November 13 Energy News

November 13, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Victoria Coalition’s Bizarre Plan to Support Coal and ’24/7′ Power Does Not Add Up” • The incumbent Labor government is pledging a transition to 50% renewables, but the Victorian Coalition has unveiled plans to extend the life of existing coal generators and underwrite the construction of a new 500-MW power plant. [RenewEconomy]

Yallourn power station

¶ “Whoo-Hoo! Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Version 12.0 Is Here!” • Way ahead of the time fossil fuels were to be stranded assets due to climate change, the plants that are using them are rapidly becoming stranded assets themselves, because of renewable competition. Fossil fuels will have no market. Neither will nuclear fuel. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “IEEFA Australia: Thermal Coal Export Sunset Looming Closer” • Since 2016, the coal-fired power plant pipeline in major Asian markets has experienced a cumulative 74% decline, with more contraction expected. But it is the doubling of thermal coal prices since 2016 that has really caught the Australian mining industry’s attention. [pv magazine Australia]

Glencore coal mine in New South Wales (Glencore image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Coal Dumped as IEA Turns to Wind and Solar to Solve Climate Challenge” • One of the most conservative energy institutions, the International Energy Agency, has effectively abandoned the thermal coal industry, saying coal generation has to be drastically scaled down for the world to have any hope of addressing climate change. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Clean Energy Is Surging, but Not Fast Enough to Solve Global Warming” • Over the next two decades, the world’s energy system will undergo a huge transformation. But there’s a catch: The global march toward clean energy still isn’t happening fast enough to avoid dangerous global warming, the International Energy Agency warns. [WRAL.com]

Pollution

¶ “Elon Musk Slams Climate Skeptics amid California Fires: ‘It Will Get Worse'” • Elon Musk criticized climate change skeptics on Twitter, as wildfires spreading across California led to outcry from scientists. He said in his tweets, “Betting that science is wrong & oil companies are right is the dumbest experiment in history by far.” [Inverse]

World:

¶ “India Records Highest Quarterly RE Share In Power Generation” • India may have recorded its highest renewable energy penetration ever, in overall energy generation in the quarter of July-September 2018. The quarter saw a record for the total amount of power generated, but renewable energy was a greater percentage of that. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “India Adds 6 GW of Solar in H1 2018, up 46%” • Government data shows that India added just under 6 GW of solar power capacity between January and June 2018. Around 1.4 GW of wind energy capacity was also added during this time. With other technologies, the total for renewable capacity added during the period was 8.5 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Victoria: Second Big Battery Commissioned ahead of Schedule, Gannawarra and Wemen Solar Farm Now Operating” • The 25-MW/50-MWh Gannawarra Battery Storage, co-located with the Gannawarra Solar Farm, was put up ahead of schedule. The 60-MW solar farm itself is operating, as is the 110-MW Wemen Solar Farm. [pv magazine Australia]

The Wemen Solar Farm (Image: Wirsol)

¶ “Hydrogen Trial Promises Australia a Lighter Energy Load” • Green hydrogen has been flagged as a future clean energy export, and a New South Wales distributor is set to test the technology on the domestic front. A $15 million trial will use hydrogen generated by renewables to supply households through the natural gas grid. [create digital]

¶ “Turkey Opens 1-GW Onshore Sale” • Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has launched a 1-GW onshore wind tender. The sale is split into four 250-MW tranches for development across four regions – Balıkesir, Canakkale, Aydın and Mugla. A price cap has been set at 5.5¢/kWh for a 15-year power purchase agreement. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Pixabay image)

US:

¶ “10% of New Vehicles Purchased in California Are EVs” • In August, nearly 1 out of 10 new vehicles purchased in the state of California were EVs (PHEVs + BEVs), according to the latest numbers from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Advanced Technology Vehicle Sales Dashboard (information provided by IHS Market). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Realtor Eyes Offshore Hub” • US real estate developer Commercial Development Company wants to reposition a former Massachusetts coal-burning power plant as a logistics port, manufacturing hub and support centre for the offshore wind energy sector. It has been renamed as the Brayton Point Commerce Center. [reNEWS]

Brayton Point power station (CDC photo)

¶ “Nebraska Clean Energy Advocates Gain At Least Two Allies on Omaha Power Board” • Nebraska clean energy supporters have two new allies on Omaha’s public power utility board, and a third race that is still too close to call could give renewable and efficiency champions a clear majority on the eight-member board. [Energy News Network]

¶ “AEP Devotes $2.7 Billion To New Renewable Generation” • American Electric Power, based in Ohio, is increasing capital investment in regulated operations. Along with investments in transmission and distribution operations, AEP plans to put $2.7 billion in new renewable generation during the period from 2019 through 2023. [North American Windpower]

Have a positively enchanting day.

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