January 11 Energy News

January 11, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “California Set a Goal of 100% Clean Energy, and Now Other States May Follow Its Lead” • At least nine governors taking their oaths of office this month, from Nevada to Michigan to New York, campaigned on 100% clean energy, or have endorsed the target in the four months since it was enshrined in California law. Now they can act. [Los Angeles Times]

Home solar installation (Irfan Khan | Los Angeles Times)

World:

¶ “VW Commercial e-Crafter Electric Cargo Van Makes UK Debut” • The electric VW e-Crafter commercial van made its UK debut in December at the Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre. The 3.5 ton cargo van has 107 miles of range and uses a 35 kWh lithium-ion battery, and it can be charged to 80% in about 45 minutes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oslo Booting Cars from City Center” • Oslo is one of the top cities in the world for electric vehicles. That already makes it a clear leader in clean transport and more enjoyable, healthier air for citizens, but the city is taking things a step further. Oslo is moving to restrict car use altogether within certain areas of the city. [CleanTechnica]

Walkway in Oslo

¶ “Saskatchewan Reaches Agreement with Ottawa to Cut Power-Generation Emissions” • The province and federal government have come to terms on an equivalency agreement, that will see Saskatchewan mostly move away from coal by 2030. Similar agreements have been reached with other provinces like Alberta and Nova Scotia. [Globalnews.ca]

¶ “Horns Rev 3 Nears Finish Line” • Fred Olsen Windcarrier is nearing completion of turbine installation at Vattenfall’s 406-MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm off the coast of Denmark. Jack-up vessel Brave Tern has loaded the last batch of the 49 MHI Vestas 8.3-MW machines that are to generate power in the wind farm. [reNEWS]

Brave Tern

¶ “Greenergy Solutions Develops 550-MW Solar Project in Nepal” • Greenergy Solutions Inc announced that it is to develop a 550-MW solar power project in Nepal. Greenergy Solutions’ Chairman and CEO Ruth P Briones said that company’s intention is to develop solar power plants in each of the seven states in Nepal. [Eco-Business]

¶ “Italy Looks to Block Oil, Gas Exploration Permits” • Italy plans to suspend the issuing of 36 pending oil and gas exploration permits, as the government finds upstream oil and gas activity not of strategic importance to the country. At the same time, the ruling coalition government is looking to significantly boost renewable energy. [OilPrice.com]

Italy

¶ “Hitachi to Halt Work on UK Nuclear Project” • Japanese conglomerate Hitachi Ltd will halt work on a nuclear power project in the UK and take a one-time charge of up to ¥300 billion ($2.8 billion), as negotiations with the British government over funding have stalled. On the news, Hitachi stock had its best rally in over two years. [Energy Voice]

¶ “EDF, Masdar Scoop Saudi Mega-Farm” • A consortium of EDF Renewables and Masdar has won a tender to build the 400-MW Dumat Al Jandal wind farm in Saudi Arabia. Dumat Al Jandal will be the first wind project in the country. It will supply electricity to a subsidiary of Saudi Electricity Company under a 20-year agreement. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (EDF image)

US:

¶ “‘As World Teeters on Brink of Climate Catastrophe,’ 600+ Groups Demand Congress Back Visionary Green New Deal” • On behalf of their millions of members and supporters, 626 environmental organizations demanded that US policymakers “pursue visionary and affirmative legislative action” such as a Green New Deal. [Common Dreams]

¶ “Six Paths to 100% Renewables for Los Angeles” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is evaluating six scenarios for the Los Angeles grid to reach 100% renewable or zero-carbon electricity by 2045 or sooner, with input from an advisory group. The results could illuminate paths for states to reach 100% zero-carbon targets. [pv magazine USA]

Los Angeles (Image: Webstep, Pixabay)

¶ “Colorado Energy Cooperative’s PPA Sparks Development of a 100-MW Wind Farm” • The agreement Holy Cross Energy announced with Colorado wholesale energy company Guzman Energy is an unusual power purchase agreement, a two-way swap that will allow the development of a new 100-MW wind farm to serve HCE’s members. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Appalachian Power Gets Approval to Sell 100% Renewable Energy to Customers. Hold the Champagne.” • The State Corporation Commission approved an Appalachian Power Company request to offer its half million Virginia customers the option of buying 100% renewable electricity. There is a catch that limits competition. [Virginia Mercury]

Wind farm (Creative Commons via Pixabay)

¶ “DSM Holds Grand Opening for Largest Net-Metered Solar Installation in New Jersey” • DSM North America opened its newly expanded solar field in Belvidere, New Jersey. The 20.2-MW solar project, located on 66 acres, is now the largest net-metered solar installation in New Jersey and the second largest on the East Coast. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Florida’s New Republican Governor Softly Nudges the State Forward on Climate Change” • Florida’s new Republican governor is making good on campaign promises, announcing plans to open a new resiliency office as part of an environmental rollout that includes an extra $1 billion for Everglades restoration and water cleanup. [Miami Herald]

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