Archive for September 23rd, 2018

September 23 Energy News

September 23, 2018


¶ “10 Years after 1st Car, Tesla Production Rate is 300,000 to 400,000 Cars a Year” • Critics have written for years that Tesla would never be able to produce cars in quantity. They still do. But the truth is, Tesla produced its first car in 2008 and is now hitting a production rates of between 300,000 and 400,000 cars per year just 10 years later. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

¶ “Utilities Look Toward a Clean Energy Future, Yet the Administration Keeps Looking Back” • Trump’s coal bailout is unlikely to work, partly because coal’s rapid decline has been driven primarily by market forces. But another key reason the bailout would fail is that utilities are setting goals to reduce CO2 emissions. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

¶ “Putting a dollar value on one of oil’s biggest subsidies: military protection” • Securing America’s Future Energy, a clean-energy advocacy group composed of retired military and business leaders, published a paper on the costs to the US military of defending oil supplies. They said the cost is at least $81 billion per year. [Vox]

Carrier operations (Anthony Flynn | US Navy via Getty Images)


¶ “Government of Canada invests $30 Million in Halagonia Tidal Energy” • The government of Canada, through Natural Resources Canada’s Emerging Renewable Power Program, provided $29.8 million of funding to Halagonia Tidal Energy Ltd to support its $117-million tidal-power project at the Bay of Fundy. [Private Capital Journal]

¶ “The World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Train is Now On Track in Germany” • French train-building company Alstom delivered its first two hydrogen-powered trains to Germany. They are the first of many Alstom already has on order. Germany is lowering its emissions from the transportation sector, and diesel trains are to be phased out. [Jalopnik]

Hydrogen-powered train (Photo: René Frampe, Alstrom)

¶ “West Bengal to commission floating solar power plants next year” • The West Bengal government is developing two floating solar power plants to be commissioned by next year, the state minister for power and non-renewable energy said. The larger plant’s capacity would be 100 MW, and the smaller plant’s would be 5 MW. []

¶ “Filling in for coal – the potential role of geothermal energy in Germany” • A recent article from Germany’s Geothermal Association highlights on how geothermal energy can make a significant contribution to planned exit from coal-fueled power and heat generation. The exit from coal is necessary to slow climate change. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

German open pit mine and power plant (gbohne | Flickr)

¶ “Portugal third in renewable energy production” • Portugal got 54.1% of its electricity from renewable resources in 2016, Eurostat reported. Portugal was one of only five EU countries that got more than half their electricity from renewable sources: 50%, Austria (72.6%), Sweden (64.9%), Portugal (54.1%), Denmark (53.7%) and Latvia (51.3%). [The Portugal News]

¶ “Enel Green Power España to build 84.7 MW solar PV farm in Spain” • Enel Green Power España, an Italian renewable-energy firm recently began constructing an 84.7 MW solar PV facility in the Spanish municipality of Totana. It will be the largest solar plant the company has ever built in Spain, with an investment of about €59 million. [CMFE Research]

Solar array in Spain


¶ “Companies End Effort to Buy Navajo Generating Station” • The companies negotiating to purchase the largest coal-fired power plant in the southwestern US have broken off their pursuit of that goal. This means the 2,250-MW Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona, remains scheduled to close by year-end 2019. [Power magazine]

¶ “LPEA studies power alternatives to wholesale supplier” • La Plata Electric Association is exploring alternatives to purchasing power from its wholesale power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission. LPEA’s contract with Tri-State caps purchases from outside sources at 5%, limiting its ability to buy renewable power. [The Durango Herald]

Solar array (Durango Herald file photo)

¶ “Aeterna Energy adds solar+storage system to California movie theater” • The privately owned iconic Mary Pickford Theater hosted a ”Flip the Switch” event, showcasing a self-sustaining renewable energy plant housed on its own premises. Its newly installed 620-kW roof-mounted solar PV system is backed by a 1000-kWh battery. [Solar Power World]

¶ “217 scientists sign letter opposing logging as a response to wildfires” • The House version of the 2018 Farm Bill now being considered would expand logging on public lands in response to increases in wildfires. A group of 217 scientists, educators, and land managers signed an open letter calling on lawmakers to consider what they are doing. [Wildfire Today]

Bald Mountain Fire

¶ “Michigan utility unveils new battery at university” • A Michigan utility has unveiled a new battery to store renewable energy at Western Michigan University. The battery can store enough solar and wind energy to supply about 1,000 homes with an hour of power, according to Consumers Energy’s Project Manager. [Fox17]

¶ “Federal appeals court keeps rate cuts for failed nuke plants” • The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denied requests from South Carolina Electric & Gas to stop the temporary rate cuts while it appeals and to speed up the case. The rate cuts were put in place by lawmakers who believed the loss should be covered by shareholders. [Plainview Daily Herald]

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