for SCE&G customers ask for all money collected since nuclear cancellation” • Attorneys suing South Carolina Electric & Gas say the utility should have to refund $452 million, everything it collected for its failed nuclear project in the past year. They say the law does not allow charges for plants that have been abandoned. [Charleston Post Courier]

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