Archive for May 31st, 2019

May 31 Energy News

May 31, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Much Can Painting A Roof White Reduce Its Tempera-ture?” • It has long been known that painting a building’s roof white reflects sunlight and reduces its temperature. But by how much and are there downsides to doing it? A cool roof can save air-conditioning costs by as much as 40%, but it keeps the roof cool in the winter also. [BBC]

Keeping cool with a white roof (Getty Images)

¶ “‘They Just Keep Washing In’: Scientists See Evidence Of Climate Change In Deaths Of Thousands Of Seabirds In The Bering Sea” • Starting in October 2016, thousands of carcasses of tufted puffins turned, up one after another, on the shores of St Paul Island, in the Bering Sea. A paper explains how their deaths are evidence of climate change. [National Post]


¶ “India Allocates 720 MW In Second Solar-Wind Hybrid Auction” • Following the disappointing response of project developers to the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s second solar-wind hybrid tender, the financial bidding round of the tender was recently concluded. Bidders showed a lack of interest, but their prices were low. [CleanTechnica]

Hybrid plant, though probably not in India (Pexels image)

¶ “German Solar Association Calls For Removal Of Pending Subsidy Cap” • The German government has a 52-GW cap on its Feed-in Tariff for solar energy. The German solar capacity has skyrocketed, growing from 10 GW in 2009 to nearly 46 GW at the end of 2018, but growth is stalling, and the solar industry is calling for a continued tariff. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Spanish Floater Swings Into Action” • The W2Power multi-turbine floating offshore wind platform has started generating power at a shipyard in Gran Canaria, ahead of deployment at a test site in the Canary Islands. The platform has two 6MW turbines. Four companies involved are Ingeteam, EnerOcean, Ghenova, Tension Tech International. [reNEWS]

W2Power platform and turbines (Ghenova image)

¶ “Bill Gates Partners With EU To Launch New €100 Million Clean Energy Fund” • The European Commission, the European Investment Bank, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures chaired by Bill Gates, announced the establishment of a new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments in Europe across clean five energy sectors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Welsh Grant Minesto Tidal Cash” • The Welsh government awarded €14.9 million of EU funding to marine energy developer Minesto for the next phase of the company’s tidal power project in Wales. The grant is to support the continued development and operations of Minesto’s Holyhead Deep site six kilometers off the coast of Anglesey. [reNEWS]

Minesto tidal kite (Minesto image)

¶ “IEA Predicts 250 Million EVs On The Road By 2030” • Last year, the International Energy Agency predicted there would be 125 million EVs on the road worldwide by 2030. This year, it has doubled that prediction to 250 million EVs by 2030, assuming the 25 nations that are part of the EV30@30 program honor their commitments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Enercon, Enerjisa share 1-GW Turkish Onshore Spoils” • German company Enercon and local outfit Enerjisa have been successful in Turkey’s latest 1-GW onshore wind auction, according to the country’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. The winners were awarded 500 MW each, covering four 250-MW projects in the country. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Enercon image)


¶ “Facebook Moving Closer To 100% Renewables By 2020” • According to its website, Facebook has contracted for over 3.5 GW of renewable electricity, which is 75% of what it uses. Now it is working on the last 25% by making direct investments, starting with the 379-MW Prospero Solar project in Andrews County, Texas. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Gov Polis Signs Seven Bills On Renewable Energy, But What Does That Mean For Colorado’s Energy Future?” • Signing seven bills on renewable energy, Colorado Gov Jared Polis explained, means cleaner air; “green” jobs that can’t be outsourced; and lower electric rates, thanks to the decreasing costs of wind and solar power. [The Denver Post]

Girls waiting for the signing (Joe Amon | The Denver Post)

¶ “Utah Solar Project To Deliver Clean Energy To Facebook” • First Solar Inc has announced that its 122-MW Cove Mountain 2 solar plant will support Facebook’s Eagle Mountain Data Center in Utah through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power, which is part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. [Solar Industry]

¶ “Utah Aims To Shatter Records With 1,000-MW Energy Storage Plant” • A one-of-a-kind facility in Utah would combine compressed air storage in salt caverns with hydrogen storage, large flow batteries and solid-oxide fuel cells. Utah’s electricity was 87% generated from coal in 2017, but its renewable energy sector is growing. [Greentech Media]

Salt Lake City (It’s down at the bottom.)

¶ “Vermont Public Power, Encore Renewable Complete Their First Solar Project As Partners” • Vermont Public Power Supply Authority and Encore Renewable Energy completed the 855-kW Trombley Hill Solar project, the first developed under their partnership formed last year. It is sited on property owned by Morrisville Water and Light. [Solar Builder]

¶ “After 46 Years, Pilgrim Nuclear Station Shutting Down” • The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which weathered over four decades of nor’easters, protests, and lawsuits, in the end could not withstand energy market forces and the costs of operating an aging plant. It is undergoing its final shutdown today, May 31, 2019. [Cape Cod Times]

Have a fantastically cheery day.

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