December 3 Energy News

December 3, 2019

World:

¶ “Ireland unveils plan for 70% renewable energy by 2030” • Ireland has published the details of its long-awaited Renewable Electricity Support Scheme, finally unveiling details around how the country will look to increase its share of renewable energy capacity to 70% by 2030. It is the first RESS auction to receive Government approval. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm in Ireland

¶ “Russia Switches On Gas Mega-Pipeline To China As Putin Touts Closer Ties” • Russia started putting natural gas through an enormous pipeline to China worth billions of dollars, affirming increasingly close economic and political ties between the two countries. The “Power of Siberia” pipeline is more than 8,100 km (5,000 miles) long. [CNN]

¶ “Senator Demands Renewable Energy Strategy” • In Pakistan, the Leader of the House in Senate, Syed Shibli Faraz, stressed a dire need for a comprehensive strategy to promote renewable energy while keeping in view the country’s requirements. He was of the view that Pakistan’s needs could be covered by using the latest technology. [The Express Tribune]

Renewable energy (AFP image)

¶ “Lightsource BP To Construct First Brick Factory Powered By Solar” • Lightsource BP confirmed it is to begin construction of a 4.9-MW solar installation for leading brick manufacturer, Ibstock Brick, at its Leicestershire headquarters. The development will be the first brick factory in the UK to be part-powered by a solar farm. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Iberdrola To Replace Last Spanish Coal Plants With Subsidy-Free Wind And Solar” • Spanish electric utility Iberdrola says it will replace its last two Spanish coal-fired power plants with 550 MW of subsidy-free wind and solar. This new capacity brings Iberdrola’s scheduled new clean energy capacity up to 2,500 MW in 2022. It plans 10,000 MW by 2030. [RenewEconomy]

Candal wind farm in Spain (Iberdrola image)

¶ “Indonesia Must Stop Its Coal Plant Building Spree By 2020 To Meet Climate Goals” • Indonesia is one of the few countries still actively planning and building new coal plants, putting it on a trajectory to miss its climate goals to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. [The News Lens International]

¶ “Anglian Water Heads Towards Net Zero With Renewable Energy Deal” • NextEnergy Capital is to build solar projects at Anglian Water sites to help the firm decarbonize its energy use. Under an agreement, NextEnergy Capital will develop, operate, and own over 35 MW of solar assets on the sites, selling the power directly to Anglian Water. [Energy Live News]

Solar construction (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Duncan says SaskPower just investigating whether nuclear is right for Saskatchewan” • One day after Premier Scott Moe signed a memorandum of understanding on small modular nuclear reactors, Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan’s minister responsible for SaskPower, said nuclear power is a possibility, but not for years. [News Talk 650 CKOM]

¶ “Invenergy Forges 500 MW Of Colombian Ties” • US company Invenergy has formed a strategic partnership with Empresas Publicas de Medellin in Colombia to build and operate wind and solar farms in the South American country totaling almost 500 MW. The companies said the 500 WM of new renewable projects would be built by 2025. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Invenergy image)

US:

¶ “Amazon Delivers 329-MW Clean Power Hat-Trick” • Amazon announced three solar PV projects in the US and Spain totaling 329 MW to help it reach clean power targets of 80% by 2024 and 100% by 2040. Two plants, in Illinois and North Virginia, have capacities of 100 MW and 80 MW, respectively. Spain will have a 149-MW solar project. [reNEWS]

Jeff Bezos making Amazon’s climate pledge (Amazon image)

¶ “Maine Wants To Store, Not Waste, Excess Renewable Energy” • The transmission lines connecting Maine’s far-flung renewable generators to the regional electric grid sometimes are too weak to carry all their power, and the generators sometimes have to be curtailed. One power-to-gas substation could save the state 75,000 MWh per year. [Governing]

¶ “Construction Begins On Arkansas’ Largest Solar Energy Project” • A NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary and Entergy Arkansas announced that they had started construction of Arkansas’ largest solar energy project. The 850-acre, 100-MW Chicot Solar Energy Center, will have approximately 350,000 solar panels. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Solar panels (Pixabay image)

¶ “Carbon Intensity Of Power Sector Down In 2019” • Engineers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation compiled carbon emissions for the US electric power sector for the second quarter of 2019. The carbon intensity of the sector, measured in pounds of CO₂ emissions per MWh, dropped by 9% from Q2 of 2018. [engineering.cmu.edu]

¶ “Ralph Lauren To Power Its Operations By 100% Renewables By 2025” • Ralph Lauren Corp pledged to power all of its offices, distribution centers, and stores with 100% renewable energy by 2025. The company will expand its portfolio of renewables with virtual power purchase agreements, onsite solar energy assets, and other means. [Smart Energy]

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