May 11 Energy News

May 11, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Weekend Read: Drivers Of Energy Convergence” • The risks posed by the energy transition to the stability of electricity networks appear to have been misrepresented. With Germany’s Energiewende, electricity network stability has increased as penetrations of solar PV and wind generation continue to creep higher. [pv magazine International]

Intersolar Europe trade fair

Science and Technology:

¶ “Seeing Energy From Space: 5 Tools Using Remote Sensing To Improve Life On Earth” • Tracking changes in the electricity sector has massive implications for how countries develop, and how we can tackle climate change. Several organizations are gathering data on the changes using geospatial data and satellite imagery. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dual Axis Solar Tracker Field Performance Yields 27.7% ROI” • The slow adoption of new technology in the US solar industry allows time to establish performance data. In the case of large-format dual axis trackers, the latest numbers are eye-catching: a 27.73% return on investment, or a payback period of only three years. [CleanTechnica]

Large format dual axis trackers (Credit: Charles W Thurston)

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Books 10,000 Online Reservations For ID.3 Electric Car In First 24 Hours” • Volkswagen announced that it will build just 30,000 units of its special edition ID.3 electric hatchback. Within 24 hours, more than 10,000 people ponied up €1,000 to reserve theirs. The VW ID.3 is scheduled to go into production this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Report: MENA Renewable Capacity Growth Accelerates In 2018” • Renewable capacity expansion sped up during 2018 in many developing countries in the Middle East and North Africa region along with parts of Asia. This is driven by rapidly falling costs for wind and solar PVs, an International Energy Agency report says. [Al-Bawaba]

Sun and solar PVs (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Ireland Goes 25 Days Without Using Coal To Generate Electricity” • The island of Ireland has gone a record length of time without using coal-fired electricity generation on its power system, according to Eirgrid. The Irish all-island grid operated without coal between April 11th and May 7th, a total of 25 days, Eirgrid confirmed. [Irish Times]

¶ “Powering Up Clean Energy On Semakau” • Semakau Island might be known for being Singapore’s only landfill site, but it also produces 100% clean energy to power a fish farm there. The island’s solar panels and wind turbine have a combined 1.5-MW peak capacity. Using it, Barramundi Asia runs its fish farm on 100% clean energy. [The Straits Times]

Solar panels on Semakau Island (Mark Cheong | Straits Times)

¶ “TEPCO To Slice Dangerous Chimney At Fukushima Plant” • TEPCO plans to start work on May 20 to dismantle a 120-meter-tall, highly contaminated chimney that could collapse at the crippled Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant. It will be the first highly radiated facility at the plant to be taken apart, the company said. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ “NREL And ExxonMobil Team Up For Renewable Energy Research” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has teamed up with ExxonMobil to “pursue new breakthroughs in low-emission energy technologies,” the Denver Post says. The oil giant will invest $100 million over the next decade in the NREL’s research programs. [CleanTechnica]

NREL research lab (Credit: NREL)

¶ “Sanders Says Biden’s ‘Middle Ground’ Approach to Climate Crisis Would ‘Doom Future Generations'” • “There is no ‘middle ground’ when it comes to climate policy,” the Vermont senator tweeted, quoting from a Reuters report on Biden’s efforts to develop a climate plan that would leave the door open to so-called “fossil fuel options.” [Common Dreams]

¶ “Duke CEO Threatens Action Against South Carolina Customers After Officials Vote Down Steep Rate Hike” • The head of Duke Energy, the largest US utility, threatened to pull back future investments in customer services in South Carolina after state regulators voted to cut the steep rate hike proposed by the utility. [Environmental Working Group]

Home PV system

¶ “Avant-Garde Ag: Idaho Farmers Embrace Technology” • The recent Census of Agriculture shows Idaho farmers are embracing modern technology, from renewable energy systems to the internet. The Census of Agriculture, which is produced by the Department of Agriculture, collects data every five years from farms and ranches. [Idaho State Journal]

¶ “California’s Mid-Day Solar Power Glut Has Become Obvious” • California’s Independent System Operator, or CAISO, has long cautioned that renewable power production would eventually grow to a point where supply exceeds demand on pleasant spring and autumn days. This could produce economic headwinds for solar companies. [Seeking Alpha]

CAISO power production

¶ “The Fight Over Green Jobs In Coal Country: ‘We Can Become Important Again'” • For much of coal country, alternative energy is almost a bad word. The coal industry, which sustained families for generations, is regularly lambasted by environmentalists. There were near-record coal plant closures in 2018. But there are jobs with renewables. [CBS News]

¶ “Ameren Missouri Plans Third In-State Wind Generation Facility” • Ameren Missouri announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a third wind generation facility in Missouri after it is built. The 300-MW facility, developed by Tradewind Energy, an Enel Green Power company, will be in Atchison County. [EnerCom Inc]

Have a gloriously cheerful day.

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