September 12 Energy News

September 12, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Nuclear Power Is Too Costly And Too Risky” • Nuclear power is often proposed as a climate solution because it does not emit climate changing gases. But, unlike other zero emissions energy technologies such as solar and wind, nuclear poses enormous risks to the environment and communities, and it’s too costly to boot. [USA TODAY]

Protest in Tokyo in 2012 (Photo: Itsuo Inouye | AP)

World:

¶ “Indonesian Forests Are Burning, And Malaysia And Singapore Are Choking On The Fumes” • Intense forest fires have raged across the Indonesian regions of Sumatra and Kalimantan in recent weeks. More than 930,000 hectares (about 2.3 million acres) of land have been burned and hundreds of residents evacuated. [CNN]

¶ “ACT Includes Big Battery In New Renewable Power Push” • The Australian Capital Territory will conduct a ‘reverse auction’ to secure 250 MW of supply and will build a large-scale battery in the Territory that will support the grid and provide back-up power during blackouts. The total battery storage capacity would be 20-MW / 40MWh. [The RiotACT]

Wind farm in Victoria that supplies ACT (Windlab image)

¶ “Solar ‘Renewable Microgrid’ To Power Up Billion Dollar Peel Industry Park” • The Peel Business Park, a 120-hectare industrial park that the Labor Government of Western Australia hopes will inject a billion dollars a year into the state’s economy, bringing jobs and investment, will be powered by solar energy and battery storage. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Deliver Cypress Wind Turbines For 175-MW Onshore Wind Farm In Sweden” • GE Renewable Energy secured another win for its Cypress platform, providing 33 of its 5.3-158 Cypress wind turbines at Björkvattnet wind farm. The 175-MW wind farm will power the equivalent of 175,000 homes in Sweden. [REVE]

GE wind turbine

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Power CIP’s Monegros Onshore Wind Energy In Aragon” • GE Renewable Energy is to power CIP’s Monegros onshore wind energy in Aragon, the first time the two companies have worked together. The first 30 of 60 GE onshore wind turbines are already being installed for the first phase, totaling 113 MW. [REVE]

¶ “California’s Capstone Lands French Biogas-to-Energy Project” • Capstone Turbine, based in California, has secured a 400-kW microturbine sale to power a biogas-to-energy project in France. The order for the C400 Signature Series package was secured by Biogaz Services, Capstone’s distributor for renewable energy in France. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Biogas facility (Capstone Turbine image)

¶ “New Probe Into Fukushima Nuclear Disaster” • Japan’s nuclear regulator says it will have a new investigation into the Fukushima Disaster, to look into how radiation leaked from damaged reactor containment vessels and other factors. When three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi melted down, 160,000 people to were forced to evacuate. [Western Advocate]

¶ “Japan’s New Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi Wants To Scrap Nuclear Reactors” • Japan’s new environment minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, wants to close down nuclear reactors in the country to avoid a repeat of the Fukushima Disaster of 2011. His comments are likely to prove controversial in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. [South China Morning Post]

Shinjiro Koizumi (Photo: Bloomberg)

India:

¶ “India Wind Energy Tariffs Rise In Undersubscribed Tender” • Wind energy developers quoted higher tariff bids in the latest auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India. The marginal jump in tariff bids comes at a time when developers are shying away from participating in large solar as well as wind energy auctions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NLC India Exceeds 1 GW Installed Renewable Energy Capacity” • Public sector company NLC India Ltd, formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd, said it has surpassed 1 GW of installed renewable energy capacity. It passed the mark when it commissioned 95 MW of capacity at a new 109-MW solar PV power plant. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar PV power plant

¶ “NTPC, NLC India And Other State-Run Companies To Make Green Energy Parks Across The Country” • As part of India’s energy security efforts, NTPC Ltd, NLC India Ltd, Power Grid Corp of India Ltd, and other state-run companies present in the conventional power space are being roped in to build massive green energy parks. [Livemint]

US:

¶ “Tesla & Green Mountain Power Launch New Flat Rate Solar + Storage Bundles” • Tesla and Vermont’s Green Mountain Power kicked off an initiative that lets customers lock in a flat monthly price for a solar-plus-storage system. Tesla’s tiered approach to solar rentals and loans can include two Tesla Powerwalls for $30 per month extra. [CleanTechnica]

House with Tesla solar + storage system (Tesla image)

¶ “Mall At Short Hills Gets Renewable Energy Initiative, 9,000 Solar Panels” • In New Jersey, The Mall at Short Hills had nearly 9,000 solar panels installed, solar developer Safari Energy said. The solar panels span 225,500 square feet of the mall’s roof and parking deck. The 3.49-MW system will produce up to 4,200 MWh annually. [NorthJersey.com]

¶ “Renewables, Storage Poised To Undercut Natural Gas Prices, Increase Stranded Assets: RMI” • If all proposed gas plants are built, 70% of those investments will be rendered uneconomic by 2035, according to two new reports from the Rocky Mountain Institute. Carbon-free resources are now cost competitive with new natural gas plants. [Utility Dive]

Have a productively copacetic day.

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