March 8 Energy News

March 8, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Wind Farm Coming? Here’s What To Expect And How To Help Your Community” • Of all forms of electrical generation, windpower is the most environmentally benign we have ever managed to create, with solar a close second. But that does not mean that it is universally accepted by communities where wind farms are being established. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine on farm land

¶ “The US Is Responsible For 26% Of Global Warming Emissions And Is Morally Responsible To Help Solve It” • When you can get conservatives and libertarians to admit that global warming is real, serious, and caused by humans, they seem almost always to point fingers at India and China. They should look a little deeper at what is going on at home. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “SunPower Launches World’s Most Powerful Residential Solar Panels” • Solar panel manufacturer SunPower, based in Silicon Valley, announced the launch of its highly-anticipated Next Generation Technology solar panels. They will be the industry’s first-ever 400-plus-watt panels and the world’s most powerful for residential use. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Tesla Rolls Out V3 Supercharger Capable Of Delivering 1,000 Miles Of Range Per Hour” • Tesla rolled out the first of the next-generation V3 Supercharger at an exclusive event in Fremont, California. The new chargers will initially come supporting the Model 3, The Models S and X will get software updates will come over the next few months. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal To Triple “Green Collar” Jobs By 2030” • The UK Government is expected to announce its long-awaited Offshore Wind Sector deal this week. It has already revealed that it intends to use the sector deal to triple “green collar” jobs to 27,000 by 2030 and ensure at least a third of all jobs are held by women. [CleanTechnica]

Dudgeon offshore wind farm

¶ “Large Hydro Projects Get ‘Renewable Energy’ Status” • India’s Union Cabinet approved a new hydroelectric policy aimed at boosting the sector, including according large hydro projects the status of renewable energy projects. So far, only smaller projects of less than 25 MW in capacity were categorized as renewable energy. [The Hindu]

¶ “Enel Green Power To Build Five Renewable Power Stations In Colombia” • Italian renewable energy company Enel Green Power has been contracted to build five renewable power stations in Colombia.The deal’s three wind farms and two solar parks are part of a 740-GWh contract awarded to EGP by the Colombian Government. [Power Technology]

Wind turbines (Credit: Jorge Mahecha)

¶ “New Victorian Wind Farm To Power 115000 Homes” • Work has begun on a new $275 million wind farm in western Victoria able to power more than 115,000 homes. The construction of the 35-turbine Mortlake South wind farm, near Mortlake in Victoria, will create 90 new jobs in the region and 34 ongoing jobs for local workers. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Acciona Tuned To Spanish TV Repeat” • Acciona won a contract to supply the Spanish TV company Radio Television Espanola with 100% renewable energy. The deal covers April 2019 to March 2021 and 206 GWh of electricity. Power will be supplied to RTVE buildings, equipment, and high-voltage electrical installations, Acciona said. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Acciona image)

¶ “Eight Years After Triple Nuclear Meltdown, Fukushima Daiichi’s Water Woes Show No Signs Of Ebbing” • Nearly a thousand storage tanks are scattered across the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. They rust in the sun as they hold a staggering 1.1 million tons of treated water used to keep the melted reactor cores cool.  [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ “Wood Mackenzie Sees Utility Scale Battery Storage Doubling In 2019 And Tripling In 2020” • Wood Mackenzie’s latest report on utility scale battery storage forecasts strong growth this year followed by even stronger growth in 2020. One thing that is especially interesting is that the growth is based on simple economic considerations. [CleanTechnica]

Energy Storage (NextEra Image)

¶ “Trump Again Seeks Deep Cuts In Renewable Energy Funding” • The Trump administration is said to be seeking deep cuts spending on renewable energy and energy efficiency research again. An official familiar with the plan said the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would see the budget request for it cut by about 70%. [Bloomberg]

¶ “Wind-Solar Pairing Cuts Equipment Costs While Ramping Up Output” • A trailblazing wind-solar hybrid project in western Minnesota could be a preview of the future for renewable energy projects. The hybrid energy farm is being developed by Juhl Energy. It is among the first in the country to pair wind and solar on the same site. [Energy News Network]

Lifting the rotor into place

¶ “Push For More Renewable Energy Clears New Mexico Senate” • A bill aimed to increase New Mexico’s reliance on renewable energy and ease the economic pains of closing a coal-fired power plant in the northwest corner of the state cleared a major hurdle in the legislature. After a lengthy debate, the Senate voted 32-9 in favor of the measure. [KANW]

¶ “EDP Renewables, Microsoft Enter Wind Energy Agreements In Ohio” • EDP Renewables North America LLC, and Microsoft Corp have executed two 15-year power purchase agreements  totaling 125 MW. Together, they will bring the Timber Road IV Wind Farm to Ohio’s Paulding County. Timber Road IV is expected to be operational in 2019. [REVE]

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