October 26 Energy News

October 26, 2018


¶ “Five Cheap Ways to Remove CO2 from the Atmosphere” • An assessment done by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine highlights a number of technologies that are available to be used right now to extract CO2 from the atmosphere and sequester it. The costs to do this range from $20 to $100 per tonne. [BBC]

Planted and growing mangrove swamp (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Sodium-Ion Batteries to Pump Bondi Sewage in Test of Cheaper Li-Ion Alternative” • A project developed at the University of Wollongong is underway to test a comparable, low-cost alternative to lithium-ion battery storage. The sodium-ion battery packs are in use, after commissioning of the project this week. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Life in a City Without Cars” • In 1999, when Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores became the mayor of Pontevedra, Spain, it was a city in decline. He immediately set about to reduce pollution and congestion by stopping cars and motorbikes from using the downtown area. Partly because of this, Pontevedra is now thriving. [CleanTechnica]

Pontevedra (Credit: Luis Pereiro Gomez)

¶ “European Parliament Backs Single-Use Plastics Ban” • To curb ocean pollution, the European Parliament voted to ban a range of single-use plastics and ensure most bottles are recycled. Under the proposal, 10 single-use plastic products would be banned by 2021 and EU states obliged to recycle 90% of plastic bottles by 2025. [CNN]

¶ “Onshore Wind to See ‘Years of Growth’ in Eastern Europe” • The onshore wind industry is set for “years of growth” across Eastern Europe, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The company’s analysts predict 16 GW of onshore wind capacity will be installed in the region over the next 10 years. [CleanTechnica]

Ulyanovsk wind farm in Russia (Fortum)

¶ “Businesses Unite to Drive Uptake of Renewable Energy in Australia” • RE100, the global corporate leadership initiative, has had its first meeting with Australian businesses on renewable electricity, demonstrating the potential for corporate sourcing of renewables to help shift the energy market in Australia away from polluting coal. [The Climate Group]

¶ “European Renewable Firm Statkraft to Build Irish Wind Farm” • European renewable energy firm Statkraft is set to begin construction on a €31.5 million wind farm in south-west Ireland next month. The 23.1-MW Kilathmoy wind farm is Statkraft’s first in Ireland. The wind farm is expected to be operational late next year. [Irish Times]

Wind farm (iStock image)

¶ “CanWEA: Canada’s Wind Power Industry ‘Ready to Deliver’” • The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments expressed strong support for wind energy at the opening of the 34th CanWEA Conference and Exhibition in Calgary. Also, the Canadian Wind Energy Association presented its vision for the country’s wind industry. [North American Windpower]

¶ “Oil and Gas Majors Need to Invest $20 Billion Yearly to Dominate in Renewables” • Majors account for a 15% share of the global oil and gas market. If those majors want to capture the same market share in renewables, it would require them to collectively invest $200 billion, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie. [Greentech Media]

Offshore wind farm (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

¶ “Low Tariffs Test Plans on Nuclear Power” • India’s plans to triple its nuclear power capacity from the current 6,780 MW to 22,480 MW by 2031 will face challenges. These include falling renewable energy tariffs, as low as ₹3/kWh (4.1¢/kWh), and high funding requirements, according to nuclear energy executives of the Nuclear Power Corporation. [Telegraph India]


¶ “Science Group to Illinois: Close More Coal Plants, and do it Quickly” • A report by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that the projected growth in energy efficiency and renewable energy from the Future Energy Jobs Act can replace generation from Illinois coal plants while keeping the lights on across the state. [Energy News Network]


¶ “More and More Democrats are Running on a Total Phaseout of Fossil Fuels” • More than 1,400 Democrat candidates running for every level of office this November have committed to some form of a goal to mandate 100% clean, zero-emissions electricity in their state by 2050, according to the League of Conservation Voters. [Washington Examiner]

¶ “City of Kent, Washington, Joins PSE’s Renewable Energy Program” • The City of Kent, Washington, signed an agreement to purchase nearly all of its power from local renewable energy resources through Puget Sound Energy’s Green Direct program. The program helps cities and organizations buy renewable power. [North American Windpower]

Wind farm (Photo: iStock)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Answers Kansas Call for Southern” • Almost 200 MW of wind turbines will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa for Southern Power’s Reading wind farm in Kansas. The order covers 62 turbines for the 198.5-MW wind project in Lyon and Osage counties. The company already has over 1 GW of wind turbines installed in Kansas. [reNEWS]

¶ “Spaniards Soak in Carolinas Sun” • Spanish renewables developer X-Elio has acquired the 103-MW Lily solar project in South Carolina. Construction of the project is already underway, with commercial operations expected by the end of 2019. A 20-year power purchase agreement is in place with South Carolina Electricity and Gas. [reNEWS]

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