February 4 Energy News

February 4, 2019

World:

¶ “Energy Storage: Next Game Changer” • Everybody agrees that storage is turning into big business, and soon, but exactly how big and how soon? According to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance the global energy-storage market will surge to a cumulative 942 GW by 2040 requiring a hefty investment of $620 billion. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Powerwall installation

¶ “8% Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market Share In China!” • After a 3 month streak of record-breaking sales, plug-in electric vehicles in December just kept on pushing forward. China registered over 180,000 PEVs in December, making it the 4th record month in a row and achieving 70% year-over-year growth. Over 1 million EVs were sold in China in 2018. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Sodium Sulfur Battery In Abu Dhabi Is World’s Largest Storage Device” • Abu Dhabi now boasts the world’s largest storage battery, a 108-MW/648-MWh behemoth that has five times the capacity of the Hornsdale battery installed in Australia by Tesla a year ago. And the battery system in Abu Dhabi does not depend on lithium. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array in Abu Dhabi (MASDAR image)

¶ “South Australia’s Second Big Solar Farm Gets Generation Licence, To Start Production” • The second big solar farm in the already renewables-rich South Australia has won its generation licence from the state’s regulator, and the developers plan to start putting the project into commission, with full production set for mid April. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Canada Adds 566 MW Of Wind In 2018, On Track For 1000 MW In 2019” • Annual wind power capacity additions in Canada totalled 566 MW in 2018 and are expected to be around 1,000 MW this year, the Canadian Wind Energy Association says. Canada’s total installed wind capacity was 12,816 MW at the end of the year. [Renewables Now]

Cartier wind facility (TransCanada Corp image)

¶ “Solar’s Share In India’s Total Installed Capacity Rises To 7.9% At The End Of 2018” • Renewable energy capacity additions continue to increase at a significant pace in India, accounting for approximately 22% of India’s power capacity mix at the end of December 2018. Solar capacity stood at 7.91% of the total at the end of the year. [Mercom India]

¶ “Tokyo Gas Invests Further In Solar And Creates JV For Storage” • The acquisition of a 4.8 MW solar plant in the Kyoto prefecture and creation of a joint venture with Japanese storage specialist Exergy are part of the group’s 2020 plan to diversify its business into renewables. The company plans to acquire 1 GW of renewable capacity. [pv magazine International]

Tokyo sunset (Image: kwkd | Flickr)

UK:

¶ “Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Starts Generating” • Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm has started generating energy. The 16-turbine wind farm in South Wales is expected to produce amounts of renewable electricity equivalent to what is needed to power about 22,600 average Welsh homes, when it is fully operational later this year. [South Wales Guardian]

¶ “Orkney’s Sustainability Revolution” • Orkney used to be a study in how to use energy unsustainably. The archipelago off the northern tip of Scotland bought and imported all its power from coal and gas plants on the Scottish mainland. These days it generates more electricity than it needs from wind turbines and tidal energy. [Noted]

Kirkwall, Orkney (RNZ | AFP)

¶ “Fate Of UK’s Nuclear Plants In Doubt Over Ageing Infrastructure” • Britain’s nuclear power stations recorded a 12% decline in their contributions to the country’s energy system over the past month, as outages at two out of eight plants raised concerns over how long the ageing plants will be able to keep operating. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Army To Dismantle Historic Nuclear Reactor In Virginia” • The world’s first nuclear plant to supply energy to a power grid has been defunct for years. SM-1, for stationary medium power plant No 1, was dedicated in 1957. Now, the Army is preparing to break it up, check it for lingering radiation and haul it away piece by piece. [Stars and Stripes]

SM-1 control room (Calla Kessler | The Washington Post)

¶ “EPA’s Wheeler Continues Frequent Meetings With Industry His Agency Regulates” • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has kept his predecessor’s custom of meeting with many more industry representatives than nonprofit groups. For over 50 meetings with industry reps, he met with three nonprofit environmental groups. [CNN]

¶ “In Budweiser’s “Wind Never Felt Better” Super Bowl Commercial, Renewable Energy Takes Center Stage” • With renewable energy constantly in the news, is it any surprise that Budweiser is joining the trend? Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser appealed to a green audience in its Super Bowl LIII ad, titled “Wind Never Felt Better.” [CleanTechnica]

US wind power

¶ “First Draft Of Concord’s Renewable Energy Plan Focuses Big On Efficiency, Electricity” • In New Hampshire, the Concord Energy and Environment Committee has a plan that would have the city’s municipal energy generated locally, houses would be built with rooftop solar in mind, and public transportation would be electric. [Concord Monitor]

¶ “PG&E Renewable Energy Contracts Tied Up In Bankruptcy Battle” • As it begins the long process of reorganizing under bankruptcy protection, Pacific Gas and Electric Co is locked in a related legal fight over possible cancellation of renewable power contracts that involves some of the biggest names in the energy industry. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Have an unmitigatedly enjoyable day.

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