Archive for March 2nd, 2019

March 2 Energy News

March 2, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Committee Roster Exposes Republican Fault Lines” • The Republican roster for the climate change select committee reflects the party’s larger variety of stances on climate change. It will be led by Rep Garret Graves, who is concerned about sea-level rise in his district in Louisiana. Others on the committee have deep ties to fossil fuels. [E&E News]

Rep Garret Graves (Tom Williams | CQ Roll Call | Newscom)

World:

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Awarded $87 Million Hydropower Contract In Cameroon” • GE Renewable Energy was awarded an $87 million contract by Nachtigal Hydro Power Company to provide seven 60-MW Francis turbines for the new Nachtigal hydropower plant in Cameroon. The plant will have a capacity of 420 MW. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “New Southern Energy Installs First Commercial Floating Solar Farm In Africa” • New Southern Energy, an African renewable energy company, installed a state-of-the-art microgrid at South Africa’s Marlenique Farm. The system includes the first floating solar array in Africa along with ground-mounted solar PVs. It has provisions for batteries. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Floating solar array (Courtesy: New Southern Energy)

¶ “Ukraine Reaches 1.33 GW Of Installed Solar Power” •  In 2018, newly deployed PV capacity in the eastern European country had a total capacity of 645 MW. Demand is mainly driven by large-scale projects under the Ukraine’s FIT scheme. Nonetheless, residential solar under net metering is also providing a significant contribution. [pv magazine International]

¶ “India’s Coal Power Plants Unhealthiest In World, Says Study” • Coal-fired power plants in India take the highest toll of any in the world when it comes to health, a study found. It said that China and the US are the largest producers of coal power. Coal-fired power generation is also a primary source of greenhouse gas emissions. [IndiaPost.com]

Coal-fired power plant

¶ “Gridserve To Deploy 60 MW Of Bifacial-Plus-Tracking Projects In The UK” • Two sites with capacities of 34.7 MW and 25.7 MW will supply unsubsidized power to Warrington Borough Council. The smaller project will provide the local authority’s energy needs, and the larger one will sell renewable energy on the open market. [pv magazine International]

US:

¶ “Tesla Online Sales – Bigger News Than $35,000 Model 3” • As exciting as the $35,000 Model 3 announcement is, the big news yesterday was how Tesla plans to market its cars going forward. It is closing many of its stores in the US and transitioning to a 100% online sales model. Online sales will soon be the norm for Tesla worldwide. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

¶ “SoCal Gas Seeks To Offer Renewable Natural Gas” • Southern California Gas Co announced that it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission seeking to offer renewable natural gas to its 21 million customers in central and Southern California. RNG is made mainly from agricultural and food waste. [NBC Southern California]

¶ “$150 Million Solar Farm Set For Early County” • Silicon Ranch Corporation, the US solar platform for Shell and one of the largest US independent solar power producers, will invest about $150 million in three solar projects in Early County, Georgia, a statement from Governor Brian Kemp said. Their total capacity is to be 102.5 MW. [WALB]

Silicon Ranch solar panels

¶ “California Solar Rights Bill Up For March Hearing” • SB 288, California’s Solar Rights Bill, would remove barriers to solar, including outdated tariffs and delayed connections to the grid, protecting the estimated 800,000 solar homes in the state, as well as potential adopters. It is going to a Senate committee and become law this month. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Plans To Proceed With Navajo Generating Station Decommissioning Welcomed By Navajo Community” • The Navajo community in northern Arizona cautiously welcomed an announcement by the owners of the failed coal-fired Navajo Generating Station that they are still moving to decommission the plant this year. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Navajo Generating Station (Photo: Alan Stark, Flickr)

¶ “Power Plant Won’t Repower With Natural Gas, Casting Pipeline Plan In Doubt” • A controversial South Jersey Gas pipeline project’s future was thrown into question when the owner and operator of the BL England coal-fired plant in Cape May County, New Jersey, withdrew its plan to repower the facility with natural gas. [NJTV News]

¶ “State Senate Passes Bill To Move Washington To 100% Clean Energy” • The Washington State Senate passed a bill to convert the state to 100% clean renewable energy. The bill would mandate that all electrical utilities in the state transition to 100%, carbon neutral electric supply by 2030. It was passed by a vote of 28 to 19. [MyNorthwest.com]

Grand Coulee Dam

¶ “Bringing Reliable Power To The People Of Supai Through Solar PV And A Microgrid” • The remote Havasupai community of Supai, Arizona, is in the Grand Canyon. It is more than 80 miles from the nearest substation, and electric power has been unreliable and difficult to maintain. Now it is getting a solar-powered microgrid. [Electric Light & Power]

¶ “Potential Bailout Of Nuclear Industry Causing Stir” • A proposal to provide a lifeline worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Pennsylvania’s nuclear industry will be unveiled soon. Proponents say it is needed to save thousands of jobs. Owners of two Pennsylvania nuclear power plants have already signaled that they will be shut down. [TribDem.com]

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