May 2 Energy News

May 2, 2019

World:

¶ “UK Parliament Declares Climate Change Emergency” • Members of Parliament of the UK have approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency. This proposal, which demonstrates the will of the Commons on the issue but does not legally compel the government to act, was approved without a vote. [BBC]

Climate protesters reacting to parliament’s declaration (Reuters)

¶ “UK Should Slash Emissions To Net Zero By 2050, Say Climate Change Advisers” • The UK should aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, a report from the government’s Committee on Climate Change says. If adopted, the target would be the most ambitious emissions reduction goal set by any large economy. [CNN]

¶ “German Wind Energy, Solar Power Capacity Grows 448 MW In March” • German onshore wind farm installations dropped by 87% in the first quarter of 2019. Data from regulator BNA showed that Germany’s solar energy capacity grew by 350 MW in March, while wind power growth amounted to 98 MW, of which 42 MW were offshore wind energy. [REVE]

Wind turbines in Germany

¶ “JinkoSolar Has Already Secured More Than 10.7 GW In Orders In 2019” • Chinese solar PV manufacturing giant JinkoSolar has continued its strong recent performance, announcing that it had already secured over 10.7 GW in orders over the first third of the year. The company shipped 11.4 GW of solar in the full year of 2018. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “Green Mountain Power Plans 100% Renewables By 2030 With Help From Tesla” • Green Mountain Power says it wants to speed up its move to 100% renewable energy and it has developed a plan to get to zero emissions no later than 2030. The plan calls for achieving 100% carbon free energy by 2025 and to be 100% renewable by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Powerwall in a home (GMP image)

¶ “California Aggregators To Seek 10 GW Of Clean Power By 2030” • California’s Community Choice Aggregators are slowly assuming the traditional utility role of acquiring renewable energy generation for customers. The CCAs are now faced with the massive task of securing 9 to 10 GW of new clean energy by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Environmentalists Call Duke Energy ‘Public Energy Enemy No 1′” • Duke Energy is holding the US back from a fast transition to renewable energy, a report from the Environmental Working Group says. It says Duke has focused on coal, natural gas, and nuclear power, while neglecting to add many renewable energy sources. [Northeast Indiana Public Radio]

Duke substation (Patrick Finnegan | Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Mary Barra Says GM Will Build An Electric Pickup Truck” • During a conference call with investors, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said “We intend to create an all-electric future that includes a complete range of EVs, including full-size pickups.” She said details about an electric pickup truck from GM would be forthcoming. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Marijuana Prices Have Collapsed, Forcing Growers To Focus On Energy Efficiency” • As marijuana growing becomes more mainstream, an increasing number of utilities are seeing growers set up shop in their service territories, at times creating distribution system issues, and in general bringing significant new demand. [Utility Dive]

Growing cannabis under lights

¶ “Keystone State Goes Full Climate Change With New Action Plan” • In the latest climate action development, Pennsylvania has just cast off the fossil fuel mantle of the past and taken up the sparkling green sword of the future, by signing on to the US Climate Alliance. The alliance now counts 23 states and Puerto Rico among its members. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Blueprint To Battle Bay Area Sea-Level Rise Focuses On Natural Solutions” • A blueprint outlining how San Francisco Bay communities should combat sea-level rise was released by ecosystem scientists and urban planners who envision a ring of man-made reefs, rocky beaches, and graded marshlands around Bay Area. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Marsh in the Bay Area (Jessica Christian | The Chronicle)

¶ “Peck Electric Completed Seven Solar Projects In Q4 2018” • Peck Electric Co, a leading commercial solar engineering, procurement and construction company based in Burlington, Vermont, announced completion of seven solar projects in the fourth quarter of 2018. They range from a 7-MW utility-scale array down to 20.6-kW on a rooftop. [Vermont Biz]

¶ “US Renewable Energy Just Set An Historic Record” • In a historic first, renewable energy may have generated more electricity than coal in the entire US for the month of April. Coal has long been the backbone of the country’s electric grid. In the 2000s, coal accounted for over half of electricity generation. But it does no longer. [OilPrice.com]

Solar array in Colorado (Photo: Scott Ely, US DOE)

¶ “End Of An Era: Power Plant Closure Expected To Reduce Salt Lake Valley Pollution” • After 75 years of operation, a coal-fired power plant in Utah  is shutting down for good. State officials and clean air advocates hailed the move after Rio Tinto Kennecott announced the retirement of the plant following regulatory approval. [Deseret News]

¶ “Colorado Communities And State Energy Office Urge Public Utilities Commission Oversight Of Tri-State” • The Colorado Energy Office and some municipalities are urging the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to oversee Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s resource planning, just as it does with investor-owned utilities. [Clean Cooperative]

Have a fascinatingly beautiful day.

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