November 15 Energy News

November 15, 2018

World:

¶ “One Ecuadorian City Is Converting Its Entire Bus Fleet to Electric by March 2019” • The transit operator in the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil, long known as the ‘Gateway to the Galapagos,’ has decided to convert its entire fleet of transit buses over to electric with the purchase of 20 of BYD’s 12-meter, 80 passenger buses. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric bus

¶ “Renewable Energy Market to Garner $2,152 Billion by 2025, Reveals Report” • According to a report published by Allied Market Research, renewables industries will very likely result in an impressive growth for the entire market. It projects the global renewable energy market is to reach in excess of $2,152 billion by 2025. [Interesting Engineering]

¶ “As Electricity Demand Increases, Iceland Gets More Serious about Wind Power” • Wind power in Iceland has been in the trial stages for the past few years. Now, with a growing population and increasing demand for electricity beginning to exceed supply, a report from the Ministry of Industry recommends raising more wind turbines to help. [Reykjavík Grapevine]

Wind turbines (Tom Corser | Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “UK Told to Scrutinize Biomass Use by Power Industry” • The UK government should increase its scrutiny of where biomass is coming from and ensure it is not used where low-carbon energy alternatives are available, according to the influential Committee on Climate Change, a parliamentary panel advising on energy and environment policies. [Bloomberg]

¶ “India Aiming at 100% Renewable Energy in Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep: RK Singh” • India’s power and renewable energy minister R K Singh said that the government is aiming at meeting the complete power demand of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands through renewable energy sources. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Renewable Energy

¶ “Remote Scottish Island Uses Ultracaps, Flywheels in Hybrid Microgrid to Go (Almost) 100% Renewable” • The remote Isle of Eigg, one of the Scottish Inner Hebrides, is now host to a hybrid microgrid which incorporates flywheels and ultracapacitors for high power functions as well as solar, batteries, wind, and diesel backup. [Energy Storage News]

¶ “Vestas Confirms Dundonnell Wind Order in Victoria” • Vestas Wind Systems, confirmed that it has received an order to build the 336-MW Dundonnell wind farm in Australia and said that the project should be completed in the third quarter of 2020. Vestas will supply, install, and commission the wind farm with 80 units of its largest turbines. [Renewables Now]

Vestas turbine (Vestas Wind Systems image)

¶ “NSW in Line for 4-GW Solar, Wind and Battery Hybrid Project” • Australian developers Energy Estate and MirusWind have proposed a massive renewable energy hub in New South Wales. It will combine wind and solar energy generation with pumped hydro and other storage options to provide up to 4 GW of power. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “All Turbines Firing at Riffgrund 2” • Ørsted has delivered power from all the turbines at its 450-MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 wind farm in the German North Sea. The project features 56 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW machines supported by 20 suction bucket jacket and 36 monopile foundations. Turbine installation was started in May. [reNEWS]

Installing Riffgrund 2’s last turbine (Fred Olsen Windcarrier)

US:

¶ “UCS Slams Auto Manufacturers’ Response to Fuel Economy Rollback Scheme” • The time for public comment on the roll-back of fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks has ended, and the auto industry has made its recommendations. Manufacturers, with one exception, seem to want to be allowed to make things worse. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BNEF Confirms US Coal on Track for Record Capacity Decline” • Energy research giant Bloomberg New Energy Finance confirmed that US coal plant retirements are nearing an all-time high, with at least 16 GW of coal-fired plants already retired in 2018, and a further 37 GW is expected to be retired in the US market by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “California Invests in ‘By Location’ Distributed Energy Resources” • California leads the US with several pilot projects to reward rooftop solar energy generators and other distributed energy resources in specific locations as an alternative to having utilities meet needs by investing in upgrading their electricity generation networks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indiana Gets Approval for $150 Million, 130 MW Wind Farm” • Scout Clean Energy, a Colorado-based portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners that develops renewable energy, announced successful completion of all local permitting approvals for the 130-MW Bitter Ridge Wind Farm in Jay County, Indiana. [Energy Manager Today]

Wind farm

¶ “CPUC Report Shows Utilities Are Ahead of Renewable Energy Goals” • The California Public Utilities Commission said that its Renewables Portfolio Standard program, one of the country’s most ambitious, is ahead of target and helping to drive down renewable contract prices. California’s target is 100% renewable power by 2045. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Southern California Wildfire Roars to Life in Wilderness” • There has been progress against the wildfire in Southern California. And state regulators said that initial testing found no elevated levels of radiation or hazardous compounds after the fire burned near the site of a 1959 partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor. [Santa Monica Daily Press]

Have an entirely enjoyable day.

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