Archive for January 1st, 2019

January 1 Energy News

January 1, 2019


¶ “In 2018 the Australian Government Chased its Energy Tail. Here’s a More Hopeful Story” • While Australia’s government trashed its international reputation by reaffirming allegiance to coal, lying about climate progress, and dismissing the landmark IPCC report, the transformation in Australia’s electricity sector tells a hopeful story. [The Guardian]

Renewable energy (jjnogueron | Getty Images | iStockphoto)

¶ “2018: A Year of Stalled Progress and Unprecedented Ambition on Climate” • In 2018, US efforts on climate change were set back, as carbon emissions rose 3% after declining for three years. But in 2018, pioneers at the federal, state, and corporate levels announced ambitious new goals, and technologies emerged to make them attainable. [The Hill]


¶ “Electra Meccanica Ramping Up Production at New Zongshen Factory” • The Electra Meccanica proposes a different solution to moving people around with its three-wheeled electric car, the SOLO. The SOLO is built as the ultimate single person people mover, on the premise that the vast majority of trips we take are with a single person in the car. [CleanTechnica]

Electra Meccanica SOLO

¶ “Big Oil and Renewable Energy: Progress, but ‘Follow This’ (and CleanTechnica) Want More” • Supermajors are taking on more renewable energy commitments lately as they prepare for a less carbon-intensive future. Some are going a step further, coupling these green commitments with such causes as bringing power to those without it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Saint Kitts and Nevis to Run on 100% Renewable Energy” • Thermal Energy Partners LLC of Texas has contracted to provide for construction of a 10-MW geothermal power plant on Saint Kitts and Nevis. The geothermal plant will allow the island to become 100% reliant on renewable electric power with zero emissions. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Source of energy

¶ “Danes Revel in 270-MW Chinese New Year Party” • Vestas has secured a flurry of end-year orders in China for three projects totalling over 270 MW. The Danish firm has won an order to supply 200 MW of 2-MW turbines to Hanas for one project. The pair have a long-term relationship that has now seen 1.4 GW of contracts between them. [reNEWS]

¶ “2018: A Bumpy Indian Solar Ride” • The Indian solar industry started 2018 positively, with the government allocating ₹5,020 crore ($790 million) for expanding renewable energy in financial year 2018-2019. But challenges remain. Land acquisition is still a major hurdle, and high duties on Chinese panels have slowed growth. [pv magazine India]

Indian solar system (Image: IBC Solar)

¶ “China’s Big Push for Solar Energy” • Emerging markets are frontrunners in solar energy production and consumption. By overtaking the developed countries, emerging economies like China and India have become important players in the solar market. And China has emerged as the leader in renewable energy. [Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis]

¶ “SECI Invites Bids for 2,400 MW of Renewable Energy Generation Plants” • The state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India has invited bids for setting up wind and solar plants of 1,200 MW each. The FY19 renewable capacity addition target had been set at 15,600 MW, including 10,000 MW of wind and 4,000 MW of solar. [EnergyInfraPost]

Solar and wind system

¶ “Board Maps Out Kenya Nuclear Plant Sites” • Kenya finished the process of analysis and selection of potential nuclear sites. The process is the first of the three stages to be carried out by the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board, which is mandated to fast-track implementation and establish additional 1,000-MW plants in the next eight years. [Business Daily]


¶ “Four New Electric Cars with Long Range Are Coming to US Showrooms in 2019” • Seven years after the Tesla Model S first went on sale, American drivers still have few battery EVs with more than 200 miles of range to choose from. That will change in 2019 as new models from Jaguar, Audi, Hyundai, and Kia find their way into US showrooms. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Kona Electric, $36,450, 258-mile range

¶ “Texas’ MMEX Resources Makes Solar Moves” • Texas-based MMEX Resources Corp, which focuses on oil, gas, refining, and electric power projects in Texas and Latin America, announced its new membership in the Texas Solar Power Association. It had announced formation of its subsidiary MMEX Solar Resources LLC in July. [Solar Industry]

¶ “Three Firms Show Interest in Building Wind Energy Turbines off New Jersey’s Coast” • Three companies have shown interest in building offshore wind-energy projects along the New Jersey coast, the Associated Press reported. New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities said it received three bids from interested firms, but did not identify them. []

Wind turbines (PA Images | SIPA USA)

¶ “Renewable Energy Efforts Made Big Gains in Wisconsin in 2018, Advocate Says” • Each year, RENEW Wisconsin outlines the state’s efforts on renewable energy. Its executive director said the numbers of community wind and solar projects are growing, but some of the biggest renewable news came from the largest utilities. [Wisconsin Public Radio News]

¶ “Ocasio-Cortez Slams Democrats for Deeming Climate Goals ‘Too Controversial'” • Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ripping her fellow Democrats for failing to take up her proposed special climate change committee for a Green New Deal because it was deemed “too controversial.” Its aim is to have 100% of grid energy be renewably generated. [The Hill]

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