September 22 Energy News

September 22, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Homeowners who live on the coast are sleepwalking toward climate catastrophe” • Sea levels are rising faster than predicted. Relative sea levels in vulnerable places like South Florida are roughly four inches higher now than in 1992; projections by the Army Corps of Engineers and others see rises in South Florida of 12 inches by 2030. [CNN]

Mar-a-Lago (Onasill Bill Badzo, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Energy Deregulation Opening up Potential for Renewable Energy Future” • President Donald Trump made big promises about deregulating energy and has followed through on some of them. Most of his promises and efforts have been for fossil fuels, but deregulation could have a positive impact on the renewables market. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Decentralized micro-grids could be the next big thing for renewable energy” • A report funded by the Dutch government concludes that microgrids could make local economies based on the technology 90% self-sufficient, enabling a truly renewable society. Instead of fitting renewables onto conventional grids, it suggests building microgrids. [ZME Science]

Ecovillage (Credit: Metabolic)

World:

¶ “ING To Steer €500 Billion Portfolio Toward Paris Agreement Goals” • Dutch banking giant ING announced last week that it would begin to steer its €500 billion lending portfolio toward meeting the Paris Agreement well-below 2°C warming target, starting by committing to using science-based scenarios to direct its business strategy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Seeks To Achieve “Grid Price Parity” For Wind & Solar” • China is planning to increase efforts to ensure that the country’s wind and solar sectors can quickly compete without subsidies and achieve “grid price parity” with traditional energy sources like coal, according to new National Energy Administration draft guidelines. [CleanTechnica]

Solar system in China (Shutterstock image)

¶ “European Union & California Step Up Carbon Market Cooperation” • The European Union and the State of California announced last week at the Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco that they intend to strengthen their bilateral cooperation on carbon markets to maximize and leverage climate action. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renault Launches Second ‘Smart Island’ to Combine Electric Cars and Renewable Energy” • Electric cars and renewable energy can reinforce each other to produce a greater impact. In a project similar to one for the Portuguese island of Porto Santo, Renault plans to transition the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer to renewable energy. [The Drive]

Belle-Île-en-Mer

¶ “McGill University to partner with Xebec to develop Power-to Gas process for renewable energy storage” • McGill University announced it will work with Xebec Adsorption Inc to develop a prototype reactor to produce Renewable Natural Gas. The process uses electricity generated by renewable sources and CO2 from waste. [pv magazine International]

¶ “ACME commissions 200-MW solar power plant at Bhadla” • Independent power producer ACME Solar said it commissioned its 200-MW solar power plant at Bhadla in Rajasthan. ACME’s total operating capacity in solar power now stands at 2.4 GW and the company’s total portfolio of solar projects stands at over 5.5 GW, it said. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Rooftop solar system

¶ “Australia set to run on 100% renewable energy within 15 years” • The Australian renewables energy industry will install more than 10 GW of new solar and wind power before the end of 2019. If that rate is maintained, Australia would reach 50% of its renewables target in 2025, and it could reach a 100% target by the early 2030’s. [Small Caps]

US:

¶ “New Jersey Makes Way For 1.1-GW Offshore Wind” • The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to move forward with its expansive offshore wind development plans, opening an application window for 1,100 MW of offshore wind capacity, the largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind to date in the US. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm

¶ “Calvin Klein brand owner to go 100% renewable by 2030” • PVH Corp, the apparel major that owns brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, joined the RE100 initiative. The company has committed to operate with 100% renewable electricity by 2030. It will source 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2025. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past” • Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as it sheds its industrial past, has become the latest major city to announce plans to shift to 100% renewable electricity. The city announced that it will have 100% of its power from renewables by 2050. [InsideClimate News]

Cleveland (Chris Gent | CC-BY-SA-4.0)

¶ “TVA, environmental groups duel over the future of solar energy” • About 13% of the power generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority now comes from renewable sources, and only 3% from wind and solar, the TVA’s figures show. Environmental groups say the TVA could do much more, and they are suing to make that happen. [Knoxville News Sentinel]

¶ “Canceling Georgia nuclear plant could cost owners billions” • In a letter to the three owners of Plant Vogtle, the DOE said that if the construction project is canceled, the government is “prepared to move swiftly to fully enforce its rights under terms of the loan guarantee agreements, including the repayment provisions.” [KTAR.com]

Have an exceptionally lovely day.

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