Archive for April 3rd, 2019

April 3 Energy News

April 3, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Bold Thinking Needed To Dig Australia Out Of Self-Inflicted Energy Import-Export Dilemma” • Australia’s largest export commodity, coal, is in accelerating structural decline, and liquid fossil fuel imports are expanding, increasing Australia’s exposure to supply chain risks. And it is all carbon-intensive, swimming against a global tide. [RenewEconomy]

Coal train (Dan Himbrechts | AAP Image)

¶ “Nuclear Power Is Not A Viable Solution For Green New Deal” • After 60 years, despite massive subsidies, the nuclear industry is dying of its own accord. It is too expensive, too dangerous, too dirty, and takes too long to deploy. To address climate change successfully, the Green New Deal must leave nuclear power behind. [The Hill]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Four Innovative Green Technologies That Shows How Scandinavia Leads The Way In Renewable Energy” • From floating solar panels to electric planes, Scandinavia leads the way in many emerging renewable energy innovations. The region leads in developing the new green technology innovations. Here are four of them. [Compelo]

Bergen, Norway (Credit: Jim Trodel | Flickr)

World:

¶ “Portugal Eyes 3-GW Wind Boost” • Portugal expects to increase its wind generation capacity to 8 GW or 9 GW by 2030, its environment minister said. Hitting the goal would mean adding about 3 GW of additional capacity. Portugal has a goal of meeting 80% of its power demand with green energy by 2030 and 100% of 2050. [reNEWS]

¶ “Enel Starts Tuning Spanish Wind Quartet” • Enel Green Power has started construction of four wind farms in the Zaragoza region of Spain, with a combined capacity of 110 MW. Total investment in the projects is about €116 million ($130 million), Enel Green Power said. The four wind farms will generate about 375 GWh per year. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Image: Enel Green Power)

¶ “Australia: 100% Renewables Could Be Cheaper, Quicker And Easier Than Thought” • Windlab CEO Roger Price unveiled modelling from a detailed study undertaken by the company, which shows that Australia could transition to 100% renewables quickly, with less investment than most expect, and deliver a considerably lower price. [Daddyhood]

¶ “Shell Quits Major US Oil Lobby Over Climate Change” • Royal Dutch Shell said that it would not renew its membership in the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers lobby next year because of “material misalignment.” The energy company says it disagrees with the group’s policies, including those on climate change. [CNN]

Climate strike

¶ “Wind To ‘Grow 300 GW In Five Years'” • Over 300 GW of new wind capacity will be added in the next five years, according to a report from the Global Wind Energy Council. The 14th “Global Wind Report” said offshore wind development will continue to accelerate with 40 GW installed over the period, accounting for 15% of new projects. [reNEWS]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Sales Booming In China, While Gigafactory 3 Construction Going 24/7” • It is a bit harder for us to monitor Tesla activity in China than in the US and Europe. However, a Chinese American Tesla enthusiast  routinely sends us intel on Tesla deliveries, Gigafactory 3 construction in Shanghai, and other matters. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 at Tiananmen Square

¶ “Germany:Renewables Covered 54% Of Net Power Production In March” • Germany set a new record in March as more than half of its power was generated from renewables, primarily solar and wind. In the first quarter, renewables accounted for 45.4% of net electricity generation, according to energy charts published by Fraunhofer ISE. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Bank Australia Commits To 100% Renewables, Calls On Business To Lead Transition” • Bank Australia, one of the largest mutual banks in the country, is calling on Australian business to shift to renewable power. It is the second Australian company to sign on with the 100% renewable power global business initiative, RE100. [One Step Off The Grid]

Wind farm

US:

¶ “Ford Claims 370 Mile Range For Electric SUV, Brings PHEV Power To Explorer And Cargo Vans” • Ford Motor Company is about to unleash an all new SUV/crossover type of vehicle that will feature more than 370 miles of range based on the WLTP protocol. It is also introducing new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Republican Governor Appoints Florida’s First Chief Science Officer” • Republican Florida Gov Ron DeSantis appointed the state’s first chief science officer, marking a “commitment to science-based solutions.” He appointed Thomas Frazer, who has been director of the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. [CNN]

Marshall Islands

¶ “GE Bets On Offshore Wind As Fossil Fuels Business Stumbles” • At GE Power, which makes and services natural gas and coal-fired power plants, orders have fallen precipitously. Because of this, GE’s stock has lost two-thirds of its value since the end of 2016. So GE is turning to investing in offshore windpower and renewable energy. [CNN]

¶ “GMP Says The Company, Not Ratepayers, Assumes Risks In Proposed Multiyear Rate Plan” • Green Mountain Power wants to get away from filing traditional contested rate cases that are like court trials and can happen almost annually. It asked the Public Utility Commission for permission to implement a multiyear rate plan. [Vermont Public Radio]

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