September 10 Energy News

September 10, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Air pollution: know your enemy” • Sometimes you can’t even see it, but air pollution is everywhere. Perhaps you think that air pollution does not affect you because you live in a place with no smog. If so, you are most likely wrong. Nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to air pollutant levels the WHO considers unsafe. [UN Environment]

Beijing (Photo: Reuters)

¶ “Tesla Energy is quietly setting its sights on peaker plants” • Tesla’s energy storage solutions are starting become more and more accepted by utility companies. This is particularly true, since battery technology has reached a point where it now has the potential to replace inefficient and dirty “Peaker” power plants. [Teslarati]

World:

¶ “Green power set to surge while fossil fuels decline: report” • Electricity is set to dominate energy demand by 2050, as cars, buildings and manufacturers shift away from fossil fuels, a global energy transition report says. But the anticipated surge falls well short of meeting the Paris Agreement’s goals for limiting climate change. [Climate Home]

Charging an EV (Photo: Deposit Photos)

Charging an EV (Photo: Deposit Photos)

¶ “India readies a slew of power sector reforms” • The Indian government has readied a raft of power sector reforms, including implementing the direct benefit transfer scheme for better targeting of subsidies, freeing renewable energy from licensing requirement for generation and supply, and promoting retail competition. [Livemint]

¶ “Plans to generate 10,000 MW solar power in Andhra Pradesh by 2022” • The government of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has outlined plans to add 10,000 MW solar power by 2022, to help bring down costs and give the state a power surplus. The government has already taken up 4,000 MW ultra solar power projects. [The Hindu]

Solar power project

¶ “Australia could be 100% renewable by 2030s, meet Paris targets by 2025” • Australia could reach the equivalent of 100% renewables for its electricity by the early 2030s by merely maintaining the current pace of wind and solar development, according to a report from Australian National University researchers. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Six new solar, wind farms to be built in Victoria to help meet renewable energy target” • After a reverse auction, new solar and wind farms to be built in Victoria will generate enough energy to power 640,000 homes. The Victorian Renewable Energy Target sets the generation from renewables to 25% by 2020, and 40% by 2025. [ABC News]

Renewable energy (Photo: Master Wen | Unsplash)

¶ “Heavy hitters on climate change converge on San Francisco for Global Climate Action Summit” • The Global Climate Action Summit is a hybrid of any number of high-level international meetings in which political figures discuss what can be done to address climate change, sign declarations, adjourn, and get set to meet again. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

¶ “Bolivia commissions 60 MW solar park” • The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, officially inaugurated the 60-MW Uyuni Photovoltaic Solar Plant. The project will cover half of the electricity demand in the Potosí region, and is the largest PV installation in the country. The project had an investment of $62 million. [pv magazine International]

Uyuni solar plant (Evo Morales’ Twitter account)

US:

¶ “Tesla Model 3 = #1 Best Selling Car In The US (In Revenue)” • In August, Tesla’s Model 3 became a top 5 best-selling car in the US in terms of units sold. But it cost twice as much as the cars by Toyota and Honda that sold greater numbers. In terms of the revenues from the cars sold, the Tesla Model 3 was the number one car. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tucson utility joins fight against initiative to increase solar, renewable use” • Tucson’s largest utility is joining the fight against a November ballot initiative that seeks to increase the use of renewable power in Arizona. Proposition 127 would require public utilities to get 50% of their power from clean energy sources by 2030. [Phoenix Business Journal]

Solar array in the desert

¶ “Texas Leads The Country In Wind Power Capacity” • With at least 12,750 turbines, Texas ranks first in the US for installed windpower. The state’s capacity was measured at over 23,200 MW in 2017. The renewable resource provided between 14% and 17% of all in-state energy production last year, and more capacity is being added. [Texas Public Radio]

¶ “Salesforce Announces New Virtual Power Agreement” • Salesforce, which is committed to reaching 100% renewable energy by 2022, announced its third and largest virtual power purchase agreement to date. The 15-year VPPA will support 80 MW of wind energy from the Bright Stalk wind project in Mclean County, Illinois. [Triple Pundit]

Have an emphatically fun day.

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