November 9 Energy News

November 9, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Big Auto Has a Problem: Evolve Too Slowly or Cannibalize Cash Cows” • Legacy automakers have a dilemma on their hands. Transitioning to electric cars is hard. To get some understanding, Seeking Alpha’s Scott Morton takes a look at GM’s vexing EV challenges as the company tries to face off with Elon Musk on Tesla’s turf. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Photo: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

World:

¶ “Enel to Build 220-MW Solar Plant in Mexico” • Enel Green Power is adding another 220 MW of solar generation to its clean energy portfolio in Mexico, with the Magdalena II solar park in the state of Tlaxcala. With 550,000 PV modules, the solar plant is expected to be in operation by the end of 2019, generating 600 GWh per year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Polish Government Plans 9 GW of Onshore and Offshore Wind” • The Polish Government announced plans to develop 8 GW of offshore wind by 2035, a move the country will sign into law. At the same time, the Government opened a 1-GW onshore wind energy auction that could yield prices from €43/MWh to 63/MWh. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines

¶ “Renewables Reach Record 20% Share of Q3 Supply in Australia’s NEM” • In the third quarter of 2018, renewables generation in Australia’s National Electricity Market passed a 20% share in the supply mix for the first time. Renewables increased with new wind and solar power capacity and high hydropower output. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Towering Gravity-Based ‘Batteries’ Are Coming to India” • A Swiss company with operations based in California, Energy Vault, announced that Indian power giant Tata is the first client for its gravity powered energy storage system. When there is excess power available, huge bricks are raised at a tower. When they are lowered, power is generated. [Popular Mechanics]

Rendering of Energy Vault system at a wind farm

¶ “Solar Cleans Up in French Tech-Neutral Renewable Auction” • Solar energy has won all 200 MW of capacity on offer in what is claimed to be France’s first technology-neutral renewables tender. The French Government published results showing 16 winners bid at an average of €54.94/MWh (£47.8 or $62.28/MWh) for the projects. [Energy Live News]

US:

¶ “Vivint Solar Reaches 1 GW of Rooftop Solar amidst Strong Q3 and California Expansion” • American residential solar provider Vivint Solar started the month of November with three big announcements. It surpassed the 1-GW milestone for rooftop solar systems, and it announced a strong third quarter and growth in California. [CleanTechnica]

Vivint installation

¶ “Federal Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline Construction” • A US District Judge found that the US government’s use of a 2014 environmental review to justify issuing a presidential permit for construction of the cross-border pipeline violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. [CNN]

¶ “Voters Raise Nevada Renewables Goal to 50%, NV Energy has $2 Billion Plans” • Nevada voters approved a measure to increase the renewable energy portfolio standard for state utilities from 15% in 2025 to 50% by 2030, a goal for which NV Energy is preparing with $2 billion worth of requests for proposals this year. [CleanTechnica]

Nevada solar array (Credit: Berkshire Hathaway Energy)

¶ “Nancy Pelosi Plans to Push for Revival of Climate Change Committee in New Congress” • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is poised to engage in setting up a committee focused on climate change in the new Congress. The panel would allow party members on Capitol Hill to draw attention to the threat posed by of global warming. [CNN]

¶ “Indiana Utility Says Replacing Coal with Renewables will Save Customers $4 Billion” • Coal is king in Indiana when it power generation, but not for much longer. Northern Indiana Public Service Co has found a mix of solar, wind, energy storage, and demand management will save its customers $4 billion over the next 30 years. [CleanTechnica]

Schahfer generating station

¶ “Tesla Plans to Spend up to $3 Billion a Year on Gigafactories over next 24 Months” • In its latest 10-Q filing with the SEC, Tesla says it is planning to spend big on upgrading Gigafactories 1, 2, and 3. In fact, it plans to spend up to $3 billion a year over the next two years. It also says it expects to pay for most of that from current earnings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canadians to Grow Entergy Sunflower” • Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy is joining with Entergy to develop the 100-MW Sunflower solar farm in Mississippi. Recurrent will build the project, which will be owned by Entergy Mississippi when operational. The solar farm is earmarked for completion no later than 2022. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Canadian Solar image)

¶ “New York Offers 800-MW Offshore Prize” • New York state launched an 800-MW offshore wind solicitation with bids due in February 2019. Awards for projects will come in spring 2019 in time to take advantage of federal tax credits. New York plans to host 2.4 GW of offshore wind to help meet its 50% green energy targets for 2030. [reNEWS]

¶ “Group Warns over a Third of US Nuclear Power Plants Could Retire” • More than a third of US nuclear power plants could shut for economic reasons over the next decade, according to a study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The UCS is a public policy group that focuses on environmental and energy issues. [CNBC]

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