Archive for January 29th, 2019

January 29 Energy News

January 29, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Eggshells May Power The Renewable Energy Revolution” • According to researchers in Western Australia, eggshells may be the key to abundant, inexpensive energy storage. Starting with eggs they bought in a local supermarket, they were easily able to make calcium oxide, which is the basis for their energy storage system. [CleanTechnica]

Eggshells (Credit: Wikipedia)


¶ “India’s Adani Plans World’s Largest Solar-Wind Hybrid Park” • One of India’s leading renewable energy power generation companies, Adani Green Energy, has announced plans to set up the world’s largest solar-wind hybrid park in the country’s western state of Gujarat. The project is based on investment of ₹55,000 crore ($7.7 billion). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scotland Might Eliminate Climate Emissions By 2045” • Scotland could confidently end its climate emissions to reach net zero by 2045 according to a report that highlights the country’s abundant natural resources and existing ambition. The report was commissioned by WWF Scotland and conducted by Vivid Economics. [CleanTechnica]

Windfarm in Scotland

¶ “Indian State Of Maharashtra To Add 3.2 GW Of Solar In Next Two Years” • Maharashtra’s power minister recently announced that 3.2 GW of solar power capacity will be installed in the state over the next two years, though 1.4 GW of currently open and recently issued tenders by the state may have been included in the target. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Overtake Coal In Key European Markets” • Coal-based power generation was overtaken by wind and solar for the first time in five key European markets last year, according to research by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The five markets are Germany, France, Italy, Iberia (Spain & Portugal), and the UK. []

Offshore wind turbines

¶ “Corporate Clean Power Purchases ‘Soar'” • Corporate clean energy purchases hit record levels last year, more than doubling to over 13 GW, according to research from BloombergNEF. BNEF said a total of 13.4 GW of corporate power purchase agreements were signed last year, a figure that is up from 6.2 GW in 2017. [reNEWS]

¶ “Offshore ‘Could Be Cheapest Clean Power In UK'” • Offshore wind could surpass the onshore as the cheapest source of renewable energy in the UK by 2028 without changes to planning regulations, new research from consultancy Cornwall Insight said. It used the current load factors of 58.4% for offshore wind and 38% for onshore. [reNEWS]

Dudgeon offshore wind farm (reNEWS image)

¶ “Malaysia Picks ‘Viable’ Renewable Energy Over Nuclear Energy” • Malaysia will eschew nuclear energy in favour of renewable energy, according to Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin. Yeo said price drops in renewable energy technology have made it a viable source of power. [The Malaysian Insight]

¶ “France Confirms Draft Clean Power Plans” • France has confirmed a draft energy plan that would see renewables capacity more than double to as much as 113 GW by 2028, compared with under 49 GW in 2017. The draft plans, now open for consultation, sees 74 GW of clean power installed by 2023 and between 102 GW and 113 GW by 2028. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Pixabay image)


¶ “Ben & Jerry’s Plans End To Plastic Straws, Spoons, & Cups” • Though it has been purchased by Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream has not forgotten its tree hugging roots. Now it is on a campaign to reduce the amount of plastic it uses in its 600 Scoop Shops. It is stepping through a series of changes from plastic to natural materials. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Maine Governor Calling For More Renewables In State” • Maine’s new Democratic governor is taking steps to install solar panels on the governor’s mansion as she calls for the state to be more welcoming of renewable energy. Gov Mills had said in her inaugural address she would have solar panels installed on Blaine House. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Blaine House

¶ “Google Energy Boss Says Renewable PPAs Make Best Business Sense” • Google’s energy head said the company exceeded its overall goal of 100% renewable energy last year and is now looking to crack some of the toughest markets for renewables, whether they be in southeast Asia, red-state America, or elsewhere. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Virginia Committee Approves Bill Halting Construction Of Fossil Fuel Power Plants After 2020” • The House Commerce and Labor Committee approved a bill to halt construction of power plants that burn fossil fuels and the fuel pipelines after 2020. The bill requires a plan for switching to 100% renewable electricity by 2036. [Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine]

Coal-burning power plant

¶ “New Hampshire Legislators To Discuss Planning Major Renewable Energy Procurements” • State senators will take a first step toward bringing in large amounts of renewable energy to New Hampshire. The Senate Energy committee is holding a public hearing on a bill that could lead competitive bidding for energy. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

¶ “Lawmakers Pushing To Make Massachusetts 100% Powered By Renewable Energy” • A bill has been filed aiming to have Massachusetts powered by 100% clean and renewable energy by 2045. It is a proposal many lawmakers say is long overdue. House Bill 30-92 is designed to transform the state’s energy sector by using only clean energy. []

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