August 27 Energy News

August 27, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “100% Renewables Requires Less Land Footprint Than Reliance On Fossil Fuels In California – RealityCheck” • An opinion piece from a think tank funded by fossil fuels said taking California to 100% renewable energy would “wreck vast onshore and offshore territories with forests of wind turbines and sprawling solar projects.” It is not true. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines and solar panels

¶ “Connecting the Dots: A Firsthand Account of How The UKIP Surge Drove the Tories to Sabotage the Renewables Industry” • The UK’s Government has nearly killed vibrant solar PV and onshore wind industries, responding to powerful spinning from the UK Independence Party. It has links to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, Trump, and Russia. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Rise Of The Electric Vehicle Conversion Shop” • Stripped down cars are increasingly being seen with new and improved powertrains and battery packs. These improvements replace clunky engines that burn things with new high-tech batteries, motors controllers, battery management systems, batteries, and laptops. [CleanTechnica]

Altered VW

¶ “Scientists Say Hotter Weather Worsens Wildfire in Western US” • The Associated Press has studied information on weather and wildfires from the last 35 years. The media group’s findings show that the years in which wildfires burned the highest number of hectares were also years with the hottest weather. Scientists agree. [Voice of America]

World:

¶ “China’s Electric Car Sales Up 64% In July – CleanTechnica Report” • The Chinese plug-in electric vehicle market is in summer-chill mode, up only 64%. This is a slowdown from the three-digit growth rates of previous months, which is explained by reduced subsidies for vehicles with full-charge driving range lower than 150 km. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Yuan PHEV

¶ “Cost of coal-fired power hits new record” • The cost of coal-fired power hit a new record in South Korea this year as supply dropped, newly released data showed. This is a cause of alarm for a country where coal is the biggest source of power generation. The average cost of power from coal is 10.5% higher than it was last year. [Yonhap News]

¶ “Radebe Releases Draft IRP, Nuclear Power Off Table for Now” • Releasing the long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan, South Africa’s Energy Minister announced that renewable energy will be the key focus over the next decade, instead of nuclear. The draft notes that electricity consumption is 30% less than projected in 2010. [Eyewitness News]

Wind turbines (Kalle Pihlajasaari, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Shell Took 16 Years to Warn Shareholders of Climate Risks, Despite Knowing in Private All Along” • It took oil company Shell over 16 years to warn its shareholders that climate policy posed a financial risk to the company’s business model. This is despite its knowing about the relationship between its products and climate change. [Truthout]

Australia:

¶ “Australia adds 514 MW of renewables under RET in a single month” • In July, large-scale renewable power plants with a combined capacity of 514 MW were accredited under Australia’s Renewable Energy Target. These add to the over 1.2 GW of assets accredited in the first half of the year. The 1,088 MW added last year was a record. [Renewables Now]

Dam in New South Wales (Knows, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Morrison will fight to stay in Paris climate deal” • Australia’s new Morrison government will resist any internal push to walk away from its commitment to the Paris climate change targets, despite dropping emissions reduction as a consideration of energy policy. There are considerable differences within the government. [The Australian Financial Review]

¶ “Morrison names leading anti-wind campaigner as energy minister” • Australia’s new prime minister has ended combining the energy and environment portfolios. He appointed one of the country’s most prominent anti-wind campaigners as energy minister and a former mining industry lawyer as environment minister. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm in WA (Michaeldolphin, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Trouble in Paradise: TVA studies whether to close more coal plants” • The Tennessee Valley Authority, which has already shut down more than half of the 59 coal-fired plants it once operated, has decided to launch a new study to determine whether it also may close its Paradise and Bull Run coal plants in Kentucky and Tennessee. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

¶ “Solar is looking ‘bright’ for the Tennessee Valley Authority” • TVA officials say renewable energy is an important part of the public utility’s long-term business plan. In particular, solar power is becoming a major part of TVA’s sustainable energy strategy. A spokesperson also added that the TVA will not be going back to burning coal. [Johnson City Press]

Solar panels (TVA photo)

¶ “The Nevada Clean Energy Fund takes shape” • In 2017, Nevada passed a law that mandated the formation of an independent, nonprofit corporation called the Nevada Clean Energy Fund. Now Nevada is one of 15 states to have a “green bank,” as they are known. Now the green bank is being developed, modelled on similar projects in other states. [KNVC ]

¶ “The battle for cheap solar power heads to the sunny South – but utilities are fighting back” • Alabama Power, the state utility company, has set a policy that to stay connected to the power grid, a customer with solar panels that can supply power to the grid would have to pay connection fees amounting to an extra $25 to $30 a month. [Salon]

Have an enjoyably productive day.

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