Archive for March 17th, 2019

March 17 Energy News

March 17, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Tesla Model Y Will Be World’s Safest Crossover & Quickest Affordable Crossover Or SUV” • Tesla vehicles are designed and built to be the safest consumer vehicles on the planet. The Model 3 got the highest score ever from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And the Model Y is expected to be close to that. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y

¶ “Many In Germany Still In A Diesel-Fueled Daze, In Denial About EV Transition” • The German auto industry has been through quite a scandal surrounding dieselgate. But that’s not stopping some from clinging to diesel. The Verge reports that diesel-energy enthusiasts are showing their frustration through weekly protests. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Are These Tiny, ‘Inherently Safe’ Nuclear Reactors The Path To A Carbon-Free Future?” • Many people within the nuclear industry see its future in small modular reactors. They expect the worldwide market for such reactors to reach $100 billion by 2035. There are others, however, who question the projections, both for cost and for safety. [Philly.com]

Three Mile Island nuclear plant (Carolyn Kaster | AP)

World:

¶ “Labor Promises $100 Million For ‘Solar Schools'” • Labor leader Michael Daley pledged to spend $100 million installing solar panels on hundreds of public schools in New South Wales. He linked his “solar schools package” to recent student climate strikes and said they would help teach students about renewable energy. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “New Energy And Climate Plan Stresses Focus On Solar Power” • Malta will increase its focus on solar energy under a new draft National Energy and Climate Plan, though development policies and lack of available land could slow the shift. The plan lays out key objectives for Malta of a 19% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. [Times of Malta]

Solar farms on Malta (Photo: Jonathan Borg)

¶ “School Rooftops Will Generate Solar Energy For 16,000 Houses In The West Bank” • The European Investment Bank and the Palestine Investment Fund have signed a loan agreement for $18 million to finance the installation of rooftop PV systems on 500 public schools in the West Bank. They will have a total capacity of 35 MW. [Reliefweb]

¶ “Pakistan Boosts Renewable Energy” • Pakistan has a new renewable energy policy to help reduce carbon footprints drastically by increasing its 4% renewables share to 30% by the year 2030. Together with hydro-electric resources, the clean and green resources share for electricity generation will cross 60% of total generation. [Gulf Today]

Utility employee in Islamabad (Agence France-Presse)

¶ “ENGIE Reduces Its Coal Power Stake With The Disposal Of Glow” • ENGIE announced the sale of its 69.1% stake in Glow for €2.6 billion, after official authorization by Thailand’s Energy Regulatory Commission. Glow’s facilities have a total capacity of 3.2 GW, including 2 GW powered by coal and 1 GW provided by natural gas.  [Utilities Middle East]

¶ “Role Of Solar In Nepal’s Energy Mix Looks Set To Expand” • The energy mix of Nepal, which has been dominated by hydropower, is expected to become more diverse as private developers show interest in installing solar plants in various locations. Licenses to install 317.14 MW of solar power have been awarded this year. [The Kathmandu Post]

Solar array in Nepal (Post file photo)

US:

¶ “Wyoming Coal Producer Had $718 Million Loss In 2018” • A year-end financial report indicates that coal producer Cloud Peak Energy could be 30 days away from declaring bankruptcy following a $718 million loss and a failure to renegotiate with creditors. A media report says it cannot make interest payments on its debt. [Scottsbluff Star Herald]

¶ “SEC Charges Volkswagen And Martin Winterkorn With Massive Fraud” • The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Volkswagen and its former chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, with defrauding investors. The SEC says that Winterkorn was in on the whole diesel emissions cheating scheme as far back as 2007. [CleanTechnica]

Screenshot of a pre-scandal VW ad

¶ “Covanta Energy Criticizes New State Carbon Emissions Policy” • Long Island’s four waste-to-energy power plants may face millions of dollars in higher costs and potential shutdown if a new state policy to reduce carbon emissions is approved by regulators in the coming year, say officials at Covanta Energy, which owns three of the plants. [Newsday]

¶ “PSE To Buy Electricity From Planned Bickleton Solar-Energy Farm” • Puget Sound Energy will purchase all of the electric power generated at a planned Klickitat County solar farm, the 150-MW Lund Hill project, for its program to provide electricity from renewable sources, state officials and the solar farm’s operator said. [Yakima Herald-Republic]

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