May 17 Energy News

May 17, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Five Reason’s Why HB 6, Ohio’s Nuclear Plant Subsidy Proposal, Should Be Rejected” • By giving a blatant handout to the nuclear and fossil fuel industries at the expense of renewable energy and energy efficiency, the latest proposal for a “Clean Air Program” in Ohio is bad for consumers, the economy, and the environment. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Davis Besse power plant

¶ “Australia’s climate election: Where do parties stand on renewables?” • Australia’s 2019 federal election has been dubbed “the climate election” for a reason. The nation has just had its hottest summer on record, and greenhouse gas emissions rise without federal regulation. Many voters are concerned about climate change. [pv magazine International]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Instability Spreading In West Antarctic Ice Sheet” • Almost a quarter of the West Antarctic ice sheet is now affected by ice thinning, according to a study. It found that the ice sheet has thinned by as much as 122 meters in some places, and thinning has left glaciers unstable, according to scientists at the University of Leeds in England. [CNN]

Antarctic glacier melt (Andrew Shepherd)

¶ “414 Million Pieces Of Plastic Found On Remote Australian Islands: Study” • A study published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that Australia’s remote island territory of Cocos was littered with 238 tonnes of plastic. The group of 27 islands, home to about 500 people, is marketed to tourists as “Australia’s last unspoilt paradise.” [CNN]

World:

¶ “Engie Wins 200 MW Of Wind In India’s Latest Auction” • Due to undersubscription, the Solar Energy Corporation of India decided to auction just 480 MW of capacity, the smallest amount in its windpower auction history. Engie made a 200-MW bid at ₹2.79/kWh (3.98¢/kWh), matching its highest-ever win in India’s wind energy auctions. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Pexel image)

¶ “Vattenfall And GE Renewable Energy To Co-operate On Next-Generation Turbine” • Offshore wind developer Vattenfall and GE Renewable Energy are joining forces to deploy GE’s new offshore wind turbine, the Haliade-X. With a capacity of 12 MW, the Haliade-X is the largest offshore wind turbine currently being marketed. [Offshore Wind Journal]

¶ “Tilt Makes 130-MW New Zealand Power Play” • Australian renewables developer Tilt Renewables is to sell electricity to Genesis Energy from the 130-MW Waverley wind farm in New Zealand. Their 20-year power purchase agreement will allow Tilt to complete the remaining development activities. The project is to be online in September, 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind project construction (Tilt Renewables image)

¶ “2K MW Of Solar, Wind Energy Added To Egypt’s National Network” • The total amount of electricity generated from renewable energy in Egypt has reached 6,000 MW. The country had adopted the strategy of incorporating renewable energy in the mix a few years ago to reduce the reliance on traditional energy resources. [Egypttoday]

¶ “BC Renewable Energy Efforts Extend To Its Costal Lighthouses” • British Columbia is working on powering its lighthouses with green energy. After getting experience with renewable energy, the Canadian province wants to transition its 27 staffed lighthouses from diesel power to renewably sourced sustainable energy. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

Lighthouse

¶ “UK Solar Output Hits Record Peak Of 9.55 GW” • According to the Solar Trade Association, the UK’s solar fleet broke its peak output record on May 13, when it hit 9.47 GW. This was followed a day later by yet another announcement of yet another record, after peak solar output reached 9.55 GW at around 12:30 pm on May 14. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canberra Will Be First Australian City To Run On 100% Renewable Energy From October” • Canberra will be effectively powered by renewable energy from October 1, with completion of the third stage of the Hornsdale wind farm. It will be the first Australian jurisdiction to do so, the Australian Capital Territory’s Climate Change Minister said. [ABC News]

Solar panels (Jake Evans | ABC News)

US:

¶ “Inslee Releases $3 Trillion Jobs Plan Centered On Clean Energy, Green Infrastructure” • Washington Gov Jay Inslee has unveiled his presidential campaign’s jobs plan, providing details of a proposal that has a laser-like focus on combating climate change. The proposal projects the creation of 8 million jobs over the next 10 years. [CNN]

¶ “Jay Inslee Calls Out Joe Biden On Combating Climate Change: ‘We Have To Live In The Real World Here'” • Washington Gov Jay Inslee repeatedly called out Joe Biden for his approach on climate, suggesting that the former vice president is naive about working with Republicans on the issue. Biden said critics are not looking at his record. [CNN]

CNN Town Hall with Jay Inslee (Karen Ducey | Getty Images)

¶ “Clearway Cash Rich For 419-MW Texas Titan” • US company Clearway Energy Group has closed financing of the 419-MW Mesquite Star wind farm in Texas and has started construction. Mesquite Star will have a total of 118 Siemens Gamesa turbines. It is being built by Blattner Energy, and commercial operations are to begin in early 2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “Hawaii Court Halts Biomass Plant Over Climate Concerns” • The Hawaii Supreme Court stopped plans by a biomass company to burn locally grown eucalyptus trees to provide energy to the state’s largest utility. The court ruled that the state Public Utility Commission approved the plant without considering Hawaii’s emissions goals. [Climate Liability News]

Have a stunningly lovely day.

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