December 25 Energy News

December 25, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Clean Energy Year in Review 2018: Reversing Trump Administration Rollbacks” • For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Trump administration’s furious assault on pollution protections has, in turn, catalyzed a powerful and growing movement that is pushing back against these misguided rollback attempts. [CleanTechnica]

Solar and wind (Wind Solar Alliance)

¶ “Japan Must Ditch Nuclear Plant Exports for Global Trends in Renewable Energy” • Projects to export nuclear power plants, a pillar of the “growth strategy” promoted by the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, appear to be crumbling. Nothing else can be said but that the export projects have effectively failed. [The Mainichi]

¶ “Big Oil Claims Higher Fuel Economy Standards Hurt Poor People the Most. That’s a Lie.” • To hear Big Oil tell it, rolling back fuel economy standards is a blessing for the poor. The logic is that more fuel-efficient cars cost more to make, so new cars have to be less fuel-efficient to be affordable for poor people who buy new cars. [CleanTechnica]

Affordable car (Credit: Wikimedia)

World:

¶ “6.3% Plug-In Vehicle Market Share in China!” • After two record-breaking months in China (September with 105,000 sales and October with 120,000), November plug-in vehicle sales kept on pushing forward. There were more than 140,000 registrations there last month, up 59% year over year. The previous record was beaten by 18%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renault Will Use Sails to Cut Emissions on Trans-Atlantic Routes” • 60% of the parts in Renault’s supply chain travel by sea at some point and many of its finished cars are transported by ships as well. To reduce its carbon footprint, it is partnering with Neoline to build two experimental roll-on/roll-off car carriers powered by sails. [CleanTechnica]

Renault Neoline sailing cargo ship

¶ “Poland’s Planned 1-GW Ostroleka C Coal Plant Gets 15-year Support” • The zł6.023 billion (€1.4 billion, $1.6 billion) 1-GW Ostroleka C coal-burning plant got 15 years of subsidies in a capacity auction, co-owner Energa said. Energy ministry officials said it will be Poland’s last large coal plant. ClientEarth is taking legal action. [S&P Global Platts]

¶ “Multilateral Banks Pile Onto Mexico Solar” • Mexico’s solar expansion over the last three years makes it one of the fastest growing solar nations. Much of this growth has been financed by a host of multilateral development banks, including several from the US. Four have just committed to an 80-MW project in the state of Chihuahua. [CleanTechnica]

Rendering of Aztec Sun Stone
(Photo: Manuel Vega Veláquez, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “India Revises Solar Auction Plans as Tariffs Beat Thermal Power Prices” • The Indian government has been forced to cancel 12 GW of solar power auctions due to a sharp decline in solar power tariff bids. This may seem counter-intuitive, but this capacity was to be supplied along with thermal power from coal-based power plants. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Beatrice Hits Halfway” • Swire Blue Ocean jack-up Pacific Orca has installed 42 of the 84 Siemens Gamesa turbines at SSE’s 588-MW Beatrice offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland. The first 7-MW machine was installed in July, when the project also delivered first power. Full commissioning of Beatrice is planned for next year. [reNEWS]

Pacific Orca at Beatrice (Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd)

¶ “Labour ‘Plots UK Offshore Revolution'” • A future UK Labour government would aim to increase offshore wind farm capacity sevenfold by 2030 to help meet the party’s renewable energy target of 60%. Labour views the challenge of climate change as an opportunity to bring skilled jobs and economic regeneration to disadvantaged communities. [reNEWS]

¶ “Horns Rev 3 Delivers First Power” • Vattenfall achieved first power from its 406-MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm off the west coast of Denmark. The first of the MHI Vestas V164 turbines started generating electricity on 23 December, according to a Vattenfall spokesman. The project will have 49 machines, each an output of 8.3 MW. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Vattenfall image)

US:

¶ “Black Hills Energy Says Wind Farm a Response to Customers” • Black Hills Corp is pursuing regulatory approval for a proposed $57 million, 40-MW wind farm west of Cheyenne, Wyoming, while it seeks commitments from South Dakota’s largest energy consumers interested in using the renewable energy. BHC is a leading coal producer. [Rapid City Journal]

¶ “Alaska Husky Racing Threatened by Receding Ice” • For now, the centuries-old tradition of husky racing is still alive and well in Alaska. But a changing climate means the competition season for these canine athletes is shrinking. The smooth, deep snow that is required for the dogs to run at full strength arrives a little later each year. [BBC]

Driver and sled dogs

¶ “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Decline in New England” • New England’s increased reliance on natural gas has taken the biggest bite out of greenhouse gas emissions, a report by ISO New England said. But it notes that efficiency initiatives and efforts for renewable resources should continue to decrease emissions. [theday.com]

¶ “Minnesota Set to See Second Consecutive Year of Strong Solar Energy Growth” • Minnesota is set for a second consecutive year of strong growth for solar energy, with a 23% increase in the size of the state’s community solar garden program. Developers in the state also are on track to add at least four larger “utility scale” solar arrays. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Have a lovely day and a wonderful holiday season.

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