April 8 Energy News

April 8, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Air Pollution: How Does London’s New Emissions Zone Compare?” • There are several different ways of describing cities or towns that have restrictions on vehicles, with the goal of tackling air pollution. A CAZ is a clean air zone, a LEZ is a low-emissions zone. Now London has the world’s first ULEZ, or ultra-low emissions zone. [BBC]

Clean air, Gothenburg, Sweden (Getty Images)

¶ “There’s Just One Reason Republican Politicians Are Fully Attacking The Green New Deal” • The US public would love to support more clean energy, more zero-emission electric cars, cleaner air, and protection of our shared natural resources. But fossil fuel industries are not on the same page, and they support Republican candidates with money. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Global Coal Industry Enjoying Good Times While They Last” • This year began with some good news for global coal industry stakeholders as demand ticked up a notch. Nevertheless, signs of a deep, painful skid are growing. But exemplifying change, South Africa’s powerful Nedbank officially gave the bum’s rush to new coal power plant investments. [CleanTechnica]

Solar power for a Nedbank branch (via Solar Turtle)

World:

¶ “Tesla And Fiat Dance An Interesting Tango” • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has needed to reduce emissions from its cars, or it will be fined by the EU. One alternative is to pay a company whose cars have low emissions to have its cars counted in the fleet. So Fiat agreed to pay Tesla hundreds of millions of euros to avoid billions in fines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In Medellín, Metrocable Connects People In More Ways Than One” • In 2004, Metro de Medellín opened the world’s first aerial tram system, Metrocable, connecting slums in the Columbian city’s hillsides to its downtown center and the rest of its transit network. The mobility they provide encourages investment in poor neighborhoods. [CleanTechnica]

Metrocable in operation (Photo: Kyle Laferriere)

¶ “Enel Green Power Switches On 86-MW Solar Plant In Colombia” • Italian energy major Enel SpA inaugurated an 86.2-MW solar PV farm in Colombia. The company’s local renewables subsidiary, Enel Green Power Colombia, has invested nearly $70 million (€62.3 million) in the El Paso PV farm, the local energy ministry announced. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Brazil Registers 51.2 GW Of Renewables For June 28 Tender” • Brazil’s state-owned energy research firm EPE unveiled on Friday that 51,204 MW of renewable energy projects have been registered for the next auction that will be held on June 28, 2019. The auction will contract hydro, wind, solar and biomass power projects. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Brazil (Otávio Nogueira, CC-BY-2.0 Generic)

¶ “Saudi Set To ‘Boost Wind By Over 6 GW'” • Saudi Arabia will become a regional heavyweight in the Middle East’s wind power market adding over 6 GW in the next 10 years, according to new research by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The report said developers will build up to 6.2 GW of wind capacity in the country. [reNEWS]

¶ “India To Add 10,000 MW Wind Energy Capacity In 2021 ” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the second biggest wind turbine manufacturer in the world, expects India to add between 7,000 and 10,000 MW of wind energy capacity in 2021, its global chief executive said, despite a slump in Indian projects over the last two years. [Economic Times]

Offshore windpower (AP image)

Australia:

¶ “Construction Underway At Tasmania’s Granville Harbour Wind Farm” • A 112-MW Tasmanian wind farm that will deliver a one-third increase to the state’s wind power capacity is under construction, with the final parts of the project’s turbine towers arriving in Burnie earlier this month, and the last of the turbine blades due to arrive in May. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “‘The Perfect Storm’: Hydrogen Gains Ground On LNG As Alternative Fuel” • In March, the Queensland University of Technology made history when it achieved the first export of a small quantity of clean, green hydrogen produced in Australia from renewable energy, to Japanese energy giant JXTG, proving that it was in fact possible. [The Guardian]

Hydrogen-powered bus (Paul Kane | Getty Images)

¶ “Share Economy To Assist Transition To Clean Energy” • A recent study from RMIT University and Monash University researchers has found energy sharing platforms may effectively assist the transition to new energy technologies, cleaner energy, and better consumer outcomes, enabling Australians to reduce their electricity bills. [Energy Magazine]

US:

¶ “Hawaiian Electric To Expand Renewable Energy By 2022” • Hawaiian Electric Cos are setting a 2022 target to develop more renewable energy, Kallanish Energy reports. The company wants to develop 73 MW of solar and 1,200 MWh of storage on the Island of Oahu. It also wants smaller amounts of solar and storage on the islands Maui and Hawaii. [Kallanish Energy]

Solar power in Hawaii (Reegan Moen, US DOE)

¶ “Lansing Budget Would Power All City Buildings With 100% Renewable Energy By July” • The mayor of Lansing, Michigan, proposed to use 100% renewable energy for all city government buildings. Lansing would be the first city in the state to do so. It would buy renewable energy credits from the Lansing Board of Water and Light. [Spartan Newsroom]

¶ “Entergy Lays Out New Carbon Reduction Goals” • Having met its current carbon reduction goal ahead of schedule, Entergy now says it plans to further reduce emissions to well below 2000 levels. Entergy pledges to reduce its CO₂ emission rate to 50% below 2000 levels by 2030, mostly by relying on natural gas nuclear power. [RTO Insider]

Have an outrageously comfortable day.

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