December 6 Energy News

December 6, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “How Energy Companies Will Survive when Renewable Energy Is Free” • Founder and CEO Lei Zhang of Shanghai-based Envision Energy was worried that the cost of renewable energy will continue to drop until it is almost free. With a hard look at the situation, he saw energy companies can find opportunities by managing grid stability. [Forbes]

Shanghai (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “India’s Wind Power Potential Declining Due to Global Warming: Study” • The warming of the Indian Ocean due to global climate change may be causing a slow decline in India’s wind power potential. A study published in the journal Science Advances found that the Indian monsoon is weakening as a result of warming ocean waters. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Greenland Ice Sheet Melt ‘Off the Charts’ Compared with Past Four Centuries” • The journal Nature published a study that provides new evidence of the impacts of climate change on Arctic melting and global sea level rise. “From a historical perspective, today’s melt rates are off the charts,” said one of the study’s co-authors. [Science Daily]

Rivers of meltwater on Greenland’s surface (Credit:
Sarah Das, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

¶ “Burn notice” • The National Climate Assessment’s newest report predicts continued climate change will impede economic growth, decrease water availability, spread diseases, and increase air pollution. The new report, “Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States,” examines climate change topics in ten US regions. [Tucson Weekly]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Phasing Out Conventional Vehicles, May Build Cars at Ford Factories in US” • At an industry conference in Germany, Volkswagen said it is working on the last generation of conventional cars with internal combustion engines. It also hinted it may manufacture some cars jointly with Ford in that company’s US factories. [CleanTechnica]

VW ID Crozz

¶ “OECD, UNEP, and World Bank Call for “Radical Shift” in Climate Financing” • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the UN Environmental Program, and the World Bank Group called for a radical shift of investment into low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure to limit the impact of climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Secures 750 Megawatts of Orders Across Europe” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy published two announcements in one week saying that it has been contracted to supply a total of 750 MW of wind turbines to a total of six wind farms across Northern Europe and Turkey and an offshore wind project in Belgium. [CleanTechnica]

SGRE wind farm

¶ “A Little Good News About Climate Change for Once” • The good news from climate scientists is that global economies are growing much faster than their greenhouse gas emissions. The Global Carbon Project said that 19 countries, including the US and the UK, have seen a decade of economic growth and lower carbon dioxide emissions. [BloombergQuint]

¶ “Increasing Fossil Fuel Use Push Carbon Emissions to Record High” • Increasing coal, oil and gas use are pushing global carbon emissions to an all-time high, climate scientists have told the UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland. They said a projected rise in global emissions of more than 2% has due to growth in coal use and use of fossil fuels. [Irish Times]

Sheep grazing near a coal-burning power plant

Australia:

¶ “‘No Trilemma’: Study Finds Increased Renewables Push Down Power Prices” • Renewable energy drives down wholesale power prices well in excess of subsidy costs and a further expansion of wind and solar would likely push them lower still, according to a study of Australian and European markets by the Victoria Energy Policy Centre. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “South Australia’s Big Battery Slashes $40 million from Grid Control Costs in First Year” • South Australia’s big battery outperformed expectations for its first year, saving almost $40 million in grid stabilisation costs, helping prevent blackouts, and generally restoring confidence in energy supply, project backer Neoen said. [The Australian Financial Review]

Hornsdale battery (Supplied photo)

¶ “Gas Not Renewables to Blame for SA Power Price Surge” • A report from the Victoria Centre for Energy Policy found that the closure of two coal-fired power plants raised wholesale prices in South Australia by A$23/MWh in 2018 from what they would have been. Wind and solar energy, however, reduced prices by A$38/MWh. [The Australian Financial Review]

US:

¶ “Leading US Wind Companies Announce New Wind Wildlife Research Fund” • A group of over two dozen wind energy companies involved in the US announced that they were signing up to back a new fund which will facilitate research speeding the development and deployment of innovative solutions related to wind and wildlife. [CleanTechnica]

Amazon wind farm in Texas

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Is the Number Six Top Selling Car in USA in November (Possibly)” • CleanTechnica estimates that 18,000 Tesla Model 3 cars were sold in the US during the month of November. That estimate makes it the 6th best selling car in the country, in terms of units sold. It also makes it the best selling car by a US manufacturer. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Developer Sues TVA After It Halts Nuke Site Sale” • The completion of a nuclear unit at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s unfinished 1,260-MW Bellefonte plant is in limbo after the TVA refused to complete its sale to Nuclear Development LLC. Nuclear Development filed a breach of contract complaint in federal district court. [Engineering News-Record]

Have a famously cheerful day.

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