January 16 Energy News

January 16, 2019


¶ “One Simple – But Really Hard – Solution to Stop Climate Change” • The time to act on climate change and limit its human causes is now, as many studies have shown. A report in the journal Nature Communications maps out what it may take to get there. It is to phase out its “carbon-intensive infrastructure” at the end of its design lifetime. [CNN]

Carbon emissions on the rise (CNN)

¶ “Trump’s Nuclear Revival? It’s a ‘Black Box'” • More than a year after President Trump promised a “complete review” to revive the country’s domestic nuclear energy sector, the effort remains shrouded in mystery. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have said they know little, or even that they cannot get answers from the administration. [E&E News]


¶ “Kenyan Electrification Plan Could Achieve Universal Access by 2022” • About 75% of Kenyans have access to electricity, the World Bank says, but its government wants to increase that to 100% by 2022. The Kenya National Electrification Strategy references mini-grids, independent solar power plants, and off-grid technology as options. [CleanTechnica]

Kenya (Image: Masai29, Wikipedia, Public domain)

¶ “Octopus, Edify Energy Provide Finance for 333-MW Darlington Point Solar Farm” • After being waved through by the News South Wales government mid-December, the Darlington Point solar+storage project has reached another milestone, as the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac will jointly provide for finance. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Abu Dhabi Pumps $2.2 Billion into Renewable Energy Sector” • The total for investments by Abu Dhabi government in the renewable energy sector has surged to Dh8 billion ($2.17 billion), thus reflecting positively on the sustainability of the industry for future generations, according to a senior official of the UAE government. [ZAWYA]

Shams 1 power plant (Ben Job | Reuters)

¶ “Saudi Auction Secures Record-Low Price for Wind Energy” • A consortium of renewable energy developers EDF Renewables and Masdar won the tender to build the 400-MW Dumat Al Jandal wind farm at a record-low price of 2.13¢/kWh. The project will be Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm and the largest in the Middle East. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “WindFloat Atlantic Lifts Dutch Anchor Maker” • Netherlands-based Vryhof will supply mooring technology for the WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind project off the Portuguese coast. The EDP Renewables-led WindPlus consortium developing WindFloat Atlantic ordered three V164-8.4 MW turbines for the project from MHI Vestas. [reNEWS]

Vryhof vessel (Vryhof image)


¶ “US Coal Retirements in 2018 Could Be as High as 15.4 GW” • A total of 16.9 GW of US power capacity was retired in 2018, including 11.8 GW worth of coal-fired power capacity, figures from S&P Global Market Intelligence say. But data from other analyst figures suggest US coal retirements in 2018 could have been as high as 15.4 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New York Gov Launches ‘Green New Deal’ with Accelerated Clean Energy Targets” • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of a “Green New Deal” initiative. Cuomo’s 2019 Justice Agenda calls for a ramp-up in renewable energy deployments as New York seeks to have 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. [Greentech Media]

New York City

¶ “Green Energy Could Be a Casualty as PG&E Enters Bankruptcy” • Gas and electricity consumers will see no changes right away when PG&E files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the face of liability problems from two historic fires. But both consumers and environmentalists might be in for rocky rides as PG&E tries to weather the storm. [UC Berkeley]

¶ “Volkswagen Chooses Chattanooga for EV Manufacturing, Looks to Ford for Light and Medium-Duty Trucks” • VW opened an assembly plant in Chattanooga in 2011. In September, VW said it was looking for a site for a US EV plant, and now, the company has announced it will invest $800 million to add an EV assembly line to the Tennessee plant. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen EV

¶ “Trump Flips – Changes His Mind on Electric Vehicles (for the Moment). Now EVs Are “A Big Win!”” • President Trump recently criticised GM for aiming to increase its focus on electric vehicles. But when VW announces plans to invest $800 million in EV production in Chattanooga, suddenly Trump is cheerleading the move as “A big win!” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EDF Powers Up in New York” • EDF Renewables North America has commissioned the 80-MW Copenhagen Wind project in Lewis County and Jefferson County, New York. The wind farm will supply electricity to National Grid subsidiary Narragansett Electric Company. Vestas supplied the 40 turbines for the project. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “Tri-State Members Increasingly Unsatisfied as the Rise of Distributed Resources Upends the G&T Model” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is the latest utility power supplier caught by changing power system economics. Buying and using new renewables now can cost less than running existing coal generation. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Regulators to Allow Seabrook Nuclear Plant to Run Through 2050” • The Seabrook nuclear plant is expected to get approval this month to continue operating through 2050, after regulators finished determining the facility is safe to remain open. Activists concerned about the facility’s safety say the decision is premature. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

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