Archive for April 4th, 2019

April 4 Energy News

April 4, 2019


¶ “GE Renewable Energy Secures First Order For Its Largest Onshore Turbine” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it had been selected by Prowind GmbH to provide three Cypress units with a rated capacity of 4.8 MW for the Elfershausen onshore wind project in Germany, marking the first order for the Cypress platform. [CleanTechnica]

GE Renewable Energy Cypress Prototype

¶ “Renewable Energy Now Accounts For A Third Of All Global Power Capacity” • Renewable energy sources now account for around a third of all global power capacity, according to new figures published this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency, which revealed 171 GW of new renewable capacity was installed in 2018. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kenya On Track For 600-MW Wind Boost” • Kenya is on track to add up to 600 MW of new wind capacity over the next six years, as more of its people get access to power for the first time, a senior GE executive said. He expects Kenya to add between 50 MW and 100 MW of wind every year for the next five to six years. [reNEWS]

GE Wind turbine (GE image)

¶ “Pakistan Eyes 30% Renewables Share By 2020” • Pakistan will seek to increase renewables in its generation mix to 30% by 2030 under a plan put forth by the country’s new government. Currently 4% of the generation is from wind, solar, small hydro, and biomass plants. It will increase hydro to 30% also, from the current 25%. [Renewables Now]


¶ “Daintree Could Be Australia’s First Renewable Only Micro-Grid, With Help From Green Hydrogen” • Queensland’s world heritage-listed Daintree region could be the site of Australia’s first microgrid based on solar power and hydrogen gas, with federal government funds helping make the 100% renewable project shovel ready. [One Step Off The Grid]

Daintree region

¶ “Renewables Smashed Records In 2018, Says Report – And Truly Trumped Coal On Cost” • A new report called 2018 a “remarkable” year for renewable energy in Australia. Investment in large-scale projects doubled, and the cost of new wind and solar, with storage included, was officially declared cheaper than new coal power. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Goldwind Team Seals Tasmanian Wind Cash” • PowerChina and Goldwind secured project financing for the 144-MW Cattle Hill wind farm in Tasmania, Australia, from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, and Westpac Banking Corporation. The wind farm is expected to be operational this year. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Goldwind image)


¶ “Idaho Power PPA Sets US Low Price Record” • Idaho Power has locked in a 20-year deal to buy electricity from a 120-MW solar farm near Twin Falls to be built by Jackpot Holdings, an Idaho-based company, for a $21.75/MWh. That figure translates to just 2.175¢/kWh and is believed to be the lowest price yet in America. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Boise Adopts 100% Renewable Electricity Goal” • The Boise City Council voted to adopt a plan to move the city’s electricity to 100% renewable sources by 2035. The Sierra Club’s Idaho Chapter and Ready for 100 Action campaign celebrated Boise becoming the first city in Idaho and 115th nationwide to adopt this goal. [North American Windpower]

Boise, Idaho

¶ “Does Windmill Noise Cause Cancer? Donald Trump Renews Campaign Against Wind Power With New Claim” • In a rambling speech, Pres Trump attacked wind power, saying the turbines undermine property values, kill birds, and even cause cancer. Scientists call Trump’s opposition to renewable energy “malicious ignorance.” [Newsweek]

¶ “University Of Georgia Orders 20 Electric Buses From Proterra” • Apparently, the University of Georgia intends to be a national leader in clean, zero-emission, smooth, quiet electric buses. It is buying twenty of them and fourteen 125-kW chargers from nearby Proterra, which has a home base in nearby South Carolina. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra Catalyst E2 electric bus

¶ “California Community Choice Aggregators Bid For Partial PG&E Takeover” • The escalating war over the potential break-up of PG&E has rallied California’s nineteen Community Choice Aggregators, which are seeking to assume a greater role as owners and/or managers of solar and other renewable energy resources in the state. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Deliveries Up 110% In Q1 2019 Vs. Q1 2018” • Tesla delivered 110% more vehicles in the 1st quarter of 2019 versus the 1st quarter of 2018. The delivery total was approximately 63,000 for Q1 2019. In North America, Model 3 was yet again the best-selling mid-sized premium sedan, selling 60% more units than the runner-up. [CleanTechnica]

In the Tesla factory

¶ “Here’s How The Green New Deal Compares To A Proposed Republican Climate Plan, The Green Real Deal” • Florida Rep Matt Gaetz has unveiled his climate plan, the Green Real Deal.  He classified his climate change resolution as a “love letter to the American innovator” and a “real, serious plan to address climate change.” [Newsweek]

¶ “Subsidies Increase For Upstate Nuclear Plants, Thanks To Low Power Prices” • The cost to subsidize Central New York nuclear plants is increasing by $57 million a year. This disproves, at least for now, state regulators’ prediction that the cost would decrease over time. The good news is, subsidies are increasing because electric prices are low. []

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