October 23 Energy News

October 23, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Global Warming Still on Track for 4°C Despite Strong Carbon Prices, According to Schroders” • The cost of carbon in Europe has soared to its highest levels for almost a decade but it has not been enough to slow the pace of global warming, according to Schroders’ latest Climate Progress Dashboard update. It remains on track for 4°C. [CleanTechnica]

Power plant

World:

¶ “VW Looks to Tap into Lucrative Chinese Market with New Shanghai Factory” • Volkswagen is building its first full-scale electric vehicle factory just a few miles outside of Shanghai. The new factory will be dedicated to building fully electric vehicles for the entire VW group based on the company’s modular electric battery platform. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Air Quality In Bergen, Norway’s EV Capitol, Better Than At Any Time Since 2003” • Bergen is known for its scenic beauty but it is also known for something less pleasant: smog. Bergen’s temperature inversions trap all emissions from the cars and buildings. But Bergen’s smog is disappearing as the percentage of EVs grows. [CleanTechnica]

Bergen (Pssmidi Pål S Schaathun, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Renewable Energy Share in India’s Power Generation Reaches All-Time High in August 2018” • Renewable energy technologies contributed a record 13.4% to Indian energy generation in August 2018. The previous high was 13.3%, set in the preceding month. The year-on-year increase in renewable generation for August was a whopping 51%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Iran’s Operational PV Capacity Reaches 250 MW” • Numbers released by Iran’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization show the country’s renewable energy deployment reached a total of 650 MW, with solar having a 39% share of that. Iran is expected to reach 1 GW of renewable power capacity in 2019. [pv magazine International]

Blu Terra 2 solar plant (Image: Gruppo Maresca)

¶ “Enel Commences Construction of 475-MW Solar Park in Brazil” • The Brazilian green power unit of Italian energy major Enel SpA said it has started construction work on the 475-MW DC Sao Goncalo solar park in the northeastern state of Piaui. The total cost is expected to be about R$1.4 billion ($380 million, €331 million). [Renewables Now]

¶ “Battery project breaks new ground in Victoria” • Power network owner AusNet Services joined with EnergyAustralia, a retailer, to deliver Victoria’s first grid-scale electricity storage project. It is sited at a place in Victoria where an increasing amount of renewable energy has raised concerns about grid stability. [The Australian Financial Review]

Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia

¶ “Argentina Signs 300 MW of RenovAr Solar Power Contracts” • Argentina has signed contracts with three of the solar power projects that were selected in round 2 of the RenovAr renewable energy auction program. Each of the solar PV projects, La Pirka, Ullum X, and Verano Capital Solar One, has an installed capacity of 100 MW. [Renewables Now]

¶ “New 310-MW wind power project promises drop in electricity cost” • Kenyans could start paying lower electricity costs after the expected addition of 310 MW of cheaper renewable energy to the national grid. The project has 365 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 850 kW. The company said would all be on the grid by next week. [The Standard]

Lake Turkana Wind Power project (Kimamo Kabii, Standard)

¶ “Australia’s ‘Largest’ Solar Microgrid Set to Slash Power Costs in Victoria Coal Hub” • Victoria’s coal power hub, the Latrobe Valley, may soon host Australia’s “largest” renewable energy microgrid. A consortium of local companies announced that a $15 million solar and battery storage project won a $3 million state government grant. [One Step Off The Grid]

US:

¶ “The Northam Administration Wants a ‘Prominent Role’ for Virginia in Offshore Wind. Can They Pull it Off?” • Virginia is looking to assume a “prominent role” in the developing the East Coast offshore wind industry by collaborating with neighbouring states, according to the director of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. [Virginia Mercury]

Offshore wind farm (CCO Creative Commons via Pixabay)

¶ “Tesla Powerwall Keeps a Remote Home Powered Through 42-Hour Utility Outage” • A Northern California man in PG&E’s electrical service territory had his electricity turned off by the utility for 42 hours for high wildfire risk yet was able to run his home on his Tesla Powerwall for the entire time. It had 9% charge remaining at the end. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Republicans Learn to Love Wind and Solar Jobs after Once Mocking Them” • Republicans used to deride so-called “green jobs” when former President Barack Obama promised to create millions of them. Now there are nearly 3.2 million clean energy jobs in America, and the industry has more jobs than fossil fuels in 42 states. [Washington Examiner]

Renewable energy (Ron Thomas | Getty Images)

¶ “Cape Cod Landing for Offshore Wind Cable Approved by Barnstable” • Barnstable officials agreed to grant Vineyard Wind a power cable easement at Covell Beach in the village of Centerville. The vote followed negotiation of a host community agreement that will pay the town up to $32 million over the next 25 years. [MassLive.com]

¶ “Judge expected to overturn law that forced customers to pay for failed SC nuclear project” • A South Carolina judge is expected to overturn the law that put electricity customers on the hook for a failed nuclear project. Such a ruling would upend a high-stakes fight over who pays for one of the biggest financial fiascos in state history. [Charleston Post Courier]

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