October 18 Energy News

October 18, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “There is No Alternative to a World of 100% Renewables” • In a pv magazine interview, Christian Breyer, Professor of Solar Economy at Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology, explains a 100% renewables model is not only technically feasible, but also the cheapest and safest option for dealing with climate change. [pv magazine International]

Dawn at a wind farm (Image: Germanborrillo, flickr)

¶ “Ontario Faces an Electricity Shortage, and Doug Ford is Making it Worse” • Ontario will face electricity shortages in the coming years, as soon as 2023, as the loss of supply from a planned shutdown of a major nuclear power plant is made worse by the provincial government’s cancellation of renewable energy projects. [HuffPost Canada]

¶ “Trump’s Climate Denial Isn’t Just a War on Our Coastlines. It’s a War on Our Brains.” • Among Donald Trump’s long list of wild statements his slippery climate denial barely registers. After he asserted there are “scientists on both sides of the picture,” he was asked who said climate change is not happening. “People say, people say,” was his answer. [New York Magazine]

Pollution (Photo: Jed Share | Kaoru Share | Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Indian Coal Mining Companies Plan $1.6 Billion Solar Investment” • The world’s largest coal mining company, Coal India Limited, and India’s largest lignite mining company, NLC India Limited, announced a joint venture to set up 3 GW of solar power capacity. They will also cooperate on setting up 2 GW of coal-based power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Zealand Duo in Tune with Local Wind” • Genesis Energy and Tilt Renewables are to partner on the development of the 100-MW Waverley wind farm on New Zealand’s North Island. The wind farm will be located between Patea and Waverley in South Taranaki and will consist of 48 turbines across a 980 hectare site. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Pixabay image)

¶ “Tesla Seals the Deal for Gigafactory 3 in China” • It is official. Tesla has acquired just under 1300 acres of land in the Shanghai Lingang Equipment Industrial Zone for its Gigafactory 3. The factory is expected to cover about 1200 acres. The official signing ceremony for the transfer of land to Tesla took place in China on October 17. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rural Scots Voice Onshore Support” • Onshore wind is supported by two-thirds of Scots living in rural areas, according to a survey by Survation. The poll found even higher backing for solar and tidal energy (83% each) and offshore wind power (78%). Only 11% of people surveyed were opposed to onshore windpower. [reNEWS]

Scottish wind turbine (Craigdoogan, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “100 MW Power-to-Gas Project Planned in Germany” • Three German transmission system operators entered into concrete plans to build a 100-MW power-to-gas pilot plant in Lower Saxony, northwestern Germany. According to the companies, “Element One” should be the largest plant of its kind in Germany to date. [pv magazine International]

US:

¶ “ACORE Supports Claim that Coal/Nuke Bailout is on Hold” • The American Council on Renewable Energy said its talks with inside sources confirmed media reports that the Trump Administration has quietly killed a plan to force bailouts for uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants. But it also said it is too early to declare victory. [pv magazine USA]

Coal-burning power plant (Greg Goebel, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “T-Mobile to Power US Headquarters with Renewable Energy” • T-Mobile US joined Puget Sound Energy’s Green Direct program to get power from the sun and wind. T-Mobile said the move would help it to save “millions of dollars in energy costs” and put it closer to its goal of using 100% renewable energy for the whole company by 2021. [CNBC]

¶ “NextEra Forges Iron Mountain High” • NextEra Energy Resources is to supply 145 MW to Iron Mountain from the Pretty Prairie wind farm in Kansas under a 15-year power purchase agreement. Pretty Prairie is expected to be operational by the end of next year. NextEra Energy Resources will build, own, and operate the project. [reNews]

Steel Flats wind farm

¶ “NV Energy Looking for Another 350 MW of Large-Scale Renewables” • Ballot initiatives would open Nevada’s electricity market to competition and require that NV Energy procure 50% of its power from renewable energy by 2030. The response of the Warren Buffett-owned utility has been to procure a large volume of renewables. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Ameren Program Aims to Make Solar Energy More Available” • Ameren Missouri customers can now benefit from of solar energy without installing their own PVs. Ameren Missouri is launching the Community Solar program for customers who want to get renewable energy but do not have the space available for solar panels. [Lakenewsonline.com]

Solar array

¶ “Bill Seeks 100% Renewable Energy Generation in Puerto Rico by 2050” • New legislation calls for Puerto Rico to generate power using only renewable energy by 2050 and would end the utility PREPA’s monopoly. It also establishes energy-saving requirements for all agencies. Hearings on the bill are slated to start October 26. [Caribbean Business]

¶ “US greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut” • Greenhouse gases emissions from the largest U.S. industrial plants fell 2.7% in 2017, the EPA said, as coal plants shut and as the coal industry competes with cheap natural gas and renewable sources such as solar and wind. The drop was steeper than in 2016 when emissions fell 2%. [ETEnergyworld.com]

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