October 12 Energy News

October 12, 2019


¶ “Scottish Water Produces More Power From Renewables” • Solar panels in Speyside and wind turbines in Orkney are helping Scottish Water reap the benefits of renewables at its sites across the country. The utility firm says it has already hit its latest carbon-cutting and energy-efficiency targets, two years ahead of schedule. [Inverness Courier]

Scottish Water wind turbines

¶ “KPMG: Demand For Renewables ‘Insatiable'” • The renewables industry is in excellent health, but more policy work is needed to realize its full potential and avoid the worst effects of climate change, a KPMG study commissioned by Siemens Gamesa said. Debt market demand for sustainable energy increased from $5 billion in 2012 to $247 billion in 2018. [reNEWS]

¶ “The First 100% Electric Taxi In Spain” • In October, 2011, Roberto San José Mendiluce drove the first 100% electric taxi in Spain. He replaced the original 24-kWh battery in his Nissan LEAF after driving 354,000 km (220,000 miles). After 392,000 km with no emissions and no breakdowns, the car was hit by another vehicle and totaled. [CleanTechnica]

Electric taxi

¶ “Two New Coal Plants Cancelled In Botswana” • Two Japanese banks, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Nippon Export and Investment Insurance, have withdrawn their support to finance two new 150-MW coal plants in Botswana. The country has world-class solar potential, averaging 3,200 hours per year of sunshine. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Trio Pilot Temporary Power Solution” • Northern Powergrid is partnering with energy storage companies Offgrid Energy and Hyperdrive Innovation to trial a system that could provide temporary electricity in the UK during power cuts. The Silent Power solution will have electric vans with on-board energy storage systems. [reNEWS]

Mobile backup storage (Northern Powergrid image)

¶ “Hanergy’s Renewable Energy Center Bags LEED Zero certification” • Hanergy’s Renewable Energy Center received the LEED Zero certification, becoming the first building in the world certified to be Zero Carbon by the USGBC’s LEED certification authority. USGBC is promoting the “greening” process of the construction industry. [Greentech Lead]


¶ “Saddleridge Fire: One Dead In Blaze Raging Round Los Angeles” • At least one person is dead in a fast-moving wildfire that has razed 4,700 acres north of Los Angeles, California, forcing thousands of others to flee. The Saddleridge fire has led to a mandatory evacuation for 25,000 homes, some of which have been destroyed. [BBC]

Fire (Reuters image)

¶ “The Coal King Is Racing To Avoid Bankruptcy” • Coal baron Robert Murray, a forceful supporter of President Donald Trump, is fighting to save his mining empire from financial collapse. Murray Energy is America’s largest private coal miner. It recently failed to make payments to lenders, and S&P downgraded the company’s credit rating to “default.” [CNN]

¶ “OUC Commissioners Approve Plan To Add 149 MW Of Solar Power” • In Florida, the Orlando Utilities Commission approved a plan to add 149 MW of solar power to its generation portfolio, doubling the utility’s solar capacity. The solar resource would provide enough energy to power around 27,000 residential customers. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar trackers (Dennis Schroeder | NREL)

¶ “Wells Fargo And Other Climate Destroying Banks” • The Sierra Club is asking people to stop doing business with banks like Wells Fargo that fund fossil fuel activities. Anyone with an account at Wells Fargo, including credit card accounts, can walk in to any branch at their earliest convenience, close it, and make a point by telling them why. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vigor Completes Construction Of Massive Wave Energy Buoy” • Vigor Industrial of Portland, Oregon, has completed construction of an 826-ton energy buoy for Ocean Energy, an Irish company. The buoy is being moved to Oahu, Hawaii. It measures 125 x 59 feet with a draft of 31 feet and has capacity of 1.25 MW. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Energy buoy (Courtesy of Ocean Energy)

¶ “Sierra College Dedicates New Solar Array To Save Money, Increase Use Of Renewable Energy, And Shade Parking Spaces On Rocklin Campus” • Sierra College dedicated a 2-MW solar parking canopy at its campus in Rocklin, California. The system, which includes storage, is projected to save millions of dollars in long-term energy costs. [YubaNet]

¶ “The Midwest’s Solar Future Will Be Unlike Anything Seen Before” • Fitch Solutions Marco Research released a solar sector report, Midwest US Set To Experience Strong Growth In Solar Sector, which predicts that the Midwest will contribute heavily to a 100-GW increase in solar power capacity in the US over the next 10 years. [pv magazine USA]

PV installation in Iowa (Ideal Energy | prnewswire)

¶ “Louisiana kills net metering. Will other states roll back solar?” • Louisiana’s multiyear brawl over rooftop solar policy finally has a winner. Much to the dismay of US renewable energy advocates, the winner is the regulated utilities. A 3-2 vote by the Louisiana Public Service Commission will abandon net metering starting next year. [E&E News]

¶ “Cunningham To Introduce Bill Aimed At Keeping Diablo Canyon Power Plant Open” • California Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham says he plans to introduce a bill that could keep Diablo Canyon Power Plant operational. The bill would classify nuclear power as renewable under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. [KSBY San Luis Obispo News]

Have an astoundingly jolly day.

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