October 7 Energy News

October 7, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Serious About Climate Means Serious About Carbon” • This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release a report on the feasibility of stabilizing global warming at 1.5° C warming, an ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement. Spoiler alert: It ain’t pretty. Most scholars give us five to eight years before we reach it. [The Hill]

Melting ice

¶ “Big Auto Keeps Complaining About How Hard Going Electric Is For Them” • Legacy automakers have been hyping a future where they’ll finally electrify their fleet. Now, however, it appears they’re a bit reticent to do so. VW’s CEO said the cost will be higher than expected, because “competitors have been making more progress.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wind Power Does Not Cause Global Warming” • Two Harvard researchers published a paper on wind power that was widely commented on. Many reporters interpreted the paper to say that the researchers had shown that wind turbines somehow cause climate change. That is not what the authors say. It is not what they imply. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm

¶ “Nuclear Power Play Keeps Vogtle Project Alive” • Late last year, the Georgia Public Service Commission fended off pressure from ratepayers and anti-nuclear advocates and voted to back Georgia Power’s request to continue the work. But now, after supporting an enterprise with no limits for years, some are fed up enough to say no. [Gainesville Times]

World:

¶ “Funding Secured For UK’s First Hydrogen Injection System On A Ferry” • Innovate UK has granted £430,332 ($565,000) in funding to design and integrate a hydrogen diesel dual fuel injection system on a commercial ferry. The hydrogen to be used in the project will be produced in Orkney, from renewable energy sources. [The Maritime Executive]

Shapinsay vessel (David Hibbert, Orkney Islands Council)

¶ “New Car Sales In Free Fall In UK And Europe Thanks To WLTP Fuel Economy Standard” • All new cars sold in the EU and the UK must be certified using the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standard as of September 1. After deep discounts in August for cars meeting the old standard, the car market is hurting. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “As US Sanctions Approach, Iran Promotes Investments in Renewable Energy” • The head of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization of Iran, a state-owned entity also known as Satba, announced that the Energy Ministry is ready to attract foreign investors in the country’s renewable energy sector. [Al-Bawaba]

Wind turbines in northern Iran (Shutterstock)

¶ “One-Third Of Companies In The UK Have Installed On-Site Battery Storage” • A Haven Power survey found that a third of UK companies have invested in on-site battery storage projects. Over half of British companies questioned would consider energy usage in their top three priorities, with many wishing to sell power to the grid. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Ivory Coast: First Solar Power Plant Of 37.5 MW, Will Be Located In Boundiali” • Germany and the European Union have both committed to finance the construction of Ivory Coast’s first solar power plant. Located in the northern part of the country, it will have a capacity of 37.5 MW, which will be enough to supply 30,000 households. [AFRIK 21]

Solar array (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Danish Conservative Prime Minister Thinks Climate Council Is Too Conservative, Doubles Electric Vehicle Goal” • The Danish Council on Climate Change recommended a goal of 500,000 electric cars by 2030 as a step to making Denmark fossil fuel free by 2050. The Danish Prime Minister wants that the goal would be a million. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “City Of Aspen, Colorado, Tries Transportation Alternatives” • The city of Aspen, Colorado, is employing a city mobility lab to study traffic patterns and trial a new app. Its goal is decreasing the number of cars coming into the town each day by 800. The mobility lab’s project director answered some questions for CleanTechnica. [CleanTechnica]

Aspen, Colorado

¶ “eMotorWerks Puts EV Chargers To Work As 30-MW Virtual Energy Storage Battery” • eMotorWerks, an Enel Group Company, has successfully deployed a 30-MW/70-MWh virtual energy storage battery load comprised of distributed electric vehicle charging loads on the California Independent System Operator markets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Utility-Scale Solar Project Powers Up In West Maui” • Maui’s second utility-scale solar project, Ku’ia Solar in West Maui, is online and supplying power to Maui Electric Co, the utility said. The project can supply up to 2.87 MW of power. MECO is paying 11.06¢/kWh for its energy, compared to 17¢/kWh for energy from fossil fuels. [Maui News]

Ku‘ia Solar project (Maui Electric Co photo)

¶ “The 2,900 Home sonnenCommunity Demonstrates The Potential Of Neighborhood Solar+Storage” • sonnen is partnering with Mandalay Homes and Arizona Eco-Development on a disruptive new community in which a mind-boggling 2,900 homes will receive a sonnen energy storage solution and a rooftop solar installation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Solar Tariffs To Cost Customers $236.5 Million” • Solar import tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration in January are expected to cost the average residential customer $960 per solar system, adding up to what is essentially a $236.5 million tax imposed on American solar customers, a report published by EnergySage said. [CleanTechnica]

Have a superbly snug day.

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