December 7 Energy News

December 7, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “ExxonMobil’s Renewable Energy Commitments Are in the News – Should We Cheer?” • Media outlets have celebrated ExxonMobil’s renewable energy commitments, which now include an agreement with Denmark’s Ørsted A/S to buy 500 MW of wind and solar power. Should we cheer when fossil fuels are renewably extracted? [CleanTechnica]

ExxonMobil oil rig

¶ “Global Climate Financing as High as $530 Billion in 2017, but Is It Enough?” • Global climate financing has increased over recent years, Climate Policy Initiative research says. It may have reached as much as $510 billion to $530 billion in 2017. Though this is relatively good news, investment in climate action is falling short in key areas. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Human-Induced Climate Change Makes Heatwaves Thirty Times More Likely” • Human-induced climate change has made the UK’s record-breaking 2018 summer heat wave around 30 times more likely than under normal conditions, country’s meteorological body has said. The summer of 2018 was the UK’s hottest on record. [CNN]

Reservoir in northwest England in the summer of 2018

World:

¶ “MHI Vestas to Supply 100 Turbines for Huge Offshore Wind Farm in Scotland” • MHI Vestas announced that it would supply 100 turbines for the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, a 950-MW offshore wind farm in waters off the northeast coast of Scotland. The “firm turbine supply order” includes a 15-year service agreement. [CNBC]

¶ “Cost Cutting Delivers Turbine Growth Spurt” • Wind turbines will become even bigger and better in order to maintain a downward trend in the levelized cost of electricity, according to a report by consultancy Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The report expects further innovation up to 2027 that will reduce the LCOE. [reNews]

Wind turbine (Pixabay image)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa to Supply SeaMade Offshore Wind Power Project in Belgium” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy received the order for the 487-MW SeaMade offshore wind power project in Belgium from customer SeaMade NV. The order includes supply and commissioning of 58 SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines. [Intelligent CIO ME]

¶ “Lekela Crosses Start Line in Senegal” • Lekela has broken ground on the Taiba N’Diaye wind farm in the west African country of Senegal. The 158.7-MW project will feature 46 Vestas V126 3.45-MW turbines. It is scheduled to come online in 2020. Among other benefits, it will generate about 400 jobs during construction. [reNEWS]

Taiba N’Diaye wind farm (Lekela image)

US:

¶ “SK Innovation Commits to Battery Manufacturing Plant in Georgia” • Korean battery company SK Innovation announced it will build a factory to make lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars northeast of Atlanta. The projected cost of the factory is $1.67 billion. The company hopes to sell batteries to VW and other car companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Trump’s Environmental Rollback Rolls On” • The Trump administration rollback continues to target rules. The Interior Department unveiled plans to allow oil drilling on millions of acres that have been off-limits to protect the greater sage grouse. And the EPA said it would end rules limiting carbon emissions on new coal plants. [BBC]

Greater sage grouse (Getty Images)

¶ “One Hundred US Cities Are Committed to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy” • Cincinnati, Ohio, is the 100th city in the US to set a 100% renewable goal, the Sierra Club said. Cincinnati’s City Council approved a resolution to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2035. The states of California and Hawaii have made similar commitments. [Insurance News Net]

¶ “Miami People Mover – Autonomous, Electric, and Free” • The Miami Metromover covers 4.4 miles without a driver, runs on electricity every day from 5:00 am to midnight, and lets people ride for free. The cars are small, but they run very frequently, so there’s a constant flow of riders. Tens of thousands of passengers ride it each month. [CleanTechnica]

Miami Metromover (Ed Webster, Wikipedia CC BY 2.0)

¶ “Senate Narrowly Confirms Climate-Denying Nominee to Federal Energy Regulator” • The Senate approved the president’s nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, despite evidence that the nominee strongly favors fossil fuels and rejects the overwhelming scientific evidence that human activity causes climate change. [ThinkProgress]

¶ “Facebook Closes Record 200-MW Solar Deal with Georgia Co-Op” • Walton Electric Membership Corporation revealed contract details this week for three solar projects that will supply a Facebook data center in the state with 202.5 MW of capacity. Silicon Ranch will supply 102.5 MW and Strata Solar will build the other 100 MW. [Greentech Media]

Large solar system (Shutterstock image)

¶ “California Gives Final OK to Require Solar Panels on New Houses” • Solar panels will be a required feature on new houses in California, after the state’s Building Standards Commission gave final approval to a housing rule that is the first of its kind in the US. The new standard includes incentives for batteries and is set to take effect in 2020. [NPR]

¶ “Vermont Public Utility Commission OKs Vermont Yankee Sale” • The Vermont PUC approved the proposed sale of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee to subsidiaries of NorthStar Group Services for decommissioning the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station site. The NRC had already approved the transfer of operating licenses. [The Recorder]

Have an exhilaratingly agreeable day.

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