October 24 Energy News

October 24, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “How your Local Elected Officials can Support Clean Energy” • Municipal elections often fall off the radar during national ones, but cities retain a surprising amount of power over their energy future. Here is a list of eleven resolutions, actions, and rules that can make your local city council or mayor a clean energy champion. [CleanTechnica]

Aspen, Colorado (Daniel Case, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Green Climate Fund Approves $1 Billion for Climate Action in Developing Countries” • The Green Climate Fund approved over $1 billion to nineteen new projects and programs aimed to support climate action across developing nations. The Fund’s total portfolio is now over $4.6 billion. It also launched its first replenishment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World’s Second Floating Offshore Wind Farm Takes Next Big Step Forward” • What may become the world’s second floating offshore wind farm has received a financial boost. The European Investment Bank announced its intention to give a €60 million loan to Portuguese company Windplus for a planned 25-MW demonstration project. [CleanTechnica]

Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm

¶ “Scott Morrison Escalates Threats to Energy Companies as Experts Dispute Price Claims” • Australian Energy retailers are being ordered by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to slash their prices from January 1 or face the prospect of drastic regulation, amid pressure for a royal commission into “dodgy” practices that hurt customers. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Shell Joins Global Wind Energy Council” • In what must be a sign of the End Times, the Global Wind Energy Council made it known that oil and gas megalith Shell joined as a board-level member. The move might have been unthinkable two decades ago. The company is expanding its wind business as part of its Shell New Energies Strategy. [CleanTechnica]

Shell headquarters in the Hague

¶ “South Africa’s Eskom Plans First Major Battery Storage Project” • South Africa’s state-run power firm Eskom said it is planning its first major battery storage project. A source at Eskom, told Reuters that the project would be rolled out in phases across 90 sites, with a tender for the first phase pencilled in for early next year. [Reuters Africa]

¶ “Swansea Seeks Private Backers for Tidal Lagoon” • Swansea Council has invited private backers to undertake the delivery of the proposed 320-MW Swansea Bay tidal lagoon after efforts to secure a Contract for Difference price support from the UK government came to naught. The project is expected to cost £1.3 billion. [reNEWS]

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon (Image: Tidal Lagoon Power)

¶ “Coalition Could Indemnify New Coal Projects Against Potential Carbon Price” • Australia’s energy minister, Angus Taylor, has signalled the country’s federal government could indemnify new power generation projects against the future risk of a carbon price, and says it could also support the retrofitting of existing coal plants. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “An Oil Spill You have Never Heard Of Could Become one of the Biggest Environmental Disasters in the US” • The Taylor oil spill is still surging since it started, six years before the tragedy at Deepwater Horizon in 2010. It may have dumped 30,000 gallons of oil each day since it began, and the environmental destruction just continues. [CNN]

Typical Gulf oil platform (Photo: Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg)

¶ “A utility in coal country doubles down on renewables” • In a political climate where the fight over propping up coal versus expanding renewable energy has split many into partisan camps, Delta-Montrose Electric Association reminds us that economic sensibilities are the driving force behind transitioning to a new energy economy. [High Country News]

¶ “US Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement Hits Record Levels” • So far this year (as of October 19) there have been 59 deals signed by US corporations for a total of 4.96 GW. This is already a new record over the previous high of 3.22 GW set in 2015. It also represents the greatest number of first-time buyers in a single year. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Image: Alveston 3Mills)

¶ “Trump Just Gave Renewable Energy a Long-Awaited Victory” • Trump signed a $6.1 billion spending bill that gives hydropower a big victory by establishing two government task forces to speed up construction of electricity-producing dams. It also boosts pumped storage plants that can help back up solar and wind resources. [Washington Examiner]

¶ “NextEra’s Clean Energy Ambitions Just Keep Getting Bigger” • With its third quarter 2018 results, NextEra announced it has completed its most successful quarter ever for renewable energy origination, adding 2.1 GW of renewable energy its backlog. This amount includes 447 MW of solar and 120 MW of battery storage projects. [pv magazine USA]

NextEra solar project (Image: ABC 31 | WAAY)

¶ “Youth Plaintiffs File Response with Supreme Court Pointing to the Government’s Serious Mischaracterization of Juliana v US” • Attorneys for youth plaintiffs in the landmark climate lawsuit, Juliana v US, filed their response with the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, requesting that the Court allow their trial to proceed. [NationofChange]

¶ “Exelon CEO: Carbon Price Preferable to ‘Band-Aid’ Nuke Subsidies” • Chris Crane, the CEO of the nation’s largest nuclear operator has renewed his call for a price on carbon emissions, saying it would be preferable to current state subsidies for nuclear plants or a federal plant bailout contemplated by the White House. [Utility Dive]

Have a decidedly untroubled day.

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