September 8 Energy News

September 8, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Department of Energy Walks Into a Fight About Subsidies” • A fight over power plant costs could threaten grid reliability, and it is not as simple as people have been hearing. By throwing three issues together, each to cost billions, policymakers are putting into jeopardy the electric grid reliability they say they are trying to protect. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Block Island wind farm

¶ “Japan’s power supply system a weak link in times of disaster” • The blackout across the entire northern island of Hokkaido after a powerful earthquake struck showed the weak link in Japan’s ultra-modern system of technology. The earthquake put the country in mind of the 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [The Japan Times]

World:

¶ “LG Chem’s 2020 Battery Production Target Raised 29% To 90 GWh” • LG Chem is one of a handful of EV battery companies that dominate global EV battery production. It is a major supplier of EV batteries. Recent news indicates that LG Chem increased its 2020 production target from 70 GWh to 90 GWh, approximately 29%. [CleanTechnica]

LG Chem battery production

¶ “Engie, J-Power to collaborate on offshore wind” • Engie SA and Japanese utility Electric Power Development Co (J-Power) will work together on power projects, especially large-scale offshore wind, J-Power announced. Engie wants to get into the Japanese market, and J-Power is involved in an offshore wind project of up to 220 MW. [Renewables Now]

¶ “UK Set To Have Thousands More Electric Vans” • An initiative led by Global Action Plan, with the UK Clean Van Commitment and Engie as partners, is aiming to get 2,400 new electric vans in operation by 2020, and for 18,000 new electric vans to replace diesel vans by 2028. Sixteen UK van fleet operators are taking part in the initiative. [CleanTechnica]

Renault Kangaroo

¶ “India’s NTPC Awards 1.2 GW in its First-Ever Wind Energy Auction” • The first national level wind energy auction organized by NTPC Limited, India’s largest power generation company, saw increases over 10% in the lowest tariff bid. NTPC offered 1.2 GW of capacity and developers were free to set up projects at sites of their choosing. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ryan Zinke brushes past threatened islands’ most pressing demand during visit” • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has spent his week traveling through a series of tropical islands in the Pacific Ocean, part of an effort meant to strengthen strategic and security-based alliances. But he is ignoring their need to deal with climate change. [ThinkProgress]

Living between the breakers and the wet place
(Credit: Fiona Goodall | Getty Images For Lumix)

¶ “BBC issues internal guidance on how to report climate change” • The BBC, one of the world’s largest and most respected news organisations, has issued formal guidance to its journalists on how to report climate change. The BBC has faced repeated criticism over the past decade for enabling “false balance” on the topic. [Carbon Brief]

¶ “EDF Renewables awarded 276 MW of wind energy projects in Brazil” • At the last federal competitive tender held by the Brazilian regulator, EDF Renewables was awarded two wind power projects located in Bahia State, totaling 276 MW. The company won nearly a quarter of the 1200 MW capacity awarded at the auction. [REVE]

Wind turbines in Brazil

US:

¶ “Federal Policy Vacuum Spurs Surge of State Environmental Ballot Measures” • At least 11 states will get a chance to vote this fall on a variety of environmental ballot measures, in a surge of activity that could foreshadow policies of a future Democratic administration. The measures run a gamut of environmental policies. [Scientific American]

¶ “Bombshell: Tesla Announcement Implies HUGE Quarter 3” • The latest Company Update from Tesla had a statement buried in it that really stands out when it is allowed to sink in. “We are about to have the most amazing quarter in our history, building and delivering more than twice as many cars as we did last quarter.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model X

¶ “Sunrise Solar Solutions is proposing a pollinator-friendly community solar project in New York” • Sunrise Solar Solutions is proposing the development of a solar energy system on 4 acres at the rear of Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Kisco, New York. A key aspect of the project is the creation of a “pollinator-friendly” habitat. [Solar Power World]

¶ “US House Committee passes Offshore Wind for Territories Act” • The House Committee on Natural Resources passed the Offshore Wind for Territories Act unanimously to amend federal law to authorize offshore wind development at American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. [Windpower Engineering]

Offshore windpower

¶ “Western Kentucky to soak up the sun with state’s largest solar farm” • An 800 acre of solar system is planned for Lyon County, Kentucky. It will have a capacity of 86 MW, and the Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency, a group of eleven city-owned utilities, have agreed to purchase the majority of its power, starting in late 2022. [Courier Journal]

¶ “Californian Ski Area to be Run on 100% Solar Energy From This Winter” • In California, the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski area has announced that all of its electricity will be purchased from Liberty Utilities’ nearby solar generation plant in Luning, Nevada. This will make the resort’s electric power supply 100% renewable. [InTheSnow]

Have a surprisingly rewarding day.

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