Archive for December 12th, 2018

December 12 Energy News

December 12, 2018


¶ “Trump’s Losing, Lonely Fight to Save Coal” • President Trump has stood by coal whenever he could. He appointed a former coal lobbyist to the Federal Energy Management Commission. His administration promoted coal at COP 24. And yet the industry has not yet benefited from having an energetic booster in the Oval Office. Nor is it likely to. [Yahoo News]

Xcel Energy project (Joe Amon | Denver Post via Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Unparalleled Warmth Is Changing the Arctic and Affecting Weather in US, Europe” • A peer-reviewed report from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says human-caused climate change is transforming the Arctic. The report highlighted weather of the past year to show how Arctic warming can influence day-to-day weather. [CNN]

¶ “Arctic Reindeer Numbers Crash by Half” • The population of wild reindeer, or caribou, in the Arctic has crashed by more than half in the last two decades, according to a report released at a meeting of the American Geophysical Research Union. Weather patterns and vegetation changes are making the Arctic tundra much less hospitable for reindeer. [BBC]

Reindeer (Kaj R. Svensson | Science Photo Library)

¶ “Wind to Become Bigger and Better under New Technology Investment” • In an effort to continue the downward trend of wind prices around the world, new technology investment will focus on building bigger and better wind turbines, according to new research published last week by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Siemens Gamesa Signs Wind Turbine Supply Contract for 249-MW Mexican Wind Project” • Siemens Gamesa announced that it had signed a contract with Enel Green Power to supply sixty of its new SG 4.5-145 wind turbines with a flexible power rating of 4.2 MW for two projects in the northern State of Coahuila, Mexico. [CleanTechnica]

Siemens-Gamesa 4X wind turbine

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Signs Second Order with Enel for Russian Wind Farm” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy secured a second order in Russia from Enel Russia, an independent power producer in that country, to supply 201 MW of wind turbines. The order is for 57 wind turbines for a wind farm in Murmansk region. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Energy Giants Issue Offshore Power-to-X Plea” • Shell, Siemens, and TenneT called on the German government to tender for extra offshore wind power capacity specifically tied to hydrogen production. A study they commissioned found 900 MW of power-to-gas projects driven by offshore wind could be built between 2026 and 2030. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (reNEWS image)

¶ “Vestas Wins 52-MW Jordan Jewel” • European turbine supplier Vestas has signed an engineering, procurement and construction agreement with Abour Energy Company PSC for the 52-MW Abour wind park in Tafileh, Jordan. Turbine delivery is planned for the third quarter of 2019 and commissioning is expected by the first quarter of 2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “Replacing Nuclear with Renewables Would Save France $44.5 Billion” • The French government just announced a plan to power 95% of the country with solar and wind energy by 2060. And by doing so, the government would spend about $44.5 billion (€39 billion) less than it would if it maintained its current energy infrastructure. [Futurism]

Wind farm (Narcisa Aciko | Victor Tangermann)

¶ “Ofgem Clarification Removes Barrier to Battery Storage for 900,000 Solar Homes” • Updated technical guidance by Ofgem on home batter storage has been released. It clarifies the treatment of existing payments for homes that currently export solar power to the grid and that want to install battery storage and smart meters. [Renewable Energy Magazine]


¶ “Zero Hour Nears for Massachusetts Offshore Bonanza” • Nineteen companies will have the opportunity to compete in an auction for three lease areas to develop over 4 GW of offshore wind off the coast of Massachusetts. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will host the auction for the 158,000 hectares of ocean leasing areas. [reNEWS]

Block Island wind farm (Deepwater Wind image)

¶ “Colorado Public Utilities Commission Orders Tri-State to ‘Satisfy or Answer’ Exit Charge Complaint from Delta Montrose Electric” • Delta-Montrose Electric Association formally asked the PUC to adjudicate its exit from Tri-State contracts so it could increase its use of renewable energy. Now, the PUC has ordered Tri-State to respond. [Clean Cooperative]

¶ “Dunedin Joins Renewables Revolution” • There are now 101 American cities committed to shifting to 100% clean power, after the Dunedin, Florida, City Commission voted unanimously to achieve the goal. The resolution will see municipal operations running on renewable energy by 2035, and the community as a whole by 2050. [Innovators Magazine]

Downtown Dunedin (Ebyabe, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Georgia Power Issues RFP for Renewable Energy Projects” • Georgia Power Co has issued a request for proposals for up to 540 MW of utility-scale renewable energy projects. The RFP will fulfill a commitment the Atlanta-based utility made more than two years ago to procure an additional 1,200 MW of renewable power. [Atlanta Business Chronicle]

¶ “City of Cheyenne OKs NextEra Wind Expansion” • According the Wyoming Tribute Eagle, Cheyenne’s city council has voted unanimously to expand a 30-year lease agreement with NextEra from 12,000 to 16,700 acres of land. In total, the wind farm would be situated on 30,000 acres of public and private land in Laramie County. [North American Windpower]

Have an outstandingly bountiful day.

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