October 17 Energy News

October 17, 2019

World:

¶ “‘UK Needs To Back’ Floating Wind, Says New Report” • Additional government support and continued trade links with Europe are needed to ensure the UK maintains its lead in deploying floating wind, a report from the University of Strathclyde advises. It reviewed 60 offshore projects and has five recommendations. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Equinor image)

¶ “Phase 2 Of Tesla Gigafactory 3 Will House Battery Manufacturing Facility” • A report by China’s Global Times says Tesla completed construction of the parts of its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai that will produce automobiles. Now it has begun work on “phase 2” of the factory, which will house a battery making facility. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Zealand Edges Closer Towards Achieving Renewable Energy Target” • New Zealand has a target of 90% of electricity to be renewably sourced by 2025. Energy in New Zealand 2019 notes that renewable electricity’s share increased from 82% in 2017 to 84% in 2018. The country is getting 40% of total energy from renewables. [Solar Quotes]

New Zealand hydro dam (Seriocomic, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Russian Ministry Mulls Ban On Foreign-Led Renewables Projects” • Russia’s industry and trade ministry is considering banning foreign-led companies from designing and installing renewable energy plants, the newspaper Vedomosti said. It said future developments would probably sub-contract them to foreign partners, increasing costs. [Recharge]

¶ “Eden Project Secures Funding For Phase One Of Geothermal Plan” • The Eden Project and EGS Energy Limited, both located in Cornwall, announced funding has been secured to drill the first well for its pioneering geothermal heat and power project. With the £16.8 million in funding, they say they can start drilling next summer. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Eden Project (Jon, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Germany’s Largest Solar Farm Will Also Be Subsidy-Free” • German utility EnBW signed off on the investment for a 180-MW subsidy-free solar farm. It will be Germany’s largest solar farm, and EnBW says it will be the first major unsubsidized solar project in the country. The company expects commissioning to take place in 2020. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Haliade-X Prototype Stands Tall In Rotterdam” •  A 12-MW Haliade X wind turbine prototype has been installed in the Dutch Port of Rotterdam by GE Renewables. The 260-meter tall test turbine, which is next to Sif’s Maasvlakte yard, will be energised shortly. GE expects to complete type testing new platform by the end of next year. [reNEWS]

GE Haliade-X turbine (GE Renewables image)

¶ “Lithuania May Outlaw Purchasing Electricity From Belarus NPP” • Lithuania’s president presented the parliament with amendments to the laws preventing acquisition of electricity in countries with hazardous nuclear power plants. The Belarusian NPP being built had been declared a threat to national security, public health, and the environment. [Belsat]

¶ “Another Insurer To Withdraw Coverage From Oil Sands” • Starting next year, Axis Capital Holdings Ltd will stop writing new insurance and facultative reinsurance for oil sands extraction and pipeline projects. The insurance industry has been warning for years about the consequences of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. [Canadian Underwriter]

Iceberg

US:

¶ “Solar+Storage Killer App From DR Microgrid” • Start-up DR Microgrid, of Santa Ana, CA recently showed a plug-and-play solar+storage+nanogrid system. It is a residential or commercial-scale microgrid designed for a single home or building, which typically do not involve more than 100 kW of renewable generation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Philadelphia Launches Regional Collaborative To Tackle Climate Change, Recycling, Renewable Energy” • The Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia was to be a way for local organizations to coordinate efforts on climate change, energy, and recycling. The number of sign-ups was nearly double what was expected. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Solar arrays (Community Energy Solar)

¶ “Big Businesses Weigh In Against PGE Renewables” • A group of big businesses is objecting to a Portland General Electric plan to acquire new renewable energy resources, beyond a wind, solar, and energy-storage project already in the works, by 2023. AWEC includes major companies such as Boeing, Georgia Pacific, and Microsoft. [Portland Business Journal]

¶ “IEA Wins $67 Million Iowa Wind Contract To Power Up State Renewables” • Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has won the construction of a new wind energy project, the 130-MW Richland Wind Farm in Iowa valued at about $67 million. Work on the Richland project is to begin in late October with full operation by September 2020. [Smart Energy]

Wind turbines in Aveyron (Image: Wikipedia)

¶ “Renewables Have Overtaken Fossil Fuels In The UK, But America Is ‘Headed In The Opposite Direction,’ According To Expert” • Renewable energy sources produced 40% of total energy consumed in Britain in the third quarter of 2019. In the US, by contrast, fossil fuels made up 80% of the total energy consumption for all sectors. [Newsweek]

¶ “Cubico Closes 162-MW Texas PV Cash” • Cubico Sustainable Investments has achieved financial close on the 162-MW Wagyu solar farm in Texas. The project has a 15-year corporate power purchase agreement with Starbucks and a 12-year physical hedge from BP. Wagyu is expected to become fully operational in the third quarter of 2020. [reNEWS]

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