Archive for September 18th, 2018

September 18 Energy News

September 18, 2018


¶ “The Public Wants Renewable Energy and They Want It Now!” • Utility companies, like automakers, would like to party like it’s 1999 forever, but consumers are beginning to realize their future lies with zero emissions vehicles and renewable energy. The transition has begun. If the people will lead, their leaders will follow. Spread the word! [CleanTechnica]

Floating wind turbine


¶ “Germany embarks on quest for methane fuel” • A research project is exploring the potential use of methane fuel from renewable sources in the German energy, transport and shipping industries. The government-funded lead project will aim to develop and study technologies to enable methane-based fuels from renewables. [The Motorship]

¶ “Renewable energy storage and the future of smart cities” • From Singapore to San Francisco, organisations, government officials, and city planners have made great efforts to support the development of intelligent communities. A recent report by IHS Technology said there will be at least 88 smart cities all over the world by 2025. [Information Age]

City in the haze

¶ “Germany launches second wind-solar auction” • Germany’s Federal Network Agency opened its second mixed auction for large-scale onshore wind and solar power projects. About 200 MW of renewable energy capacity will be assigned. Bids for the auction can be submitted until November 2nd, 2018, according to the agency. [pv magazine International]

¶ “UK wind ‘tops 20 GW'” • Installed wind capacity in the UK has reached the 20-GW milestone, following the commissioning of Ørsted’s 659-MW Walney 3 offshore wind farm, according to industry group RenewableUK. The total operational capacity of onshore and offshore wind in the UK is currently 20,128 MW, the group said. [reNews]

Walney 3 (Ørsted image)

¶ “Rentel finishes installing North Sea turbines” • Rentel finished installing its last two of 42 turbines at its new wind farm in the Belgian North Sea. During the summer, marine engineering expert DEME’s jack-up vessel “Sea Installer” put all of the wind turbines in place in the Belgian North Sea, about 40 km from the coast of Ostend. [Maritime Journal]


¶ “S&P Global: Coal-fired power stations are a poor investment” • Private investment in coal-fired power plants is highly unlikely due to poor investment returns, S&P Global said. Its analysis shows renewable energy backed by battery storage or gas offers the most prudent investment, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. [Energy Matters]

Coal-fired power station (Pixabay image)

¶ “Coalition will not replace renewables target after it winds down in 2020” • The energy minister, Angus Taylor, said the Morrison government will not replace the renewable energy target “with anything” after it winds down in 2020. He said, “We know we will reach the 26% emission reduction target without additional intervention.” [The Guardian]

¶ “Clean Energy Regulator counts 9 GW in big solar and wind pipeline” • Australia looks certain to sail past its 2020 large-scale renewable energy target of 33,000 GWh, with the latest data showing the combined capacity of large-scale wind and solar energy projects in the development pipeline is now nudging a massive 9 GW. [RenewEconomy]

Solar array (Image via Unsplash)


¶ “Lyft goes carbon-neutral and 100% renewable” • Lyft, the ride-hailing industry’s second-leading company, announced an extension on the company’s carbon offset program that now makes their platform entirely carbon-neutral, soon to be entirely powered through renewable energy. The move is outlined in a blog post. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “California state universities commit to 100% clean energy by 2025” • The University of California, which is made up of 10 campuses and additional facilities, set sustainability and clean energy goals, including a pledge to not use natural gas for space and water heating in new buildings or major renovations after June 2019. [Utility Dive]

University of California campus

¶ “SoCalGas to Offer Renewable Natural Gas at its Fueling Stations for the First Time” • Southern California Gas Co announced it will soon begin using renewable natural gas at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations across its service territory, as well as at six fueling stations in the San Diego area. [Markets Insider]

¶ “Nuclear, Wind Companies Competing To Sell Connecticut ‘Zero Carbon’ Energy” • In response to a request by the state of Connecticut for solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear facilities for its “Zero Carbon” program, it received more than 100 submissions for solar, wind hydro and nuclear facilities. The state is now reviewing them. [Hartford Courant]

Millstone nuclear plant (Stephen Dunn | Hartford Courant)

¶ “Oldest US nuclear plant shuts down after nearly 49 years” • America’s oldest nuclear power plant has shut down as planned. Officials at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, New Jersey, say the plant went offline at noon on September 17. There are now 98 operational nuclear power plants in the US. [Sacramento Bee]

¶ “Duke Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant inaccessible due to flooding, workers stranded” • Duke Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant, about 30 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina, has declared a state of emergency as the 1,200-acre complex remains cut off by flood waters of Hurricane Florence and is inaccessible to outside personnel. [Insurance News Net]

Have an exuberantly merry day.

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