May 27 Energy News

May 27, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “At Vancouver’s Clean Energy Summit, Nuclear Is Making a Play” • As we face massive environmental challenges, a transition is clearly needed. The problem is that one significant focus of the global forum “Clean Energy Ministerial” is to find ways of preserving the existing energy infrastructure while greenwashing it. [TheTyee.ca]

Cooling towers (Jiří Sedláček, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Turbines Arrive For Lekela’s 158-MW Wind Park In Senegal” • The first wind turbine components for the 158.7-MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye in Senegal have been delivered, according to developer Lekela. The wind park is West Africa’s first large wind farm. It will have 46 Vestas V126 machines, each of 3.45 MW capacity. [Renewables Now]

World:

¶ “As Wildfires Burn, Environment Minister Mckenna Blasts Provincial Tories For Scrapping Carbon Tax” • As Alberta Premier Jason Kenney pushes a plan to scrap the province’s carbon tax, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says he shouldn’t ignore climate science, especially in the face of wildfires raging in the province. [CBC.ca]

After a wildfire in Alberta (Mrsramsey, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Greens surge as parties make strongest ever showing across Europe” • Green parties have swept to their strongest ever showing in European elections, boosting their tally of MEPs to a projected 71 compared with 52 last time. The result gives them every chance of becoming kingmakers in a newly fragmented parliament. [The Guardian]

¶ “Fortum Forms Norwegian Wind JV” • Finnish energy company Fortum has formed a joint venture with Norwegian wind farm operator Nordkraft to develop wind power projects in Norway. Fortum Nordkraft Vind builds on a partnership between the two companies in the wind market that has been in place since 2017. [reNEWS]

Fortum wind project

¶ “Quebec Provincial Leader Aims To Boost Use Of Hydro-electric Power” • Francois Legault, the premier of Canada’s hydroelectricity-reliant province of Quebec, said he has a sweeping plan to electrify public transport, along with heating and air conditioning, by the start of 2020. The plan will also expand subway lines. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Iran Undertakes Measures To Boost Green Energy” • Non-Aligned Movement has called upon the Member States to develop renewable energy and thereby boost green energy. Policy makers in Iran have realized that long-term investment in the renewables sector would lead to greater self-sufficiency and address climate change. [New Delhi Times]

Wind farm (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Photovoltaic Power Plants In Slovenia” • The first PV power plant in Slovenia was set up in 2001. At the end of 2017, 4,231 PV power plants had been installed in Slovenia with a total power capacity of 267 MW. Now the Parliament and Government are in the process of amending energy legislation related to renewable energy. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Australia:

¶ “Oil And Gas Majors Could Lead Australian Renewables Development By 2020” • Analysis is by independent oil and gas consultancy Rystad Energy says renewable energy investment in Australasia will overtake spending on upstream oil and gas projects as early as next year, in a shift led by the oil and gas industry itself. [RenewEconomy]

Pump jack

¶ “New Labor Leader Anthony Albanese Calls For End To Climate Wars” • Anthony Albanese has called for an end to the climate wars, saying he wants to work with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on an emissions reduction plan that benefits both the environment and the economy. “People want solutions, not arguments,” Albanese said. [The Guardian]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Gets Certified In Australia, Orders Should Open Soon” • Tesla has received notification from the Government of Australia that its application to sell Model 3’s in Australia was approved. Based on the applications, it seems Tesla has only applied for the 1726 kg and 1856 kg weights, which correspond to the long range models. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 charging

¶ “Queensland Looks To Extra Hydropower From Water Storage After Reboot Of Somerset Dam” • The Queensland government is exploring the potential to convert more of the state’s water storage dams into renewable energy generators, after returning to service a larger, restored version of its Somerset Dam and Hydro Electric Plant. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Nickel Ride Finds EVs Are So Affordable … They Can Give Rides For Free” • Nickel Ride, which operates in some Florida cities, found a way to use the advantages of electric vehicles for a competitive edge. Customers can download a Nickel Ride app to request free rides. The company uses advertising revenue to pay for the drivers and cars. [CleanTechnica]

Nickel Ride cars (Courtesy of Nickel Ride)

¶ “Upstate Coal Plants Set To Go In New Directions” • Two coal-powered plants in upstate New York are looking at new futures, according to recent reports in local newspapers. The plants, located in Lansing in the Finger Lakes and Somerset in Niagara County, are slated to become data centers powered by renewable energy. [Evening Observer]

¶ “Glenwood to go 100% renewable June 1” • Glenwood Springs, Colorado, will become the seventh city in the US powered entirely by renewable energy, and plans to sign the deal 7,100 feet in the sky this week. The city’s electricity will be generated by wind power and supplied by the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska. [Glenwood Springs Post Independent]

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