March 7 Energy News

March 7, 2019

World:

¶ “Finland Approves 2029 Coal Ban For Energy Use” • Finland brought forward its coal phase-out date by a year, reports say, with the new deadline set for May 1, 2029, after which coal will be banned as an energy source except in an emergency. Coal met 8% of Finland’s energy consumption demand over the first nine months of 2018. [CleanTechnica]

Coal

¶ “MHI Vestas Goes Dutch For Deutsche Bucht O&M” • MHI Vestas will use a new facility, operated in the Netherlands by DHSS, as a hub for commissioning, operations, and maintenance for the 269-MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm. The project is being developed by Northland Power. It will have 33 V164-8.4MW turbines. [reNEWS]

¶ “Oslo Adding 70 Electric Buses This Year” • Oslo is dedicated to becoming a zero emissions city by 2030. Several electric buses have been operating in the city for the past two years, and the lessons learned from them has convinced Ruter, the agency in charge of public transportation for Oslo, to place an order for 70 more. [CleanTechnica]

Articulated electric bus in Oslo (Credit: Elbil)

¶ “Statkraft’s Latest 1-GW Virtual Power Plant In The UK Combines Renewables, Storage, Gas” • Statkraft partnered with energy & meteorology systems to launch a 1-GW wind, solar, and battery storage virtual power plant in the UK. Statkraft operates Europe’s largest VPP, a 12-GW plant with over 1,400 wind and solar installs in Germany. [Energy Storage News]

¶ “Even In A Warmer Europe, Wind And Solar Could Still Keep The Lights On” • Europe’s electricity future could be both green and consistent, even as climate change warms the continent, a study says. That is good news for Europeans who are trying to shift their power grids toward renewable power and away from traditional power plants. [The Verge]

Power plants (Christopher Furlong | Getty Images)

¶ “Renewable Energy To Replace Fossil Fuels As UK’s Main Power Source For First Time In History, Government Says” • A new government deal with industry could see nearly a third of British electricity generated by offshore wind farms by 2030. Officials say the plan would have 70% of electricity coming from low-carbon sources. [The Independent]

¶ “Plunging Fossil Fuel Revenues Should Push Indonesia To Accelerate Its Clean Energy Revolution” • As fossil fuel revenues tumble, Indonesian subsidies for fossil fuels are becoming less sustainable. A report says that for economic stability, Indonesia should cut off the fossil fuel industry and transition to cleaner energy sources. [ASEAN Today]

Gas drilling site in Indonesia (Credit: Max Pixel)

¶ “Australian Corporate Renewable Energy Portal Has 7 GW Up For Grabs” • The Business Renewables Centre of Australia’s platform for connecting energy consuming businesses with planned renewables projects opened for business this week with 7 GW of clean energy on offer and solar and wind fairly evenly represented. [pv magazine International]

US:

¶ “Minnesota And Wisconsin Join Movement To Shift To A 100% Carbon-Free Grid” • Governors of the two states are pushing goals to have 100% of electricity be carbon free by 2050. A 2007 law required Minnesota’s electricity to reach 25% renewably sourced by 2025, but the state had already achieved that target by the end of 2017. [Greentech Media]

Wind turbines in the Midwest

¶ “Climate Change Gets Worse Management Under Trump, Investigation Finds” • The federal government is doing a worse job managing the problem of climate change under President Donald Trump, an investigation by Government Accountability Office found. It included climate change on its High Risk List report. [CNN]

¶ “Renewables Could Beat Nuclear For US Electrical Generation In 2020” • An analysis by the nonprofit SUN DAY Campaign of data released by the US Energy Information Administration confirms continued strong growth in generation by renewable energy sources in 2018. Data show they could overtake nuclear permanently in 2020. [Solar Industry]

Sunlight (iStock image)

¶ “Former Defense Leaders Warn White House It’s ‘Dangerous’ To Downplay Climate Change” • In a letter to President Trump, 58 former military and national security officials expressed deep concern about reported plans to create “a committee to dispute and undermine military and intelligence judgments on the threat posed by climate change.” [KUNC]

¶ “Solar Project, With More Than A Half-Million Panels, Proposed For Private And State Lands Near Columbia River” • One of the Northwest’s most ambitious solar projects has been proposed for 1,700 acres of private and public land in Klickitat County, Washington, near the Columbia River. Its capacity would be 150 MW. [Seattle Times]

Wind turbines (Steven Lane | The Associated Press)

¶ “Utah Bill To Move Communities To Net-Zero Energy By 2030 First Of Its Kind” • Park City, Utah adopted a goal of obtaining 100% of its electricity from a renewable energy source by 2030. A state bill that creates the framework for other communities to join Park City in its renewable energy goals will receive its first hearing this week. [KPCW]

¶ “Industrial Consumers Oppose Evolving Pennsylvania Nuclear Subsidy Proposal” • Industrial energy consumers in Pennsylvania are lining up to oppose an evolving proposal to support the state’s nuclear plants set to be released soon in the state’s General Assembly.  They said the bill would increase rates, pushing them to cut jobs. [Utility Dive]

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