August 28 Energy News

August 28, 2018

World:

¶ “BNEF 2018 Report: Renewables Surge, China Dominates, Coal Loses, EVs Soar” • The Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2018 report peers into the future to predict how world energy markets will change between now and 2050. There is much good news. It says falling prices for renewables will propel them to a 50% market share by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

Solar energy

¶ “Fast-Growing User Base Suggests Evolutionary Growth Spurt in the Making for Developing-World Solar Mini-Grids” • Private utilities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are developing over 550 “green” mini-grids, over $550 million worth, according to the developer of a software platform that connects developers and investors. [Solar Magazine]

¶ “Jaguar to make an electric version of 1960s sports car the E-Type” • Jaguar announced it will upgrade original E-Type cars to full electric. The cars will have the same weight distribution as it did before, and with other parts unchanged, the car will handle and drive much as it did with a gasoline engine. It will, however, be somewhat quicker. [BBC]

Electric E-type Jaguar

¶ “Mexico is building Latin America’s largest solar installation” • While the US government squanders time and opportunity, pursuing short-term profit by imposing disruptive tariffs and curtailing sustainability-focused goals, Mexico is powering ahead. Its goal is to generate up to 35% of its energy from renewable sources by 2024. [The Architect’s Newspaper]

¶ “European Electric Car Sales Increased 42% In H1 2018 vs H1 2017” • EV data collection and analysis firm EV Volumes have just published European plug-in vehicle sales results for the first half of 2018. Most notably, there was a 42% market growth year over year, and the number of plug-in vehicles in Europe passed one million. [CleanTechnica]

Growth in European plug-in vehicles

¶ “Batteries cut Energiewende costs, spell utility trouble – researcher” • Germany’s boom in residential solar batteries can have profound effects on the Energiewende, according to the director of technical consulting at RWTH Aachen University. They can make expensive grid extensions unnecessary but will reduce utilities’ sales. [Clean Energy Wire]

¶ “From London To New York, 19 Cities Commit To Net-Zero Carbon Buildings By 2030” • Last week, 19 mayors from around the world, including Paris, London, and New York, signed a significant commitment to cut greenhouse gasses in their cities by ensuring that all new buildings will operate at net-zero carbon by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

London

¶ “Siemens Gamesa partners up on green ammonia production” • Gamesa signed an agreement with a Danish environmental group, Energifonden Skive, to study the clean production of ammonia for energy storage. They will do research on ecologically friendly ways to use ammonia to store surplus energy generated by wind turbines. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Atlas secures long-term financing for 130-MW Mexican PV project” • Atlas Renewable Energy said it has closed long-term financing for its 129.5-MW Guajiro solar project in the state of Hidalgo. The plant is expected to come online in the second quarter of 2019, generating enough electric power for about 120,000 homes. [Renewables Now]

Solar park in Mexico (Presidencia de la República Mexicana)

US:

¶ “Tesla Gigafactory To Be Powered 100% By “Tesla Solar” By End Of 2019” • Elon Musk shared on Twitter that Gigafactory 1 will be powered 100% by Tesla Solar by the end of 2019. This came after claims that the emissions footprint for building an electric vehicle are higher than those for building a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How to save Louisiana from drowning” • The salt marsh is also a landscape that is changing, fast. From 1932 to 2016 in Louisiana, on average, open water subsumed a chunk of wetlands the size of a football field every hour. Artificial reefs can slow or stop the loss. Reefs made of concrete are not as good for that as reefs made of oyster shells. [BBC]

Biloxi Marsh (Credit: Amanda Ruggeri)

¶ “Clean Heating & Cooling Systems – More Ways To Reduce GHG Emissions” • About 25% of our energy goes to heating and cooling. So the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced that the state will launch its first community campaigns designed to install clean heating and cooling systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “State Regulators Give OK To Xcel Energy’s $2.5 Billion Clean Power Plan” • The Colorado Public Utilities Commission gave its approval to a proposed $2.5 billion investment in solar, wind, and natural gas power in the state. The plan will add about 1,100 MW of wind power and 700 MW of solar power to Xcel’s grid by 2026. [KUNC]

Colorado solar farm (Rebecca Jacobson | Inside Energy)

¶ “Utilities Recommit to Clean Energy in the Wake of the Trump Administration’s Regulatory Rollback” • After Trump’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan was unveiled, utilities welcomed increased regulatory roles for states, but they also affirmed their commitment to deploy clean energy and meet emissions reduction targets. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Judge rejects bid to knock renewable energy measure off Arizona ballot” • A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge rejected contentions that the Clean Energy for Healthy Arizona initiative is misleading because the proposal to require utilities generate 50% of their power from renewable source by 2030 excludes nuclear power. [Arizona Daily Star]

Have a thoroughly superior day.

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