Archive for July 16th, 2019

July 16 Energy News

July 16, 2019


¶ “When It Comes To Automotive CEO Longevity, Tesla’s Elon Musk Is Now King” • Elon Musk is famous for making bold claims and big bets, and then pulling off what seemed impossible. Now he has another interesting claim to automotive fame: he is the longest tenured CEO in the automotive world. That’s an amazing feat. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk in CleanTechnica shirt (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)


¶ “China Approves 22.8 GW Of Solar PV For 2019 Subsidies” • China’s National Energy Administration has announced the results of its first national solar auction for projects approved for Feed-in Tariffs. It has awarded 22.78 GW across 3,921 projects, all of which must be completed and grid-connected by the end of the year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Abu Dhabi Is Replanting Mangroves In The Fight Against Climate Change” • The coastal city of Abu Dhabi is threatened both by rising sea levels and increasing heat of climate change. By planting mangrove trees along the coastline, it is protecting the land from erosion, wave surges, and floods, and it is drawing down CO₂ from the atmosphere. [CNN]

Mangrove trees (CNN image)

¶ “Philippines Switches On It’s First Hybrid Floating PV Hydro Power Project” • The Philippines’ first 200-kW floating solar power project has been switched on. The project is part of the partnership between Ocean Sun, based in Norway, and GCL-SI, which provided the modules used for the construction of the floating solar facility. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Radical Changes Proposed For Indonesia To Meet Clean Energy Target” • Indonesia will require nothing less than a policy overhaul – starting with its state-owned power utility – to meet the target of having 23% of its electricity generated from hydro, solar, and other renewable sources in 2025, according to an AT Kearney report. [Eco-Business]

PV array on Sumba Island (Asian Development Bank image)

¶ “How Decentralised Renewables Are Creating Jobs” • Power for All released its first annual jobs census measuring employment from decentralized renewables for rural electrification in Africa and Asia. The census shows that delivering energy access to almost 1 billion people is emerging as a significant employment opportunity. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Renewable Energy Workforce In India Grew Five Times In Past Five Years: Study” • India’s renewable energy workforce has grown five-fold in the past five years, according to a report published by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Skill Council for Green Jobs. []

Cleaning reflectors

¶ “Italy To Hold First 500-MW Renewables Auction On Sept 30” • The Italian Ministry of Economic Development signed a decree implementing an auction and incentive scheme for solar and renewable energy. The European Commission had approved the action in mid-June. The first procurement exercise is planned for September 30. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Swedish Wind And Solar ‘Set To Double’” • The renewable energy capacity in Sweden is projected to more than double by 2030, analysis from GlobalData says. Renewables capacity, excluding hydropower, is forecast to increase from 14,800 MW in 2019 to 30,400 MW in 2030. Hydropower is nearly 40% of Sweden’s installed capacity. [reNEWS]

Swedish wind farm (Image: Arise)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Open Offshore Wind Factory And Development Centre In China” • A GE offshore wind factory in Jieyang will help to meet China’s growing demand for offshore wind energy and will also serve regional projects. Construction is expected to begin about the end of this year, and production in the second half of 2021. [Construction Global]


¶ “Harley Davidson LiveWire – 0 To 60 In 3 Seconds, 145 Mile Range, $29,799” • Will an electric motorcycle make Harley Davidson great again? Five years in the making, its LiveWire electric bike will begin production soon, and you can reserve one online today. For $29,799, a buyer gets a bike that screams to 60 mph in 3 seconds. [CleanTechnica]

Harley Davidson LiveWire (Harley Davidson image)

¶ “New York Times: EPA To Limit Ability To Oppose Pollution Permits” • The EPA is working to change rules that allow individuals or community advocates to fight agency-issued permits that regulate how much pollution can be released by area power plants and factories, according to a report in The New York Times. [CNN]

¶ “California Orders Chevron To ‘ Take All Measures’ To Halt Massive Spill Of Oil-Water Mixture” • About 800,000 gallons of an oil-water mixture, including about 240,000 of oil, has spilled in the last two months at a Chevron operation in California. The state ordered Chevron to “take all measures” to the stop the flow immediately. [CNN]

Chevron oil field (California Dept of Fish and Wildlife, via AP)

¶ “AEP Swoops On 1.5 GW Oklahoma wind” • American Electric Power is looking to buy 1,485 MW of wind capacity in Oklahoma. Two subsidiaries, Southwestern Electric Power Company and Public Service Company of Oklahoma, are seeking regulatory approvals to purchase three wind projects being developed by Invenergy for $2 billion (€1.75 billion). [reNEWS]

¶ “Ohio Gas Plant Project In Jeopardy If Nuclear Bill Passes” • LS Power said it would end a project to expand a gas-fired power plant in Ohio if the state’s lawmakers pass legislation to subsidize the state’s two nuclear power plants. The company said a subsidy for nuclear power could lead to “reduced reliability for Ohio’s electric generation fleet.” [POWER magazine]

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