October 5 Energy News

October 5, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Clean Energy is Coming. What’s Exxon Waiting For?” • Unlike their European rivals, ExxonMobil  and Chevron have not yet made large-scale investments in solar, wind, electric cars, or energy storage. Their more cautious approach raises their risk of being left behind if the energy revolution arrives faster than they anticipate. [CNN]

ExxonMobil oil refinery (WClarke, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Large-scale Wind Power Would Require More Land and Cause More Environmental Impact than Previously Thought” • “Wind beats coal by any environmental measure, but that does not mean that its impacts are negligible.” Wind turbines cannot be extensively installed without atmospheric impacts that need to be considered. [Harvard Gazette]

World:

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Awards First Local Taiwan Offshore Wind Supply Contracts” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has announced its first local supply agreements for offshore wind projects in Taiwan, heralding the next key step in the growth of what is expected to be the world’s next big offshore wind energy hub. [CleanTechnica]

Construction of Formosa 1 Phase 1 (Swancor image)

¶ “‘Not One Country’ On Track to Limit Global Warming to 2°C” • Consultancy giant PwC has published its latest Low Carbon Economy Index for 2018 which shows that not only are emissions on the rise again, but that not even one G20 country is achieving the necessary decarbonization rate to limit global warming to the necessary 2°C. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Industry Hails Crown for ‘Significant Progress'” • The UK offshore wind industry has welcomed the Crown Estate’s move to accept eight extension projects for assessment. Trade body RenewableUK led the reaction after the seabed landlord said up to 3.4 GW of wind farms will progress to the next round of the process. [reNEWS]

Making a turbine blade (Siemens image)

¶ “ESB Goes Mega in North-east Scotland” • ESB, an Irish utility developer, filed to build the 26-turbine Glendye wind farm in north-east Scotland. The project will feature hardware of up to 149.9 metres, clearing the way for top power of more than 100 MW. Glendye will be around 2 km from Fettercairn on the southern edge of Aberdeenshire. [reNEWS]

¶ “Australia Set for More Records in Annual RET Accreditations” • The Clean Energy Regulator in Australia said it expects more than 3.4 GW of large-scale renewable power plants to get accredited under the Renewable Energy Target this year, and up to 4.3 GW to follow in 2019. In 2017, there were 1.7 GW of plants accredited. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Australia (Photo: AGL Energy)

¶ “21 IORA Countries Adopt the Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy” • The 21 member states in the Indian Ocean Rim Association adopted the Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy, which calls for collaboration among IORA member states in meeting the growing demand for renewable energy in the Indian Ocean Littoral. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Mexico Could Cut Electricity Prices By 40% With Renewables” • Mexico could see electricity prices drop by as much as 40% by deploying more renewable energy generating capacity. This is the conclusion of a study carried out by the Mexican Business Coordination Council, quoted by commodity information provider S&P Global Platts. [OilPrice.com]

Solar farm

¶ “Private PPAs for Solar are Proliferating in Latin America” • Although auctions for big renewable energy projects are still in place in Latin America, increasing numbers of deals show the private PPA segment is gaining ground in most of the regional markets, and projects under this regime are becoming viable as an option. [pv magazine International]

¶ “France’s oldest nuclear plant Fessenheim to close by 2022” • France’s Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy said Fessenheim’s two 900-MW reactors will be shut down by 2022. Previously the closure had been tied to the start-up of the new generation EPR Flamanville 3 reactor on the northwest French coast, which was to open next year. [Deutsche Welle]

Fessenheim nuclear plant

US:

¶ “Lake Erie Icebreaker Wind Project Receives Federal Approval” • A federal review led by the DOE of the proposed Icebreaker Lake Erie wind project found no significant environmental impacts. The report, which was based on over two years of study, states that the project would not significantly affect migratory birds. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “US Residential Flexibility Potential to Reach 88 GW by 2023” • A report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables predicted that the US could likely boast 88 GW worth of residential flexibility potential by 2023, with nearly 30 million distributed generation and grid-connected devices already installed across the country. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system

¶ “LePage’s Secretive Wind Energy Panel, Thought to be Near Death, Meets for the First Time” • The Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission is charged with examining the potential economic impact of wind power development on tourism in western and coastal Maine and recommending changes to the state’s permitting system. [Press Herald]

¶ “US Indicts Russians In Conspiracy To Hack Nuclear Energy Company, Doping Watchdogs” • The US charged seven Russian intelligence officers with conspiring to hack computers and steal data from the nuclear energy company Westinghouse Electric Co, an international agency probing the use of chemical weapons, and other organizations. [HuffPost]

Have a marvelously delightful day.

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