August 13 Energy News

August 13, 2019


¶ “Big Utilities Stall On Clean Energy Transition, Despite The Economics” • It seems clear to us that Australia’s gen-tailers, the utilities that dominate both electricity generation and retail, won’t decarbonize their portfolios any faster than policy makes them, despite the favorable economics. They have hit the pause button on development. [RenewEconomy]

Beryl solar farm

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenhouse Gases Reach Record Levels, Report Finds” • The dominant greenhouse gases released into the Earth’s atmosphere reached record levels in 2018, and their global warming power is now 43% stronger than in 1990, according to a report released Monday by the American Meteorological Society, State of the Climate in 2018. [CNN]


¶ “India Eases Wind Energy Auction Guidelines” • The last two wind energy tenders in India were significantly undersubscribed and the government has quickly made some small but crucial changes to the conditions of wind energy tenders issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India. Land acquisition, penalties, and time lines were some issues. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica)

¶ “Japanese Consortium To Build World’s First Electric Tanker” • Four Japanese companies teamed up to build the world’s first zero emission tanker, a coastal tanker intended for use on Tokyo Bay, not traversing the Pacific Ocean. The tanker, powered by electric motors and a (really large) battery pack, is projected to enter service in about two years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Orbital Taps Texo To Build O2 Tidal Turbine” • Scottish company Texo Group has been awarded a “multi-million pound” contract by Orbital Marine Power to manufacture its 2-MW O2 tidal stream turbine. The machine will be made in Dundee for installation at the European Marine Energy Centrey in Orkney, Scotland. [reNEWS]

O2 tidal stream turbine (Orbital Marine Power)

¶ “Stepping Up Climate Resilience In The Pacific” • The Australian Government is stepping up its renewable energy investment and climate and disaster resilience support in the Pacific by partnering with its nearest neighbors. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia recognized the region’s climate change challenges. [Reliefweb]

¶ “Victoria Introduces Bill To Lock 50% Renewables Target Into Law” • Victoria’s Labor government has made good on its election promise to boost the state’s renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2030, with the introduction of a bill into parliament that lock the target into law. It would build on earlier landmark legislation. [RenewEconomy]

Ararat wind farm

¶ “Saudi Arabia Wind Farm Claims World Record Low Energy Cost” • Saudi Arabia’s 400-MW Dumat Al Jandal onshore wind farm announced what it says is a world record-low onshore wind levelized cost of electricity of 1.99¢/kWh. The Dumat Al Jandal onshore wind farm will be the country’s first wind project and the largest in the Middle East. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Solar Now ‘Cheaper Than Grid Electricity’ In Every Chinese City, Study Finds” • Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost the prospects of industrial and commercial solar, according to a study. The report, published in Nature Energy, concludes that solar power is at grid parity in China. [Carbon Brief]

Installing panels (Imaginechina Limited | Alamy Stock Photo)

¶ “Small Nuclear Reactor Exploded In Failed Missile Test, Russian Officials Say” • The failed missile test that killed five scientists last week involved a small nuclear reactor, Russian officials said. They did not spell out exactly what the nuclear experts had been working on, but said the institute worked on nuclear energy sources. [Daily Sabah]

¶ “World’s Lowest Cost Solar P V Contract Awarded In Portugal” • Portugal is now the country with the world’s lowest-cost solar PV contract. The lowest tariff awarded in the country’s first solar PV auction, held in July, was just €14.76/MWh ($16.54/MWh, 1.654¢/kWh) at today’s exchange rates. This beats a $16.95/MWh contract awarded in Brazil. []

Solar array


¶ “Solar Power Is Playing A Growing Role To Save The Bees” • After the worse bee losses on record. The US Department of Agriculture announced that it will no longer track honeybee populations or collect data for its Honey Bee Colonies Report. However, Solar companies are increasingly stepping in to provide safe havens for bees. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Environmentalists Warn Trump Weakening Endangered Species Protections” • The US federal government announced an overhaul of the way it enforces the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with preventing countless extinctions. Environmental groups warn it will “crash a bulldozer” through the landmark 1973 legislation. [BBC]

Monarch butterflies (Reuters)

¶ “Wind Power Costs And Prices Driven To New Lows In US” • Wind power is enjoying a prime period in the United States, with record low technology costs spurring strong investment, as local production of the components helps projects avoid the worst impacts of Trump’s trade war with China that has hit the solar market hard. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Studies Delay Solar Development In Both RI And Mass” • In meetings this summer, National Grid and ISO New England told renewable-energy developers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island that application reviews for connecting to the grid would be extended while studies of regional power transmission systems are conducted. [ecoRI news]

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