October 3 Energy News

October 3, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How The US Could Have An All-Renewable Energy Grid” • There is debate about whether fully renewable electricity systems are feasible. My research and that of others shows fully renewable electric grids are feasible with current technology at current prices. The barriers are more political and cultural than technological or economic. [Discover Magazine]

Transmission lines (Russ Allison Loar | flickr, CC BY-NC-ND)

¶ “Do Negative Spot Electricity Prices Spell End Of Renewable Transition?” • In September, a transmission outage dropped Queensland’s spot price to the regulated floor of minus $1,000 per MWh. Based on headlines, you could think we are on the brink of a wholesale electricity price disaster. But the market is easily misunderstood. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Big Oil Faces A Formidable Foe In Fight Against EVs” • Electric utilities are keen on EVs, seeing them as a future revenue source. They are developing programs to encourage the buildout of the charging infrastructure needed for this. But millions of dollars are being put into campaigns around the country to try to put a stop EV infrastructure projects. [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Bolt in utility FPL wrap (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Floating Device Created To Clean Up Plastic From The Ocean Is Finally Doing Its Job, Organizers Say” • The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit based in the Netherlands, says its latest prototype was able to capture and hold debris ranging in size from huge, abandoned fishing gear, known as “ghost nets,” to tiny microplastics as small as 1 millimeter. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Online Marketplace Sun Exchange Powers Solar Projects In South Africa” • Sun Exchange sells solar cells (the parts which make up a solar panel) to online buyers around the world and leases them to schools and businesses in South Africa. The buyers then receive monthly payments based on how much electricity is used. [CNN]

Roof of Protea Heights Academy in Cape Town (Sun Exchange)

¶ “Energy Transformation Delivers Renewable Solution To Regions” • Horizon Power will install solar PVs, batteries, and back-up diesel generators for 17 standalone power systems in Australia’s Esperance region. It will be the country’s first utility to remove poles and wires of a network and replace them with off-grid renewable energy systems. [Mirage News]

¶ “Tropical Forest Success Story Under Threat In Guatemala” • Though the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala is a hotspot of deforestation, there is a large swathe of it where the rate of loss has been near zero since 2000. But the program that has led to this success, community concessions for forest management, is under threat. [BBC]

Maya Biosphere Reserve (Photo: Sergio Izquierdo)

¶ “EU Will Provide €530 Million In Funding Towards Irish-French Power Line” • The EU will contribute €530 million to the Celtic Interconnector project, to connect the Irish electric grid to France. The project will cost €1 billion. It will link Ireland’s electricity network to France via an underwater connection. It is to be complete by 2026. [thejournal.ie]

¶ “Queensland Conservatives Emerge As Voice Of Reason In Nuclear Debate. Seriously!” • The state Liberal National Party of Queensland dropped a bomb on the federal inquiry into nuclear power. Arguing against leaders of its federal counterpart, the state Liberals seek to retain a federal ban on nuclear power in favor of renewable energy. [RenewEconomy]

Renewable energy at Cooper Pedy

¶ “Giant Greenhouses To Grow 20 Tonnes Of Tomatoes A Day” • One of the UK’s largest clean energy funds revealed plans to invest £120 million in a pair of low-carbon greenhouses in eastern England. The giant greenhouses will be used to grow up to 20 tonnes of tomatoes a day using the heat from Anglian Water’s water treatment facilities. [The Guardian]

¶ “Cottam Coal-Fired Power Station Turned Off For Final Time” • Cottam power station, commissioned in 1968, was capable of generating enough electricity for 3.7 million homes. The plant was originally designed to be operational for 30 years, but its life was extended until 30 September 2019. Now, decommissioning has begun. [BBC]

Cottam coal-fired power plant (BBC image)

US:

¶ “4th Circuit Rules Suit By Baltimore Against Oil Companies Can Go Forward In State Court” • The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that proceedings may proceed in a Maryland state court in the case of Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v BP et al. The oil companies have appealed the ruling to the US Supreme Court. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Anheuser-Busch And BYD Launch North America’s Largest Electric Class 8 Fleet” • Anheuser-Busch is dipping its toes into electrifying its fleets with the purchase of 21 fully electric Class 8 trucks from BYD. The BYD 8TT Class 8 trucks will be put to use at four of Anheuser-Busch’s Southern California distribution facilities. [CleanTechnica]

Anheuser-Busch electric Class 8 truck by BYD

¶ “New Coalition To Steer The Future Of California’s Offshore Wind” • Wind industry leaders including Equinor, Magellan Wind, Mainstream Renewable Power, Northland Power, Ørsted, and others, announced a coalition, Offshore Wind California. OWC is urging California to set a goal of reaching at least 10 GW of offshore wind by 2040. [Smart Energy]

¶ “NYC Picks Nine Buildings For ‘Deep Energy Retrofits'” • The City of New York will start deep energy retrofits on nine city facilities, with the goal to reduce energy usage by at least 50%. Another 28 facilities will be audited for future retrofits. The nine projects selected by the city are expected to be completed by 2025. [Utility Dive]

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