Archive for September 29th, 2018

September 29 Energy News

September 29, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Forbes: Electric Cars = The Future, Gasmobile Killers” • Are the days of the gas guzzler numbered? Tom Raftery (via Forbes) says there are “seven reasons why the internal combustion engine is a dead man walking.” He explains, “…the move from ICE vehicles to electric will happen sooner and more quickly than most people suspect.” [CleanTechnica]

One reason the future is with EVs (Source: Forbes | Credit: Bloomberg) Please click on the image to enlarge it. 

¶ “The Inevitable Oil Supply Crunch” • “The warning signs are there – the industry isn’t finding enough oil.” That statement is the start of a new report from Wood Mackenzie, which concludes that a supply gap could emerge in the mid-2020s as demand rises at a time when too few new sources of supply are coming online. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “Excitement builds about changes accelerating in energy systems” • Paonia, Colorado, used to be a coal town. In 2012, nearly 1,000 people were employed in the local mines, but by 2017, employment had fallen to just 220. Now, the town is pushing aggressively toward local renewable energy generation. And people are excited. [Mountain Town News]

Paonia, Colorado (Photo: Allen Best)

¶ “Jeremy Corbyn wants to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050. This is how he could actually do it” • Jeremy Corbyn packed a lot into his closing speech at the Labour Party conference. One thing he set out was a bold plan to reduce net carbon emissions by 60% by 2030. But to get there he will have to focus on more than just renewables. [Wired.co.uk]

Science and Technology:

¶ “NantEnergy Says Zinc-Air Battery Ideal For Grid Storage” • Compared to most lithium-ion batteries, NantEnergy’s zinc-air batteries offer lower cost and longer duration. The company says its batteries, which rely on abundant and inexpensive zinc, are already at the $100/kWh level, and that the price is expected to drop as production increases. [CleanTechnica]

NantEnergy battery (Please click on the image to enlarge it.)

World:

¶ “America’s largest PV plant comes online in Mexico” • Italian energy company, Enel announced the completion of its 828-MW Villanueva project. It has also built an additional portion of the Don José solar plant, which has now reached 260 MW. The two projects have had 1,089 MW of capacity grid-connected in several phases. [pv magazine International]

¶ “New Zealand newest geothermal power plant enters commissioning stage” • New Zealand’s latest geothermal power plant entered the commissioning phase, adding a capacity of 25 MW to New Zealand’s geothermal power generation capacity. ThinkGeoEnergy’s records show NZ’s geothermal capacity now at 1005 MW. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Te Ahi O Maui geothermal power plant (source: Eastland)

¶ “Treated water at Fukushima plant far too unsafe to be dumped soon” • TEPCO acknowledged that about 80% of the water in giant storage tanks on the premises at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant exceeded government standards for radioactive materials. Some is by a factor of 20,000, even though it had already been processed.  [Asahi Shimbun]

¶ “Vestas to build 181-MW Aussie wind park” • Vestas Wind Systems A/S announced it will build the 181-MW Berrybank wind farm in the Australian state of Victoria for Global Power Generation. The 43 turbines for the wind farm are to be installed in time for a commissioning date scheduled for the second quarter of 2020. [Renewables Now]

Vestas turbines (Photo: DennisM2)

US:

¶ “Solar energy expansion gets final state approval” • The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program of the state’s Department of Energy Resources, is designed to expand solar power and lower rates. It has cleared its final regulatory hurdle, paving the way for what is hoped will be 1,600 MW of new solar installations. [Sentinel & Enterprise]

¶ “NYSERDA and the Danish Energy Ministry Announce Agreement to Enhance Cooperation Regarding Development of Offshore Wind Energy” • The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities, and Climate signed a Memorandum of Understanding on developing offshore windpower. [LongIsland.com]

Wind power (Photo: Detmold.jpg)

¶ “US solar production increases 25.4% in first half of 2018 over last year” • Non-hydro renewable energy sources (biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new US records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of Energy Information Administration data. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Appalachia Could Get a Giant Solar Farm, If Ohio Regulators Approve” • Appalachian Ohio, a region hurt by the decline of coal, may become home to one of the largest solar projects east of the Rockies. American Electric Power submitted a plan to work with two developers to build 400 MW of solar in Highland County, Ohio. [InsideClimate News]

Solar panels (Credit: Kerry Sheridan | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Kelly promotes clean energy, takes on Sununu” • Using the backdrop of City Hall flanked by Dover, New Hampshire’s mayor, who had lobbied lawmakers to expand net metering in the state, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Molly Kelly chastised Gov Chris Sununu for not signing a bill to do so. Kelly is promoting green energy. [The Keene Sentinel]

¶ “Bloom Energy gets $100 million in financing for fuel cell deployments” • Key Equipment Finance will provide $100 million in project financing for new Bloom Energy commercial and industrial fuel cell deployments. Key has already provided Bloom $300 million in financing for earlier Bloom Energy fuel cell projects. [delawarebusinessnow.com]

Have an excitingly groovy day.

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