April 12 Energy News

April 12, 2019

World:

¶ “Global Economy Would Save Up To $160 Trillion By Shifting To Renewables, Electric Cars” • The International Renewable Energy Agency reported this week that getting to 85% renewable energy not merely possible by 2050, but thanks to plummeting prices in key clean energy technologies, the cost of saving the climate has dropped dramatically. [ThinkProgress]

PVs over water with flowering crops in the background
(Wang Wen | VCG Via Getty Images)

¶ “Japanese JV Reveals 500-MW Offshore Plan” • A joint venture of Hitachi Zosen Corporation and Eco Power is planning to build a 500-MW offshore wind farm off the coast Aomori prefecture in Japan. The joint venture company is to have up to 125 turbines, each with a capacity of 4 MW to 9.5 MW, operational some time after 2025. [reNEWS]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Jumps To #2 In France” • The French plug-in electric vehicle market recorded 6,136 registrations in March, which is up 14% year over year. A big portion of this growth came from the Tesla Model 3, which had 1,153 deliveries last month in France, the best result ever for any nameplate other than the Renault Zoe. [CleanTechnica]

Renault Zoe

¶ “Norwegian Firm May Invest €1.5 Billion In Electricity Generators In Republic” • Norwegian utility Statkraft and a partner could spend €1.5 billion ($1.69 billion) building new electricity generators in the Republic of Ireland. Statkraft began work on a €30 million wind farm at Kilathmoy on the Kerry-Limerick border this week. [Irish Times]

¶ “China Eyes One Belt One Road Initiative To Expand Renewable Energy” • China’s OBOR initiative has not found enough takers in the countries that think it will lead to a Chinese monopoly. However, linking of renewables to the initiative may act as a facelift and evince interest from countries that initially had opposed it. [Mercom India]

Wind turbines

¶ “TEPCO To Start Removing Fuel At Fukushima’s No 3 Reactor” • The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will start removing nuclear fuel from the No 3 reactor as early as next week. The work will be done with remote-controlled devices. It is the first attempt to remove spent fuel from any of the reactors damaged in the 2011 meltdowns. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ “How Coal-Killing Solar Panels Can Help US Farmers” • The DOE has a message for farmers: plant solar panels, and you can plant crops, too. The DOE published the “Farmer’s Guide to Going Solar,” answering such questions as how PV modules change the microclimates beneath them, and what effects they have on agricultural production. [CleanTechnica]

Agriculture with solar PVs

¶ “‘We Can Talk About This’ – Millennial Republicans Take A Methodical Approach To Climate Change” • In January, 41 state college Republican chairs signed an American Conservation Coalition letter to GOP leaders urging “action on clean energy and environmental issues” to ensure “conservative values are not lost on the next generation”. [The Guardian]

¶ “The EV Tax Credit Debate Heats Up In Congress” • The original tax credit for EVs was $7,500 for the first 200,000 cars from a manufacturer, declining from there. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would keep the $7,500 for the first 200,000, decrease it to $7,000 for the next 400,000, and then phase it out more quickly. [CleanTechnica]

EVs charging (DOE image)

¶ “US Power In 2018: The Good, The Better, And The Gassy” • The key 2018 figures highlight both emerging opportunities and challenges. Thankfully, this year promises to be a good one for solar and wind energy, but we still face the threat that we are locking in reliance on natural gas that does not fit with our need to slash carbon pollution. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Puerto Rico Goes 100% Renewable As Trump Administration Calls For More Gas” • Just one day after the Chicago City Council approved its mayor’s plan to move the city to 100% renewable energy by 2035, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló signed a law that sets a 100% by 2050 renewable electricity mandate for the island. [pv magazine USA]

Governor Ricardo Rosselló (FEMA image)

¶ “Dem Lawmakers Have Given Session A Noticeable Green Tint” • New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers are passing what amounts to be a green wave of legislation. It is not exactly the splashy Green New Deal resolution pushed by Democrats in the US Congress, but the director of the NH Sierra Club chapter calls it “exciting.” [New Hampshire Business Review]

¶ “Apple Surpasses Renewable Energy Goals For 2020” • Apple has announced that it will exceed, by over 1 GW, its goal of bringing 4 GW of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020. The company also announced that is has doubled the number of suppliers that run Apple productions on 100% renewable energy. [Power Technology]

Apple Park (Credit: Daniel Lu)

¶ “Thousands Of Amazon Employees Call On CEO Jeff Bezos To Tackle Climate Change” • More than 5,000 Amazon workers called on founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to tackle climate change in the latest example of tech workers rallying to change company policies from within. An open letter posted online was signed by 5,237 employees in one day. [ABC News]

¶ “Gas, Nuclear Lobbies Butt Heads As Senate Takes Up Nuclear-Rescue Bill” • A bill aimed at saving two of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants from early retirement is getting an expectedly mixed reception in the state Senate. Nuclear and natural gas proponents are clashing over how to make the state’s energy markets fair. [90.5 WESA]

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