October 30 Energy News

October 30, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Clean Energy is Cheap, Surging – and Headed for a Fall” • Australia’s Clean Energy Council lists 69 large-scale projects that have reached “financial close” and may be under construction. And rooftop solar panels are being installed at an astonishing rate. But with unclear policy, the picture is murkier than this suggests. [The Guardian]

Bungala Solar Farm (Photo: Che Chorley for the Guardian)

¶ “Can Illinois Handle a 2000% Jump in Solar Capacity? We’re About to Find Out” • A new state law requires utilities to increase their purchases of renewable energy, to get at least 25% of the state’s electricity from clean energy by 2025, much of it from solar. To ramp up by the deadline, the state needs two things: workers and projects. [InsideClimate News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “This is the ‘Last Generation’ That Can Save Nature, WWF Says” • Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% in just over four decades, as accelerating pollution, deforestation, climate change, and other man-made factors have created a “mind-blowing” crisis, the World Wildlife Fund has warned in a damning new report. [CNN]

African elephant

¶ “Passive Radiative Cooling Moves out of the Lab and into the Real World” • In August of 2017, we brought you news of a new hybrid material that can lower the temperature of a building without the use of electricity, using a process known as passive radiative cooling. Now, it is being prepared to go to market in the real world. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bitcoin Predicted to be the Nail in the Coffin of Climate Change” • Bitcoin alone, with its insignificant utility, could push global temperatures over the 2°C catastrophic threshold by 2034, if the cryptocurrency gets adopted at the same pace as other broadly used technologies, says a report in the journal Nature Climate Change. [Forbes]

Representation of Bitcoin virtual money

World:

¶ “Scottish Power to Replace Gas, Hydro Projects with UK Offshore Wind” • Iberdrola subsidiary Scottish Power will use offshore wind power to replace the capacity of the gas and hydro power projects it is selling to Drax, with wind becoming its sole source of electricity production, Iberdrola’s director of Offshore told Reuters. [Reuters Africa]

¶ “More than 90% of World’s Children Breathe Toxic Air, Report Says, as India Prepares for Most Polluted Season” • Around 93% of the world’s children under 15 years of age, 1.8 billion children, breathe air so polluted that it puts their health and development at serious risk, according to a report published by the World Health Organization. [CNN]

Uncertain life with air pollution

¶ “South Korea to Build 4-GW Massive Renewable Energy Farm on Saemangeum” • South Korea will establish a 4-GW renewable energy production complex on Saemangeum, a vast tract of reclaimed land on the west coast. The central and provincial governments will build a 3-GW solar power farm on land and a 1-GW offshore wind farm near Gunsan. [Pulse News]

¶ “Climate Lawsuit Against German Government Mirrors Our Children’s Trust Suit in US” • Three German farmers and Greenpeace filed a lawsuit against the German government in the Berlin administrative court. The suit claims the government has failed to take the actions needed to meet the country’s climate protection goals for 2020. [CleanTechnica]

There is no Planet B (Credit: Frankfurter Allgemeine)

¶ “EDF Snaps Up Land as it Eyes New Reactors, Renewables” • EDF is looking to buy land around at least three of its nuclear power plants, potentially to build new reactors or expand its capacity of renewables. The land could be used “to develop new means of carbon-free energy production, whether from nuclear or renewables. [Montel]

¶ “UK Budget ‘Missed Opportunity’ for Clean Power” • The Chancellor’s Autumn budget is a missed opportunity for the UK government to back renewable energy and clean growth, trade groups say. The budget lacked clarity on several issues facing the renewable energy industry, according to the Renewable Energy Association. [reNEWS]

Parliament (Image: FreeImages)

US:

¶ “US Coal on Track for Record Capacity Decline, Closing 15.4 GW” • The closure of coal-fired power plants across the US is currently on track to set a new record this year, with at least 22 plants going dark, a 15.4-GW decline, according to a new report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cinemark, AEP Strike 40-MW Wind PPA in Texas” • US movie theatre chain Cinemark USA Inc said it has signed a virtual power purchase agreement for up to 40 MW of AEP Energy Partners’ Trent Mesa wind farm in Texas. This will be enough electricity to meet the demand of 120 Cinemark theatres or nearly 14,000 homes. [Renewables Now]

Trent Mesa wind farm (Photo: Business Wire)

¶ “San Diego Zoo Selects EDF Renewables for 1-MW/4-MWh Battery Installation” • The San Diego Zoo chose EDF Renewables North America to install a new 1-MW/4-MWh battery at the facility to save money on its electrical bills through the battery’s peak shaving functionality. The zoo’s payments will depend on the savings delivered. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DC Moves Toward Getting Rid of Fossil Fuels Altogether” • Washington, DC, could adopt the nation’s first 100% renewable energy bill, in what supporters say would be the most aggressive, fastest-acting climate change legislation in the country. The bill being considered would move the district to 100% renewable electricity by 2032. [Washington Examiner]

Have an incredibly productive day.

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