May 16 Energy News

May 16, 2019

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Continues To Ramp Up Its Electric Car Push” • VW’s board of supervisors announced that it is prepared to invest €1 billion in a battery cell factory. The preferred site is Salzgitter in Lower Saxony, where pilot production of battery cells is to begin later this year. The new factory siting is contingent on negotiations with the government. [CleanTechnica]

VW Scania truck (Image: Scania)

¶ “Project Developers Continue To Avoid Renewable Energy Auctions In India” • Project developers in India are unwilling to bid for large-scale solar and wind energy tenders, sounding alarms across government circles. The western state of Gujarat witnessed significant under-subscription of solar and wind energy tenders last week. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ireland Failing To Meet EU Energy Targets – Report” • Ireland will fall short of 2020 EU renewable energy targets, according to a report from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. The report predicts that 13% of the country’s energy will be derived from renewable sources next year. Ireland’s European target is 16%. [RTE.ie]

Wind turbines and a colorful sky

¶ “India’s Largest Power Company Shifts Away From Coal” • Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, announced that it will build no new coal-fired plants. In India, over 40 GW of coal-fired power plants are financially stressed, and new additions are coming to a near halt. Peak coal capacity may be closer than anticipated. [Sierra Magazine]

¶ “Scottish Renewables Firms Exporting To More Than 70 Countries” • Industry body Scottish Renewables found that businesses have exported renewable energy goods or services to a total of 72 countries. The most popular export destination was the US. Nine of the 15 Scottish businesses that responded to the survey export to the US. [Energy Voice]

Scotrenewables SR2000 deployment (Scotrenewables image)

¶ “Labour Reveals Plans To Fit Solar Panels To 1.75 Million Homes” • The UK Labour Party announced plans to fit solar panels to 1.75 million homes of socially housed or low-income households as part of its promised “green industrial revolution” to try to combat climate change and boost jobs. Another goal is free energy for needy people. [The Guardian]

¶ “Floating Wind ‘Buoys’ RE Investment In France” • While China and the US have maintained the top two places, in that order, in the EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, France has moved up two notches into third place on the back of developments in floating offshore wind and bigger onshore targets. [reNEWS]

Floating offshore windpower (Image: Naval Energies)

¶ “ACT Declares Climate Change Emergency – Slams Federal Government Failure To Act” • The Australian Capital Territory has become the first state or territory in the country to make a formal declaration of a climate change emergency. The passage of the motion follows similar declarations made in the UK and Ireland. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “2-GW Offshore Bill Advances In Connecticut” • Connecticut’s House of Representatives voted 134 to 10 in favor of legislation that would see the state buy or develop up to 2 GW of offshore wind power. The proposed legislation now goes to the state’s Senate for consideration. Connecticut Gov Ned Lamont is in favor of the measure. [reNEWS]

London Array (reNEWS image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Capacity In Texas REC Program Grew By Almost 10% In 2018” • For Texas’ voluntary Renewable Energy Credit program, including areas not in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the total capacity increased by about 2.6 GW, almost 10%, between 2017 and 2018. Analysts differ over whether the growth can continue. [S&P Global Platts]

¶ “Florida PSC Deems TECO Shared Solar Program ‘In The Public Interest’” • The Florida Public Service Commission has approved Tampa Electric Co’s optional solar energy tariff. This permits electric service customers to purchase energy from a designated TECO solar energy resource to replace all or part of their monthly energy consumption. [Solar Industry]

Tampa, Florida

¶ “Colorado Town Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity By 2035” • The Frisco Town Council unanimously voted to approve a resolution committing the community to shift away from fossil fuels and transition to 100% clean, renewable electricity by 2035. Eleven Colorado cities have made clean energy commitments since 2017. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Icebreaker Inches Towards Construction” • The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation has reached an agreement with the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board about the 21-MW Icebreaker offshore wind project. The next step is to get formal board approval. The company is “optimistic that the permit will be issued later this year.” [reNEWS]

Icebreaker test installation (LEEDCo image)

¶ “More Renewable And Clean Energy Is Coming To The Northland” • Minnesota Power and parent company Allete have announced more investments in clean energy. It recently sold a water company in the Twin Cities area for nearly $300 million, and some of those funds will allow them to invest in more solar and wind energy. [FOX 21 Online]

¶ “Santee Cooper Sues VC Summer Contractor Westinghouse Over Abandoned Nuclear Equipment” • Santee Cooper sued the lead contractor of its failed VC Summer nuclear plant project. The lawsuit is the latest swing in a fight over who owns the abandoned equipment and parts left at the massive construction site in South Carolina. [Greenville News]

Have a charmingly pleasant day.

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