Archive for June 11th, 2019

June 11 Energy News

June 11, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Plant Extinction ‘Bad News For All Species'” • Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a comprehensive study. The number is based on actual extinctions rather than estimates. Scientists say plant extinction is occurring up to 500 times faster than what would be expected naturally. [BBC]

Extinct St Helena Olive (Rebecca Cairn Wicks)

¶ “Trina Tests Half-Frame Solar Panels To Trim Cost By 2%” • Trina Solar is now field testing a half-frame solar panel for use with solar trackers. The company hopes to lower the cost per watt for solar by one cent or about 2% overall, according to Steven Zhu, the president of the company’s America Region, who was speaking in an interview. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Electric Cars And Renewable Energy Could Drive New Outback Mining Boom” • Electric cars and wind turbines could be pivotal to fueling the next outback mining boom. Elements such as lithium, for the batteries in EVs and grid storage, and dysprosium, for the magnets in wind turbines, are becoming the objects of new mining activity. [ABC News]

Lithium ore (Photo supplied by Tawana Resources)

¶ “In A First, Indian Developer Seeks Buyers For 1 GW Of Solar Power Through Auction” • India’s largest power generation company, NTPC Limited, has issued a tender inviting consumers to purchase solar power. This is a first, as to date only consumers or their representatives have issued tenders inviting developers to set up projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Costa Rica’s Renewables Produce 99.99% Of Power In May” • Costa Rica obtained 99.99% of its electricity from renewable sources in May, according to the country’s power utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.  Five renewable sources were responsible for the production of 984.02 GWh. Other producers provided 0.17 GWh. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Costa Rica (Christian Haugen, CC BY 2.0 Generic)

¶ “MP Power Management Invites Bids For 500 MW Of Grid-Scale Energy Storage” • The MP Power Management Company has invited expressions of interest from private firms for setting up 500 MW with 8 hours of continuous discharge of grid-scale energy storage service and a storage facility in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. [LiveMint]

¶ “NSW Quietly Cancels 200-MW Virtual Power Plant, Redirects Funds To Solar Loans” • The government of New South Wales has quietly cancelled a $50 million program to establish a 200-MW virtual power plant, to cover the costs of an election promise to provide interest-free loans to households for solar and batteries. [RenewEconomy]

New South Wales (Grahamec, Wikimedia Commons)

UK:

¶ “Barclays Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity, Joins RE100” • Barclays, one of the UK’s four “Big Banks,” committed to use 100% renewable electricity for global operations by 2030, with an interim goal of 90% by 2025, and a reduction to its global emissions of 80% by 2025. Barclays has recently been under fire for financing fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK MPs Call For End To Support For Overseas Fossil Fuel Projects By 2021” • UK Members of Parliament called on the government to stop financing fossil fuel projects in developing countries by 2021. Fossil fuels only serve to lock countries into dependency and make achieving global warming temperature reductions more difficult. [CleanTechnica]

Air pollution (Getty Images)

¶ “Scotland Will Build A Massive Battery To Store Excess Wind Power” • UK energy supplier Scottish Power plans to launch a massive battery-storage system to capture renewable power from its 214 wind turbines. The 50-MW  lithium-ion battery will allow Scottish Power to store energy when wind speeds are high and release it when they’re low. [Engadget]

US:

¶ “BLP Replaces Canceled Wind Investment With Lower-Cost Solar” • In Grand Haven, Michigan, the Board of Light & Power is banking on renewable energy. When a wind project to which the BLP had committed, was recently canceled. Instead of wind, the local utility will be getting increased solar power. It is the BLP’s second solar project. [Grand Haven Tribune]

JB Sims plant, closing next year (Alexander Sinn | Tribune photo)

¶ “A Vision For Midwest Zero-Carbon Power Starts To Take Shape” • The Midwest’s energy landscape has changed a lot over the last 10 years. Market dynamics have been pushing coal-fired power offline and low-cost utility-scale wind and solar projects are being developed. Also, there has been a surge of consumer interest in PVs. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “US Renewable Energy Generating Capacity Has Now Surpassed Coal” • According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign, using newly published data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, US electrical generating capacity of renewable energy sources is now – for the first time – greater that of coal. [Windpower Engineering]

Wind farm

¶ “Puerto Rico’s Latest IRP Increases Solar And Storage Targets” • The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has filed the latest edition of its 2019-2038 integrated resource plan. It calls for higher deployment of solar and storage, which already rivaled some of the most ambitious plans for the mainland, and more flexibility on natural-gas. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Murphy’s Clean Energy Goals Include Nuclear In Long-Awaited Master Plan” • New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy unveiled his long-awaited energy master plan for the state, calling for more investment in renewable energy, such as solar and wind, and throwing support behind nuclear energy to lower New Jersey’s contribution to global warming. [NorthJersey.com]

Have a manageably glorious day.

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