Archive for January 2nd, 2019

January 2 Energy News

January 2, 2019


¶ “A Clean Energy Revolution Is Rising in the Midwest, with Utilities in the Vanguard” • Midwestern utilities are abandoning fossil fuels. First Xcel Energy of Minnesota said it would go to zero carbon emissions. Next came Consumers Energy in Michigan and NIPSCO in Indiana. They made 2018 the fulcrum year in the energy transition. [InsideClimate News]

Wind turbines (Joe Amon | The Denver Post via Getty Images)

¶ “As Trump’s Political Clout Teeters, His Energy Policies Are Becoming Irrelevant” • While political uncertainty fills the New Year, energy security is not an issue. The US is shedding coal-fired power plants and replacing them with natural gas and renewable resources. And this is being done despite the efforts of the president. [Forbes]

¶ “Here’s What’s on the Radar for Climate Change in 2019” • The science of human-caused climate change is unequivocal. We know what the science tells us will happen to our planet if we don’t make drastic changes fast enough. Here are some factors that will shape climate change coverage over the next 12 months and beyond. []

Wildfire in British Columbia (Darryl Dyck | Canadian Press)

¶ “Debate Continues: Can New Technology Save Nuclear Power?” • Nuclear power provides carbon-free electricity for a warming world. But is its use still practical, can it still be economic, is its promise still achievable, and is nuclear a key to combating climate change? So far, nuclear power has fallen short of those goals, and that might not change. [POWER magazine]

¶ “2018 Showed Why Import Duties Can’t Save India’s Solar-Panel Makers” • A boom in solar installation in India was fuelled by low-cost solar panels, 85% of which came from China. Then, in August, the government imposed a 25% duty on foreign-made PV cells and panels. It did not help Indian manufacturers, and it hurt solar installers. [Quartz]

Sun for the roses, sun for the thorns


¶ “Innovative Microgrid Will Power Finnish Distribution Center” • A distribution center in Finland is installing what is being called the country’s largest industrial microgrid, a system that will use 100% renewable energy. The system is being built by Schneider Electric in Järvenpää. It will be used by Lidl, a grocery store chain based in Germany. [POWER magazine]

¶ “RWTH Working to Bring Electric Delivery Vans to Market” • The Production Technology for Electromobility Components sector of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Germany’s largest technical school, introduced what it calls a “primotype” of a new modular electric delivery van. The LiVe 1 has a 7.5 ton capacity. [CleanTechnica]

LiVe 1

¶ “Solar Slashes Peak Electricity Demand on New Year’s Eve” • EnergyAustralia has claimed that solar power costs ratepayers $45 per year. But the Australia Institute said rooftop solar cut peak electricity demand in New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia enough to save ordinary customers possibly $1 billion in just three days. [Solar Quotes]

¶ “Ballarat Community Power Hub Gives Communities Control of Their Own Power” • In Victoria, a proposal to put 225 kW of PVs on the roof of the Eastern Grampians Health Service’s Ararat and Willaura campuses was selected as the Ballarat Community Power Hub’s flagship project. It should save the health service $1.65 million over 25 years. [Ballarat Courier]

East Grampians Health Service

¶ “Renewables Posted Record Share of UK Power in Q3 2018” • Renewables provided almost one-third of the UK’s total power output in Q3 2018, a record high for that period of the year, boosted by the summer’s heatwave and high wind speeds. It was the second successive quarter that the country’s renewables output set a new record. [Current News]

¶ “Sembcorp to Commission Singapore’s Largest Rooftop Solar Farm” • Sembcorp Industries and Cache Logistics Trust said they have signed an agreement covering installation and operation of rooftop solar farms at three logistics warehouses in Singapore owned by Cache. The systems will have a total capacity of around 7.9 MW. []

Solar PVs covering a parking lot


¶ “Rooftop Solar Tax Relief Bills Vetoed by Michigan Governor” • Both chambers of the Michigan legislature passed bills to allow solar systems to be free of being taxed as real estate. Just before the he left office, Governor Rick Snyder, the man who refused to lift a finger to help the citizens of Flint solve their water crisis, vetoed the measures. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Advocate to Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030” • In Illinois, Advocate Aurora Health officials announced they will power its 27 hospitals and 500-plus outpatient facilities on 100% renewable energy by 2030. They will increase wind, solar, and geothermal infrastructure at its existing buildings and only buy power from renewable sources. [Chicago Daily Herald]

Advocate Sherman Hospital (Courtesy Advocate Aurora Health)

¶ “Bill McKibben Has a New Year’s Message About Climate Change – Act Quickly” • Have we waited too long to take bold action on climate change? McKibben argues there is still a slim chance that a total collapse of the Earth’s ecosphere is still mathematically possible. “Win soon,” he said, “or suffer the consequences.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dakota Access Pipeline Developer Misses Year-End Deadline to Plant Trees” • The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline missed a year-end deadline to plant thousands of trees along the pipeline corridor in North Dakota. The company said it was still complying with a settlement of allegations it violated state rules during construction. [The Guardian]

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