Archive for January 24th, 2020

January 24 Energy News

January 24, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “What The Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) Means For Clean Energy In PJM” • PJM, which coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and DC, submitted proposed MOPR values in its last filing as required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They will support fossil fuels and raise costs for customers. [Resources Magazine]

Transmission towers (Teerawut Bunsom | Shutterstock)

¶ “Climate Experts Agree: ‘Steve Mnuchin Should Go Back To College’ – Not Greta Thunberg” • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was criticized by scientists after he claimed that teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg should not criticize American fossil fuel investments until she studies economics in college. They say he is the one who needs education. [Salon]

¶ “‘Blatant Manipulation’: Trump Administration Exploited Wildfire Science To Promote Logging” • Political appointees at the Interior Department sought to play up climate pollution from California wildfires while downplaying emissions from fossil fuels as a way of promoting more logging in the nation’s forests, internal emails reveal. [The Guardian]

2018 Woolsey fire in California (David McNew | Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Top Ten Countries With Highest Proportions Of Renewable Energy” • Compare the Market released the results of a study that looked at 21 countries to see which was using the highest and the least amounts of renewable energy. The study examined their investments in climate-friendly energy resources including wind, solar, hydropower and bioenergy. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Carbon-Neutral In 15 years? The Country With An Ambitious Plan” • Finland has pledged to be carbon-neutral by 2035. That is twice as fast as the UK government target. But to achieve this, it will have to make big changes, particularly in the peat industry, which currently provides energy, heating and jobs. That will make it a hard goal to achieve. [BBC]

Peat

¶ “‘Hypocrisy’: 90% Of UK-Africa Summit’s Energy Deals Were In Fossil Fuels” • More than 90% of the £2 billion in energy deals struck at this week’s UK-Africa investment summit were for fossil fuels, despite a government commitment to “support African countries in their transition to cleaner energy.” Just £161 million in deals related to clean energy. [The Guardian]

¶ “New Renewable Energy Platform O2 Power To Build 4 GW Of Solar And Wind Projects In India” • Singapore-based holdings company Temasek and Swedish firm EQT Infrastructure have announced the launch of O2 Power, a renewable energy platform in India. O2 Power aims to achieve 4 GW of installed solar and wind capacity in the country. [Mercom India]

Solar panels at sunset

¶ “Renewables Open Doors For Energy Solutions In Mining” • The year 2019 was the turning point for renewable energy projects at remote mines. More than a dozen projects were commissioned or announced. Mining companies have adopted solar and wind power to reduce their energy cost and carbon footprint in a rather lengthy process. [Mining Review]

¶ “Finnish Wind Farm Beds In For Ikea” • Swedish developer OX2 has commissioned and handed over the 30-MW Ponsivuori wind farm in Finland to owner Ikea. The project located in Kurikka in South Ostrobothnia consists of seven Nordex turbines with a 210-metre tip height. OX2 will continue to operate the Ponsivuori wind farm. [reNEWS]

Ponsivuori wind farm (OX2 image)

¶ “South Australia On Track To 100% Renewables, As Regulator Comes To Party” • South Australia’s plans to reach net 100% renewables within a decade, and help provide renewable power to New South Wales received a major boost as the Australian Energy Regulator green-lighted the business case for a major transmission line linking the two states. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “US Associations Say MORP To Hurt Clean Energy’s Access To Wholesale Markets” • Four US organisations that represent clean energy companies in the country filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for rehearing on its order for a Minimum Offer Price Rule in the PJM capacity market. [Renewables Now]

Solar panels in Massachusetts (liz west, Creative Commons)

¶ “Challenged Federal Rule Could Price Many Renewables Out Of PJM’s Capacity Market” • Motions filed this week are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change a ruling that could price many renewables out of the PJM capacity market, while driving up prices for consumers and supporting fossil fuels. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Proposed Bill Would Include Large Hydro, Nuclear In California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard” • California GOP legislators introduced legislation to halt requirements of the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard program temporarily and redirect funds to ensure utilities improve their infrastructure and vegetation management programs. [Utility Dive]

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant (Credit: Wikimedia)

¶ “EPA Weakens Protections For Streams And Wetlands” • The Trump administration is removing some federal water protections, siding with requests from industry and farm groups over the advice of environmental experts and its own scientific advisers. It will no longer protect many smaller streams that flow seasonally or after rains, for example. [CNN]

¶ “NY PSC Approves Measure to Lower Costs for Clean Energy” • The Public Service Commission issued an order allowing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to offer a new contracting mechanism. The takeaway is that this change will make it cheaper and easier for NY to meet its clean energy goals. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Have an entertainingly grand day.

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