Archive for January 20th, 2019

January 20 Energy News

January 20, 2019


¶ “A Local Blueberry Farmer’s Perspective On Climate Issues” • Farmers are accustomed to challenges … Organic growers like Jubilee Orchards must combat heat, insects, weeds and plant diseases without using pesticides or herbicides. But increasingly climate issues pose our biggest challenge and the deepest risk to our fruit. []

Blueberry flowers (Rob Duval, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “It’s Up To California To Save Us From This Trump Rollback” • As President Donald Trump races to gut the auto mileage and emissions program of the Obama administration, the California Air Resources Board, an agency little known outside the state, could help protect us from the rollback. At stake are the health of the world and US competitiveness. [CNN]

¶ “The Observer View: The Hitachi Fiasco Confirms That Our Energy Policy Now Lies In Ruins” • Last week’s decision by Hitachi to stop building its £20 billion nuclear plant at Wylfa in Wales, soon after Toshiba withdrew from a nuclear project in Cumbria, was a major blow to Britain’s prospects for effective energy policy. [The Guardian]

Wylfa nuclear plant (Christopher Furlong | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Everything You Need To Know About The Tesla Powerwall 2 (2019 Edition)” • Tesla has created a Powerwall Overview and Welcome Guide, but many features of the Powerwall simply do not come through in a simple pamphlet. Digging deeper, the Tesla AC Powerwall Owner’s Manual provides significantly more information. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Addressing The Microgrid Stability Challenge With MVDC” • Microgrids are generally isolated from one another. As their numbers increase, the opportunity for them to be mutually supportive increases. Medium voltage direct current technology makes it possible to connect microgrids together with precise control. [Transmission and Distribution World]

Siemens microgrid

¶ “New Study Reveals Local Drivers Of Amplified Arctic Warming” • An international team of researchers, including Professor Sarah Kang and DoYeon Kim in the School of Urban and Environmental Engineering at UNIST, has shown that local greenhouse gas concentrations appear to be attributable to Arctic Amplification. [Science Codex]


¶ “In 33 Years, India Struggled To Exploit Just 12% Of Its Wind Energy Potential” • The latest wind energy potential study carried out by Chennai-based National Institute of Wind Energy estimates 302 GW at 100 metre above ground level. India has only 35 GW of windpower installed, so the country has a sizable untapped potential. [Down To Earth Magazine]

Wind turbines (SuyogJoshiPhotography, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “ACT Leads The Way In Rooftop Solar Uptake, Doubling Capacity In 2018” • Rooftop solar for homes and businesses is growing faster in the Australian Capital Territory than in any other state or territory. The ACT added 22.8 MW of PVs last year. Data from Green Energy Trading shows that home installations grew 104.4% year-on-year. [The Canberra Times]

¶ “Iran To Construct 3000 New Small-Scale Solar Plants In Rural Areas” • Iran’s Deputy Energy Minister said 3000 new small-scale solar plants are going to be constructed in the country’s underprivileged and rural areas by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2019). He said this adds to 2000 plants already operating. [Al-Bawaba]

Small solar system (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Abu Dhabi’s Energy Summit Tackles Urgency Of Climate Change” • The aim in the UAE is to increase the amount of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25% to 50% by 2050, reduce the country’s carbon footprint of power generation 70%, increase consumption efficiency 40%, and save close to $190.6 billion over the next 30 years. [The Arab Weekly]

¶ “Frustration Over Feed-In Tariff Pushes Tasmanian Solar Producers Towards Batteries ” • There are about 28,500 Tasmanians with home PV systems. Over half of them installed their PVs before September 2013, when the feed-in tariff was about 28¢/kWh. Now that the FIT is dropping to 8.5¢/kWh, many are getting batteries. [ABC News]

Jeff Jennings, set for loss (Michael Brooks | ABC News)

¶ “China’s PV Power Capacity Up 34% In 2018” • China’s PV capacity grew by 34% year on year in 2018. The PV capacity surpassed 170 GW at the end of 2018, as 43 GW were added over the year, the China PV Industry Association said. PVs accounted for over 9% of the country’s power generation capacity over the course of 2018. []


¶ “Bringing Hydroelectric To Dams Like Newburgh Just Got Easier” • Last year, Rep Larry Buschon successfully guided legislation through Congress to make developing hydropower easier. He hopes it will renew interest in developing hydropower at the dams in Newburgh, Indiana, and Union Town, Kentucky, along with others. [Evansville Courier & Press]

Power plant at Barber Dam in Idaho

¶ “34% of Americans Expect to Buy an Electric Vehicle in Next 10 Years” • CarGurus recently published results of a survey of American adult consumers regarding their interest in electric vehicles. The main findings were that 15% said they were probably going to own an EV in the next 5 years, and 34% said it would probably be in 10 years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Montana Debates Future Sources For Power Generation” • Renewable energy and fossil fuel advocates made their cases to Montana regulators for how to boost the state’s generating capacity to make up for expected drops in the region’s power supply. Area coal-fired plants with 3,500 MW in capacity are to shut down in coming years. [New Jersey Herald]

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