September 1 Energy News

September 1, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Toward A More Democratized Energy World” (Interview) • Next Kraftwerke aggregates and sells electricity from almost 5,000 independent renewable energy generators all over Europe as a virtual power plant. CEO and co-founder Jochen Schwill spoke of the vision he and co-founder Hendrik Sämisch had and how it was realized. [CleanTechnica]

Virtual power plant

¶ “US Electricity Generation By Renewables Edges Out Nuclear” (Interview) • A SUN DAY analysis of Energy Information Administration data showed that renewables generated slightly more than what nuclear power produced in the first half of 2018. Ken Bossong, the Executive Director of the SUN DAY explained the importance of this. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Nearly Every Ecosystem on the Planet Will Be Transformed by Climate Change” • If nations fail to rein in their greenhouse gas emissions, nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on the planet will undergo “major transformations” that will completely change the world’s biomes, warn a team of 42 scientists in the journal Science. [Yale Environment 360]

Ghost trees (PeterRintels | Flickr)

World:

¶ “Canadian Appeals Court Rules Against Trans Mountain Pipeline” • The Canadian federal appeals court ruled that the Trans Mountain Pipeline’s application process was legally flawed. One flaw noted in the unanimous decision was a failure to engage in meaningful consultations with the indigenous people affected if the pipeline is built. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK onshore growth ‘at risk'” • The future growth of the UK onshore wind industry is at risk unless there is a change in government policy, RenewableUK has warned. It said current policy blocking onshore wind from competing for Contracts for Difference means the industry faces a steep drop off in new investment. [reNews]

Wind farm (R-UK image)

¶ “Triton nails financial close” • Innogy and partners have reached financial close on the 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off the east coast of England. The company has entered into a number of contracts for the project, including one with MHI Vestas which will supply 90 V164-9.5MW turbines, with pre-assembly in Teeside. [reNews]

¶ “Tidal energy: the silent giants of the Pentland Firth” • In the waters between the Orkney Islands and mainland Scotland, four MeyGen 1.5-MW turbines convert tidal energy into electricity. The turbines, now operational, supply enough electricity for 2,600 Scottish homes. Plans are afoot to potentially deploy 265 more of them. [Geographical]

Installing a MeyGen turbine (Image: SIMEC Atlantis)

¶ “India gets solar, wind, storage hybrid power plant” • A 41-MW solar photovoltaic, wind, and battery storage hybrid plant is being built in Andhra Pradesh by IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited. The project will include 25 MW of solar PV and 16 MW of windpower coupled to an optimized energy storage system. [Electric Light & Power]

US:

¶ “The Oil and Gas Industry Wants Us to Protect It From Climate Change” • The state of Texas is pursuing a $12 billion, mostly taxpayer-funded project to erect a 60-mile-long barrier made up of concrete sea walls, steel levees, and the like to keep rising waters from destroying all that is to be found along the Gulf coastline. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Petrochemical facilities (David J Phillip | AP)

¶ “Inspector general to review whether politics influences EPA’s science” • The EPA inspector general’s office announced that it will review the “extent and type of employee concerns, if any, with scientific integrity.” The review is significant because of the Trump administration’s focus on how the EPA and other offices conduct and use science. [CNN]

¶ “CIP starts construction on 298 MW of US solar projects” • Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has announced construction has begun on its two US solar farm projects which will have a total capacity of almost 300 MW. These are to be located in Texas and Utah. Both are expected to be operational in 2019. [Energy Digital]

Solar system (Getty Image)

¶ “Lawmakers approve bill that makes PG&E, ratepayers share wildfire costs” • PG&E will be allowed to have ratepayers shoulder some of the multibillion-dollar cost of last year’s wildfires under a bill approved by both houses of California’s Legislature. But PG&E must open its books for an examination by regulators. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

¶ “$1 Billion Program Aims To Put Solar On Low Income Multifamily Housing In California” • The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing Program will be administered by a group of established solar and housing organizations. For ten years, the California Public Utilities Commission will provide $100 million annually. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar panel systems (Via Panasonic)

¶ “Distributed solar saved ISO-NE consumers $20 Million during July heat wave, report says” • During peak hours for electricity demand, distributed solar can reduce load on the New England grid by more than 1 GW, the report found, helping to reduce system-wide costs. The analysis was done by Synapse Energy Economics. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Legislative effort to reorganize California’s electricity grid dies” • A California bill that would have created an organization to run electricity grids across the West died in the legislative session’s last hours, despite strong support from Gov Jerry Brown. Some lawmakers feared sharing control with coal-dependent states. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Have an enchantingly pleasant day.

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