October 20 Energy News

October 20, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Cow Methane Emissions Reduced by Swiss Company Agolin” • The Swiss company Agolin has developed feed additives from botanical compounds that reduce methane emissions from cows, and methane is one of the key greenhouse gases. Michael Roe, Agolin’s Commercial Director, answered some questions for CleanTechnica. [CleanTechnica]

Hereford bull

World:

¶ “India’s Largest Power Generator Issues 190-MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Tender” • India’s largest power generation company, NTPC Limited, has issued its first tender for a solar-wind hybrid power project. The tender, which is of a substantial capacity, is one of the three tenders that are currently open for bidding in the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ethiopia’s Massive new Dam Threatens Egypt’s Nile River” • Ethiopia is building its $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, near the border with Sudan. When completed, it will generate 6,000 MW of electricity. But the Blue Nile River supplies about 85% of the water entering Egypt, and the dam is seen as a threat. [CNN]

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

¶ “Vestas Wins 294 MW Order in South African Auction” • Vestas’ global partner Enel Green Power awarded Vestas an order for 294-MW of turbines for South African projects. The V136 4.2-MW turbines will be delivered in 4.2-MW Power Optimized Mode. Both of the projects are located in the country’s Western Cape region. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Chinese Dominate the Wind Dharts” • Chinese companies were responsible for almost two-thirds of the total wind power capacity added in 2017, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. “Global Wind Power Asset Ownership 2018,” found that 63% of capacity additions last year were made by 11 Chinese companies. [reNEWS]

Wind farm

¶ “Scottish Power to Invest in Solar Energy for the First Time” • Scottish Power said it will invest in solar power for the first time as part of its move away from fossil fuels. The big six firm sold off its last gas-fired power stations to Drax Group to focus its work exclusively on renewables. Until now that meant only onshore and offshore windfarms. [The Guardian]

¶ “New Microgrid Project to Help Yackandandah Reach 100% Renewables” • The Victorian Labor government is providing funding to a new microgrid project in Yackandandah, to help cut energy bills for local residents and help the community achieve their 100% renewable energy target. The project has a $932,879 price tag. [pv magazine Australia]

Australian rooftop system (Image: Lumencity)

¶ “Nuclear Plant in Armenia Poses Grave Risk to Population and Region” • At the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s October session, safety concerns were raised about rapidly ageing nuclear power facilities. A Soviet-era nuclear power plant in Armenia has become a particular focus of attention for the EU. [Caspian News]

US:

¶ “Trump Administration Opens California Coast to Wind Power Projects” • For the first time, the federal government is opening the door to offshore wind energy development on the California coast. The Trump administration is soliciting proposals for wind power projects in three areas totaling more than 1,000 square miles in federal waters. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

Floating wind turbine

¶ “Supreme Court Stalls Youth Climate Change Case” • The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit that 21 young activists brought against the federal government. The order freezes trial proceedings in US District Court in Oregon until lawyers for the young people provide a response. [New Jersey Herald]

¶ “Sunrun Ranked as Leading Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Vendor” • A new report published by Navigant Research has proclaimed US residential solar company Sunrun as the world’s leading solar-plus-storage vendor in a market. That market is expected to see nearly 40 GW of new capacity installed over the coming decade. [CleanTechnica]

Sunrun delivery

¶ “On Beyond EVs: How GM Charts a 100% Renewable Energy Path” • GM is a good example of how US companies are picking up the slack and pushing action on climate change. This is not just about a scattering of rooftop solar installations and on-site wind turbines. CleanTechnica interviewed GM’s global manager of renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Puget Sound Energy Launches Green Direct to Support 100% Renewable Goals” • Washington State energy provider Puget Sound Energy announced that the second round of its Green Direct program has been fully subscribed. It allows local councils and businesses to buy 100% of their energy from local renewable sources. [CleanTechnica]

Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind Farm

¶ “New England Power Line Opposition Brings Together Unusual Alliance” • Groups that are more often on opposite sides of energy debates are making cases against the proposed $950 million, 1,200-MW transmission line, which would carry Canadian hydropower through northern and western Maine on its way to Massachusetts. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Colorado Utilities Turning on to Battery Power, Thanks to Dropping Prices, Advances in Technology” • Colorado’s largest utility, Xcel Energy Colorado, will add a total of 275 MW of large-scale battery storage to solar arrays in its newly approved Colorado Energy Plan. The batteries could cover 5% of its peak load. [The Denver Post]

Have a wonderfully happy day.

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