Renewable Energy Update – March 2022 #2 | Allen Matkins
reNews – March 14
Renewables will account for all or most of the increase in global electricity generation by 2050, according to BP. The oil major said wind and solar energy would grow rapidly, supported by their continued falling costs and an increasing ability of power systems to integrate high concentrations of variable sources. The conclusion, contained in its Energy Outlook 2022 report, indicates that the share of renewables in global primary energy will increase between 35% and 65% by 2050, compared to around 10% in 2019.
Renewable Energy World – March 11
The US Department of Commerce has given itself an additional 15 days to conclude an initial review of a bid by a domestic solar maker seeking to impose tariffs on module imports from four Asian countries. The Department set a new deadline of March 25 to complete its initial review, saying it needed more time to review and assess what it described as “new and complex” issues raised by the petition. ‘Auxin Solar, based in San Jose.
Solar Industry Magazine – March 10
According to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie, in 2021, U.S. solar power prices rose 18% due to unprecedented supply chain challenges, trade actions and legislative uncertainties. As a result of these issues, a third of all utility-scale solar capacity scheduled for completion in Q4 2021 has been delayed by at least a quarter, and 13% of capacity scheduled for completion in 2022 has been delayed. either delayed for a year or more, or canceled altogether.
Knowledge of Microgrids – March 14
The Port of Long Beach and Schneider Electric have begun construction on a $12.2 million microgrid project that will provide reliable, emissions-free electricity for the Port’s Joint Command and Control Center. Funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission, the microgrid is expected to be online in November. The Port of San Diego also plans to build its own microgrid.
Las Vegas Review-Journal – March 12
Momentum is building for permanent federal protection of a 445,000-acre strip of land near the southern tip of Nevada, but a renewable energy company still wants a piece of the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument project. Crescent Peak Renewables, LLC, believes the monument, which it supports, can co-exist with its Kulning wind energy project, even though the proposed project has galvanized monument activists to step up efforts to protect the area.
Think Geoenergy – March 14
Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is issuing a request for information to select entities to enter into a public-private partnership, aimed at accelerating the development of additional geothermal resources in a Geothermal Opportunity Zone (GeoZone) covering the counties of Sonoma and Mendocino. SCP ultimately seeks to enable 500 MW of additional local geothermal development while maintaining existing regional geothermal capacity.