August 18 Energy News

August 18, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “When Fossil Fuel Money Talks, the DNC Listens” • Lately, the Democratic Party leadership faced a difficult decision relating to global climate change and money-in-politics. Unfortunately, it decided to pass a resolution expressing gratitude for donations from workers in the energy industry and their “employers’ political action committees.” [Sierra Magazine]

Donkey money

World:

¶ “Saudi Arabia & Iran Rekindle Oil Pricing War” • The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large producers. Both countries are reigniting the market share and pricing war ahead of the returning US sanctions on Iranian oil. Iran is cutting prices, and Saudi Arabia is boosting production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Files Complaint With WTO Over US Solar Tariffs” • China has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization regarding the US import tariffs on solar PV products, which it believes violate WTO regulations. Since a 30% tariff on imported solar cells and modules was announced in January, the global solar industry has been in flux [CleanTechnica]

Solar manufacturing

¶ “Tesla Sues Ontario” • The new Ontario government has kneecapped a popular electric vehicle incentive program, and Tesla is now taking it to court. The complaint is not that policy changed. It is that the government worked out a special deal for people who had bought or ordered their cars before the policy change but excluded Tesla buyers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Berlin ‘could hit’ 2020 targets” • Berlin could meet 2020 climate targets by shutting down one third of Germany’s coal-fired power plants and offering an extra 9 GW of capacity for wind and solar projects, according to Greenpeace research. A study lists 14 older power stations with a combined capacity of 6.1 GW that would need to be shut down. [reNews]

Pollution (SXC image)

¶ “Indonesian court rejects bid to stop coal power plant expansion” • An Indonesian court rejected a legal challenge from local residents trying to halt expansion of a coal power plant on the holiday island of Bali, according to Greenpeace. Residents near the Celukan Bawang power plant had tried to stop the planned expansion due to pollution fears. [Reuters]

¶ “Key takeaways from the latest UK energy statistics release – including record renewable electricity use” • Coal is declining, more energy is being imported and renewable electricity has hit record figures. These are just some of the key takeaways of the latest data from the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. [Compelo]

Power transmission lines

¶ “European Commission approves Danish renewables support measures” • The European Commission approved three Danish schemes to support wind and solar power production under EU State Aid rules. Denmark aims to supply 50% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030 and become free of fossil fuels by 2050. [S&P Global Platts]

¶ “CWP gets nod to create 470-MW renewables hub in New South Wales” • CWP Renewables announced that it has secured planning approval to add around 200 MW of solar and storage power capacity to its 270-MW Sapphire wind project in New South Wales. The Sapphire Renewable Energy Hub will be the largest one of its kind globally. [Renewables Now]

Wind and solar together (Photo: Gerry Machen)

¶ “Milestone: World’s First AP1000 Nuclear Reactor Reaches Full Power” • The world’s first AP1000 nuclear reactor – Sanmen 1 in China’s Zhejiang province – commenced 100% power operation for the first time, China National Nuclear Corp said. China now has a total of 38 nuclear plants with a total installed capacity of 36.9 GW. [EnerCom Inc]

US:

¶ “Wind energy potential dwarfs today’s electricity use, report says” • Winds blowing off the Atlantic coast could provide four times more electricity each year than the region currently uses, according to a report from Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. Just two wind leases off the New Jersey coast could power 1.5 million homes. [Press of Atlantic City]

Block Island wind farm (provided)

¶ “Billion-Dollar Hydropower Plant Gets An “Invisible” Makeover” • Where can you drop a massive new 300-MW hydropower plant without anybody noticing? Finding new sites for hydropower has difficult technical, environmental, and political challenges. But we might take a look at Duke Energy’s latest hydropower project in South Carolina. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Michigan coal plant closures helping push small utility to clean energy” • Plans by Michigan’s two major utilities to close coal plants within the next 15 years are having a ripple effect on smaller companies that purchase power from them. Traverse City Light and Power is a case in point, as it has taken on the job of finding renewable resources. [Energy News Network]

Belle River Power Plant (Photo: Tom, Creative Commons)

¶ “Redundancy Failed at Reagan International Airport, Causing 90-minute Outage” • A 90-minute power outage at Reagan International Airport happened after redundancy built into the power system failed, a Dominion Energy spokesman said. Two utility feeds both failed. Dominion is investigating exactly what went wrong. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ “State Has 75,000 Clean Energy Jobs” • A report on clean energy say 2.5 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce has jobs that involve renewable energy or efficiency. The bulk of those jobs are in construction or manufacturing and are concentrated in Dane, Milwaukee, and Waukesha counties, but they are found in all of the state’s 72 counties. [urbanmilwaukee]

Have an engagingly delightful day.

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