Archive for December 28th, 2018

December 28 Energy News

December 28, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “The 35 Easiest Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint” • In the face of the recent  National Climate Assessment report on the threats of climate change, the Trump administration keeps on trying to roll back environmental policies. Individuals, can make a difference, however, by reducing personal greenhouse gas emissions. [State of the Planet]

Cycling (Photo: SFBicycleCoalition)

¶ “2018 Was Key to Australian Clean Energy Industry, 2019 Has to Continue That Growth” • It will be interesting, in a decade or so, to see how we rate this year for the role it played for clean technology around the world. Significant milestones were met and exceeded the world over, but also some tremendous failures. Australia saw both. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Volkswagen’s New Mobile EV Charging Solution” • VW is offering a glimpse of its mobile quick charging station. It works according to the principle of a power bank, to charge an EV’s battery from its own internal battery. It has quick charging technology, and can charge a car with suitable connections in 17 minutes. [CleanTechnica]

VW EV Charging Solution

¶ “Perovskite Solar Panels Edge Closer To Production As Prices Fall” • Perovskite PVs can be sprayed or painted on virtually any surface. The source materials are abundant and inexpensive, but Perovskites are nevertheless more efficient than silicon cells. Their one drawback is that they do not last long. That problem is being addressed. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Divestment Year in Review 2018” • Over 1000 institutions with managed investments worth almost $8 trillion have made commitments to divest from fossil fuels. Increasingly, managers are aware of the risks of climate breakdown and deciding of their own accord to divest from morally unsound and financially risky industries. [CleanTechnica]

Divestment demonstration

¶ “The Solar Tracker Global Growth Rate Is Stunning” • The multi-billion dollar demand for solar trackers is expected to continue for at least the next five years, a market forecast says. The global single-axis solar PV tracker market is expected to show a cumulative average growth rate of close to 28% during the period 2019-2023. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Making Big Battery Storage Push in 2019” • China is set to add a significant amount of both lithium-ion and flow batteries to its electric power grid next year. China’s renewable energy portfolio now stands at 706 GW according to Bloomberg, but 7.7% of the electricity from wind turbines is curtailed, as is 2.9% from solar panels. [CleanTechnica]

Inspecting a flow battery in China (Credit: VRB Energy)

¶ “IHS Predicts Global Solar Installations to Reach 123 Gigawatts in 2019” • Leading clean energy analysts IHS Markit has released a new solar PV installation forecast. It expects to see 2019 deliver the highest level of new solar capacity installed in a year, with total installations to increase by 18% and reach 123 GW across the world. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “Governor-Elect Polis and Incoming Democrats Want Greener Pastures for Colorado Energy” • While outgoing Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper wrote an executive order to cut carbon emissions, there is palpable excitement over the prospect that Governor-elect Polis could go beyond that with his 100% renewable pledge. [Colorado Public Radio]

Colorado wind turbines (Hart Van Denburg | CPR News)

¶ “New Jersey BPU Releases Plan for New Solar Program After SREC Ends” • The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities staff has issued a straw proposal to assist in the transition from the current Solar Renewable Energy Certificate Program to a new system. The SREC program is set to be closed when PV growth criteria are met. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Enel Brings 620 MW of New US Wind Online” • Enel Green Power North America Inc has announced the start of operations of the 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Nebraska and the 300-MW Diamond Vista wind farm in Kansas. Combined, the two new projects will generate around 2,600 GWh of electricity each year. [North American Windpower]

Rattlesnake Creek wind farm

¶ “Coal-free El Paso Electric Adding Solar, Gas, and Energy Storage” • EPE announced plans to add multiple cleaner emitting sources for capacity needed to meet demands of the 2022-2023 summer peak season. The winning bids include 200 MW in solar, 100 MW of battery storage and a new 226-MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine. [Electric Light & Power]

¶ “Power Plant Explosion Casts New Light on New York’s Dirty Fuel Addiction” • A transformer explosion that illuminated the New York City skyline late Thursday night came from one of the state’s dirtiest plants, casting new light on the city’s dependence on antiquated oil-burning power stations and bolstering calls for cleaner electricity. [HuffPost]

Eerie light from the power plant explosion
(Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg Via Getty Images)

¶ “Cooper Says It Is Time to Fight Climate Change” • North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper gave cabinet secretaries their marching orders to fulfill his executive order calling for a 40% reduction in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. He said there has been progress, but efforts for a cleaner, healthier North Carolina have stalled. [Coastal Review Online]

¶ “$15 Billion SCANA Deal Closer to Completion” • The $15 billion sale of the South Carolina-based SCANA, to Dominion Energy of Virginia appears to be on the way to completion. Earlier this year, Dominion pulled back on $1000 refunds to customers, who paid more than $2 billion for construction of two nuclear reactors that are now abandoned. [WFAE]

Have an appreciably hunky-dory day.

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