September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2018

World:

¶ “Lower Costs, Incentives Drive Electric Bus Adoption” • A senior research analyst for Navigant Research said the adoption of electric buses is gaining speed but not as fast as some might hope for. China is adding about 95,000 electric buses each year, but Navigant predicts electric buses will account for only 15% of the US market by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra electric bus

¶ “Origin to develop 5 MW virtual power plant in Victoria” • With a grant from the Victorian government, Origin Energy is gearing up to connect solar and battery systems of up to 650 residential and commercial properties across the state. It is to be Origin’s first virtual power plant and the largest one in Victoria to date. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Global Electricity Demand To Increase By 57% By 2050, BNEF Forecasts” • Global electricity demand is expected to reach approximately 38,700 TWh by 2050 according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, up from 25,000 TWh in 2017. The increase will drive significant new investment in world power generating capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Transmission lines

¶ “Decentralized renewable energy is an over $100 billion opportunity” • The investment potential for decentralized renewable energy in India may be as high as over $100 billion, analysis says. These solutions need to be larger parts of national and state energy systems if India is to truly to achieve quality 24/7 power for all. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Socially just energy transition for coal workers no pie in the sky, study finds” • As the UN’s climate chief called for more “urgency” from negotiators at the Bangkok climate talks, a report found that a socially just transition is already feasible for coal workers and communities, while coal production is expected to decline globally. [EURACTIV]

Open pit coal mine (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Lock ‘Em Up? Bavarian Judges Propose Jail Time For Politicians Who Ignore Air Pollution” • When politicians don’t enforce measures to protect the public from pollution, should they be punished? And if so, then how severely? Bavarian judges are putting this question to the European Court of Justice, seeking legal guidance. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World’s largest offshore wind farm launches off English coast” • The Walney Extension project opened off Cumbria, in the northwest of England, with a capacity of 659 MW. This makes it the world’s biggest offshore wind park in operation, overtaking the London Array off England’s east cost with a capacity of 630 MW. [Deutsche Welle]

Offshore wind project

¶ “Clean tech transition could generate 65 million jobs, save $26 trillion – study” • Two reports point at economic advantages of clean tech transitions. Carbon pricing schemes could reap global sales of around $2.8 billion. Opportunities for storage and electric heating could further save UK homes around $258 per year. [pv magazine International]

¶ “80% of local heads in nuke disaster areas say they can’t meet population goals: poll” • About 80% of 45 administrative district heads in six Fukushima Prefecture municipalities with areas that are difficult to live because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster said it is not possible to meet goals for returning people, a Mainichi Shimbun survey found. [The Mainichi]

Abandoned Fukushima gas station (Mainichi image)

US:

¶ “US Distributed Wind Surpasses the 1 GW Mark” • The market for distributed wind energy crept over the 1 GW mark in 2017 according to the 2017 Distributed Wind Market Report, which was published by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Nearly 100 MW was added last year, bringing the total to 1,076 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Court Upholds Massachusetts’ Authority to Cap Power Plant CO2 Emissions” • Massachusetts’ highest court resoundingly upheld the state’s power to impose limits on carbon emissions from power plants. It is an example of states establishing their authority to fill the regulatory void the Trump administration is creating. [InsideClimate News]

Gloucester (Don Emmert | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Advocates: Trump’s coal-friendly power plan will hurt Ohio’s health” • Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks, and higher electric bills under the Trump administration proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan, say environmental groups. Those conclusions come from the EPA ’s own analysis of the proposal. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Average Atlantic Coast Offshore Wind Farm Could Add Billions To Economy & Thousands Of Jobs” • A report shows that an average-sized offshore wind farm located off the Atlantic Coast of the US could result in billions in economic benefits and yield thousands of jobs. Such wind farms could be put up in any of several states. [CleanTechnica]

Block Island Wind Farm

¶ “New Jersey board starts review of Nautilus offshore wind application” • The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities formally accepted the application for the up to 25-MW Nautilus pilot offshore wind project in state waters, it was announced. The plan is to erect three wind turbines about 2.8 miles east of the coast at Atlantic City. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Rhode Island’s solar-powered move: Conti signs 35 MW EPC agreement with Southern Sky” • Conti Solar and Southern Sky Solar Rhode Island signed an agreement for five PV projects, totaling 35 MW. They are just a small part of Rhode Island’s development queue, which aims for 1 GW of renewable energy in 2020. [pv magazine USA]

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