October 29 Energy News

October 29, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Huge Battery Investments Drop Energy-Storage Costs Faster Than Expected, Threatening Natural Gas” • The global energy transition is happening faster than the models predicted, according to a report released today by the Rocky Mountain Institute, thanks to massive investments in the advanced-battery technology ecosystem. [Forbes]

Solar plus batteries (Getty Images)

¶ “Courts And Scientists To Trump: Show Your Work On Vehicle Rules” • In its rush to roll back national vehicle emissions standards, the Trump administration is pushing science out of the process. The Union of Concerned Scientists, the scientific community, and the federal judiciary all call this an unacceptable way to make policy. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

¶ “If Facts Don’t Make You Prepare For A Hurricane, What Does?” • A study published in the journal Climatic Change looked at whether homeowners in one storm-damaged coastal county accepted climate science, and whether that made a difference in how they safeguarded their house against a future storm. The short answer: It didn’t. [Salon]

Floodwaters (Photo: Brian Blanco | AP)

Science and Technology:

¶ “No-Gold Perovskite Solar Cells Aim A Dagger At The Heart Of Fossil Fuels” • In a study published in in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, two researchers undertake an intensive review of perovskite PVs. They conclude that carbon-based materials could replace gold for the back electrode in perovskite solar cells. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “India Issues Tender For Round-The-Clock Renewable Energy Supply” • The Solar Energy Corporation of India recently issued its first tender for round-the-clock renewable energy supply, as India’s renewable energy sector evolves. SECI offered 400 MW of capacity to project developers under the tender. No tariff threshold has been specified. [CleanTechnica]

Solar PVs (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Secures Formosa 2 Turbine Deal” • Siemens Gamesa secured a contract for the supply and installation of its turbines for the 376-MW Formosa 2 offshore wind project off the coast of Taiwan. The agreement is for 47 units of the SG 8.0-167 DD turbine. Construction of Formosa 2 is expected to begin in 2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “Coalition Quietly Appoints Expert Panel To Salvage Emissions Policy” • In what some see as an admission that its main climate change policy is failing, the Australian government quietly appointed an expert panel to come up with new ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions and gave it less than a month to make recommendations. [The Guardian]

Bayswater power plant (Taras Vyshnya | Alamy Stock Photo)

¶ “Rwanda Joins Uganda, Egypt In Signing Nuclear Deals With Russia” • Rwanda is the latest African country to sign a nuclear deal with Russian state atomic company Rosatom. But the deals between Russia and several African countries are raising concerns from environmentalists who say nuclear energy is not always clean and does not come free. [The Observer]

¶ “Offshore Wind Costs ‘Drop 32%'” • Offshore wind costs have fallen 32% from just a year ago and 12% compared with the first half of 2019, according to new research from BloombergNEF. In its latest Levelized Cost of Electricity Update, BloombergNEF said its current global benchmark LCOE estimate for offshore wind is $78/MWh. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind support vessel (reNEWS image)

US:

¶ “California Fires: Los Angeles Hit By New Blazes” • Thousands of Los Angeles residents were told to evacuate because of a fast-moving wildfire that started near the Getty Center arts complex. California’s governor has declared a state-wide emergency as wildfires rage in many other areas. Arnold Schwarzenegger was among those who had to evacuate. [BBC]

¶ “California Faces Huge Power Cuts As Wildfires Rage” • An estimated 1.5 million more people in California are set to lose power on Tuesday as Pacific Gas & Electric tries to stop damaged cables triggering wildfires. Earlier, PG&E had cut supplies to 970,000 customers. It has just added another 650,000 to that figure due to high winds. [BBC]

Fire in California (Reuters image)

¶ “As California Burns, Clean Energy Advocates Urge An End To Investor-Owned Utilities” • While the utility PG&E shuts down power in California during a crisis worsened by the climate crisis, National Grid and ConEd are raising rates to build more fossil fuel plants. Investor-owned utilities are failing us, and there are calls to do better. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World’s Largest Storage Battery – 2.5 GWh – To Replace Gas Peaker Plants In Queens” • A site in Queens, New York, once was home to sixteen gas powered peaker plants. Only two remain in operation today. Soon, all of them will be demolished to make room for a 316-MW/2528-MWh storage battery that will be the largest in the world. [CleanTechnica]

Site of proposed battery (Ravenswood Development image)

¶ “MHI Generates Renewable Energy Equivalent To The Consumption Of Its Entire US Operations” • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd has achieved annual energy output from the White Deer Wind Farm, a wind power facility it acquired one year ago, equivalent to the energy consumed across its business activities in the US. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “US Bill To Increase Investment In Wind Energy” • Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Wind Energy Research and Development Bill. The legislation would sustain and enhance the DOE’s Office of Wind Energy while also increasing investment and supporting jobs in the wind industry. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Have a gloriously contented day.

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