June 6 Energy News

June 6, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Engie’s HomeBiogas Turns Household Waste Into Renewable Natural Gas With Ease” • Engie invested in HomeBiogas in the middle of last year and is now working with its team to grow the business. HomeBiogas sells its products directly to consumers, so Engie’s global reach and significant capital represent huge opportunities. [CleanTechnica]

Homebiogas unit

World:

¶ “Low Margins, Cheaper Modules Make India Lowest-Cost Producer Of Solar PV” • IRENA issued a report, Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018, comparing costs of solar installations in 19 countries. The report finds India as the country with lowest cost. The cost of installations in India was $793/kW, compared to $1,427/kW in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Sydney Opera House Has Star Ambitions With Renewable Energy PPA And Sustainability” • The Sydney Opera House might have “sustainability in its DNA” but there is still a huge energy bill to take care of every year. Now with a new power purchase agreement (PPA), that energy bill will be both stabilized and renewable. [The Fifth Estate]

Sydney Opera House

¶ “Spain’s Iberdrola Seeks To Build Europe’s Largest Solar Farm” • Iberdrola SA is working to build what it says will be Europe’s largest solar farm at a cost of €300 million ($337 million). The Spanish utility said it has started the process with the country’s Ecological Transition ministry to build a 590-MW farm in the Western region of Extremadura. [Bloomberg]

¶ “Jaguar Land Rover And BMW Will Collaborate On Electric Car Powertrains” • Driven by the need to develop efficient, affordable electric car powertrains, convergence in the auto industry continues. Jaguar Land Rover and BMW are the latest companies to say they will work together to create EV technologies that both will share. [CleanTechnica]

Jaguar i-PACE

¶ “Nation’s top solar university commits to 100% renewable energy” • Australia’s top solar university research hub, the University of New South Wales, has announced it will switch to 100% renewable energy by 2020. The university underpinned the goal with a 15-year PPA with the Sunraysia solar farm in western NSW. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Household Energy Bills ‘Subsidizing’ Scotland’s Nuclear Submarines” • The cost of energy in the UK is inflated partly because it subsidizes nuclear submarines, academic research suggested. Experts told MPs the UK government remains committed to civilian nuclear power as it cross-subsidises the country’s nuclear deterrent. [The Scotsman]

Nuclear submarine at the Firth of Clyde

¶ “African Wnd Pipeline ‘Hits 18 GW'” • Africa’s wind project pipeline stood at 18 GW at the end of the first quarter of 2019, according to a report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Some 6.5 GW is at an advanced stage of development, although the report noted that the project realization rate remains low in the region. [reNEWS]

¶ “Home Solar Panel Installations Fall By 94% As Subsidies Cut” • The UK’s Labour party has accused the government of “actively dismantling” the solar power industry after new installations by households collapsed by 94% last month. The accusation is that the government is prioritizing fracking over household costs, jobs, and emissions cuts. [The Guardian]

Installation (Ashley Cooper | Global Warming Images | Alamy)

US:

¶ “Inslee Unveils Plan To Combat Climate Change Through Foreign Policy” • Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee released a plan that looks to reimagine American foreign policy to combat climate change. The plan is the third policy roll out from Inslee’s campaign that aims to link a range of issues to climate change. [CNN]

¶ “US Energy Storage Market Grows 232% In First Quarter” • The US deployed a total of 148.8 MW of energy storage in the first quarter of 2019, making it the strongest quarter ever for energy storage. It broke the previous record, set in the previous quarter, by 6% and grew 232% over the amount deployed in the first quarter of 2018. [CleanTechnica]

Energy storage (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Value Of Solar Debate Accelerates In Minnesota” • The total value of residential solar installations for utilities consists of two parts: the value of generated electricity to the grid, and the value of avoided infrastructure costs. That second part is difficult to assess, but the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is trying to learn what it is. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Anheuser-Busch Signs 310-MW PPA With Recurrent Energy To Secure 100% Goal By 2021” • Anheuser-Busch signed a PPA for the electric output of a 310-MW solar farm to be built in West Texas. The Maplewood solar project is to be operational by 2021, at which point 100% of Anheuser-Busch’s electricity will be from renewable energy sources. [CleanTechnica]

Anheuser-Busch graphic (Anheuser-Busch image)

¶ “Madison-Backed Rural Solar Energy Projects To Begin Operations” • The first of five new rural solar energy projects getting financial support from the city of Madison, Wisconsin, will begin operations in Argyle by mid-June, city officials said. The city is investing $1.4 million to support the five new solar PV systems. [Madison.com]

¶ “Solar Park Of 340 MW To Power Pegasus’ Arizona Data Center” • Pegasus Group Holdings, a renewable energy project and technology infrastructure developer, plans to build a 340-MW solar park in Arizona to power a new data center in Mohave County. The solar-powered data center is touted as the largest facility of its kind globally. [Renewables Now]

Have a remarkably exhilarating day.

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