April 30 Energy News

April 30, 2019

World:

¶ “Indian Coal Company Issues 100 MW Solar Power Tender” • The latest public sector company to launch a large solar power tender is Singareni Collieries Co Ltd, which is jointly owned by the governments of India and the state of Telangana. The Solar Energy Corporation of India issued the 100-MW tender on behalf of SCCL. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array

¶ “Greta Thunberg To Parliament: Future Sold So Small Group Of People Could Make Unimaginable Amounts Of Money” • Greta Thunberg stood before the UK’s Parliament to deliver a message to the assembled solons. There is a saying, “Well behaved women rarely make history.” Thunberg was polite but hardly well behaved. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted Commits To 900-MW Changhua” • Ørsted has taken a final investment decision to build the 900-MW Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farm in Taiwan. The company said the decision came after Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs approved its local supply chain plan. Ørsted has a power purchase agreement with Taipower. [reNEWS]

Turbine in the Burbo Bank Extension (Ørsted image)

¶ “More Renewable Energy Generated In China In Q1” • Installed capacity of clean power in China keeps expanding, according to the National Energy Administration. For the first quarter of 2019, renewable energy generation was up 13% year-on-year. It now accounts for 23.2% of the total generating capacity, according to a press release. [China.org.cn]

¶ “Finnish Newbie Makes Domestic Triple Play” • Newly-formed Finnish renewables investor Exilion Tuuli Ky acquired its first three projects in its home market as part of plans to invest €300 million in clean power. The new company was formed by Exilion Management Oy, an investment company owned by Finnish employee pension companies. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Image: Exilion Tuuli Ky)

¶ “Scotland Declares ‘Climate Emergency’ Following School Strikes” • Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, warned the world is facing a “climate emergency” and vowed Scotland “will lead by example” by cutting carbon emissions. The declaration was inspired by student protesters who staged a school strike to urge action, she said. [The Independent]

¶ “SA Wind Industry To Promote Economic Growth” • Recent data from the International Renewable Energy Agency said Africa had an 8.4% growth in renewables capacity, largely due to windpower. The South African Wind Energy Association said South Africa is a leader, contributing to greater social and economic growth. [ESI Africa]

Windpower (Featured image: Stock)

US:

¶ “America’s Renewable Energy Set To Surpass Coal For The First Month Ever” • The renewable energy sector is projected to generate more electricity than coal during the month of April, according to a recent report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. That has never happened before. [CNN]

¶ “Coal Losing Death Grip On Yet Another Coal State” • West Virginia state policy makers are finally beginning to realize that mining for coal by flattening hundreds of pristine mountaintops with explosives is perhaps not the best strategy for long term economic growth. The result just may be a turn to installing solar PVs. [CleanTechnica]

Mountaintop removal mining

¶ “O’Rourke Releases Plan To Fight Climate Change With $5 Trillion Investment And Net-Zero Emissions By 2050” • Beto O’Rourke plans to invest $5 trillion over 10 years in innovation and infrastructure. He also has a goal to see net-zero emissions by 2050, according to an outline of O’Rourke’s proposal from his presidential campaign. [CNN]

¶ “US Wind Development Pipeline Grew By 6 GW In First Quarter Of 2019” • Wind power construction and development activity in the US grew to record levels in the first quarter of 2019, data from the American Wind Energy Association shows. The US wind development pipeline grew by 6,146 MW to a record-breaking 39,161 MW. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines in Iowa

¶ “New York Governor Cuomo Allocates $280 Million For Energy Storage” • New York Gov Andrew Cuomo announced $280 million to support energy storage projects, to speed the growth of the energy storage industry and drive down the cost of deploying energy storage projects. New York has a goal of 3 GW of storage by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “sPower Brings Online 130-MW Solar Park In California” • US solar and wind power producer sPower said it has kicked off commercial operations at the 130-MW Antelope Expansion 2 solar park in Lancaster, California. It will sell its output to MCE, a local non-profit public agency offering community choice aggregation. [Renewables Now]

sPower’s Solverde 1 solar farm (Photo: Business Wire)

¶ “Report Warns Enbridge, DTE, Part Of Pipeline “Bubble” That Could Burst” • A Global Energy Monitor report says companies are betting over $1 trillion in risky gas pipeline projects that are so expensive their payback periods are over decades. They could become stranded assets as we stop burning fossil fuels to deal with climate change. [Michigan Radio]

¶ “Ohio Democrats Call For ‘Honest Conversation’ On Nuclear Bill” • In a significant challenge to Republican leadership in Ohio’s House of Representatives, House Democrats said that they would hold their own review of controversial legislation designed to subsidize nuclear power and undercut renewable energy development. [Energy News Network]

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