December 24 Energy News

December 24, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “The Optimistic Activists for a Green New Deal: Inside the Youth-Led Singing Sunrise Movement” • Founded last year by a dozen or so twenty-somethings, the Sunrise movement, began its campaign for the Green New Deal last month when two hundred activists occupied Nancy Pelosi’s office a week after the midterm elections. [The New Yorker]

Sunrise Movement activists (Michael Brochstein | SOPA | Getty)

¶ “A Year of Climate Change Evidence: Notes from a Science Reporter’s Journal” • Compelling new evidence shows we will speed past a dangerous climate-risk threshold as soon as 2030 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate, which could trigger climate change on a scale presenting grave dangers for all of us. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Will Tesla Sales Plummet in 2019 with Loss of Tax Credit and Backlog Filled?” • Two things that put some wind under Tesla’s wings in 2018 are changing in 2019: tax credits and pre-orders. Will the 2019 US federal tax credit reduction reduce Tesla sales? Will the pre-orders be filled and demand dry up? Evidence suggests otherwise. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

Science and Technology:

¶ “Canada Battery Maker Says Flow Storage Costs to Tumble by Half” • CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc, a Canada-listed maker of batteries that can last for as long as two decades, said the cost of its vanadium redox flow battery technology may halve within four years to $150/kWh, potentially giving it a market advantage. [BloombergQuint]

¶ “Full Steam Ahead For First Ever Diesel-Killing, High Speed Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry” • Last summer CleanTechnica took note of plans for a futuristic new fuel cell ferryboat slated to ply the waters of San Francisco Bay. Now the vessel is on track to launch (literally) next year according to its developer, Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine. [CleanTechnica]

Hydrogen fuel-cell ferry

World:

¶ “Strong Financial Support for EVs in New Dutch Climate Accord” • A broadly supported “climate accord” presented to the Dutch government by civil society organizations envisions strong financial support for the purchase of EVs. It proposes a subsidy of €6,000 on EV purchases in 2021, to be lowered by €400 per year to €2,200 in 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Utilisation of Geothermal Energy in the Agricultural Sector of Greece” • While there is no geothermal power plant in Greece yet, maybe the time is ripe. Geothermal energy is widely used in the Greek agricultural sector to heat greenhouses for growing tomatoes, vegetables, and other plants. And it is used to dehydrate food. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Greek farmers’ market (Didier BIGAND, flickr)

¶ “6-kW to 7-kW Solar Power System Installations Up 135%” • In Australia, 193,960 small-scale solar PV installations, with a combined capacity of 1,337 MW, had been validated this year as of December 17, the Clean Energy Regulator said. It expects a final total of at least 1,600 MW of small-scale solar PV capacity for the year. [Solar Quotes]

¶ “Shetland Council Eyeing Up What Would be UK’s Largest Renewable Hydrogen Project” • The idea of turning surplus energy from a wind farm in Shetland into hydrogen to use for heating and transport is being explored by a group led by the Shetland Island Council. Other local renewable operators may be encouraged to do the same. [Energy Voice]

Garth windfarm in Yell

¶ “Maharashtra Issues Tender to Procure 500 MW of Wind Power from Existing Projects” • Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited issued a tender to get 500 MW of wind power from projects in the state that are already operating or commissioned. MSEDCL has fixed ₹1.97/kWh (3¢/kWh) as the ceiling tariff. [Mercom India]

¶ “Ørsted Opens Battery Storage” • Ørsted’s Carnegie Road energy storage system in Liverpool is now operational. Carnegie Road is Ørsted’s first standalone, large-scale battery project at 20 MW. This project supports the 90-MW Burbo Bank offshore wind farm’s production scheduling, and it additionally provides some grid services. [4C Offshore]

Carnegie Road energy storage (Ørsted image)

US:

¶ “US Wind Energy Walks All Over Trump’s Coal Talk ” • For all of President* Trump’s coal-friendly rhetoric, the vast renewable energy resources of the US are ripe for the picking, and global energy companies are shaking the tree. A case in point is Italy’s Enel, which is capping its 2018 activities with some interesting news. (Interview) [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ohio Governor Asks Elon Musk to Save Lordstown Assembly Plant” • Ohio Gov John Kasich sent a tweet to Elon Musk asking him to consider taking over the 53 year old GM plant in Lordstown. He got a tweet back, “Thanks, will consider next year.” Tesla is working hard to make cars as fast as it can for the rest of this year. [CleanTechnica]

Lordstown Ohio Factory (GM image)

¶ “Greenfield Light & Power to Offer 100% Local Renewable Power” • Greenfield Light & Power can finally offer 100% local renewable power to its customers. The announcement was rolled into the release of a two-year contract for energy users in the Massachusetts town. The GL&P rate will be 10.565¢/kWh. The standard utility rate is 11.516¢/kWh. [The Recorder]

¶ “PSC Staff Concerned More Project Delays Ahead for Vogtle Nuclear Plant” • Staff and independent analysts for the Georgia Public Service Commission said the situation for the Vogtle nuclear power site is so dire that the agency should hire another outside consultant to protect consumer interests and ensure the project is not further delayed. [WSB Radio]

Have an excitingly excellent day.

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