Archive for May 22nd, 2019

May 22 Energy News

May 22, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “AOC! AOC! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Lays It On The Line For Green New Deal” • One speech by AOC may well stand the test of time. In it, she rips feckless politicians of all political parties for selling out to fossil fuel interests and refusing to protect the American people from the pollution caused by burning oil, gas, and coal. [CleanTechnica]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Credit: C-Span on YouTube)

World:

¶ “African Solar PV Market Could See 29 GW Installed Annually In 2030” • A new study from German Solar Association and the Becquerel Institute has concluded that with the right policies and support, Africa could be adding as much as 29 GW of new annual solar capacity in 2030. The report looked at the solar market in ten countries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lilium Reveals Long-Awaited New Air Taxi And Celebrates Maiden Flight In The Same Swoop” • Lilium, based in Germany, says it is nearly ready to manufacture and operate the Lilium Jet and offer on-demand air taxi service around the world. It showed a new 5-seat electric air taxi prototype, whose maiden flight was earlier this month. [CleanTechnica]

Lilium

¶ “Countries falling short on providing electricity, renewable power” • According to a report produced by the World Bank, the International Energy Agency, and other international bodies, many countries around the world are failing to meet their goals to provide electricity for those without power and to reduce pollution and CO₂ emissions. [Devdiscourse]

¶ “China Approves 20.76 GW Of Subsidy-Free Solar, Wind Power Projects” • China has approved its first batch of subsidy-free wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 20.76 GW, the country’s top planning agency said. China vowed in January to launch a series of unsubsidized renewable power projects this year. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Renewable energy

¶ “Big Firms Join New Task Force Looking To ‘Make Best Use’ Of UK Wind Power” • Big energy companies agreed on a research project to “make best use” of UK wind resources. The Offshore Wind Industry Council said it will work to see that the UK’s low-carbon energy system is generating the most amount of power from renewable sources. [Energy Voice]

¶ “Ausgrid Seeks To Expand Virtual Power Plant To Cut Back On Network Costs” • New South Wales utility Ausgrid is seeking proposals to expand its virtual power plant, following a successful pilot project. It looked to co-ordinate battery storage systems to support network services and help avoid the need for further network investment. [RenewEconomy]

One part of a virtual power plant

¶ “Canada A Leader Among G20 For Plan To Phase Out Coal, Says Report” • Canada, France, Italy, and the UK lead the group of G20 countries when it comes to plans compatible with the Paris Agreement to phase out coal by 2030, according to a report from Climate Transparency. The agency is made up of 14 global environmental groups. [CBC.ca]

US:

¶ “Offshore Drilling Has Become A Liability For Republicans” • The issue of offshore drilling has created a schism between Republicans in states where constituents depend on fishing and beach tourism, like Florida and Georgia, and the White House, which wants virtually all US waters to be open for oil industry exploitation. [CleanTechnica]

Deepwater Horizon fire (US Coast Guard image)

¶ “Texas Cooperatives Agree to Purchase 7 MW of Distribution-Scale Solar Energy” • Five electric distribution cooperatives in Texas signed agreements to purchase 7 MW of distribution-scale solar generation. This is to provide increased supplies of cost-effective and clean energy to their members while increasing local system resilience. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “eMotorWerks’ New JuicePlan Rolls All EV Charging Costs Into One Simple Monthly Bill” • eMotorWerks, an Enel Group Company, is introducting a subscription-based home charging plan called the JuicePlan. The JuicePlan replaces what can be a steep up-front purchase price and installation with an easy to understand monthly bill. [CleanTechnica]

JuiceBox EV charger and Bolt

¶ “NASA To Provide $6 Million For Electric Aircraft Research At University Of Illinois” • NASA will pay $6 million dollars over the next three years to support electric aircraft research at the University of Illinois. The program will work on developing fuel cell and cryogenic liquid hydrogen energy storage technologies for completely electric aircraft. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Secures More Than 2 GW In US Onshore Wind Energy Orders Through May 2019” • GE said it had orders for more than 700 wind turbines in the first five months of the year, which is enough to power about 800,000 US households. GE’s 2-MW platform will have 15 GW installed by the end of 2019. [REVE]

Wind turbine

¶ “General Assembly Passes Bill To Promote Renewable Energy Projects For Universities” • The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have voted to pass a bill to allow public universities and state agencies to enter into renewable energy contracts for up to 25 years. The House favored the bill by a vote of 108 to 8, and it is going to the governor. [CIproud.com]

¶ “Pressure Mounts On NC Lawmakers To Reject Duke Energy Rate Increase Bill” • Opposition is growing to legislation, written by Duke, that would allow it to use major storm costs to charge North Carolinians billions of dollars for unnecessary projects to continue its reliance on coal, fracked gas, and nuclear sources of energy. [Environmental Working Group]

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