October 31 Energy News

October 31, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Batteries, Hydro, Hydrogen: What are Australia’s Best Options for Renewable Storage?” • New analysis of energy storage technologies commissioned by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency suggests that the cost of storage is lower than most people might think. There is no one best technology, but several are cheaper than fossil fuels. [RenewEconomy]

Noor tower in Morocco

World:

¶ “New Renewables Cheaper than Old Coal in Southeast Asia” • Analysis from independent financial think tank Carbon Tracker has concluded that it would be cheaper to build new solar PV and onshore wind capacity than continue operating existing coal-fired power plants in large parts of Southeast Asia by the end of the next decade. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India’s 1.5 Million Electric Vehicles and Why You’ve Never Heard of Them” • in India has rickshaws by the thousands, and they are being converted to low cost electric vehicles by the thousands. Over 1.5 million electric rickshaws are already zipping silently around the country in an electric vehicle revolution you probably never heard of. [CleanTechnica]

Auto-rickshaw

¶ “SunPower Serves Oz Mega-Solar” • Solar panel maker and developer SunPower has teamed up with German partner Innogy and the latter’s subsidiary Belectric to deliver what could be Australia’s largest solar power plant. The 349-MW Limondale project, located near Balranald, New South Wales, will be operational in mid-2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “Global Fossil Fuel Consumption Subsidies up above $300 Billion in 2017, IEA Reports” • With efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption subsidies, from 2012 to 2016 they were almost halved from a 2012 high of half a trillion dollars, but new data from the International Energy Agency shows that these subsidies crept up in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Nodding donkey and wind turbines

¶ “With Green Mosques and Schools, Amman Pushes for Zero Emissions” • Amman, Jordan, is one of more than 70 cities worldwide that are aiming to become “carbon neutral” by 2050. This means that they will produce no more climate-changing emissions than they can offset, such as by planting trees to absorb carbon dioxide. [Voice of America]

¶ “NSW Launches Emerging Energy Program to Replace Coal Generation” • The New South Wales Coalition government launched one of the most significant energy transition projects in Australia. The Emerging Energy Program is designed to help replace most of the state’s ageing coal plants with wind, solar, and storage within 15 years. [RenewEconomy]

Nyngan solar power plant

UK:

¶ “EasyJet Plans Electric Planes by 2030” • EasyJet, the British-based budget airline, has pledged to develop a fleet of electric planes to cover short-haul routes by 2030, effectively reducing carbon emissions and noise from its operations. The no-frills carrier is in partnership with US-based manufacturer Wright Electric. [CNN]

¶ “UK Floating Wind Could Support 17,000 Jobs and Generate £33.6 Billion in Value by 2050” • A report from Crown Estate Scotland found that not only does floating offshore wind have an important role to play in the UK’s plans to generate 50 GW from offshore wind by 2050, it could also provide £33.6 billion ($42.9 billion) in added value. [CleanTechnica]

Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm

¶ “Scotland Aims to Lead Floating Revolution” • Scotland will continue to back floating offshore wind to avoid missing a slice of the action for what will be a global industry, the Floating Offshore Wind UK 2018 conference heard. Scotland’s Energy Minister told delegates that not supporting the industry would be a missed opportunity. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Swinerton Breaks Ground on 200-MW SoCal Solar Project” • Swinerton Renewable Energy, in partnership with New Energy Solar and DE Shaw Renewable Investments, broke ground on the 200-MW Mount Signal 2 in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. Completion of Mount Signal 2 is estimated for December 2019. [Commercial Property Executive]

Solar array

¶ “Feds Are ‘Trying to Silence’ the Kids Suing the Trump Administration over Global Warming” • The Supreme Court is considering the DOJ’s petition for writ of mandamus. Federal attorneys question whether the kids have a right to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life” under the Constitution or public trust doctrine. [CNN]

¶ “Pricing Pressure Hits GE Renewable Energy’s Q3 Profit” • GE Renewable Energy saw its third-quarter profit shrink by 72% year-on-year to $60 million (€52.8 million), even though its revenues improved. The company blamed the profit decrease on “continued pricing challenges” in the market and lower project repowering volumes. [Renewables Now]

GE wind turbines (Photo: General Electric)

¶ “Largest California Solar-Plus-Storage Project Agreement Signed ” • Recurrent Energy signed 15-year power purchase agreements with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for a 150-MW solar plant with 180 MWh of storage, the largest contracted solar-plus-storage project in California. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “New Renewables, Nuclear Bring Down US Electricity Emissions by ~13%” • Analysis by the DOE puts some numbers on how zero-carbon energy has brought down US power sector emissions. It is almost all wind, which went from 0.4% to 6.3% of generation from 2005 to 2017, and solar, which increased from about 0% to 1.9%. [pv magazine USA]

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