Archive for May 5th, 2019

May 5 Energy News

May 5, 2019


¶ “Can Microgrids Really Bring Power To The Last Billion?” • After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico turned to microgrids for resiliency. Puerto Rico’s embrace of microgrids hints at a different energy future. Some of the 1 billion people around the world without electricity may finally get it without ever needing a central power grid. [Quartz]

Line workers (Amit Dave | Reuters)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Groovy New Solar Technology May Be Future Of Renewable Energy” • An innovative 3D solar-cell design with a radically different architecture, which drives down the costs of cell manufacture, may define the future of renewable energy as it potentially reduces optical losses within a device, according to UK scientists. []


¶ “Civil Society Organizations Are Learning To Track Climate Adaptation Spending To Ensure It Reaches The Communities That Need It Most” • Countries on the frontlines of climate change are already using their own scarce domestic resources for adaptation to supplement international flows. CSOs have been learning to help. [CleanTechnica]

Flooding in Manila (Photo: EU Civil Protection
and Humanitarian Aid Operations | Flickr)

¶ “Energy Consultants Urge East Lancashire Firms To Put Faith In Wind Power” • Businesswise Solutions, an energy consultant in East Lancashire, is urging firms to play their small part in climate change by switching to greener alternatives. It is helping businesses switch to a 100% wind-based energy option by pooling resources. [Lancashire Telegraph]

¶ “Oman Goes Big On Solar Power” • A consortium composed of ACWA Power, Gulf Investment Corporation, and Alternative Energy Projects Co has executed the project agreements to develop first utility scale solar power project in Oman. The project will use Solar PV technology to yield 500 MW (AC) of power. [Al-Bawaba]

PV panels (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Sabang Renewable Showcases Off-Grid Electrification Projects” • The Philippine Department of Energy expects the hybrid mini-grid project of the Sabang Renewable Energy Corp to showcase off-grid electrification projects that supports the government’s thrust of total electrification once it is completed this month. [Philippine Star]

¶ “Kuwait To Cooperate With South Korea On Renewable Energy” • Kuwait is looking to expand cooperation with South Korea on renewable energy. This follows a visit to Kuwait by South Korea’s Deputy Minister for Trade, who visited a test complex for layered solar power generation run by a consortium from the two countries. [Utilities Middle East]

Solar array (Getty images)

¶ “Siemens Weighs Carving Out Gas And Power Unit” • German industrial conglomerate Siemens is weighing options for its Gas and Power unit, possibly to spin it off, two people close to the matter said. The Gas and Power unit’s gas turbines business has seen orders slump as utilities shift towards renewable energy sources. []

¶ “Ocean Waves An Alternative Source Of Power” • A Universiti Malaysia Terengganu school of ocean engineering associate professor, Dr Mohd Zamri Ibrahim, said an initiative by the government of Malaysia to use solar PV panels to generate renewable energy was a good move, but there are other sources of renewable energy. [New Straits Times Online]

Wave hitting a breakwater

¶ “Iran To Keep Enriching Uranium Despite US Move: Parliament Speaker” • Iran will continue with low-level uranium enrichment in line with its deal with world powers, parliament speaker Ali Larijani was quoted as saying. The US is trying to force Iran to stop producing low-enriched uranium and expanding its only nuclear power plant. [Himalayan Times]


¶ “PG&E Corp Unable To Strike Deal Over Renewable Power Contracts” • PG&E Corp was unable to reach a deal with NextEra Energy Inc and other companies with which it has billions of dollars in power contracts. The matter will be decided in the next several weeks by the judge overseeing PG&E’s bankruptcy, court documents said. []

Renewable energy

¶ “Jay Inslee Promised Serious Climate Policy And He Is Delivering” • Washington governor and presidential contender Jay Inslee released the first of what he says will be a series of proposals on climate policy. Together they will form what he calls his Climate Mission agenda. He is already delivering in Washington what he promises in the US. [Vox]

¶ “Legislature Tries Again To Save Biomass Plants” • Six months after the New Hampshire legislature overrode a veto to pass a law to save biomass plants, Eversource has still not negotiated contracts for the energy because of an appeal to federal authorities. A bi-partisan group of senators has a bill to end the impasse. [The Union Leader]

DG Whitefield biomass plant (John Koziol | Union Leader)

¶ “Erie’s Climate Is Changing” • In recent decades, temperatures in Erie, Pennsylvania have increased between 1.6° and 4.06°, studies show. With higher temperatures there is less winter ice coverage on the Great Lakes, and more moisture can feed lake-effect snowstorms, like the ones that dumped over 156 inches of snow on Erie two winters ago. []

¶ “Wall Street Gobbles Up Tesla Securities” • Tesla short sellers bet the price of Tesla stock will go down and love any bad news for the company. When Tesla went to raise $2 billion in new capital, they promoted the news as a sign of bad times. But the price of Tesla stock increased anyway, and investors bought the offerings all up quickly. [CleanTechnica]

Have a jubilantly restful day.

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