Archive for January 21st, 2019

January 21 Energy News

January 21, 2019


¶ “How Orkney Leads The Way For Sustainable Energy” • Orkney’s community-owned wind turbines generate their power. Islanders drive nonpolluting EVs. It is a test site for devices that can turn the energy of the waves and the tides into electricity, and in the near future, Orkney’s ferries will be fuelled by hydrogen. The list goes on. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Michael Roper | Alamy Stock Photo)

¶ “Sexy Or Not, Here Comes Energy Efficiency For Buildings” • Energy efficiency technology may not provide the visceral thrill of a smooth zero emission ride in a next-generation EV, but if decarbonization is to proceed quickly then the low hanging fruit of the future’s low-carbon economy will be plucked at millions of today’s vintage buildings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ten Hot Trends Shaping Australian Clean Energy” • Between record levels of clean energy and businesses recognising the value of low-cost renewables to cut their operating costs, we are starting to see a whole-of-economy energy transformation taking place. It’s amazing and inspiring to watch the changes in real time. [RenewEconomy]

Tesla battery system at Hornsdale

¶ “‘Not Too Late’: Australians Develop Carbon Model With DiCaprio’s Help” • Renewable energy can supplant fossil fuels across the global economy, and Australia is one of three regions best placed to benefit because of its solar and wind resources, a study funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s One Earth project says. [The Sydney Morning Herald]


¶ “Namibia: InnoSun Energy Inaugurates Phase One Of Ombepo’s Wind Farm” • The strong winds on the Namibian coast can be used as an advantage, and the Franco-Namibian company InnoSun Energy Holding did just that at a 5-MW wind farm. One major challenge was that the wind turbines had to stand up to strong winds. [AFRIK 21]

Wind turbines (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Two Upcoming Mumbai Metro Lines To Tap Into Solar Energy” • The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, the Metro’s nodal authority, plans to install rooftop solar panels at the stations of two new Metro lines. The lines are to be operational next year, with 35% of their total power needs met by solar energy. [Hindustan Times]

¶ “Solar Project Has ‘Life Changing’ Impact In Rural Malawi” • Only 12% of Malawi’s 18 million population is connected to the main electricity grid. The figure drops to 2% in rural areas. A solar power project to connect villages in Malawi, led by Strathclyde University researchers, has had a “life-changing” impact for rural communities. [BBC News]

Business in Malawi (Strathclyde University image)

¶ “China Approves 24 Offshore Wind Projects” • The Chinese government approved 24 offshore wind projects off Jiangsu Province. Local media reports that the projects will have a total capacity of 6.7 GW and will involve an investment of around $18 billion. The wind farms are expected to be operational by the end of 2020. [The Maritime Executive]

¶ “EU Approves France’s Plan To Replace Nuclear Plant With 300 MW Of PV” • The European Commission gave the green light to a tender mechanism the French government conceived to enable the construction of solar plants with 300 MW of capacity at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, the country’s oldest nuclear facility. [pv magazine International]

Fessenheim (Florival fr | Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Tamil Nadu One Of The World’s Top 9 Green Power Markets” • A 2018 report lists the Indian state of Tamil Nadu as one of the top nine renewable energy markets in the world. Today, 14.3% of all the energy demand in the state is met by renewable energy, primarily solar and wind. But that is changing has stagnation has set in. [Down To Earth Magazine]


¶ “Electric Co-op Sets Ambitious Goal To Cut Carbon By 50%” • La Plata Electric Association set ambitious goals last week to cut its carbon footprint by 50% and keep costs lower than 70% of its peer cooperatives in Colorado. LPEA gets 95% of its electricity from Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which is heavily dependent on coal. [The Durango Herald]

Installing a solar system (Durango Herald file photo)

¶ “Clean-Energy Agenda Sees Power Surge In Augusta” • After running as a Democrat and winning a House seat in November in a heavily Republican district that includes her hometown of Nobleboro, Chloe Maxmin is following her environmental convictions as the lead sponsor of a bill to create a Green New Deal in Maine. She is not alone. [Press Herald]

¶ “SF moves toward public power and a ‘local version of a green new deal’” • San Francisco’s push to move to a public power system after PG&E said it will file for bankruptcy is not the only big energy plan in the making. Supporters of the city’s renewable energy program are calling for the city’s own “local version of a green new deal.” [San Francisco Examiner]

Sunset Reservoir (Gil Riego Jr | Special to The SF Examiner)

¶ “Michigan Power Plant Owner Seeks Fuel-Burning Permit” • Convergen Energy, the owner of a Michigan power plant is seeking a long-term permit to use engineered fuel pellets made from paper and plastic waste, creosote railroad ties, and fuel derived from tires. The state considers the fuel renewable, but residents are concerned. [Hastings Tribune]

¶ “Wind Farm Expansion To Power Local Homes” • The wind in the western Massachusetts town of Hancock is bringing power to several communities in the central parts of the state. The Brodie Mountain Wind Power Project is starting phase two construction, adding two 2.3-MW turbines to the existing 10-turbine, 15-MW system. [Worcester Telegram]

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