Archive for January 3rd, 2019

January 3 Energy News

January 3, 2019


¶ “Financing Indigenous-Partnered Renewables in Alberta” • Promoting the full inclusion of Indigenous peoples in Alberta’s renewable energy market is a key facet of the Alberta Climate Leadership Program. The province allocated CA$151 million ($111 million) to support Indigenous community participation over the next three years. [pv magazine International]

Alberta legislature building (Image: Wikipedia | Zeitlupe)

¶ “Alberta Companies, First Nations to Build $1.2-Billion Worth of Wind Projects” • Several different firms are partnering with First Nations across Alberta on five renewable energy projects collectively worth about CA$1.2 billion. In total the projects will generate 760 MW of renewable electricity, enough to power 300,000 homes. [Daily Commercial News]

¶ “German Wind ‘Close to 15-TWh in December'” • Onshore and offshore wind farms in Germany generated 14,830 GWh of electricity in December, according to the energy and water industry trade association BDEW. However, BDEW added that there is a need for new energy storage facilities to use volatile renewable power efficiently. [reNEWS]

Arkona wind farm (Credit: renews)

¶ “Rolls Royce and Finferries Put To Sea in an Autonomous Ferry” • Rolls-Royce and Finferries, the state-owned ferry line of Finland, demonstrated of the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in the archipelago south of the city of Turku. The 178-foot long double-ended ferry Falco took a group of 80 dignitaries for a demonstration run. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ukraine Almost Triples Pace of Installing Renewable Energy Facilities in 2018, to 740 MW” • A total of 742.5 MW of new renewable energy generating facilities were installed in Ukraine in 2018. This is 2.8 times more than last year, a report of the National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation said. [Interfax-Ukraine]

Wind turbines in the Ukraine (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Energy Company Rapped by Advertising Regulator for ‘Zero CO2’ Claim” • UK renewable energy provider Good Energy was found to be in breach of advertising regulations. It claimed the electricity it supplies produces no carbon dioxide, but 18% of Good Energy’s fuel mix coming from bio-generation, which produces CO2 when burned. [Compelo]

¶ “UK Power Stations’ Electricity Output Lowest Since 1994” • The output of British power stations fell this year to levels last seen almost a quarter of a century ago, while renewables got a record share of the UK electricity supply. Electricity generation in 2018 was the lowest since 1994, when Tony Blair became the leader of the Labour party. [The Guardian]

Gas-fired power station in Teesside (Photo: Alamy)


¶ “Tesla Crushes Records, Wall Street Expects More – Miracles?” • Tesla crushed 2017’s numbers, solidly passed the 2018’s 3rd quarter numbers in the 4th quarter, and showed what was probably the most dramatic growth in the history of the auto industry. But Wall Street decided it wasn’t enough and the stock price declined. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Zero Emissions Rules for Public Transportation and Shuttles in California” • Every bus used for public transportation in California will be a zero emissions vehicle by 2040 as the result of a new initiative approved by the Air Resources Board. Transportation accounts for 40% of CO2 emissions and up to 90% of smog-causing pollutants. [CleanTechnica]

BYD bus built in California (Nate Pitkin, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Utility Scale Solar Power Plus Lithium-Ion Storage Cost Breakdown” • The US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory released an inaugural report highlighting utility scale energy storage costs with various methods of tying it to solar power: co-located or not, and DC vs AC coupling. One system is running, and more are coming. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “$2,000 Price Cuts on Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3 for US Buyers” • Tesla rung in the new year by dropping the price on all of its Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles by $2,000 in the US. With its EV sales success, Tesla is the first auto maker to see its EV tax credit drop from $7,500 to $3,750, which happened on January 1. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3, in a class by itself

¶ “Two Wind Facilities in Northeast South Dakota Moving Forward Quickly” • Two wind facility proposals in South Dakota are in the fast lane for approval from state regulators, as no one applied to intervene. One is a 10.4-mile transmission line. The other is the Dakota Range III wind farm with 42 turbines and eight miles of transmission line. [Keloland TV]

¶ “PacifiCorp Study Prompts Review of Coal-Fired Power Plants in Six States, Including Utah” • PacifiCorp’s own analysis shows 60% of its coal-fired power plant units are more costly to run than shutter. A report to the Oregon Public Service Commission shows closing some of its coal-fired units could save hundreds of millions of dollars. [Deseret News]

Huntington power plant (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

¶ “Massachusetts Activists and Legislators Call for Action in Environmental Policy” • Massachusetts has been a leader when it comes to environmental legislation, but after a federal report came out detailing impacts of climate change, local activists say that there is more to be done, and more voters are getting concerned about the climate. [GazetteNET]

¶ “Dominion Completes Buyout of SCANA After 17-Month Nuclear Fiasco” • Nearly 730,000 electric customers in South Carolina are getting a new power company. Virginia-based Dominion Energy finalized its buyout of SCANA Corp, the power company that lost $5 billion and its independence to a failed nuclear construction project. [SCNow]

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