Archive for April 10th, 2019

April 10 Energy News

April 10, 2019


¶ “Trump Mocks Climate Change. That’s A Key To Defeating Him.” • While one of Africa’s the worst weather disasters ever was unfolding, President Trump was urging Republicans not to kill the Democrats’ Green New Deal proposal. This was not because Trump wants to work with it, but because he wants to run against it in 2020. [New York Times]

Wyoming wind farm (Damon Winter | The New York Times)


¶ “There’s Trouble In OPEC And Oil Prices Are Up 50%” • Venezuela is in chaos. Iran is dealing with US sanctions. And there is increased violence in Libya. Trouble in these OPEC nations helped send US oil prices back above $64 a barrel. Gasoline prices are creeping higher just as the US economy grapples with a slowdown. [CNN]

¶ “BYD Continues To Innovate, Launches The World’s Longest Electric Bus” • New energy company BYD has introduced the world’s longest electric bus. The new BYD K12A is a 27 meter (89 foot) long beast of an electric bus. It features two independent articulating points that connect its 3 separate segments. It has room for 250 riders. [CleanTechnica]

BYD K12A (BYD Image)

¶ “Netherlands Will Soon To Be Home To Europe’s Largest Floating Solar PV Project” • Dutch solar developer GroenLeven has announced that it is building a 48-MW floating solar PV project on an old sand extraction site in the Netherlands. It will be one of the largest floating PV sites in the world, and the largest in Europe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Global Solar PV Market To See 25% Growth, Reach 129 GW Of New Capacity In 2019” • The global solar PV market is expected to bounce back from slower growth in 2018 with a return to form in 2019, according to analysts IHS Markit.  It will see growth in the range of 25% and total solar installations nearing 130 GW, the report said. [CleanTechnica]

Disney solar farm in Florida

¶ “Atlassian Billionaires Pledge For 100% Renewable Energy By 2025” • The co-founders of Atlassian, a software development company, have made a pledge for their company to be powered with 100% renewable energy by 2025. The announcement makes them the first major Australian tech company to make such a commitment. [10 daily]

¶ “Engie JV Plans 898-MW Mexico Clean Power Push” • Engie and Tokyo Gas have formed a joint venture to develop Mexican wind and solar energy projects with a combined capacity of 898.7 MW. Their joint venture, Heolios EnTG, will develop, finance, construct, own, operate, and maintain a total of six renewable energy projects. [reNEWS]

Turbine installation (Engie image)


¶ “New York Offers $30 Million For Flexible Power Grid” • New York announced funding of up to $30 million (£23 million) for projects that can improve the resiliency and flexibility of the electricity grid. Governor Andrew M Cuomo aims to generate 70% of renewable electricity by 2030 and have a carbon-free power grid by 2040. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Trump To Sign Executive Orders Meant To Free Up Oil And Gas Pipeline Development” • The Trump administration is set to announce two executive orders aimed at freeing up more pipelines to supply the US with oil and gas. The orders could give the federal government more power over states in approving energy projects. [CNN]

Pump jack (Juan Barreto | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “A Utility’s Push for Solar Fees Could Shut Down The Entrepreneurs Who Built Iowa’s Solar Economy” • A proposal before the Iowa legislature would impose monthly fees on the customers that own solar power systems. A leading supporter of the bill is MidAmerican Energy, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Groups Push For Votes on NV Renewable-Energy, Public-Lands Bills” • As the deadline approaches for bills to make it out of Nevada’s legislative committees, conservation groups are pushing for those they see as important. Senate Bill 358 would require power companies to get 50% of their energy from renewable sources by 2030. [Public News Service]

Nevada State Capitol (OK-59 | Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Walz Touts Clean Energy Jobs Amid Doubts About Nuclear Power’s Role In Future” • Minnesota Gov Tim Walz and Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley said economics suggest nuclear power will not be part of Minnesota’s energy mix if the state adopts the governor’s goal of getting 100% of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2050. []

¶ “Maryland Legislature Passes Clean Energy Bill With Offshore Provisions” • Maryland lawmakers have passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which would raise the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2030. The act incentivizes the development of 1.2 GW of additional offshore wind energy off the coast of Maryland. [North American Windpower]


¶ “City Council Unanimously Backs Missoula Plan For 100% Clean Energy By 2030” • In Missoula, Montana, city council members unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to move the city’s electricity to 100% renewable sources by 2030. The vote makes Missoula the first city in the state to move away from fossil fuels. [KPAX-TV]

¶ “DOE Calls For Big Puerto Rico Gas Plant As Island Targets 100% Renewables” • DOE Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker told a US House committee that building a natural gas plant in Puerto Rico would enhance the island’s resilience. But the Puerto Rican legislature just passed a bill that would take it to 100% renewable energy. [Utility Dive]

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