Archive for March 13th, 2019

March 13 Energy News

March 13, 2019


¶ “Wyoming’s Coal Plants Are So Unprofitable Republicans Turned To A ‘Socialist Program’ To Save Them” • Wyoming recently enacted a law that forces utilities seeking to shut down unprofitable coal plants to try to sell them first, and then to buy back the power from the new owner, even if cheaper power is available. [ThinkProgress]

Coal processing plant (Robert Nickelsberg | Getty Images)


¶ “Nissan LEAF Passes 400,000 Mark, Company Targets Electrification For Asian Markets” • The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling battery electric car of all time. Though Tesla is catching up, Nissan has sold over 400,000 LEAFs since it introduced the car in 2010. Now Nissan is planning to introduce the LEAF to more countries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Floating Solar Trampoline By Ocean Sun Tested By Statkraft” • Statkraft’s Albania unit bought a uniquely designed floating solar trampoline manufactured by Norwegian startup Ocean Sun for deployment at the Banja reservoir in Albania. The 2-MW array consists of four floating units of 0.5 MW each, at a total cost of €2.3 million ($2.6 million). [CleanTechnica]

Ocean Sun floating solar array (Ocean Sun image)

¶ “‘Change Now Or Pay Later’: RBA’s Stark Warning On Climate Change” • A deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia warned in a speech to the Centre for Policy Development that climate change is likely to cause economic shocks and threaten Australia’s financial stability unless businesses take immediate stock of the risks. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Europe Leads The Way To 40% Below 1990 Levels By 2030” • With the US and Canada emitting more CO₂ than ever, the only good news comes from the EU which has already met its 2020 emissions target. Agora Energiewende has just released a report explaining how Europe leads the way to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Paris (Chris Waits, Flickr, CC BY SA 2.0)

¶ “Magallanes Generates Electricity To UK Grid At EMEC” • Spanish tidal energy developer, Magallanes Renovables, has generated its first electricity into the UK national grid. Its tidal energy converter was recently connected at the European Marine Energy Centre’s tidal energy test site in Orkney, Scotland. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Volkswagen Planning 22 Million Electric Vehicles In Ten Years” • The Volkswagen Group is forging ahead with plans for almost 70 new electric models in the next ten years, instead of the 50 previously planned, thereby increasing VW’s projected number of vehicles on electric platforms to 22 million. VW plans to be CO₂-neutral by 2050. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

VW eGolf


¶ “Trump Cites Debunked Greenpeace ‘Co-founder’ To Discredit ‘The Whole Climate Crisis'” • President Trump, pursuing his long-standing crusade to discredit climate science, touted a self-proclaimed environmental expert’s appearance on Fox News in support of his views. Greenpeace quickly responded, debunking Patrick Moore. [Yahoo Entertainment]

¶ “Local Initiative Underway To Fight Climate Change” • An initiative in New York State, Localizing Buffalo’s Renewable Energy Future, is led by the  University at Buffalo. It includes SUNY Buffalo State, SUNY Erie, the city of Buffalo, and Erie County. The partners goal is to increase their use of clean renewable energy by 50%. [WBFO]

Solar trackers (Photo: Chris Caya, WBFO News)

¶ “Renewable, Energy Efficiency Groups Mount United Front Vs. Trump Budget” • Energy efficiency programs, clean energy, and environmental regulations could take deep cuts if President Trump’s proposed budget gets everything what he wants. The budget bill will start, however, in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ “US Winery Harvests The Wind” • A California winemaker has realised annual energy bill savings of $50,000 thanks to an onsite wind turbine. Two years ago Scheid Family Wines pulled out roughly an eighth of a hectare of vines and replaced them with a 1.85-MW GE turbine, supplied and maintained by Foundation Windpower. [reNEWS]

Scheid Family Wines’ wind turbine (GE image)

¶ “Massachusetts And California Rank High In Energy Democracy” • Massachusetts, California, New York, and Illinois are the top four states for energy democracy, a report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance says. The states were ranked by their commitment to boosting community-level renewable energy. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ “North Carolina Studies Offshore Wind Potential” • North Carolina governor Roy Cooper has included funding in his 2019-2021 budget for a study looking at the potential for offshore wind off the coast of his state. Some $300,000 will be used to carry out analysis of ports to ascertain the potential for hosting offshore wind activities. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (reNEWS image)

¶ “Energy Bill’s Passage Portends End Of Coal Era In NM” • New Mexico’s Legislature has moved to Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk a controversial bill designed to dramatically increase the amount of renewable energy used to produce electricity in New Mexico. The House passed the bill 43-22. It is supported by Gov Grisham. [New Mexico Political Report]

¶ “Duke Seeks To Recoup $125 Million For Abandoned Lee Nuke Project” • Duke Energy Carolinas is asking for permission to charge its South Carolina customers roughly one-quarter of the pre-construction costs of the abandoned $11 billion Lee Nuclear Project in Cherokee County as part of its $168 million rate hike request. [Spartanburg Herald Journal]

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