January 12 Energy News

January 12, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Wind and Solar Are the Final Nails in Coal’s Coffin” • During the 2016 campaign and in various rallies since, President Trump promised to save America’s coal industry and put the nation’s coal miners “back to work.” Trump continues to labor under the delusion that he can accomplish that, but fortunately, that is just delusion. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Coal plant demolition (Nicki Kohl | Telegraph Herald | AP)

¶ “Trump Threatens Those Hurt by His Failure on Climate Change” • As the federal government shutdown and the rancorous border wall dispute consumes much of our attention, President Trump reiterated his threat to withhold essential wildfire response funds from California. He may try to divert the funds to pay for the wall. [The Hill]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Unlikely, Eccentric Inventor Turning Inedible Plant Life into Fuel” • A breakthrough can come from the least expected place. One 81-year-old eccentric toiled in isolation with no financial support for over a decade, focused on how to transform inedible plants cost-effectively into environmentally friendly fuels. [CBS News] (Thanks to Tad Montgomery.)

Marshall Medoff with correspondent Lesley Stahl

World:

¶ “China Is Set to Become the World’s Renewable Energy Superpower, According to New Report” • The continuing growth in renewable energy around the world is set to boost the power of China while undermining the influence of major oil exporters according to a report on the geopolitical implications of the changing energy landscape. [Forbes]

¶ “China Powers Up Electric Car Market” • For a decade, the Chinese government has coaxed buyers and manufacturers into the electric vehicle market through subsidies and incentives. The numbers suggest the strategy worked: the International Energy Agency says China buys more than half of the world’s new electric cars. [BBC]

EVs parked at Kandi Electric Vehicles (Getty Images)

¶ “Saudi Arabia Increases Solar Targets to 20 GW by 2023 and 40 GW by 2030” • Information given by the Renewable Energy Project Development Office of Saudi Arabia to pv magazine says the country is planning to tender 2,225 MW of solar in 2019 and has increased its solar targets to 20 GW by 2023 and 40 GW by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia Approves Construction of 900-MW Solar Farm in New South Wales” • Reach Solar Energy is developing the 900-MW Yarrabee Solar Project in the southwestern region of New South Wales. To be built in 300 MW phases, the Yarrabee Solar Project will include energy storage to assist connection to the grid. [CleanTechnica]

Bungala solar project (Enel image)

¶ “Acciona Concludes Assembly of 405-MW PV Plant in Mexico” • Spanish renewable company Acciona Energía has completed assembly of the Puerto Libertad PV plant in the Sonora desert. For this project, the Spanish firm installed 1,072,909 PV panels with a combined capacity of 356,02 MW. The project was built in two months. [Power Technology]

¶ “Ba Ria-Vung Tau Households Turn to Renewables” • Solar energy has been used by Vietnamese families living in floating villages or rural areas not connected with the national grid. Now it is being used by households in urban areas, and in some of them large numbers of households are using both grid power and solar energy. [VietNamNet Bridge]

Solar array in Vietnam (VNS File Photo)

¶ “Trudeau Announces Support for Canada’s First Geothermal Power Facility” • Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced support for a new geothermal power facility near Estevan in southeastern Saskatchewan. The energy project is the first of its kind in Canada and taps into a new renewable energy resource. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

US:

¶ “Potential Supply Chain Bottlenecks Could Threaten Growing US Wind Energy Industry” • A rush of developers to take advantage of the US Production Tax Credit could lead to over 23 GW of new wind capacity in 2019 and 2020. But unforeseen supply chain bottlenecks could lead to project postponements and cancellations. [CleanTechnica]

Transporting a blade (Image: GE Renewable Energy)

¶ “GM Will Make Cadillac Its EV Standard Bearer” • General Motors thinks it has figured out how to compete with Tesla: Slap a Cadillac badge on every EV the company makes. Apparently the reason why there are so few electric cars from GM on the road is because they are all Chevrolets, except for the Cadillac ELR. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In Massachusetts, Momentum Builds for Carbon Pricing for Transportation” • As Massachusetts legislators start their new year, bills calling for carbon fees for transportation are gaining momentum, with many lawmakers and advocates optimistic that a measure could make it to the governor’s desk during the current session. [Energy News Network]

Traffic in Boston

¶ “US Energy Will Come from Renewable Sources in 2019” • The majority of America’s new energy capacity additions in 2019 will come from renewable energy sources, according to figures from the US Energy Information Administration. The EIA expects 23.7 GW of capacity to be added, with 64% of that from wind and solar power. [Power Technology]

¶ “Vermont Yankee Sale to NorthStar Completed” • Entergy Nuclear completed the sale of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to NorthStar Group Services, an industrial demolition company, after a two-year review. Demolition of the nuclear plant will be undertaken decades ahead of Entergy’s original time frame. [Bennington Banner]

Have a radiantly gorgeous day.

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