February 28 Energy News

February 28, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Leahy Makes Urgent Call For Real Action On Climate Change” • “The time for delay is over. In fact, our time is running out. Let this renewed vigor in addressing climate change brought about by the bold proposed Green New Deal be the catalyst for real change. And let’s stand, as Senator Stafford and others did in 1986, and do it together.” [Vermont Biz]

Senator Patrick Leahy (Staff Sgt Michelle Gonzalez,
US Army National Guard, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Beats Coal In Blazing Australian Summer: Energy Audit” • Renewable energy outperformed coal over Australia’s record-breaking summer of heat, The Australia Institute’s Climate and Energy Program audit shows. Large solar farms ran close to capacity in the heat while Victoria’s coal-fired power generators faltered. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Batteries Europe: New Platform Launched By European Commission” • The European Commission launched an initiative called Batteries Europe to drive battery innovation and research. The program was initiated by Dominique Ristori, the director general of Energy for the European Commission, and will be led by InnoEnergy. [CleanTechnica]

Traffic (Image via Pexels, CC0 License)

¶ “Alberta Outlines Long-Term Renewable Electricity Targets” • The Alberta government has unveiled the latest long-term targets for its Renewable Electricity Program, which aims for 30% renewable electricity in the province by 2030. The program will add 5,000 MW of green generation capacity, creating 7,000 jobs, by 2030. [Canadian Biomass]

¶ “2018 Saw 51.3 GW Of New Wind Added Globally” • The global wind industry added a total of 51.3 GW of new wind capacity in 2018 according to figures published by the Global Wind Energy Council. The figure represents an overall decrease of 3.6% from 2017, but there was some slight growth in the offshore wind market. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines

¶ “Global Oil Plows Billions Into Solar And Energy Storage” • Global oil companies are plowing billions of dollars per year into solar and into energy storage, as more nations seek to switch their energy sources away from fossil fuels. Just five out of 15 acquisition deals done in solar over the past two years, saw over $8 billion was spent. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “South Africa’s Outlook For Green Energy Getting ‘Better And Better’” • State-owned South African utility Eskom is in dire financial straits. It is straining to meet demand, unable even to maintain old coal-burning plants. So the government has turned to courting independent renewable energy producers to help power the economy. [Business Day]

Renewable energy (iStock image)

¶ “Canadian Utility Planning Hydrogen Power Generation Project” • Together, Florida-based Joi Scientific and New Brunswick Power will deploy Joi Scientific hydrogen production systems in New Brunswick. The plan is to generate hydrogen with wind turbines, hydro, and nuclear power for net-zero carbon operation. [Electric Light & Power]

¶ “Bosnia’s EPBiH Signs €69 Million Wind Turbine Deal With Siemens Gamesa” • Bosnia’s biggest power supplier EPBiH said it has signed a €69 million ($78.4 million) contract for supply of 15 wind turbines with a total capacity of 48 MW with Siemens Gamesa. The wind park will be built at Podvelezje, near the southern city of Mostar. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines (Image: PGE)

¶ “Vestas Unveils 4-MW Turbine For Severe Weather” • Vestas has launched a turbine within its 4-MW platform that is suitable for wind farms in regions with extreme climate conditions, including high wind speeds. Serial production of the V136-4.2MW Extreme Climate model is expected by mid-2021 and delivery later that year. [reNEWS]

¶ “Refinance Risk: Australia’s Green Power Profits May Be Under Threat” • The profitability of Australia’s first wave of renewable power projects may be threatened as lenders will likely push for some debt reductions when the projects come up for refinancing, according to the former chief risk assessor at the nation’s green bank. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Solar array (RCR image)

US:

¶ “eMotorWerks Looks To Save Colorado Utility Some Cash With New EV Charging Pilot” • eMotorWerks is getting into demand response with a new residential EV charging pilot in Colorado. Smart home chargers being deployed in a push to help a utility Platte River Power Authority avoid infrastructure upgrades. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Updated RPSs Will Lead To More Renewable Electricity Generation In US” • States with legally binding renewable portfolio standards accounted for 63% of electricity retail sales in the US in 2018. Although no additional states have adopted an RPS policy since 2015, several extended their existing targets in 2018 or early 2019. [Renewables Now]

Renewable power (welcomia | Shutterstock.com)

¶ “Bloomberg-Backed Accelerator Launches To Help Cities Achieve Renewable Energy Goals” • The American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator is working to help US cities reach their renewable energy goals. The program is backed by the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge and other organizations. [Energy Manager Today]

¶ “Manufacturing Giant 3M Commits To 100% Renewable Power For Global Operations” • Manufacturing and technology giant 3M has become the latest company to join RE100, the global leadership initiative bringing together companies committed to 100% renewable power, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. [The Climate Group]

Have an unabatedly charming day.

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