Archive for June 24th, 2019

June 24 Energy News

June 24, 2019


¶ “Power Purchase Agreements For 1 GW Of Solar Projects Approved In Gujarat” • PPAs for 1 GW of grid-connected solar PV projects tendered and auctioned by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited were approved by the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission. The tariffs ranged from ₹2.44/kWh (3.38¢/kWh) to ₹2.68/kWh (3.7¢/kWh). [Mercom India]

Solar array (First Solar image)

¶ “The Diesel Scandal Just Destroyed Profit Growth At Daimler, Maker Of Mercedes-Benz” • Daimler, the German auto company that makes Mercedes-Benz, reduced its 2019 profit expectations by hundreds of millions of euros. The financial downgrade is fallout from the diesel emissions scandal that has rocked the German auto industry. [CNN]

¶ “Limekiln Secures Scottish Assent” • Infinergy and Boralex have got the green light from Scottish ministers to build the Limekiln wind farm in Caithness. The Highlands project of up to 90 MW, located around three km south of the decommissioned Dounreay nuclear power station, will consist of 21 turbines with tip heights of 139 metres. [reNEWS]

Erecting a wind turbine (Infinergy image)

¶ “Indian Railways Issues 140-MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Tender” • Indian Railways issued its first tender to implement solar-wind hybrid projects. The Railway Energy Management Company Limited issued a tender to set up 140 MW of solar-wind hybrid capacity. Of the new capacity, 105 MW will be windpower, and the rest will be solar. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Adviser Says PM’s Plan Will Fail Unless It Is Dramatically Stepped Up” • The British government’s chief adviser on climate change has warned that the Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to eliminate Britain’s contribution to global warming will fail unless cuts to greenhouse gases are stepped up dramatically. [Sky News]

Wind farm in Wales (Nigel Brown, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Paradigm Shift as Swedes’ Support for Nuclear Power Soars” • In Sweden, support for nuclear power is back to its highest level, previously measured in 2010. A political science professor at the SOM Institute at Gothenburg University, attributed the change to a proposal to expand nuclear power that came from the Christian Democrats. [Sputnik International]


¶ “ACT Looks Beyond 2020 Renewables Target, Seals Community Solar Off-Take Deal” • The Australian Capital Territory’s government took steps to re-affirm its commitment to maintaining its 100% renewable electricity target in perpetuity, at the same the territory locks-in a feed-in tariff rate for its first community solar farm. [RenewEconomy]

Sapphire wind farm

¶ “Flagship Megawatt-Scale Community Solar Farm Achieves Final Funding To Break Ground In August” • Renewable Energy developer CWP Renewables provided up to $800,000 in funding for SolarShare’s 1-MW community solar project, Mount Majura Solar Farm, to commence construction. It should be generating power this year. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Kogan Powers Up New Renewable Energy Offering” • Online electronics retailer Kogan is partnering with a New Zealand energy company to sell power and gas in Australia. Meridian Energy and its Australian retailer Powershop claim to be the only electricity and gas retailer certified 100% carbon neutral by the Australian government. [ChannelNews]

Wind farm (Pexels photo)

¶ “REST Secures WA’s Biggest Wind Farm” • Nearly half of all Western Australia’s renewable energy will now be owned by a superannuation fund. Industry super fund REST announced it had fully acquired the Collgar wind farm, 25 km south-east of Merredin in WA’s Wheatbelt. This happened when UBS sold its 60% share to REST. [The Sydney Morning Herald]


¶ “VP Mike Pence Refuses To Directly Answer Whether Climate Change Is A Threat In Tapper Interview” • During an interview on CNN, Vice President Mike Pence said, “We will always follow the science.” But he repeatedly refused to give a direct answer when asked about his beliefs on climate change and whether it poses a threat to the planet. [Newsweek]

Mike Pence (Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “MECO Increases Renewable Power, Storage Amounts Sought In Next Procurement” • Maui Electric Co will be seeking 295 GWh per year of renewable energy and 58 GWh per year of power storage in its next round of requests for proposals, according to the utility and filings with the state Public Utilities Commission. [Maui News]

¶ “Finally, Major Movement On Governor’s Promises For Offshore Wind” • Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project established a first-year price of $98.10/MWh for the subsidy provided by ratepayers, the offshore renewable energy certificate. By way of comparison, the OREC offered in Maryland is priced at $170 for a wind project there. [NJ Spotlight]

Offshore wind farm (Zoltan Tasi | Unsplash)

¶ “Texas Cooperatives To Purchase 7 MW of Distribution-Scale Solar Energy” • Five electric distribution cooperatives in Texas have signed agreements to purchase 7 MW of distribution-scale solar generation, providing an increased supply of cost-effective and clean energy to their members while increasing local system resilience. [Transmission & Distribution World]

¶ “Central Washington Stepping Up To Produce Renewable Energy” • As Gov Jay Inslee pushes for carbon-free renewable energy in the state of Washington, several projects are either underway or already producing power in its central region. Wind turbines are generating power. And bio-waste and solar energy are being developed. [Yakima Herald-Republic]

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