May 3 Energy News

May 3, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Six Signs Of Hope For The Ocean” • It is easy to lose sight of good news amid the barrage of negative stories about the threats facing the ocean. We see everything from growing plastic pollution to dying coral reefs. Increasingly, however, there is a lot to celebrate when you look more closely at ocean-related developments. [CleanTechnica]

Coral reef (US Fish and Wildlife Service | Flickr)

¶ “100% Clean Energy: The New Normal” • Nevada and Washington state joined a growing number of states and local jurisdictions taking action to build an equitable 100% clean energy economy, further propelling a national movement of climate and clean energy leadership that has emerged despite Trump Administration policies. [Sierra Magazine]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Could High-Flying Drones Power Your Home One Day?” • A growing number of companies believe using tethered kites and drones provide a viable way to harness the stronger and more consistent high-altitude winds that just keep blowing. Could this tech release wind power’s full potential, or will it always remain a niche solution? [BBC News]

Makani’s tethered generating drone (Makani image)

¶ “Study Shows Value Of Sharing Energy – Including Wind And Solar – Across America’s Grids” • A visualization tool prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory models what could happen if a “macrogrid” of major transmission lines connected the country’s two largest power grids. It shows a large payback. [Iowa State University News Service]

¶ “Electric Cars, Buses, And Trucks Could Charge While Driving On eHighways – Will Soon In Sweden” • An eHighway is a part of a road with a conductive charging pad along a lane. Trucks, buses, and cars can recharge as they drive for what could be limitless miles, as long as the cars ride on inductive pads and have the necessary hardware. [CleanTechnica]

Electric car in Sweden

World:

¶ “Scottish Government Commits To Net-Zero By 2045” • Just hours after a UK Committee on Climate Change report came out, Scotland’s government announced it had lodged amendments to its Climate Change Bill to set a legally binding target for Scotland to be carbon neutral by 2040 and have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Launches International e-Mobility Marketing Campaign” • At the start of the pre-booking phase for its new full-electric ID in Europe on 8th May, Volkswagen is launching a broad-based international e-mobility marketing campaign. The media budget for the campaign will run well into the double-digit million range. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

VW SUV ID Crozz [Is that a name or random characters?]

¶ “Port Augusta Leads The Way In Renewable Revolution” • Leaders from across Australia congregated in Port Augusta to see why the city carries the crown of Australia’s renewable energy capital. Port Augusta’s coal to clean energy transformation has been at the forefront of discussion since its power station closed in 2016. [The Transcontinental]

¶ “Tata Power Added 200 MW Renewables In FY 2018-19, Another 400 MW In Pipeline” • Integrated power company Tata Power Group identified renewables, transmission and distribution, and value-added businesses such as rooftop solar, smart metering, EV charging stations, and micro-grids in rural areas as key growth areas. [pv magazine India]

Solar canopy over parking (Image: Tata Power Solar)

¶ “Solar Energy Production In Great Britain Hits Record-High; Plateau Seen Ahead” • Solar energy generation reached a Q1 record-high in Great Britain in 2019’s first quarter. Solar energy systems produced 2.7 TWh of emissions-free electricity. Solar and wind incentives have been phased out, however, and a plateau may be reached. [Solar Magazine]

¶ “Sweden Set For 2.3-GW Wind Rush In 2019” • Final investment decisions were made on 1225 MW of Swedish wind projects in the period from January to March, up from 550 MW on-year. This is according to the Swedish Wind Energy Association, which expects 2329 MW of new capacity to be added in the 2019 calendar year. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine in Sweden (Arise image)

US:

¶ “Trump Administration Loosens Protections Created After BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster” • The Trump administration is eliminating parts of a rule meant to protect the environment and worker safety that was passed following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmentalists have criticized the move. [CNN]

¶ “As Ohio Nuclear Bill Advances, Democrats Seek To Raise Renewable Standard” • A second version of legislation in Ohio designed to subsidize the operation of two nuclear power plants appears to have the same limitations on renewable energy development as the first version. Democrats have produced an alternative bill. [Energy News Network]

Cooling tower at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant

¶ “Bill Introduced To Overhaul Renewable Fuel, Energy Tax Credits” • Sen Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and 25 colleagues introduced legislation to overhaul the federal tax code and consolidate the current 44 energy incentives into three technology-neutral provisions that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency. [Ethanol Producer Magazine]

¶ “New Mexico Utility PNM To Buy Renewable-Linked Transmission Project From Pattern” • Plans to link New Mexico’s abundant wind energy resource to bigger markets in California continue to come together, with utility group PNM Resources announcing it will buy Pattern Development’s 800-MW Western Spirit transmission project. [Greentech Media]

Have a totally triumphant day.

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