March 14 Energy News

March 14, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Italian Duo Fly With Energy Kite” • Saipem, an Italian oil and gas contractor, is to work with compatriot company KiteGen Venture to develop, construct, and commercialize technology for kites to produce electricity from high altitude wind. They aim to generate 3 MW of electricity using kites connected to a ground-based generator. [reNEWS]

Kite generating system (Image: Saipem)

World:

¶ “Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Emerging, Thanks To NZEB Goals” • Incorporating solar generation in building materials may finally become a mainstream practice, with both solar windows and solar panels used to create net-zero buildings. Regulations in places like California and Germany are driving the building-integrated PVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kids Around The World Plan To Skip School This Friday To Demand Action On Climate Change” • Young people around the world are not interested in excuses when it comes to dealing with climate change. Many believe that their generation will be left to deal with catastrophic consequences, if nothing is done to stop global warming. [CNN]

Climate strike  in Brussels (Eric Lalmand | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Namibia Targets Renewable Power Generation As Main Source” • Namibia has finalized the National Renewable Energy Policy for the country and will lean heavily towards the use of the renewable power generation options as a main electrical generation source, according to the country’s Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy. [Xinhua]

¶ “The ‘Ecological Foundations Of Society’ Are In Peril, A Massive UN Report Warns” • Human activities are degrading the global environment fast enough to endanger the “ecological foundations of society” and human health, a landmark UN report says. By dealing with that, we can have less poverty and hunger while preserving the environment. [CNN]

Air pollution (Fred Dufour | AFP |. AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “RWE Targets 3-GW Annual Renewables Drive” • RWE Renewables is planning to add up to 3 GW per year of new capacity around the world. The German power company said today it will spend around €1.5 billion every year to grow its existing 9-GW portfolio. Growth will be focused on Europe, the Asia-Pacific and Americas. [reNEWS]

¶ “EDP To Invest €12 Billion Through 2022, Mostly In Renewables” • Portuguese utility Energias de Portugal SA plans roughly €12 billion ($13.6 billion) of investments over the next four years and about 75% of that amount will be directed towards renewable energy. It plans to put €5 to €5.5 of that into onshore windpower. [Renewables Now]

Timber Road Wind Farm (EDP Renewables North America)

¶ “India’s Nuke Deal With US Gets A New Life As Washington Reiterates Intent To Build Six Reactors As Planned” • Slow-moving US plans to set up six nuclear plants in India received a boost as the two nations reiterated their commitment to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation during the 9th India-US Strategic Security Dialogue. [Business Insider India]

US:

¶ “US Adds 10.6 GW Of Solar In 2018” • The United States added 10.6 GW of new solar PV capacity in 2018, down slightly on that installed in 2017. Nevertheless, there is an expectation that the market will rebound in the years ahead. These are the high-level findings from the US Solar Market Insight 2018 Year-in-Review Report. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array with storage in Texas

¶ “Trump Administration Concedes Coal Is Collapsing On Its Watch As Renewables Soar” • Coal production will drop nearly 8% in 2019 and 4.5% in 2020, a new analysis from the Trump administration says. But over the same two years, total renewable power generation will rise 30%, according to Energy Information Administration projections. [ThinkProgress]

¶ “Black And Latinx Americans Suffer More From Dirty Air But The EPA Is Charging Ahead With Rollbacks” • Black and Latinx Americans suffer the impacts of air pollution generated by their white counterparts, according to a study that probes the racial gap between those who cause poor air quality and those who suffer from it. [ThinkProgress]

Los Angeles smog (Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images)

Los Angeles smog (Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “SunPower And Sierra Club To Partner On Residential Solar Incentive Program” • Grassroots environmental organization Sierra Club has partnered with one of America’s leading solar manufacturers, SunPower, on a new incentive and rebate program open to the organization’s more than 3.5 million members and supporters. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EDF Fires Up 100-MW Minnesota Wind” • EDF Renewables North America started commercial operations at the 100-MW Stoneray wind farm in Minnesota. The project features 39 Siemens Gamesa turbines. Electricity generated by Stoneray will be delivered to Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency starting in 2020. [reNEWS]

EDF EN wind-farm (Credit: Herve Hote)

¶ “Tesla And Pasadena Will Cooperate To Build Largest Fast Charging Facility In Western US” • Tesla and the city of Pasadena have agreed to a five year plan that will see them cooperate on the construction of the largest EV fast charging facility in the western US. The Pasadena city council voted 7 to 0 to move forward with the plan. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canadian Storage Books 100-MW US Adventure” • Canadian outfit CellCube Energy Storage Systems is to develop 100 MW of energy storage projects in the US in partnership with an unnamed local energy project developer. It said the storage will be standalone plants or linked with solar to offer power for trading and ancillary services products. [reNEWS]

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