May 9 Energy News

May 9, 2019

World:

¶ “Sweden Looks To More Solar To Reach 100% Renewables By 2045” •  Sweden is currently eyeing plans to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045. And though the country is often without any sunlight during winter, the country’s energy agency is still considering the role of solar PV in its plans. [RenewEconomy]

Sweden

¶ “Renewable Energy Overpowers Coal In Germany” • According to Fraunhofer Institute evaluations, Germany’s renewable power sector pulled bigger production numbers than coal in 2018 for the first time ever, with 40% of the country’s electricity coming from wind, biomass, solar, and hydroelectric sources compared to 38% from coal. [ThomasNet News]

¶ “Solar Power Generation In India Increased By 34% Year-Over-Year In Q1 2019” • According to the data released by the Central Electricity Authority, solar power accounted for over 11.4 billion kWh of electricity produced in Q1 2019. This marks a growth of 34% year-over-year from the 8.5 billion kWh generated in the Q1 2018. [Mercom India]

Solar array

¶ “India To Exceed Climate Compliance Under Paris Agreement: Moody’s” • India will exceed the compliance of its commitment made to address climate change under the Paris agreement, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Non-fossil-based fuel sources are likely likely to increase to 45% of Indian capacity by 2022. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Britain Records First Coal-Free Week Since The Victorian Era, Thanks To Gas, Nuclear Power And Renewables” • Britain has now gone seven days without using any electricity generated from coal, for the first time since the Victorian era. Ten years ago, coal produced about a third of the Britain’s electricity. Since May 2, the country has been powered by natural gas and nuclear energy, and renewables. [ABC News]

Walney Extension wind farm (Reuters: Phil Noble)

¶ “Europe’s First Gigafactory For Battery Storage Systems” • Europe’s first gigafactory for battery storage systems is being put into operation in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany. Battery maker Tesvolt is working to establish new production facilities for lithium storage systems with an annual production capacity of over 1 GWh. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Beatrice Nears Finish Line” • The last batch of the Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines for the 588-MW Beatrice offshore wind farm have been loaded onto Swire Blue Ocean jack-up Pacific Orca for installation off the coast of Scotland. Beatrice will have 84 turbines and is scheduled to be fully commissioned later this year. [reNEWS]

Offshore installation (Swire Blue Ocean image)

US:

¶ “FERC Report Indicates Shining Days For Renewable Energy Sector” • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report said solar, wind, and hydropower accounted for 59.6% of new capacity added to the US electricity generation mix during the first quarter of 2019. Renewables now account for 21.49% of our installed capacity. [Greentech Lead]

¶ “Renewables Secured: EVgo Contracts 100% Renewables For Customer Charging” • EVgo is the first EV charging network in the US to contract 100% of the energy needed to power its customers with renewable energy. EVgo is responding to customers asking to have 100% of the electricity for EV charging sourced from renewables. [CleanTechnica]

EVgo Fast Charging station in California (EVgo image)

¶ “Walmart Signs 46 Solar Deals With C2 Energy Capital” • C2 Energy Capital LLC has executed 46 power purchase agreements and leases with Walmart Inc to provide solar electric power at the retailer’s operations in five states. The projects are expected to supply approximately 10%-60% of each store’s overall electricity consumption. [Solar Industry]

¶ “Block Island Offshore Wind Farm Improves Fishing And Tourism” • Researchers at the University of Rhode Island studied the effects the Block Island wind farm had on local fishing and tourism. They found recreational fishing was increased, though feeling were mixed among those who fish commercially, and tourism improved. [CleanTechnica]

Block Island wind farm (Deepwater Wind image)

¶ “Solar Energy Legislation That Could Lower Power Bills Wins Senate Approval” • With just a day left in the legislative session, the South Carolina Senate approved a solar energy bill that boosters said will keep the state’s rooftop solar industry in business and help homeowners use sun panels to save money on power bills. [The State]

¶ “Renewable Energy Firm Heads To Maine’s High Court To Fight CMP’s $1 Billion Transmission Line” • NextEra Energy Resources is appealing the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s granting of an important certificate for Central Maine Power’s proposed hydropower corridor from Canada through western Maine. [Bangor Daily News]

Transmission lines (Courtesy of Central Maine Power)

¶ “South Miami Commits To Running On 100% Renewable Energy By 2040” • After succeeding on his own off-grid trial, South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard is taking the entire city with him. The South Miami City Commission unanimously passed a resolution saying the city will transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by the year 2040. [Miami New Times]

¶ “Exelon To Shut Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant” • Exelon Corp says it’s moving forward with plans to close the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania after a bid to bail out struggling reactors failed to advance in the state legislature. Exelon had hoped to get $500 million per year in subsidies to keep the plant open. [Bloomberg]

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