January 18 Energy News

January 18, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “EPA: New Air Pollution Plan Worse Than Doing Nothing” • Andrew Wheeler, former coal industry lobbyist, will soon be the official head of the EPA, the agency charged with protecting the environment. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests the plans Wheeler has proposed will be only make things worse. [CleanTechnica]

Pollution

World:

¶ “Melbourne Today Powered By 100% Renewable Energy” • The City of Melbourne is the first major city in Australia to be 100% powered by renewable energy. This comes of the construction of the 80 MW wind farm at Crowlands. Crowlands is a small agricultural community, also in Victoria, about 128 miles (206 km) from Melbourne. [Market Business News]

¶ “UK ‘Should Plug Nuclear Gap With Renewables’” • Various renewables organisations have urged the UK government to plug a 9-GW hole in its low-carbon energy policy with “shovel-ready” wind and solar capacity after Hitachi suspended its nuclear development program. Nuclear plants plans are being shelved because of high costs. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines in Scotland (reNEWS image)

¶ “Reason Australian Households Are Paying An Extra $200 A Year For Electricity” • Privatisation of the electricity industry has not delivered what it promised, a report has found. A report, from the Australia Institute, says customers now pay $100 to $200 per year extra to cover the costs of things like advertising, sales, and marketing. [NEWS.com.au]

¶ “Eight Ways China Is Encouraging Zero-Subsidy Renewables” • Amid speculation that subsidies will be phased out from the end of 2020, the Chinese National Energy Administration has released a package of enticements this month for developers willing to bet on subsidy-free solar and wind projects over the next two years. [Greentech Media]

Solar repair worker in China

¶ “RWE To Spend €1.5 Billion Annually On Renewables” • RWE AG intends to invest about €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) in renewables each year to grow an already imposing portfolio, to be formed through the pending merger of assets held by Innogy SE and E.ON SE. The portfolio already includes 8.6 GW of renewable capacity. [Renewables Now]

¶ “UK Signals Shift From Nuclear To Renewables” • The UK’s government has signalled a big shift away from nuclear energy and towards renewables after Hitachi announced it was scrapping work on a new reactor because of the plummeting costs of offshore wind and solar power. Only one nuclear plant is still being developed in the UK. [The Week UK]

Wind turbine (Christopher Furlong | Getty Images)

¶ “Ørsted, TEPCO Forge Alliance For Japan Offshore Push” • Ørsted and TEPCO formed a partnership to pursue offshore wind projects in Japan. The partnership comes after Japan’s government committed to passing laws to support large-scale offshore wind development. Tokyo has a 10-GW wind target, including onshore, for 2030. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Energy Dept Tackles Challenge Of Rooftop Solar & Income Inequality” • Economic justice advocates are taking note that rooftop solar power deployment in the US has a taken on a racial tinge, with significantly more penetration in predominantly white neighborhoods. The DOE is acting to take on part, though not all, of that issue. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar systems in a low-income neighborhood

¶ “Ford Says An Electric F-150 Is Coming” • Speaking to the press at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford’s president of global markets, said, “Here’s what’s going to happen next to future-proof that global juggernaut of commercial vehicles. We’re going to be electrifying the F-Series, both battery-electric and hybrid.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scout Lassos Cash For Ranchero” • Scout Clean Energy, part of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, closed construction financing on the 300-MW Ranchero wind farm in Crockett County, Texas. The project, developed from inception by Scout Clean Energy, will use 120 of the latest generation GE 2.5-MW wind turbines with 127 meter rotors. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Pixabay image)

¶ “AG Healey Endorses Version Of ‘Green New Deal’ – 100% ‘Renewable’ Energy” • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey committed herself to an ambitious new clean energy goal as part of a broader plan included a promise to fight gun violence and reduce barriers to mental health treatment, among other issues. [NewBostonPost]

¶ “Prominent US Economists Call For Taxing Carbon Emissions” • A bipartisan group of prominent American economists has written a letter and op-ed appearing in the Wall Street Journal calling for a tax on carbon emissions. They are in favor of sharing the tax revenue with US households through recurring dividend checks. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Coal-burning power plant in Utah

¶ “Brown University Heads Toward 100% Solar And Wind” • As a major part of a campus-wide effort to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, Brown University in Providence, RI, has finalized agreements for two renewable energy projects that are expected to produce enough combined solar and wind power to offset all on-campus electricity use. [Solar Industry]

¶ “Bloomberg, Salesforce Among Companies To Form The Corporate Renewable Energy Aggregation Group” • The Corporate Renewable Energy Aggregation Group, formed by five companies, closed 42.5 MW of a 100-MW North Carolina solar project. The aggregated virtual power purchase agreement they signed is a first. [Energy Manager Today]

Have an implausibly fortuitous day.

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