November 10 Energy News

November 10, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “America’s 10 Most Eco-Friendly Ski Resorts” • To find out which US ski resorts are leading environmentally, we asked sustainability experts from organizations like Protect Our Winters, the National Ski Areas Association, and Stoke Certified for their picks. Here are ten winter resorts that are truly making their impacts. [Outside Magazine]

Sugarbush (Sugarbush image)

¶ “Trump’s Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Promise, Unkept and Undone” • The federal judge for the District of Montana who overturned permit for the Keystone XL pipeline issued an order that all but guarantees the project will die another death by a thousand cuts. He ordered a complete do-over on economic and environmental impacts. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Amazon Forests Failing to Keep Up with Climate Change” • New research has assessed the impact of global warming on thousands of tree species across the Amazon to discover the winners and losers from 30 years of climate change. The analysis found adaptations are not quick enough to keep up with the changing environment. [Science Daily]

Research (Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, University of Leeds)

World:

¶ “Fluence Battery Ordered for 212-MW Australian Wind Farm” • Fluence, the energy storage specialist formed by Siemens AG and AES Corp, announced that it will provide a 10-MW battery storage system to be integrated with the 212-MW Lincoln Gap wind farm, currently under construction near Port Augusta in South Australia. [Renewables Now]

¶ “MHI Vestas to Provide its 9.5-MW Wind Turbines for Northwester 2 in Belgium” • MHI Vestas announced that it was selected by offshore wind developer and operator Parkwind to provide its 9.5-MW wind turbines for the 219-MW Northwester 2 Offshore Wind Power Plant to be built off the coast of Belgium in the North Sea. [CleanTechnica]

Northwester 2 Parkwind

¶ “Egypt: 2 GW of Solar Power Soon, and Country Achieves COP21 Goals” • Voltalia, based in France, announced the start of construction on a 32-MW solar power plant in Egypt. The electricity produced by the Ra Solar power plant will bring Egypt’s installed solar capacity to 2 GW. The country will thus achieve its COP 21 objectives. [AFRIK 21]

¶ “Labour Takes Aim at ‘Environmentally Reckless’ Policy as Government Defends Renewables Record” • The government of the UK is being “environmentally reckless” and not acting on the “tremendous economic opportunities” new technologies like tidal and floating wind turbines offer, according to a Labour shadow secretary. [Current News]

Installing floating wind turbine (Ørjan Richardsen | Equinor)

¶ “Denmark-Netherlands Subsea Power Cable Reaches Dutch Coast” • A subsea power line set to link the networks of Denmark and the Netherlands reached the Dutch coast. The 325 km (202 mile) long power line has a capacity of around 700 MW and is expected to become fully operational in the third quarter of 2019. [ETEnergyworld.com]

US:

¶ “California Looks to Stationary Energy Storage as a Solution to Peaker Plants” • Central California electric utility Pacific Gas & Electric is planning to replace three old natural gas power plants in its network with stationary energy storage installations from Tesla. California is looking to add 1.3 GW of storage to its power grid by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Rising smoke (Photo: Pexels)

¶ “MidAmerican Energy Testing Storing Electricity in Utility-Scale Battery System” • MidAmerican Energy says it is installing a utility-scale battery storage system so it can bank electricity for later use. The battery system will enhance MidAmerican’s renewable energy reliability, so it can meet grid needs at peak demand times. [DesMoinesRegister.com]

¶ “Caltrain to Use Renewable Energy at San Jose Facilities” • Caltrain’s board has approved enrolling in the San Jose Clean Energy program to provide renewable energy to the railroad’s facilities in San Jose, California. The decision means that 100% of Caltrain’s power will come from renewable sources starting in 2019. [Progressive Rail Roading]

Caltrain in operation (Photo: Caltrain via Twitter)

¶ “State’s Largest Solar Farm Nearing Production” • Washington’s largest solar farm will begin commercial production next month in the Columbia Basin town of Lind. Nearly 82,000 solar panels have been installed. Sensors adjust the angle of the flat, blue panels throughout the day, allowing them to maximize the capture of solar rays. [The Daily World]

¶ “University of Texas Study Highlights Wind’s Low Cost” • Wind, solar and natural gas have the lowest levelized cost of electricity in the majority of counties across the United States, according to a new report from The University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute, part of a series of white papers on the Full Cost of Electricity. [Into the Wind]

Wind farm

¶ “Five New State Governors Aim for 100% Renewables” • Five governors-elect in Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Connecticut, and Maine, states with a combined population of 26 million, put forth campaign goals of 100% renewable electricity. Currently, only California and Hawaii have a deadline to move to 100% zero-carbon electricity. [pv magazine International]

¶ “SCANA CEO pleads ignorance amid pressure of federal probe into SC nuclear project” • The possibility of criminal charges against a South Carolina utility and its leaders for management of a failed nuclear project loomed over the seventh day of Public Service Commission hearings. The utility’s CEO continued to plead ignorance. [The State]

Have an impressively agreeable day.

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