October 17 Energy News

October 17, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Trump may not Know what’s Behind Warming, but Scientists Do” • Despite what Donald Trump says, scientists know that what is warming the planet. His own White House put out a science report saying “the likely range of the human contribution to the global mean temperature increase over the period 1951-2010 is 1.1 to 1.4 F (0.6 to 0.8 C).” [Samoa Observer]

Coal-burning power plant in Georgia (Photo: AP)

Coal-burning power plant in Georgia (Photo: John Amis, AP)

¶ “Florida Republicans Confronted with Climate Change as Midterms Loom” • Caught between an ongoing algae crisis and recovery from an unprecedented hurricane, Florida Republicans increasingly face pressure from constituents to address climate change as election day draws near. Many have found themselves floundering on the issue. [ThinkProgress]

World:

¶ “Iberdrola’s ScottishPower Ditches All Fossil Fuel Generation for Renewables” • ScottishPower is the first vertically integrated power company in the UK to renounce fossil-fuel generation. The company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, said it is selling almost 2.6 GW of fossil-fuel and hydro capacity to Drax for £702 million ($926 million). [Greentech Media]

ScottishPower wind turbines (Photo: ScottishPower)

¶ “New Coal Stations will Raise Electricity Price” • The two coal plants that are being planned for Limpopo and Mpumalanga by independent power producers will unnecessarily raise electricity tariffs by an extra 1.9c/kWh (0.134¢/kWh) and cost South Africa an additional R23 billion ($1.622 billion) in electricity tariffs over their life span. [Business Day]

¶ “India Will Add 8.5-GW Renewable Energy in FY19, says ICRA” • India’s renewable energy sector has so far seen a robust bidding activity, providing a reasonably healthy visibility for solar and wind capacity addition in the next two fiscal years, according to experts from ICRA. They expect capacity addition of about 8-8.5 GW in FY19. [The Hindu BusinessLine]

Solar array (PTI)

¶ “Jamaica will Achieve 30% Renewable Energy by 2020, says Holness” • Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness claims that the island nation is on track to achieve 30% of its electricity from renewables within two years under the current National Energy Policy. Jamaica currently gets between 15% and 18% of its power from renewables. [WIC News]

¶ “Afghan Drought ‘Displacing More People than Taliban Conflict'” • A deadly drought in Afghanistan is causing a humanitarian crisis that has displaced more people this year than the war between the government and the Taliban. The UN is allocating $34.6 million to help the 2.2 million people estimated to have been affected by the drought. [BBC]

Displaced Afghans

¶ “Volkswagen’s Diesel Scandal Costs hit $33 billion with New Audi Penalty” • Volkswagen is once again counting the cost of cheating on diesel engine emissions tests. The German carmaker said that it had been hit with a new fine relating to failings at its Audi subsidiary, sending the total cost of the scandal to nearly $33 billion. [CNN]

¶ “Japan will Flush Unsafe Water from Fukushima Nuclear Plant into Sea” • Water the Japanese government is planning to release into the Pacific Ocean from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contains radioactive material well above legally permitted levels, according TEPCO, to the plant’s operator. [Independent.ie]

Radiation check after the 2011 meltdowns

US:

¶ “Wind and Solar Account for At Least 20% of Electricity In Ten States” • Wind and solar electricity generation in 2017 provided at least 20% of total generation in 10 states, according to new figures published by the US government’s Energy Information Administration. In four states, wind energy provided over 30% of the electricity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Trump Administration to Drop its Emergency Coal, Nuclear Bailout Plan” • The Trump administration has shelved a plan to invoke wartime emergency powers to justify multibillion-dollar bailouts for economically struggling coal and nuclear plants, at least for now. Several sources say economic and security advisors objected to the plan. [Greentech Media]

Sun setting on a coal plant

¶ “EDF Renewables Names MHI Vestas as Preferred US Offshore Supplier” • EDF Renewables North America selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred supplier for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project off the coast of New Jersey. The pioneering project has plans to feature three V164-8.3 MW turbines from MHI Vestas. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Microsoft Works to Make Buying Clean Energy Easier, for Itself and Other Companies” • To find a way to manage the risks associated with power purchase agreements for renewable energy, Microsoft teamed up such partners as REsurety, Nephila Climate and Allianz. They created a new risk-management tool called volume firming agreement. [OnMSFT]

Sun rising on wind farm (iStock image)

¶ “Walmart Procures 233-MW Wind-Energy PPA from EDP Renewables” • Retail giant Walmart signed a deal for 233 MW of wind power from EDP Renewables, the companies announced. The deal with Arkansas-based Walmart includes three of EDP Renewables’ wind farms, two of which are in Illinois and one in Indiana. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ “Xcel Energy Investing Big in Electric Vehicle Future” • Xcel Energy plans to invest more than $25 million to promote the use of electric vehicles. In a filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Xcel Energy has announced a range of innovative programs designed to expand upon its support for the growth of EVs. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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