September 27 Energy News

September 27, 2018


¶ “Election 2018: Clean Energy’s Future Could Rise or Fall with 36 Governor’s Races” • Some of the most consequential elections for climate policy this fall could be the 36 governors races, where a blue wave could position clean energy advocates as a significant counterforce against the Trump administration’s fossil fuel agenda. [InsideClimate News]

Solar array in Vermont (Robert Nickelsberg | Getty Images)


¶ “South Australia’s Tesla battery on track to make back a third of cost in a year” • The Tesla lithium-ion battery in South Australia is on track to make back a third of its construction costs in its first year of operation, new financial documents show. The capital cost of the 100-MW/129-MWh battery was A$90.6 million (€56 million, $65.8 million). [The Guardian]

¶ “Acciona to supply renewable power to Bosch’s Iberian centers” • Spanish infrastructure group Acciona SA announced that it will supply renewable power to all of industrial group Bosch’s centers in the Iberian Peninsula. The company will deliver electric power guaranteed to be 100% renewable to over 20 Bosch facilities in Portugal and Spain. [Renewables Now]

Acciona PV plant Portugal (Source: Acciona SA)

¶ “RE100 Adds 7 New Members, Including First Latin American & Turkish Companies” • Global 100% renewable electricity initiative RE100 announced at Climate Week NYC that it added seven new members, bringing the total number of companies up to 152, and introducing the first companies from Latin America and Turkey. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Global Wind Energy Council Forms Taskforce To Accelerate Offshore Deployment” • The Global Wind Energy Council announced that it will form the Offshore Wind Taskforce. The taskforce is dedicated to accelerating development of offshore wind technology in non-European markets such as Asia and North America. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore windpower (GWEC image)

¶ “Eighty five local firms implement solar energy projects in Egypt’s Benban” • Eighty five local companies in Egypt aim to implement the services of the solar energy feed-in tariff projects in Benban, Aswan. Of the 85 companies registered to implement the services in Hassan Allam, 33 are owned by the people of Benban. [Technical Review Middle East]


¶ “Labour conference: Corbyn Swansea tidal lagoon pledge” • Jeremy Corbyn has promised to back proposals for a tidal power lagoon in Swansea Bay if Labour wins power in the next election. Tory UK ministers rejected plans for the lagoon, but Labour’s leader backed them as part of a “green jobs revolution” at the Labour conference. [BBC News]

Tidal barrier (TLP image)

¶ “Labour pledge ‘seven-fold’ increase in offshore wind at conference” • Labour’s shadow business and energy secretary, Rebecca Long Bailey, pledged that her party would look to create a “seven-fold” increase in offshore wind. She said Labour plans to provide 60% of UK energy through renewables in just twelve years. [Energy Voice]

¶ “Increasing Number of Banks Say No to Financing Coal-Based Projects” • British multinational banking and financial services company Standard Chartered pulled the plug on any upcoming coal-fired power plants across the globe. Doing so, it has joined an ever-increasing list of banks that have shown a commitment towards the environment. [Mercom India]

Indian coal-burning power plant


¶ “Utility Solar + Storage Accelerates Ahead Of Expectations” • The US utility market for energy storage this fall is warming ahead of expectations, with requests for proposals accelerating from a mild demand level earlier this year. The 2018 market was not expected by some storage system manufacturers for another two years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Building a Better Energy Future in Puerto Rico” • Even though the lights are finally back on throughout Puerto Rico, serious challenges remain. Restoring to conditions before Hurricane Maria is just making them as bad as they had been. But there is no need to accept that position, the electricity grid can be made better. [Center For American Progress]

San Juan during black-out (Alex Wroblewski | Getty)

¶ “Shell Partners With NREL On Clean Technology Incubator” • Multinational oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell announced that it launched the Shell GameChanger Accelerator, partnering with the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The new organization is to discover and advance emerging clean energy technologies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Virginia To Challenge For Top Offshore Wind Spot In US – 2 GW By 2028” • Hot on the heels of New Jersey’s decision to solicit 1.1 GW of offshore windpower capacity, southern cousin Virginia is positioning itself to become the South’s first offshore wind giant with a goal of installing at least 2,000 MW in the coming decade. [CleanTechnica]

Block Island offshore wind farm

¶ “Solar Suit Aims to Put Maine Back on Track” • With every technological advance, solar energy becomes less expensive and a more attractive as an investment. In Maine, however, the Public Utilities Commission has developed policy to fight progress. It will charge people who invest in solar systems for the power they produce. [Natural Resources Council of Maine]

¶ “Georgia Nuclear plant gets go-ahead despite budget overages” • The primary owners of the last nuclear power plant still under construction in the US, Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, said in a joint statement that they made an agreement that allows building Plant Vogtle to continue. [New Jersey Herald]

Have a fascinatingly splendid day.

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