December 20 Energy News

December 20, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “NOAA’s 2017–2018 Arctic Report Card: Arctic Air Temperatures Warming at Twice Global Rate” • NOAA’s brilliant, visually beautiful, and timely Arctic Report Card for 2018 is an immensely telling work containing the research of over 80 scientists from 12 countries. Since 1900, average temperatures have increased 6.3° Fahrenheit. [CleanTechnica]

Wind-powered, unmanned Arctic Saildrone

World:

¶ “GE Kits Out 300-MW Indian Mega-Farm” • GE Renewable Energy will supply turbines for a 300-MW wind farm being developed by Indian independent power producer ReNew Power. The Gadhsisa project, in Gujarat, will be commissioned in stages, by the end of 2019. GE will supply 120 of its 2.5-132 model, to be made at its Pune factory. [reNEWS]

¶ “Home Solar Lighting Systems Come to Kenya From Azuri and Unilever” • Azuri Technologies and Unilever Kenya have joined together to bring a pay-as-you-go solar home system to off-grid homes in Kenya. The system has a 10-W solar panel, four LED lights, a rechargeable radio, a flashlight, and a USB port for mobile phone charging. [CleanTechnica]

Kenya

¶ “Significant Drop in Energy Use Pushes Down German Emissions in 2018” • Germany’s energy-related CO₂ emissions dropped by more than 6% year-on-year as the country consumed “significantly” less energy in 2018, but with a greater share of renewables than last year, said energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen. [Clean Energy Wire]

¶ “UK Invests $126.62 Million for Renewable Energy Projects in Africa” • The UK government announced $126.62 million (£100 million) funding to build and develop electricity infrastructure for the people in sub-Saharan Africa. The new investment will support up to 40 more renewable energy projects over the next five years. [African Review]

Solar array (Image: Magharebia | Flickr)

¶ “BP Solar Arm to Brew Beer Using 100% Renewable Energy” • Lightsource BP and AB InBev have signed what they describe as the “largest unsubsidised solar energy deal in UK history” to brew Budweiser beer. Once the installation is completed, it will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 18,000 homes. [Energy Voice]

¶ “TenneT Maps Dutch Renewables Growth Spurt” • Renewable electricity generation in the Netherlands will increase from just over 7 GW today to more than 36 GW in 2033, an annual security of supply report by transmission system operator TenneT says. Two-thirds of the electric generating capacity will be solar, wind, or hydropower. [reNEWS]

Dutch offshore wind farm (Image: Eneco)

¶ “Renewable Energy Company Acciona Adopts Blockchain Traceability” • Acciona, a major Spanish renewable energy company, has announced plans to extend blockchain traceability to its renewable generation globally. The reason it decided to do this is so clients will be able to verify that the energy provided is clean. [Ledger Insights]

¶ “Climate Council Report Reveals 40,000 Australian Businesses Using Renewable Energy, Nectar Farms among Biggest” • A Climate Council report focuses on food and beverage companies that produce their goods using renewable energy. It showed that over 40,000 businesses around Australia have made the move to renewable energy. [Ararat Advertiser]

Nectar Farms design

US:

¶ “Stanford Maps 1.47 Million Solar Roofs in America” • Stanford University researchers created a map of almost every solar rooftop in America, extracting the information from satellite images. A total of 1.47 million solar rooftops were identified in the lower 48 states in the study. It is believed to have identified 93% of solar rooftops. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Wind Energy Could Already Power a Third of US Cars for a Year” • The wind generation already in operation in 2017 would power 75 million US cars for a full year if they were electric. The US wind generation installed in 2018 alone will power about 2 million US electric cars for a year. There are about 276.1 million cars in the US. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm (Pexels photo)

¶ “Northampton Wins $75,000 Grant to Explore Community-Choice Energy Programs” • Northampton, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $75,000 grant to explore Community Choice Energy PLUS, in the hopes of creating a model for the promotion of local renewable energy that could be adopted nationwide. [GazetteNET]

¶ “Ecolab to Offset 100% of Its Electricity Demand in North America with Wind and Solar” • Ecolab Inc, a water and energy technologies provider, signed an agreement supporting a wind farm in Fisher County, Texas. Construction of Clearway Energy Group’s 419-MW Mesquite Star wind farm is to begin in the first half of 2019. [Windpower Engineering]

Wind turbines

¶ “EDF, Shell Swoop for New Jersey Offshore Acreage” • An alliance between EDF Renewables and Shell acquired a lease area off New Jersey that has the potential for a 2.5-GW offshore wind project. The partners have named the venture Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind. They said the site has “steady wind resources in relatively shallow water.” [reNEWS]

¶ “Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant Troubles ‘Happening Far Too Often,’ Mississippi official says” • An unplanned outage at Mississippi’s Grand Gulf nuclear plant is adding to regulators’ concerns over reliability problems at the country’s largest single-unit nuclear power plant. It is the plant’s sixth unplanned power decrease in 15 months. [Jackson Clarion Ledger]

Have a quintessentially nifty day.

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