Archive for May 28th, 2019

May 28 Energy News

May 28, 2019


¶ “As Young People Lead On Climate Change, Adults Must Step Up!” • On Friday, May 24, over a million young people gathered in some 1,600 locations in 125 countries to plead for effective action on climate change. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old who inspired them, made an appeal, “We ask you adults, give us a future!” [CleanTechnica]

Greta Thunberg speaking in 2018

¶ “How 1 GW Of Grid Batteries Could See Yallourn Coal Generator Close In 12 Months” • Victoria is getting a lot of renewables. So much so, that 1 GW of battery storage could mean it no longer needs the 45-year-old Yallourn brown coal power station next year. Batteries can magnify the benefit of the new wind and solar projects. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “100% Renewable Does Not Necessarily Mean Zero Carbon” • 160 major corporations have signed pledges saying they will power all of their activities using 100% renewables in the near future. That does not necessarily mean the electricity they consume will be 100% carbon free, however. The devil is in the details. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm (Credit: Stanford Earth)

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Swedish Cleantech Company Wants To Mass Produce Printable Organic Solar Cells” • Epishine, a Swedish cleantech company, has a solar technology that would make it possible to manufacture PVs on machines the size of newspaper presses, each printing solar cells at a rate equivalent to one nuclear reactor per month. [Forbes]


¶ “India Plans $1.8 Billion Transmission Projects For Renewable Energy Projects” • India has shared the details of large power transmission projects dedicated to supporting renewable energy projects in the western parts of the country. The transmission projects are part of a program aimed to achieve new renewable energy targets. [CleanTechnica]

Transmission lines (Pexels image)

¶ “India Cuts Solar Capacity Addition Target By 23% For 2019-2020” • In the face of issues of land acquisition, uncertainty over taxes and import duties, and slowdown in overall economic growth, India reduced its solar power capacity addition target. The target for fiscal year 2019-2020 is 23% lower than for 2018-2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “52% Of Consumers Likely To Buy An Electrified Vehicle In Canada Within 5 Years” • In a Canadian survey, 36% said they had “seriously considered buying a more fuel efficient vehicle, such as a hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell vehicle.” Over half (52%) believe they are likely to buy such a vehicle in the next five years. [CleanTechnica]

Vancouver colored bike lanes

¶ “Spain Proposes EU Carbon Tax On Energy Imports” • In a letter to the European Commission, Spain’s newly elected government called on the EU to assess a potential carbon tax on power imports to protect the bloc’s interests and help it to pursue its environmental targets amid growing public concern over climate change. []

¶ “DHL And StreetScooter Trial Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Delivery Vans” • DHL and StreetScooter have been pioneers in zero emissions delivery vans. Originally intended for DHL’s own use, the StreetScooter concept has proven so popular, a second factory is under construction to service the demands of third party customers. [CleanTechnica]

DHL Streetscooter deliver van (DHN image)

¶ “Enel Commences Work On 140-MW Wind Park In South Africa” • The local renewables arm of Italian energy major Enel SpA  has started construction works on a 140-MW wind park in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. The European firm expects to invest a total of €180 million ($201.5 million) in the Oyster Bay project. [Renewables Now]

¶ “AEMO Says WA Grid At Risk If Regulations Fail To Keep Up With Renewable Transition” • The Australian Energy Market Operator warned that regulators and rule-makers need to act quickly for adoption of new technologies to deal with Western Australia’s rapid uptake of rooftop solar and other renewable energy technologies. [RenewEconomy]

Vestas wind turbines

¶ “By 2025, Developed Countries To Lose Quarter Of Their Nuclear Capacity” • Developed countries, which have been gradually reducing their nuclear power generation, may lose one quarter of their nuclear capacity by 2025, and two-thirds by 2040, the International Energy Agency said in a report. The IEA said this would damage security. [TASS]


¶ “Renewable Energy Developer, Puerto Rico Utility Agree On Project Terms ” • Greenbriar Capital Corp said it had agreed with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority on terms allowing the Montalva solar project to proceed. Among other things, PREPA asked for a 45% increase in capacity from the original proposal (145 MW total). [Streetwise Reports]

Solar system in Puerto Rico

¶ “Vail To Purchase 100% Of Its Municipal Power From Renewable Sources” • In Colorado, the Vail Town Council has agreed in a six-to-one vote to become the latest Eagle County government to purchase 100% of its municipally-used electricity from renewable sources. Town officials say, however, that more needs to be done. [Vail Daily News]

¶ “A Small Company Sees Opportunity In Revolutionizing Colorado’s Energy Supply” • Guzman Energy is looking to follow the Kit Carson Electric Association in exiting a contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission. Kit Carson is on track to deliver solar power for all daytime needs at reduced power rates for customers. [Energy News Network]

Have an altogether excellent day.

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