October 25 Energy News

October 25, 2018

World:

¶ “Enel Clean Power Output Jumps 25%” • Enel renewables output rose almost 25% in the first nine months of 2018 to 74,572 GWh from 59,743 GWh in the same period last year. Hydro accounted for almost 50,000 GWh of the generation, with wind supplying 16,345 GWh. The remainder was made up of solar, geothermal and others. [reNEWS]

Rock Creek wind farm (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Thermal Power Capacity Addition to Fall by 60% in Five Years: Report” • Ratings agency Crisil, in a report given exclusively to Mint, expects only about 35 GW of new coal-fired power plants to be added to India’s power generation portfolio from FY19 to FY23. In contrast, India added 88 GW of capacity in the preceding five years. [Livemint]

¶ “South Africa is Investing in Batteries to Stop Frustrating Electricity Blackouts” • Eskom, the South African grid supplier, released a 19-page report outlining how it planned to implement its battery storage program. The two-phase program will start with an 800-MW distributed battery network. This first phase is due by December 2019. [Quartz]

Eskom infrastructure (Siphiwe Sibeko | Reuters)

¶ “Iran to Have 1.15 GW of Renewables by Summer 2019” • Iran’s total installed renewable power generation capacity totalled 650 MW at the end of September and is set to expand to 1,150 MW by next summer, according to the country’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization. Around 39% of the capacity is made up of PVs. [Renewables Now]

¶ “PV High Five for EDF in Israel” • EDF Renewables has put five solar farms in Israel’s Negev Desert into commission. The projects, which total 101 MW, are the 60-MW Mashabei Sadeh, 14-MW Pduyim, 13-MW Mefalsim, 7-MW Kfar Maimon, and 7-MW Bitha facilities. They are located on 130 hectares and are made up of 307,400 solar panels. [reNEWS]

EDF’s Catalina solar array in California (EDF image)

¶ “Vattenfall Makes 80-MW Local Gain” • Vattenfall has acquired the 80-MW Vargtrask wind farm in Sweden from Nordisk Vindkraft for an undisclosed price. The project, located in the Asele and Lycksele municipalities in Vasterbotten county, has a permit for up to 21 turbines and could be operational in 2021-2022, Vattenfall said. [reNEWS]

¶ “SaskPower Reveals Golden Wind Ticket” • The 200-MW Golden South wind farm is the successful project in SaskPower’s latest renewables procurement process. The project will consist of up to 60 turbines and built south of the town of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. Developer Potentia Renewables expects it to be online by 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Pixabay image)

¶ “Tohoku Electric to Scrap Aging No 1 Unit at Onagawa Nuclear Plant” • Tohoku Electric Power Co said it will scrap the idled No 1 unit at its Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture, more than 30 years after it started operations. The company said additional safety measures would be difficult and the reactor would be unprofitable. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ “Exxon ‘Systematically’ Misled Investors, NY AG Says” • For years ExxonMobil duped shareholders about the serious threat its fossil fuels empire faces from the global crackdown on carbon emissions, according to a lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General. The lawsuit alleges that Exxon executed a “longstanding fraudulent scheme.” [CNN]

Refinery (Getty Images)

¶ “Tesla Delivers ‘Historic’ $311 Million Profit” • Tesla reported a quarterly profit for the third time in its 15-year history. The electric car-maker made a record $311.5 million (£242 million, €273) in the three months to 30 September, as the pace of car deliveries accelerated. CEO Elon Musk had promised a profit to investors earlier this year. [BBC]

¶ “Dominion Makes 500-MW Green Call in Virginia” • Dominion Energy issued a request for proposals for 500 MW of onshore wind and solar generation for Virginia. The company plans to develop up to 3 GW of renewable power under the state’s Grid Transformation and Security Act. Dominion will issue an RFP each year until the target it met. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Pixabay image)

¶ “America Made Strong Gains With Clean Energy, Efficiency, and Carbon Cuts but Faces Climate “Crossroads”” • The US is far ahead of 10-year government projections for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon pollution cuts but must greatly accelerate clean energy progress to help avert climate disaster, a report says. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “A Solar Project in Rural Alaska Takes Aim at Sky-High Electric Bills” • A renewable energy project in the Northwest Alaska village of Buckland aims to demonstrate solar and wind power’s potential to reduce the region’s sky-high utility costs. Three solar arrays will switch on this week, and a battery system is coming next year. [Alaska Public Radio Network]

Buckland solar arrays (Nathaniel Herz | Alaska’s Energy Desk)

¶ “SoCal Municipalities Select 100% Renewable Electricity Default” • The Ventura County, California, board of supervisors voted to set a default of 100% renewable electricity when the county launches service through the Clean Power Alliance in 2019, the Sierra Club has announced. It is the first county to set a default to 100% renewable. [Solar Industry]

¶ “Oil Spill Settlement Pays for Climate Curriculum in Gulf States” • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is spending part of a $500 million oil spill settlement to provide climate change education at middle and high school levels in Gulf Coast communities vulnerable to sea-level rise and other climate threats. [Scientific American]

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