September 26 Energy News

September 26, 2018

World:

¶ “Cities and Finance Combine To Strengthen Climate Change Investment In Africa, Asia, and Latin America” • The Global Climate City Challenge, will seek to address financing and technical preparation for cities across the world to strengthen investment in green projects and programs essential for climate change resilience. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels in Africa

¶ “World’s biggest baking company goes green” • Grupo Bimbo, the world’s biggest baking company, has committed to using 100% renewable electricity by the year 2025. Headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico, Grupo Bimbo also joined the RE100, a global initiative of companies committed to using 100% renewable electricity. [CNBC]

¶ “MHI Vestas enters 10-MW territory” • MHI Vestas kicked off sales of its much-anticipated 10-MW wind turbine. Commercial installations are to start from 2021. The Danish manufacturer officially broke the double-digit barrier with the V164 10-MW machine through a series of relatively small upgrades to the technology. [reNews]

MHI Vestas V164 (MHI Vestas image)

¶ “Statkraft to invest $1.2 billion a year in renewables until 2025” • Norwegian power firm Statkraft said it plans to invest around $1.2 billion a year in renewable energy from 2019 to 2025. The state-owned company plans to upgrade hydropower facilities and to reach capacities of 6,000 MW of onshore wind and 2,000 MW of solar power by 2025. [Reuters]

¶ “Renewables may account for 18% of total power generation by 2022” • The share of renewable energy in India’s electricity generation mix is likely to rise to around 18% by 2022, up from 7.8% at present, owing to the continuous focus on capacity addition from solar and wind, according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service. [News Nation]

Indian rooftop solar system

¶ “China steps up green energy push with revised renewable target of 35% by 2030” • China is aiming for renewables to account for at least 35% of electricity consumption by 2030, according to a revised draft plan seen by Bloomberg. Previously, the goal was for “non-fossil fuels” to make up 20% of energy use by 2030. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “EU tidal energy expertise arrives in Canada” • European offshore renewables expertise is being used in Canada with the installation of the PLAT-I floating tidal energy platform in Nova Scotia. The PLAT-I tidal energy system was developed by Sustainable Marine Energy. It is equipped with four Schottel Hydro SIT250 tidal turbines. [Maritime Journal]

PLAT-I (Photo: Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd)

¶ “Funding of two new coal IPPs in South Africa may be under threat” • International and local efforts to restrict funding for the construction of new coal-fired power plants appear to be gaining momentum, even possibly threatening the funding of the two new planned independent coal power producer projects in South Africa. [Fin24]

¶ “Norwegians outfit heavy lifter” • Norwegian outfit Kongsberg Maritime won a $13 million contract to supply a technology and electrical package for a new heavy lift crane vessel for use in the offshore wind industry. The vessel marks the entry of Norway’s Offshore Heavy Transport into the offshore windpower installation market. [reNews]

Heavy lift crane vessel (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

¶ “Belgium Faces Winter Blackouts as Aging Reactors Falter” • Belgium is bracing for power shortages this winter as the nation grapples with extended outages at its aging fleet of nuclear reactors. Only one of the seven reactors in Belgium will be operational at start of November, and some electricity will have to be imported. [Bloomberg]

¶ “Berlin pressured on clean power sales” • Energy ministers of five states in northern Germany urged the federal government to auction extra onshore and offshore wind capacity in the short term and to expand the country’s power grid. They called on the federal government to offer a total of 9.5 GW of extra wind and solar capacity. [reNews]

Offshore wind power (Pixabay image)

US:

¶ “AEP to retire Oklaunion coal plant due to renewables, gas competition” • American Electric Power will retire its 680-MW Oklaunion coal plant in 2020 because it cannot compete with cheaper power from gas and renewables, the utility announced. The plant is located on the Texas side of that state’s border with Oklahoma. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Holyoke solar plant gets battery storage” • One of first states to enact an energy storage target, Massachusetts, received its largest utility-scale energy storage system when ENGIE and Holyoke Gas & Electric launched a 3-MW/6-MWh system connected to a solar farm at the site of the closed Mount Tom Power Station. [GazetteNET]

Solar plus storage system at Mount Tom

¶ “Alabama Power seeks renewable energy, including hydro” • Alabama Power said it is seeking proposals to meet future energy and reliability needs, including proposals for potential renewable energy projects. The company issued two requests for proposals. One of the requests is general, but the other is specifically for renewable energy resources. [HydroWorld]

¶ “America’s First SMR Makes Pivotal Advancement with Selection of Manufacturer” • NuScale Power selected Virginia-based BWX Technologies, Inc for engineering work to make its small modular reactor. NuScale’s nuclear technology is the only small modular reactor to undergo Design Certification review by the NRC. [Odessa American]

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