Archive for July 20th, 2019

July 20 Energy News

July 20, 2019


¶ “4.37¢/kWh Proposed As Maximum Solar Tariff In Indian Auctions” • The National Solar Energy Federation of India proposed that all national-level solar power auctions in the country have a maximum tariff bid threshold. The industrial body has proposed a maximum threshold of ₹3.00/kWh (4.37¢/kWh) for the auctions. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (Courtesy: MNRE, India)

¶ “London: More Than 50,000 EV Charging Points By 2025” • The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and his Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce have some serious plans to transition London to zero-emissions transport as fast as possible. They would provide Londoners with at least 50,000 electric vehicle charge points by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “European Electric Car Market News – Triple The Number Of Models And More Battery Factories” • Analysis by IHS Markit found that European car makers plan to triple the number of models with plugs by the end of 2021, from 60 today to 210 just eighteen months from now. Europe will also see rapid growth in the capacity of battery factories. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen EVs at the LA Auto Show

¶ “Renewable Energy Capacity To Reach 260 GW By 2024” • India expects to have a renewable energy capacity of 260 GW by 2024, a government official said. India has set a target of 175 GW by 2022, the secretary to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said. India also plans a 30-GW capacity for manufacturing PVs by 2024. [The Asian Age]

¶ “Toyota And BYD To Jointly Develop EVs And Batteries In New Deal” • BYD and Toyota announced an agreement to partner on developing EV batteries. The agreement includes sedans and low-floor SUVs. The new set of vehicles will be produced under the Toyota brand specifically for the Chinese market, starting in the early 2020s. [CleanTechnica]

BYD bus battery (Image: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Kenya’s President Formally Launches Africa’s Biggest Wind Power Farm” • Kenya has formally launched Africa’s largest windpower plant. The $680 million (€600 million) scheme, a 365-turbine wind farm on the eastern shores of Lake Turkana, is delivering 310 MW of power to the national grid of East Africa’s most dynamic economy. [Gulf Times]

¶ “Northern communities selected for U of S renewable energy project” • Two University of Saskatchewan professors are leading an $8.8 million international partnership project to explore how northern communities can achieve energy independence while benefiting economically and socially by developing renewable energy. [larongeNOW]

Installing PVs in Saskatchewan (file photo | paNOW Staff)

¶ “BayWa Commits To 100% Clean Power” • BayWa, a German company, has committed to cover all its electricity requirements with renewable energy from 2020 onwards. The company, which has businesses involved in agriculture, building materials, and energy, has joined the RE100 initiative led by the The Climate Group and CDP. [reNEWS]

¶ “TEPCO To Decommission Reactors At Fukushima No 2 Nuclear Plant” • TEPCO will formally decide to decommission the Fukushima No 2 nuclear plant. It informed the prefecture’s governor of its policy as early as this month, a company source said. The Fukushima No 2 was not damaged when the Fukushima No 1 plant had three meltdowns. [The Japan Times]

Fukushima No 2 (IAEA Imagebank, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Trump’s USDA Buried Sweeping Climate Change Response Plan” • The Agriculture Department quashed the release of a sweeping plan on how farmers could respond and adapt to climate change that was finalized in the early days of the Trump administration, according to a USDA employee with knowledge of the decision. [Politico]

¶ “New York Completes Nation’s Largest Renewable Energy Procurement” • New York has completed the single largest renewable energy procurement in any US state’s history. The state made awards for two offshore wind projects that total nearly 1.7 GW. The winning bids were Sunrise Wind for 880 MW and Equinor for 816 MW. [Energy Manager Today]

Ørsted turbine in the UK (Ørsted image)

¶ “Dangerous Heatwave Starts Hitting US And Canada” • Extremely hot weather has started to hit most of the US, with temperatures set to peak over the weekend, meteorologists say. The heatwave could affect about 200 million people in major cities like New York, Washington, and Boston in the East Coast, and the Midwest region too. [BBC]

¶ “Lucid Begins Work On Factory In Arizona” • This week, Lucid Motors finally broke ground on its factory in the city of Casa Grande, Arizona. David Salguero, Lucid Motors’ marketing manager, says the plant is on track to begin production of the Lucid Air electric car by late 2020, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle. [CleanTechnica]

Lucid Motors electric car (Courtesy of Lucid Motors)

¶ “Petition Seeks To Force New England Anti-Renewable Group To Disclose Its Donors” • Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen and New Hampshire legislators asked federal regulators to require a nonprofit that opposes state renewable energy subsidies to reveal its members, charging its claim that it represents ratepayers is misleading. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Continuing Shift To Renewables, AEP Commits To Coal Reductions” • The US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has approved a modified agreement that will accelerate emission reductions from American Electric Power’s remaining coal-fueled power plants in the Midwest, along with other provisions. [Solar Industry]

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