November 8 Energy News

November 8, 2019


¶ “Colorado’s Cleanest Energy Options Are Also Its Cheapest” • Of all the states in the US, Colorado may be the best prepared for a genuine, large-scale energy transition. Colorado has enormous potential for renewable energy, most of which is as yet untapped. Gov Jared Polis campaigned on a promise to target 100% clean electricity by 2040. [Vox]

Wind turbines in Colorado (US DOE image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Go With The Flow: Scientists Design Better Batteries For A Renewable Energy Grid” • Berkeley Lab researchers developed a versatile yet affordable polymer flow battery membrane that can be used to make possible long-lasting and low-cost grid batteries based solely on readily available materials such as zinc, iron, and water. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory]

¶ “Safran’s New Aviation Electric Motors – CleanTechnica Interview” • Safran SA recently introduced a portfolio of aviation electric motors called ENGINeUS. It was introduced at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, where I spoke with Hervé Blanc, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Electrical Systems and Motors Division. [CleanTechnica]

Safran display at NBAA-BACE 2019 (Photo: Nicolas Zart)


¶ “Toyota And BYD Form Joint Venture To Manufacture Electric Cars In China” • Toyota and BYD have formed a new jointly owned company to develop battery electric vehicles for the Chinese market. According to a joint press release, the new enterprise will be owned 50–50 by both companies and is set to begin operations next year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wind And Solar Kill Coal And Nuclear On Costs, Says Latest Lazard Report” • The cost of wind and solar continue to decline and are now at the point where they beat, or at least match, even the marginal costs of coal-fired generation and nuclear power, according to the 13th and latest edition of Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis. [RenewEconomy]

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¶ “Australia Bushfires: Record Number Of Emergencies In New South Wales” • Australian authorities say an “unprecedented” number of emergency-level bushfires have threatened the state of New South Wales. More than 90 blazes were raging across the state, and these are exacerbated by gusty winds and up to 35°C (95°F) heat. [BBC]

¶ “Africa Poised To Lead Way In Global Green Revolution, Says Report” • Africa is poised to lead the world’s cleanest economic revolution by using renewable energy to power a massive spread of urbanisation, says an IEA report. The report forecasts that Africa’s appetite for energy will grow at double the rate of the global average. [The Guardian]

Solar system in Eritrea (Sfm Gm World | Alamy Stock Photo)

¶ “Renewable Arm Of Tata Power Receives The LOA To Develop A 150-MW Solar Project” • Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has received the Letter of Award from Tata Power-Distribution to develop a 150-MW solar project in Maharashtra. Tata Power’s renewable portfolio is currently 2,628 MW. [Mercom India]

¶ “Haliade-X Starts Spinning” • GE Renewable Energy’s 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine has started turning to generate its first power. The turbine, installed in Rotterdam-Maasvlakte, will now progress to the testing phase, said the manufacturer. During testing will be carried out to obtain a type certificate for the Haliade-X in 2020. [reNEWS]

Haliade-X spinning (GE Renewable Energy)

¶ “Nuclear Regulator Says Cost-Cutting Culture Creating Mistakes, Delays At Fukushima Plant” • In response to safety and cost issues, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority is carrying out a survey into whether the operator has sufficient staff working on the project, and is seeking to have TEPCO’s board improve its preparations. [The Mainichi]


¶ “McDonald’s Loving Texas Wind” • Global fast food giant McDonald’s has negotiated a virtual power purchase agreement with Apex Clean Energy and Ares Management Corporation for part of the output from the Aviator wind farm in Texas. The deal covers 220 MW from Aviator Wind West, which will have total capacity of 525 MW. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Apex Clean Energy image)

¶ “Rocky Mountain Institute Claims New Gas Generating Stations And Pipelines Are Tomorrow’s Stranded Assets” • Rocky Mountain Institute issued a report titled “A Bridge Backward?” It  says investment in new natural gas plants and distribution facilities will become an albatross around the neck of investors sooner rather than later. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Engie Breaks Ground On Texas Mega-Solar” • Engie North America has started construction of the 225-MW Long Draw solar farm in Texas. The project, which is located in Borden County, is slated to come online in the summer of 2020. It has a 15-year power purchase agreement with four Texas communities for 100% of its power. [reNEWS]
Engie solar system (Engie image)

¶ “US Energy Dept Has A Solar Power Message For Coal: Get Lost!” • Coal has been dying during Secretary Perry’s tenure, thanks in part to his agency’s promotion of renewable energy. Perry will resign later this year, but after the DOE pushes out another round of R&D funding aimed at pushing the cost of solar power far below the cost of coal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In Honolulu, An Ambitious Plastics Reduction Bill Is Moving Through City Council” • Currently there is a little bill with big impact making its way through the Honolulu City Council, and it’s set to make history. Bill 40, which has already passed two readings in the Council, is set to be one of the most ambitious plastic bills in the country. [CleanTechnica]

Have a magically magnificent day.

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