August 26 Energy News

August 26, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “How New Jersey can finance its bold new clean energy targets” • New Jersey had a major economic and environmental victory when Gov Phil Murphy signed a law that will soon make the Garden State an even greener. The Board of Public Utilities started work to establish a community solar pilot program within one year. [Environmental Defense Fund]

Community solar project (Robford15, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Electric Vehicles Represent Near-Term Challenges and Long-Term Opportunities For Utilities” • Rapid transition to EVs will increase demand for electricity, and this will be concentrated in certain places. But the potential to tap into EV batteries as multifunctional energy storage units on wheels is getting some utilities interested. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Our ocean currents are changing, and scientists are searching for answers” • The North Icelandic Jet is an obscure ocean current in a remote part of the world, but what happens to it as the oceans warm could affect all our lives. To investigate it, one scientist is heading into the teeth of some of the worst weather imaginable. [The Week Magazine]

Alliance docked in Ísafjörður (Ari Daniel | Courtesy PRI)

World:

¶ “South Korea Doubles Down On Gas And Renewables” • Korea Gas has launched a new strategy designed to overhaul its business, worth a total investment of $9 billion (10 trillion won). The move comes as South Korean President Moon Jae-in is acting to replace nuclear and coal-fired thermal power plants with renewables. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “Malcolm Turnbull Slams Troglodytes In His Own Party” • Malcolm Turnbull was ousted as prime minister of Australia by his own party because he supported a national energy plan with renewable energy goals. Later, he spoke of climate change policy as “very hard” because it is treated as an ideological matter with “bitterly entrenched” views. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla battery in South Australia (Credit: Tesla)

¶ “Iran, Russia resume talks to build new nuclear plant” • Iran’s Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian has said the country has restarted negotiations with Russia to build a new nuclear power plant with up to 3,000 MW of capacity. The move came after the US withdrew from a landmark Iran nuclear agreement and imposed sanctions. [The Nation]

¶ “Locals boycott thermal power projects as electricity shortages loom” • Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade warned about electricity shortages to come in five to seven years, making building more power plants a must. The biggest hindrance in developing power plants is environmental problems rather than any lack of capital. [VietNamNet Bridge]

Coal barge in Vietnam (Dennis Jarvis, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Electric utilities focus on power grid work over power plants” • Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid. Russian hackers have targeted the nation’s energy grid, but so far they seem to be focused on reconnaissance rather than disruption. [Electric Light & Power]

¶ “California’s renewable energy limits hold back military base production” • The US military has extensive land and funding in California. Despite its willingness to take part in producing green energy, its potential is held back. California has maintained renewable energy limits that greatly restrict the US military in the state. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

Solar farm at sunset

¶ “California embraces renewables despite resistance from White House” • Growth in California’s solar power is projected to continue, keeping the state on track to meet its goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030. Currently, renewables of a broad range of technologies account for about 27% of the state’s energy usage. [ThinkProgress]

¶ “Invenergy plans solar farm east of Brewster” • A Chicago-based renewable energy company is finalizing landowner leases to construct a 125-MW solar farm on 900 acres in western Jackson County, Minnesota. The project could be completed in 2021. Once the solar farm is operational, it will generate enough energy to power 31,000 homes. [Daily Globe]

Invergy solar project (Courtesy Invenergy)

¶ “Microgrid adoption could accelerate in the US in coming years” • As microgrid technology advances, private companies, universities, and the military are increasingly looking to microgrids as a way to increase reliability. One industry expert expects the industry to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.7%. [S&P Global Platts]

¶ “Navajo Nation solar facility expansion expected to double power output” • A solar facility in Navajo Nation is expected to double the number of homes it can provide renewable energy to over the next year. Navajo Nation broke ground on the second phase of an expansion project that will provide a 28-MW addition to a solar facility in Arizona. [KTAR.com]

Navajo solar farm (Photo: Salt River Project)

¶ “Two of the very last Puerto Ricans got power today. Now, work to build a stronger grid must begin.” • José Saldaña’s power was finally restored, more than 11.5 months after it first went out and more than a week after the island’s power authority announced electricity had been fully restored across the island. Now, a second round of work begins. [90.5 WESA]

¶ “Where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain” • Kansas is a top producer of wind-generated energy, a DOE study found, confirming what leaders at Westar Energy have known for years. More than 35% of the state’s electricity comes from wind, which is the second-highest ranking in the nation, according to the report. [Hays Daily News]

Have an utterly splendid day.

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