August 22 Energy News

August 22, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Canada Subsidizes Fossil Fuels, Can’t Talk Climate Change In Election Year” • Canada continues to subsidize fossil fuels, and progress on eliminating subsidies for the sectors creating greenhouse gases depends on the results of the Canadian election. But if charities advertise that climate change is real, they will lose their charity status. [CleanTechnica]

Oil rig in Halifax, NS (Janisb, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Government Steps Up Renewable Energy Push For Bali Electricity Supply” • Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Minister said he wanted Bali to produce 350 MW of electricity from renewable energy sources in six years. The newly produced capacity would meet 17.5% of Bali’s total electricity projected consumption in 2025. [Jakarta Post]

¶ “China Looks Inland To Boost Renewable Energy Deployment” • China, which already accounts for 45% of all investments in renewables worldwide, will increase deployment of solar power schemes inland over the coming decade. Gansu and Xinjiang provinces will see the highest concentration of solar projects in the future. [Utilities Middle East]

Large solar array

¶ “Atlas Renewable Energy Begins Operation Of 156 MW Solar Plant In Brazil” • Atlas Renewable Energy, a leader in clean energy in Latin America, announced that its largest project in Brazil, the 156-MW Juazeiro Solar Plant, is fully operational. The plant has an installed capacity of 156 MW and will generate an estimated 357 GWh yearly. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Enel Turns Sod On 133-MW Sao Goncalo” • Enel Green Power has started building the 133-MW expansion of the Sao Goncalo solar park, in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Piaui. The expansion, in Sao Goncalo do Gurgueia, will bring the capacity of the Sao Goncalo solar farm to 608 MW. Enel is investing €100 million on the addition. [reNEWS]

Enel solar array (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Mining Giants Seek Huge Wind And Solar Projects To Justify CopperString 2.0” • A $1 billion plan to extend the National Electricity Market almost 1000 km across northern Queensland to a region with a world class minerals industry has set in motion what is being called the “largest industrial de-carbonization initiative” in Australia. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant Used To Mine Cryptocurrency, Putting State Secrets At Risk” • A person with access to restricted parts of a nuclear power plant in Ukraine was using it to mine cryptocurrency, a “power hungry” endeavor. This has potentially exposed the facility’s top secret security plans, according to a court case. [RT]

South Ukraine NPP (Вальдимар, Wikimedia Commons)

India:

¶ “India’s 1.8-GW Wind Energy Tender Undersubscribed By 1.2 GW” • The trend of poor response from project developers to India’s wind and solar power projects continued with the eighth national-level wind energy tender. The 1.8-GW tender attracted only two bids totaling 550 MW. Several economic problems can be blamed for the lack of interest. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “MNRE Begins Allocation of Renewable Capacities To States Under KUSUM Program For India’s Farmers” • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy issued a memorandum for state-wise renewable energy capacity allocation under the KUSUM program for the country’s farmers. The program aims to add a solar capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022. [Mercom India]

Small renewable systems (Pooja Jadhav, CC BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Why India’s Wind Turbine Makers Are Under Stress” • Indian feed-in tariffs for wind energy went to record lows in 2017. Earlier, wind power developers would set up projects at tariffs between ₹4/kWh (5.6¢/kWh) and ₹6/kWh. This changed in 2017 with the introduction of the auction regime, and power prices fell to ₹3.46/kWh. [BloombergQuint]

¶ “Indian Oil Corporation Plans To Invest ₹250 Billion In Renewable Energy Projects” • The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd plans to diversify its business and make significant investments to the tune of ₹250 billion ($3.48 billion) in clean energy projects. It aims to invest ₹2 trillion ($28 billion) in the next five to seven years for energy solutions. [Mercom India]

IOCL solar system (Image Credit: IOCL)

US:

¶ “Duke Energy Spreads FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) About Renewables In North Carolina” • The Environmental Working Group is calling out Duke Energy for its outrageous claim that introducing more solar power into the state will cause a surge in emissions. Duke said emissions come from natural gas plants ramping up and down. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Middlebury College And Project Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking For Anaerobic Digester” • Representatives of Middlebury College, Vanguard Renewables, Vermont Gas, Goodrich Farm, and the State of Vermont gathered for the groundbreaking of the largest anaerobic digester east of the Mississippi River. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Goodrich Family Farm in Salisbury, Vermont

¶ “Vistra Energy To Close Four Illinois Power Plants” • Vistra Energy announced that four power plants will retire to meet the requirements of the recently approved revisions to the Multi-Pollutant Standard rule imposed by the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Without the rule change, the company’s entire downstate fleet was at risk of near imminent retirement. [Stockhouse]

¶ “Renewable Energy Providers Win Skirmish Against Dominion, But Larger War Drags On” • Two renewable energy providers won a victory against Dominion Energy, which had blocked them from signing up customers. The State Corporation Commission ordered Dominion to process the enrollments immediately. But the issue is not entirely over. [Virginia Mercury]

Have a quintessencially nifty day.

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