November 12 Energy News

November 12, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “The Economic Truth of Coal Mines” • The hyper-partisan political debate around coal conceals the surprising economic truth that coal miners, and those worried about climate change, both benefit from the current high in world coal prices. High prices for coal benefit mining companies, but they make it harder to sell coal. [The Australian Financial Review]

Processing coal (BHP Billiton image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solar Power: Largest Study to Date Discovers 25% Loss Across UK” • Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have undertaken the largest study to date into the effectiveness of solar panels across the UK. They discovered that parts of the country are suffering an overall power loss of up to 25% because of ‘hot spots’ in the panels. [Science Daily]

World:

¶ “ACWA Power Secures 250 MW of Solar PV at 2.4¢/kWh!” • ACWA Power, based in Saudi Arabia, has added another major project to its solar power portfolio. The project will be part of the iconic Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, UAE. Power from the new 250 MW of solar PV capacity will be sold at 2.4¢/kWh. [CleanTechnica]

Solar plant in Dubai

¶ “Plunging Battery Costs to Trigger Energy Storage Boom” • Bloomberg New Energy Finance has forecast a veritable boom in energy storage installations in coming years with investments hitting $1.2 trillion by 2040. Falling battery costs will drive this boom, and BNEF projects a 52% drop for utility-scale lithium-ion systems by 2030. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “Singapore Launches Blockchain-Based Renewable Energy Marketplace” • A blockchain-based marketplace in renewable energy certificates was launched in Singapore. The platform was launched by SP Group, which owns and operates electricity and gas transmission and distribution businesses in Singapore and Australia. [pv magazine International]

Singapore (Image: Leonid laitskyi | Flickr)

¶ “Kenya Targets Green Energy Sufficiency by 2020, Says President Kenyatta” • Kenya is setting a target to attain a 100% transition to green energy by 2020 as it scales up investment in renewable energy to address the climate change challenge concretely, President Uhuru Kenyatta said. It is currently getting 70% of its power renewably. [Citizen TV]

¶ “Faroes to Fly Minesto Tidal Kite” • Swedish tidal developer Minesto secured an agreement to supply two 100-kW devices to Faroe Islands power utility SEV by 2020. Installation of the first DG100 unit is planned for late 2019 or early 2020, with the second device to be installed in 2020. SEV committed to buy the electricity generated. [reNEWS]

Minesto tidal kite

¶ “Container with Radioactive Waste Being Stored at Laem Chabang Port” • An unknown amount of radioactive waste has been detected inside an export container at the Laem Chabang Deep Seaport in Thailand. The Aftermath Stainless Steel and Metal Recycling Company owns the container, but the specific kind of waste is unknown. [The Thaiger]

Australia:

¶ “Smart Battery System Saves more than $2,000 a Year on Electricity Bills” • Power bills will fall by more than A$2,000 ($1,440) per year for owners of a new smart battery system. Systems like those from PowerPlay identify times of household off-peak electricity use. They can choose to store power or sell it to the grid. [Energy Matters]

PowerPlay ap in use

¶ “NSW Turbocharges Grid to Tap Wind and Solar Power Surge” • The government  of New South Wales wants to bring forward $2.5 billion worth of high voltage transmission projects to shore up the power grid and accommodate $23 billion of renewable energy investment that is currently held up by grid capacity problems. [The Australian Financial Review]

¶ “Victorian Liberals Pledge New Power Station to Lower Electricity Bills” • A plan to build a new coal or gas plant would involve packaging-up power contracts from major energy users, like the state’s hospitals, schools and transport systems, totalling about 500 MW, and putting a 10-year contract out to tender to supply those needs. [ABC News]

Yallourn power station (Photo: Julian Smith | AAP)

¶ “Energy Generators Cool on Coalition Vow to Build New Power Plant” • Victoria’s biggest power providers warned against a Coalition promise to underwrite a large new power station, to be powered by coal or gas, arguing government intervention in the energy market could stifle private investment, with long-term consequences for customers. [The Age]

US:

¶ “Climate Change Helped Make California a Tinder Box for its Record-Setting Wildfires” • Camp Fire, which is devastating Sierra Nevada foothills, has become the most destructive wildfire in California’s history. By the evening of November 10, it had scorched 105,000 acres of land and killed 23 people, with more than 100 people still unaccounted for. [Quartz]

The Camp Fire (Noah Berger | AP)

¶ “TVA Facebook Contract Shows Solar Growth, but There is a Catch, Environmentalists Say” • The Tennessee Valley Authority unveiled a solar project split into two sites in Tennessee and Alabama. It will provide a new Facebook data center with over 300 MW of power. Environmentalists praise the move but say the TVA should do more. [WPLN]

¶ “Coal Loses Again as US Military Pushes Clean Power Envelope” • An Association of Defense Communities report provides evidence that cities and states can help US military facilities become more resilient and secure, simply by adopting stronger clean power policies that apply to the civilian world – in other words, by ditching coal. [CleanTechnica]

Have a delightfully gleeful day.

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