March 18 Energy News

March 18, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Answer To The UK’s Renewable Energy Future Is Blowing In The Wind” • The UK’s offshore wind sector is booming. Auctions for new capacity held in 2017 resulted in deals at half the price of those signed just two years prior, while we are seeing a steady drumbeat of new records relating to clean power production. [City A.M.]

Windpower (Source: Getty)

¶ “Trump And Republicans Are Isolated On Climate Change” • President Trump and congressional Republicans are increasingly outliers in an otherwise emerging consensus across America that climate change is a problem and that the government should pass new laws to address it. The shift is accelerating, and Republicans are starting to break ranks. [Axios]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Stability Of Solar Cells In Near Space Tested” • Chinese researchers have found that low-cost Perovskite solar cells can retain most of their power conversion efficiency in near space, providing perspectives on the cells’ future application in space. They sent the devices fixed with the cells into near space on a high-altitude balloon. [ETEnergyworld.com]

High altitude test (NASA | JPL-Caltech, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “A Fresh Vote Of Confidence For Renewables” • Scottish Power announced an investment of up to £2 billion with an aim to make electric vehicles possible for everyone. SP will increase battery storage capacity at its wind farms, develop ‘smart grids’ for customers to buy and sell electricity, and deliver charging points for electric cars. [The Scottish Farmer]

¶ “Energy From Waste And A Circular Economy: Innovative Ideas To Solve The Waste Crisis” • Food scraps are being sent to a waste-to-energy plant in Melbourne. The Yarra Valley Water plant can process up to 33,000 tonnes of food waste every year, enough to power about 2,000 homes. But other type of waste are also being processed. [ABC News]

Road from recycled materials (Image: Close the Loop)

¶ “$400 Million Solar Plan To Power For 33,000 Homes In This Area Of Oman” • Oman Power and Water Procurement Company announced that it will build a $400 million (about 154 million Omani rials) solar plant. Commercial operation of the project will start in 2021. It is to reduce CO₂ emissions by about 340,000 tonnes per year. [Times of Oman]

¶ “Energy Analysts Forecast ‘The End Of Coal’ In Asia As Japanese Investors Back Renewables” • Major Japanese investors, including some with ties to coal, are seeking to back large-scale renewables projects across Asia, marking a “monumental” shift that energy market analysts say is “the start of the end for thermal coal.” [The Guardian]

Offshore wind turbine (Yoshikazu Tsuno | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “China Can’t Quite Match Appeal Of European Firms As Asia’s Windpower Infrastructure Boom Begins” • Building a new generation of windpower infrastructure across key economies in Asia could add up to a bonanza for European firms, a rare case where state-owned Chinese companies find themselves at a disadvantage. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “Vestas Team Forecasts More Precision In Australia” • Vestas and a subsidiary are to pilot a short-term wind power forecasting tool in Australia. This will forecast energy generation from wind power more accurately, reduce generators’ dispatch uncertainty, and improve system stability by better anticipating supply from renewable sources. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “Court Rejects Call To Halt Nuclear Reactor In Western Japan” • A Japanese court rejected a plea by local residents to halt a nuclear reactor operated by Shikoku Electric Power Co in western Japan, one of several reactors currently running in the country. The decision is in line with past rulings by other regional courts. [Japan Today]

US:

¶ “Alaska Mine Seen As A Threat To Pacific Northwest, Salmon” • Fishermen, business owners, Alaska Native organizations, and environmental groups have protested a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine at the headwaters a pristine salmon habitat for decades. Now the federal government is inching toward approving it. [The Spokesman-Review]

Stream in threatened salmon habitat (Associated Press)

¶ “New Alternative To Trump’s Wall Would Create Jobs, Renewable Energy, And Increase Border Security” • A group of scientists and engineers has proposed to several US members of Congress that the US and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas, and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border, instead of a wall. [Big Think]

¶ “Construction Of Texas’ Largest Solar Farm Gets Underway Near Midland” • Enel Green Power North America, Inc started construction of what will be the largest solar farm in Texas. The company’s 497-MW Roadrunner solar project is expected to generate around 1,200 GWh of electricity annually when it is fully operational. [El Paso Times]

Have a gloriously joyful day.

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