December 13 Energy News

December 13, 2018

World:

¶ “Denmark, UK, and Canada Lead in Using Technologies to Limit Climate Change” • Denmark, the UK, and Canada lead the world on implementing measures to mitigate climate change, according to research published at the COP24 conference, which assessed 25 countries that account for 80% of the world’s population. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm

¶ “Current Climate Targets Put Us on Track for 3.0˚C of Warming by 2100” • The current state of global climate policies has the world on a path to 3.0˚C of warming by 2100, twice the 1.5˚C limit agreed upon in Paris three years ago, according to the Climate Action Tracker’s annual update which was published at the COP24 talks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia’s NSW Plans 24 Pumped Hydro Projects Totaling 7 GW” • The government of New South Wales has launched its ambitious pumped hydro roadmap designed to back renewable energy. Meanwhile, the board of Snowy Hydro has given the green light to its landmark $4 billion pumped hydro expansion project, Snowy 2.0. [pv magazine International]

Shoalhaven pumped hydro power system (Image: ARENA)

¶ “India Has Renewable Energy Projects of 46,500 MW Capacity in the Pipeline” • Economic Times reported that India currently has renewable energy projects of 46,500 MW capacity in the pipeline for capacity addition. This includes projects which are currently under construction and those likely to be offered for bidding soon. [SteelGuru]

¶ “EBRD Approves New Strategy Focused on Decarbonization of Energy Systems” • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said its board of directors approved an energy sector strategy that rules out financing coal-fired power projects, confirming that the EBRD will not finance thermal coal mining or coal-fired generation. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines (EBRD photo)

¶ “Machinery Company Signs 2-Year Geothermal Electricity PPA with EDC, Philippines” • The Philippines’ Energy Development Corp signed a two-year agreement to supply Citizen Machinery Philippines, Inc with geothermal energy for the latter’s facilities in Tanauan City, Batangas province. The term of the contract begins this month. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

¶ “TV Network Asahi Claims that Hitachi Could be Prepared to Pull the Plug on Their Investment in a Nuclear Project” • TV network Asahi said plans for the £12 billion nuclear project on Anglesey could be scrapped. Funding is believed to be the biggest hurdle, as Hitachi wants additional investors to share the project’s costs and risks. [North Wales Chronicle]

Artist’s concept of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant

US:

¶ “Here Is New York’s Plan for $250 Million in Energy Storage Funding” • The New York Power Authority announced a new commitment to invest $250 million between now and 2025 to accelerate the flexibility of the electric grid to give New Yorkers greater access to renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power. [Solar Builder]

¶ “Airport Switches to Green Power” • Jackson Hole Airport will shift to sustainable energy starting this winter and become the largest organization in the region to go green. With all of its electricity coming from Lower Valley Energy, the airport’s commitment is equivalent to the energy use of 300 average Jackson homes. [Jackson Hole News&Guide]

Jackson Hole Airport (Bradly J Boner | News&Guide file)

¶ “Gov Baker Energy Plan Hinges on Changes in Transportation and Buildings” • Massachusetts’ first energy plan said the state must step up its efforts for energy efficiency in transportation along with heating and cooling if the state is to be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower costs for ratepayers, and ensure energy reliability. [WBUR]

¶ “Maine Regulators Reverse Gross Metering Decision for Mid-Sized, Large Customers” • Maine’s Public Utilities Commission, which was appointed by Governor LePage, has undone a regressive solar policy it had for a portion of customers, after being confronted with evidence that it was imposing costs on all ratepayers. [pv magazine USA]

Rooftop solar system (Image: Maine Solar Solutions)

¶ “Evanston is First Illinois Municipality to Commit to 100% Renewables” • The Evanston City Council approved its new Climate Action and Resilience Plan unanimously, including a commitment to achieve 100% renewable electricity supply community-wide by 2030. The plan calls for carbon neutrality by 2050. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Smart Grid Upgrades Offer Less Risk, More Flexibility than Power Lines” • An industry report that suggests so-called non-wires alternatives – combinations of storage and distributed generation that do not depend on long-distance transmission – offer a less risky and more flexible option to help utilities avoid overbuilding capacity. [Energy News Network]

Transmission lines

¶ “Solar and Green Jobs are Rising around Chicago’s ‘Toxic Doughnut’” • After years of community demands for investment, green jobs and development are finally coming to one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago. The city plans to build ground-mounted solar farms on 30 acres of brownfield land across the city. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Enel Green Power Sells Power from 185-MW Illinois Wind Farm to Corporate Customers” • Enel Green Power North America has begun operation of the 185-MW HillTopper wind farm, its first wind facility in Illinois. HillTopper, which is located in Logan County, is supported by three long-term power purchase agreements. [Windpower Engineering]

Have a fantastically pleasing day.

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