Archive for December 19th, 2018

December 19 Energy News

December 19, 2018


¶ “Regenerative Cities: An Urban Concept Whose Time Has Come!” • What we need is a city that can serve as a role model, combining the social, economic, and ecological dimensions of sustainability. It should be a city that embeds a vivid cultural life and a culture of creativity in the way it operates. It should be a regenerative city. [CleanTechnica]

Radbahn, Berlin

Science and Technology:

¶ “Floating Device Created to Clean Up Plastic Waste in the Pacific Ocean Is not Doing Its Job” • The Ocean Cleanup System 001, a U-shaped floating barrier created by the organization The Ocean Cleanup, arrived in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in October. But the system has failed to retain plastic, according to the organization. [CNN]

¶ “Report: Incineration Is ‘Neither Clean Nor Renewable'” • While 23 states define municipal solid waste incineration as a renewable energy source, a report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance says burning trash is “neither clean nor renewable.” Advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to shut down local incineration facilities. [Waste Dive]

Incineration facility


¶ “GE Primed for 102 MW Kenya Wind” • General Electric is to supply turbines with a combined capacity of 102 MW to the Kipeto wind farm in Kenya. The project, located in Kajiado south of Nairobi, will feature 60 GE 1.7-103 machines and is expected to come online in 2020. GE will also provide operations and maintenance for Kipeto. [reNEWS]

¶ “Santos to Power Oil Well Operations with Solar-Plus-Storage” • In what is billed as Australia’s first off-grid, 100% renewable energy project to support oil and gas sector operations, Santos will power 56 crude oil pumps with solar and battery storage. The project has won a grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. [pv magazine Australia]

Powering oil production with solar (Santos image)

¶ “BP to Explore Renewables in Oil Rich Azerbaijan” • BP announced that it signed an agreement to explore renewable energy opportunities in oil rich Azerbaijan. The memorandum of understanding between BP and the Republic of Azerbaijan follows the government’s development of a framework plan for renewables. [Energy Voice]

¶ “CEMEX to Use 100% Renewable Electricity in 2019” • ENGIE has been providing electricity to over 150 CEMEX UK sites for more than 10 years. Next year all of the electricity supplied to these sites will come from renewable energy sources, including wind power. CEMEX is in the energy-intensive business of making cement. [Agg-Net]

CEMEX plant

¶ “Solar Households Expected to Give Away Power to Energy Firms” • The government of the UK has confirmed that it expects households that install solar panels in the future will give away unused clean power for free to electric energy firms earning multimillion-pound profits, provoking outrage from green campaigners. [The Guardian]


¶ “The Boring Company Shows Off Its Functional Demo Tunnel in Hawthorne, California” • The Boring Company took the wraps off of its demonstration tunnel in Hawthorne, California. The event opened at the tunnel, which takes the concept up to full scale, working elevators and all. Some event guests rode a Tesla through the tunnel.  [CleanTechnica]

Tesla in a Boring tunnel

¶ “President’s Council Urges Solar and Microgrid Use for Energy Security” • One of the key recommendations in a recent President’s National Advisory Infrastructure Council report on cybersecurity and the grid is that microgrids based on solar power and other renewable energy resources be developed for emergency preparedness. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nuclear Negations Yield Renewable Energy Leverage” • As part of the recently approved settlement negotiations after the failed VC Summer Nuclear Plant expansion in South Carolina, renewable energy has gained both power purchase agreement access and market continuity. Solar developers were already using failed nuclear sites. [pv magazine USA]

Solar array at the abandoned Phipps Bend nuclear plant

¶ “DC Just Passed a Historic Bill Mandating 100% Renewable Power by 2032” • City lawmakers in the District of Columbia unanimously passed legislation mandating 100% renewable electricity in the capital by 2032. The act doubles Washington’s current goal, under which the city would get half its electricity from zero-emissions sources by 2032. [HuffPost]

¶ “Colorado’s Largest Battery Comes Online as the State Pivots to Cleaner Energy” • United Power Cooperative, based in Brighton, Colorado, unveiled the largest battery storage system in the state. The lithium-ion battery cost millions, and could take decades to pay off, but officials expect it to save customers $1 million per year. [Colorado Public Radio]

Tesla battery system in Colorado (Grace Hood | CPR News)

¶ “US Corporate Solar Procurement Knocks It Out of the Park in 2018” • It has been a banner year for US corporate renewable energy. According to the latest numbers from the Rocky Mountain Institute, corporations have signed deals for 6.4 GW of off-site renewable energy contracts this year. Of that, 2.8 GW was for solar power. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Philadelphia Signs Major Commitment to New Solar Energy Facility” • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed legislation that will enter the city into a power purchase agreement with a renewable energy developer to construct the state’s largest solar facility. The city will purchase all of the electricity produced at the 70-MW site. []

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