September 12 Energy News

September 12, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Global Climate Summit: Thank Goodness for Clean Energy State Champs” • Given the actions of the Trump administration, the world community can reasonably question our national commitment on climate change. We have a state champions to be proud of, from California to North Carolina, from Texas to Massachusetts.  [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Offshore wind farm

Science and Technology:

¶ “Fossil Fuel Demand Set To Peak In The 2020s” • The rapid growth of clean technologies is expected to cause fossil fuel demand to peak in the 2020s, according to a new report from Carbon Tracker, serving to put at risk trillions for investors ignorant of or unwilling to participate in the transition to a low-carbon economy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Airbus SeaWing Kite Sails To Cut Fuel Costs For Cargo Ships 20%” • Last year, some Airbus engineers formed a company called AirSeas to develop wind power technology for ocean-going cargo ships. Airbus will use prototype kite sails on cargo ships that move parts for aircraft between its locations in Europe and the US. [CleanTechnica]

SeaWing kite sail

World:

¶ “Court Rules Frankfurt Must Implement Diesel Ban” • An administrative court of Wiesbaden announced a decision that Frankfurt must implement driving bans, as early as February of 2019. This ruling has come following one of several lawsuits filed against the government by the environmental protection group Deutsche Umwelthilfe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EBRD backs Turkey’s Akfen Renewables with loans of over $100 million” • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said it is providing a financing package of up to $102 million to the Turkish conglomerate Akfen Holding. The Bank said the funds will be used for 327 MW of wind and solar plant capacity. [Hurriyet Daily News]

Wind farm

¶ “Global Divestment Movement Reaches $6.24 Trillion, Aims For $10 Trillion By 2020” • The fossil fuel divestment movement has influenced the global economic and energy sectors over the past five years. It has hit a new milestone, with $6.24 trillion in assets committed to divestment, up from only $52 billion four years ago. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Victoria’s renewable push is getting a positive response from industry” • The Australian Industry Group welcomed the Victorian government’s decision to increase the state’s renewable power generation targets after the state announced that winning bids for its first renewable energy auction will generate more than 900 MW. [Manufacturers’ Monthly]

Clean Energy

¶ “Renewables bring 33.8% of Spain’s power in August” • Sources of renewable energy accounted for 33.8% of Spain’s power generation in August, up 14.4% from the previous August. Wind farms were the top renewable source at 14.5% of the country’s total power. At 24.4%, nuclear plants were Spain’s leading power source. [Renewables Now]

¶ “South Africa double time for Nordex” • Nordex secured a deal for 80 AW125/3150 turbines for two wind farms totalling 252 MW in South Africa. Enel Green Power ordered 46 machines for the Garob project, while Elawan booked 34 turbines for the Copperton facility. The deals include delivery, installation, and service. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Nordex image)

¶ “Toshiba’s NuGen slashes headcount at British nuclear project” • Toshiba’s NuGen has cut the team working on its Moorside nuclear project, to fewer than 40 people from over 100 as a sale of the project is taking longer than expected. The plant has had several setbacks after Toshiba’s nuclear arm Westinghouse went bankrupt. [Nasdaq]

US:

¶ “Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air” • The Trump administration is about to take its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change. It is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. [New York Times]

Flaring (Credit: Orjan F Ellingvag | Corbis, via Getty Images)

¶ “US Energy Efficiency Industry Employs 2.25 Million People” • The US energy efficiency industry added more new jobs than any other industry in the country’s entire energy sector in 2017. Energy efficiency now employs nearly 2.25 million people, according to new figures from E4TheFuture and Environmental Entrepreneurs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Enel drives California storage” • eMotorWerks, a subsidiary of Enel X,  has deployed a 30-MW virtual battery storage project in California. It consists of over 6000 eMotorWerks residential JuiceBox and other JuiceNet-enabled EV chargers distributed across the state. The company is aggregating and bidding EV loads at the wholesale level. [reNews]

EV charging (eMotorWerks image)

¶ “Xcel Resource Planning Executive: We Can Buy New Renewables Cheaper Than Existing Fossil Fuels” • Xcel Energy has long been a leader in renewable energy, investing in wind and solar even when they were not the cheapest alternatives. But today, new wind and solar are often cheaper than existing coal generation. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Kaiser to power 27 of its 39 hospitals with renewable energy” • Kaiser Permanente, based in Oakland, California, signed a power purchase agreement for 180 MW of energy from solar and wind farms, along with the nation’s largest battery storage system. The deal provides Kaiser with enough renewable energy to power 27 of its 39 hospitals. [Becker’s Hospital Review]

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