Archive for December 29th, 2018

December 29 Energy News

December 29, 2018

Signs of Changing Times for Auto Makers:

¶ “WSJ Auto Columnist: Next Vehicle Will Be Electric, Gasmobiles Soon to Be Like Flip Phones” • Wall Street Journal auto columnist Dan Neil discussed his next car. It will be an EV. He said, “During the reasonable service life of any vehicle I buy today, I expect the demand for IC-powered vehicles will drop to practically zero. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla’s current lineup (Photo: Zach Shahan for CleanTechnica)

¶ “Bloomberg: To Catch Up to Tesla, Big Auto Needs ‘Tricky Financial Stunt'” • As Tesla gains market share, legacy automakers face tough decisions. Bloomberg warns, “The future of the auto industry is going to look like the history of the cell phone … some of today’s dominant car companies will share the fate of a few former titans of the smartphone. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EV Charging Rates for Commercial Electric Trucks, Buses, and Fast Chargers – Policies Forming” • Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric, two of the largest utilities in the nation, have developed an innovative suite of rates designed specifically for commercial EV charging, providing significant fuel cost savings. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a fleet of EVs

Science and Technology:

¶ “Bioplastic Breakthrough Promises Polymers Without Using Precious Land or Water Resources” • Researchers at Tel Aviv University say they made a polymer from microorganisms that feed on seaweed. The process produces no toxic waste. Better still, the resulting plastic is biodegradable and also creates nothing but organic waste. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “India Commits ₹4,500 Crore to Bhutan’s 12th Five-Year Plan” • India announced that it will contribute ₹4,500 crore ($676.4 million) to Bhutan’s 12th Five-Year Plan, after talks headed by the countries’ prime ministers. The two sides also reviewed the progress of various hydro-power projects in the Himalayan kingdom. []

Hydro project

¶ “Vestas Celebrates 12 GW Order Record for 2018” • A flurry of end-year deals helped Vestas record over 12 GW of global orders for 2018. Over 350 MW of projects announced in Europe have helped the company beat its previous record last year, 11,178 MW. These include projects in Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, and Poland. [reNEWS]

¶ “Turbine Giant Becomes 1-GW Wizard in Oz” • Vestas has signed a 184-MW engineering, procurement and construction contract for a wind project in Western Australia. The deal pushes the company’s Australian order intake for 2018 to 1 GW, the highest in one year since Vestas installed its first wind farm in Australia, 25 years ago. [reNEWS]

Vestas wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “Eco revolution! Solar powered Jamia Millia Islamia to get green buildings too” • Jamia Millia Islamia, which now has the largest solar power plant among all central universities in India, is going green completely as it plans become emission-free and fully renewable energy-reliant by turning itself into a net source of electricity. [Times Now]


¶ “EPA Proposes New Rule That Could Allow Fewer Restrictions on Toxins” • The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is proposing new rules for the regulation of hazardous air pollutants, potentially making way for fewer restrictions on various pollutants in the future. A number of groups were quick to criticise the move. [CNN]

Brandon Shores power plant (Mark Wilson | Getty Images)

¶ “Powerhouse 3.0 Solar Shingles Head to The Roof” • The snail-slow solar shingle race is moving once again, as Real Goods Solar accepted the first of its $127 million worth of Powerhouse preorders on December 27. The company also announced plans to ramp up production every quarter during 2019 toward a 5-MW annual capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Massachusetts Reboots Its EV Incentive Program” • After January 1, the maximum rebate for EVs in Massachusetts will be reduced to $1,500 and only fully battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell cars will be eligible. Hybrids will not be given rebates. In addition, the sticker price of the car must be under $50,000 to qualify for the program. [CleanTechnica]

Chevrolet Bolt

¶ “Connecticut to Tap Power from Seabrook to Generate Clean Energy” • Nuclear power plants in Connecticut and New Hampshire were among electricity producers selected to provide the clean energy Connecticut needs to meet its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nine solar project and one offshore wind farm were also chosen. [Concord Monitor]

¶ “CU Hits Goal of 40% Renewable Energy” • City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, signed a deal that brings its renewable energy portfolio to a goal of more than 40%. CU announced that it is buying 100 MW of power from Enel Green Power’s new Diamond Vista wind farm near Salina, Kansas, according to a news release. [Springfield Business Journal]

Wind turbine (Photo provided by City Utilities of Springfield)

¶ “NREL Details Great Potential for Floating PV Systems” • In a paper that was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimated that floating solar PVs on the more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could provide about 10% of the nation’s electricity. [POWER magazine]

¶ “Santee Cooper Sues Partner over Project” • South Carolina’s state-owned utility is suing its partner in a failed nuclear project, saying the privately owned South Carolina Electric & Gas had committed fraud and misconduct that caused billions of dollars to be wasted on the unfinished reactors. The two utilities spent over $9 billion on the project. [106.3 WORD]

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