October 2 Energy News

October 2, 2018


¶ “The problems at GE’s troubled power unit can’t be fixed quickly” • General Electric’s board ousted CEO John Flannery, but the problems at the heart of its power business defy a quick solution. At the core of the problems is its failure to forecast a downturn in demand for its turbines amid booming demand for renewable energy. [CNBC]

GE assembly line (Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Images)

¶ “Despite Trump Roadblocks, Full Steam Ahead for Clean Energy Transition” • President Trump desperately wants to reverse progress on moving to a low-carbon economy. But his schemes continue to flop thanks largely to the ongoing actions of states, utilities, and corporations that are adopting clean energy technologies. [Union of Concerned Scientists]


¶ “Victoria’s renewable energy boom set to create thousands of jobs” • The renewable energy construction boom in Victoria is on track to create more than 6,000 annual jobs, according to a new analysis. Victoria has 26 operational large-scale wind and solar projects, 12 under construction, and 28 with planning approval. [The Guardian]

Wind turbine (Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

¶ “Cellcube selected by E.ON as large-scale long duration energy storage solution for project in Sweden” • The village of Simris, in southern Sweden, gets 100% of its electric power from  locally produced renewable energy, on an annual basis. E.ON chose a CellCube vanadium redox flow battery for the village’s storage technology. [pv magazine International]

¶ “This Car Maker Is About To Launch Europe’s Largest Energy Storage Project” • Renault is launching the biggest energy stationary storage system from EV batteries in Europe. The French company has introduced Advanced Battery Storage, a stationary storage system for energy developed exclusively from EV batteries. [OilPrice.com]

Battery pack plant

¶ “France awards 230 MW in rooftop solar tender, prices down 5%” • France’s fifth tender for rooftop solar power capacity has awarded 230 MW at an average price of €76.8/MWh (8.9¢/kWh). The price is 5% less than in the previous such tender. The larger systems provided a new record low of €72.2/MWh for solar power. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Shell offers springboard to success” • Shell has opened applications for the Shell Springboard 2019 program that awards £350,000 funding to support cutting-edge, low-carbon small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK. The Springboard is seeking SMEs that reduce carbon emissions and are innovative and viable economically, Shell said. [reNEWS]

Technician at work

¶ “Tesla battery proves a leading source of dispatchable power, AEMO says” • Australia’s Resources Minister Matt Canavan reportedly dismissed the big battery as “the Kim Kardashian of the energy world: it’s famous for being famous [but] doesn’t do very much.” But no less an authority than the Australian Energy Market Operator disagrees. [ABC News]

¶ “EDP keeps investing in off-grid solar” • Portugal’s state-owned power provider, EDP ​​has agreed to acquire a minority stake in SolarWorks, a Mozambique-based start-up specializing in the commercialization of decentralized solar energy solutions to domestic and business customers without connection to national grid. [pv magazine International]

Solar installation (EDP image)

¶ “Renewables investment in 2018 seen at $228 billion, slow growth due to China” • Investments in renewable energy capacity globally will reach $228.3 billion (€197 billion) this year, up by just 0.7% on 2017 as China’s decision to limit solar capacity additions has hit year-on-year growth, according to Frost & Sullivan. [Renewables Now]


¶ “Tesla Is 2 Years Ahead Of Schedule On Gigafactory 1” • Tesla is often criticized for slipping on targets. But Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada is solidly on track to achieve a battery production volume of 35 GWh per year by the end of 2018. This is two years ahead of the original 2020 target date that was set for achieving such volumes. [CleanTechnica]

Car production in the Tesla Gigafactory

¶ “10 Year Extension To US EV Tax Credit Proposed” • Several Democratic Senators and Representatives have introduced legislation to extend the US federal tax credit for zero-emissions vehicles by 10 years. The bill also proposes a tax credit extension on EV charging infrastructure and sales of other alternative fuel vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First California Public Floating Solar Power System Delivered By Ciel & Terre” • Ciel & Terre USA announced completion of a 252-kW floating PV power system for the Lake County Special Districts, on behalf of Kelseyville County Waterworks District #3. Over 700 floating solar panels and SolarEdge solar optimizers were used for the system. [CleanTechnica]

Floating PV system (Ciel & Terre image)

¶ “Consumers Energy energizes drive to electric cars and renewables” • Michigan utility Consumers Energy is stepping on the pedal in its move toward more EVs and increased renewable energy in the birthplace of the automobile. The company is teaming up with General Motors to speed a shift to EVs in their home state. [Daily Energy Insider]

¶ “Trump Signs Legislation to Promote Advanced Nuclear Reactor Technology” • President Trump signed the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act. The bill is intended to speed up development of advanced reactors by eliminating several of the financial and technological barriers standing in the way of nuclear innovation. [Greentech Media]

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