Archive for October 3rd, 2018

October 3 Energy News

October 3, 2018


¶ “How to show Trump you care about climate change” • Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington: While Donald Trump is blowing smoke on climate change, we here in the West have been choking on it this summer. And if we don’t start electing people – from city council to governor – who are willing to confront climate change, we’re all going to pay dearly. [CNN]

Warming Arctic


¶ “India: 40% electricity generation from non-fossils by 2030, up to $80 billion for PV manufacturing” • Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed that India will achieve the goal of 175 GW by 2022 on time. He announced that now the target is to meet 40% of India’s total energy requirements in 2030 with non fossil fuel-based sources. [pv magazine International]

¶ “wpd Moves Into Taiwan After Securing 1 GW Offshore Wind Tender” • New energy developer wpd cleaned house in Taiwan’s offshore wind tenders last year, locking in 990 MW of new contracts. Now it is at work to implement that order by 2025. YD Chang shared the excitement of the new rush into Taiwan in an interview. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Kyle Field)

¶ “Frost & Sullivan forecasts strong 2018 for solar, despite China’s policy setback” • A report from business consultants Frost & Sullivan expects around 90 GW of new solar installations by the end of 2018, in line with the predictions of other leading analysts. It further notes that PV remains the world leader in renewable energy capacity. [pv magazine International]

¶ “James Fisher lets Welsh tidal kite fly” • James Fisher Marine Services has completed its project scope for tidal kite developer Minesto’s Holyhead Deep scheme off the coast of north Wales. All the components and systems needed for power delivery are now in place to start power generation. The tidal kite has a capacity of 500 kW. [reNEWS]

Deep Green tidal kite (Minesto image)

¶ “Japan transfers excess renewable power between regions for first time” • Excess renewable energy was moved between two of Japan’s electricity regions for the first time since a major shakeup of its power sector, the country’s grid monitor said. Solar power from the island of Kyushu was transmitted to Japan’s main island of Honshu. []

¶ “Origin says solar cheaper than coal, moving on from base-load” • Origin Energy says the cost of wind and solar farms has fallen so far it is now cheaper than the marginal cost of coal generation. The Australian company is moving on from the concept of “24/7 base-load,” according to its head of energy trading and operations. [RenewEconomy]

Australian wind farm


¶ “Yep, Tesla Is Gobbling USA Luxury Car Market – 8 Charts & Graphs” • Tesla increased its deliveries by more than 100% in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, its previous best quarter in history. In 6 years, its Q3 sales jumped from 321 to 83,500. The cars it is most directly competing in are the luxury classes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Offshore Wind Could Spur Economic & Employment Boom In South Carolina” • A report, The South Carolina Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Offshore Wind, outlined how South Carolina could tap into the growing offshore wind manufacturing and development pipeline to drive economic growth through to 2035. [CleanTechnica]

Block Island wind farm

¶ “Rattlesnake stirs in Texas” • Goldwind Americas has received undisclosed tax equity financing from BHE Renewables and Citi for the 160-MW Rattlesnake wind farm in Texas, which has also reached commercial operation. The project, in McCulloch County, features 64 Goldwind 2.5-MW permanent magnet direct-drive turbines. [reNEWS]

¶ “Climate Change Will Devastate National Parks, Impact Electrical Grids, & Spur Mass Migration In The US” • For a Chinese hoax, climate change is having some very real impacts on the United States and its people. As the evidence grows that the Earth will continue to get warmer, the US government continues to ignore the obvious. [CleanTechnica]

Joshua Tree National Park

¶ “Fort Collins aims for 100% renewable electricity by 2030” • It is official: Fort Collins wants 100% renewable electricity by 2030. The City Council voted 6-1 to support a resolution to that effect, joining eight other Colorado cities aiming to be fossil-free. Renewable energy installations already underway will bring the city to the 50% level. [The Coloradoan]

¶ “Tesla Crushes Quarterly Delivery Record With 83,500 Deliveries In Q3” • Tesla has released its preliminary delivery and production numbers for Q3 2018. In the quarter, a total of 83,500 vehicles delivered to customers. This amounts to an increase of more than 100% versus the next highest quarter in history … which was Q2 2018. [CleanTechnica]

Delivery of Teslas (Photo by Iain Thomson)

¶ “Gov Northam’s energy plan pushes renewables, efficiency, modernizing the electric grid” • Gov Ralph Northam released his 2018 Virginia Energy Plan. It is heavy on renewables, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and modernizing the electric grid. He said the 10-year plan could bolster the state’s economy and energy security. [Daily Press]

¶ “Nuclear, wind energy a growing part of energy mix, Xcel says” • Xcel Energy plans for its Prairie Island and Monticello nuclear plants to continue to provide at least a quarter of its generating mix through 2030 as renewable energy replaces coal and natural gas plants. The goal is to reach 85% carbon-free generation by 2030. [INFORUM]

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