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EDPR generation rises despite lower capacity

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Ср., 2020-01-22 19:12
EDPR benefitted from a better wind resource in 2019 to boost its generation by 6% year-on-year to just over 30TWh despite its sell-down of 997MW of European wind capacity in July of last year and a further 199MW of US capacity.

2020 Hybrids Surge onto Greenest Car List, Joining the Greenest of EVs

ACEEE Press Releases - Ср., 2020-01-22 15:44

Washington, DC (January 22, 2020): After several years of all-electric cars dominating the annual Greenest vehicles list, 2020 brings a surprise – a resurgence of the hybrid, whether plug-in or gasoline only. With slightly higher scores, hybrids account for nine of the 12 greenest vehicles in the 23rd GreenerCars’ ratings, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. These high-scoring hybrids include the Toyota Prius Prime, three others by Toyota, four by Hyundai-Kia, and one by Honda.

The auto industry, despite slowing sales, labor disputes, trade wars, and regulatory unrest, is producing more of the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient vehicles ever offered. This is great news for consumers, who continue to have plenty of options to buy a greener, more efficient vehicle.

While electric vehicles (EVs) get a lot of buzz, the top-scoring 2020 car reflects impressive improvements to the internal combustion engine that reduce tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption. Stronger tailpipe emission standards and lower emissions from the production and distribution of gasoline have also helped nudge hybrids to the top of the list.

“Some level of vehicle electrification is the clear path forward for both cars and light trucks, and for the foreseeable future, that will include everything from mild hybrids to all-electric vehicles,” said Eric Junga, senior transportation research analyst at ACEEE. “Gasoline hybrids are hitting seriously impressive fuel economy numbers and are available in nearly every vehicle category. And a hybrid full-size pickup may soon follow.”

The 2020 Greenest List features the most environmentally friendly cars now available. Each car is given a Green Score based on an environmental damage index (EDX), which reflects the cost to human health from air pollution associated with vehicle manufacturing, the production and distribution of fuel or electricity, and vehicle tailpipes.

Scores for many battery or all-electric vehicles (EVs) dropped slightly from last year. For some, this is a result of an update to the GreenerCars scoring model that calculates emissions from manufacturing different types of battery chemistries. Others, including the Hyundai Ionic Electric and Kia Soul Electric, come with substantially larger batteries and a considerable boost in driving range for 2020 that increase emissions from manufacturing and recycling and also slightly increase per-mile energy consumption.

Still, the greenest list has become increasingly competitive over time. We score vehicles on an even playing field that uses average emissions across the country, but the emissions associated with a particular vehicle can depend on many factors. One of the most significant impacts for EVs is the fuel used to generate electricity where the vehicle is charged, both today and in the future. Our analysis uses US government projections, which include slower growth in renewable energy generation than many other forecasts. For those considering whether a particular EV would fare better for their particular area, check out the GreenerCars Electric Vehicle Emissions Calculator.

“This year really marks the beginning of a historic influx of hybrids and alternative fuel powertrains. The days are long past where electrification was limited to smaller vehicles that may not suit everyone’s needs,” Junga said. He noted that hybrid versions of two of 2019’s most popular and practical cars – the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry – are now on the Greenest List. “No matter the type of vehicle, there is now a hybrid option, and we will soon be able to say the same about plug-in options as well.”

This marks the fifth consecutive year that the Greenest List contains no vehicle with solely an internal combustion engine. Even a small degree of electrification can greatly improve fuel economy and power, giving automakers an important tool to maintain the power that consumers expect, while allowing electric motors to help engines operate as efficiently as possible. Today’s results are truly a glimpse into the future of more-efficient and greener vehicles driven primarily by electrification.

GreenerCars.org also identifies practical options in each class among widely available automatic transmission gasoline-powered models. The Greener Choices list includes conventional vehicles and traditional hybrids, but excludes plug-in hybrids and pure battery EVs given the limited availability of charging stations.

Many of these vehicles return to the Greener Choices list from prior years, indicating both their popularity with consumers and the ability of the automaker to design and sell greener vehicles. While a number of models are hybrids, most are standard gasoline-fueled vehicles that achieve better fuel economy today compared to some hybrid options of just 10 years ago.

GreenerCars.org also provides a Meanest List, as usual made up of gasoline-powered large SUVs, pickup trucks, and European luxury cars that are the least friendly to the environment. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk takes the first (or last) position for a second year, with the rest of the list populated by regulars from prior years.

Green Scores of the 1,100-plus model year 2020 vehicles are available for free in the GreenerCars.org interactive database, along with each configuration’s fuel economy, health-related pollution impacts, and greenhouse gas emissions. Visitors can also turn to GreenerCars scores to determine eligibility for parking benefits at participating LEED-certified buildings. GreenerCars.org also features a 2020 market trends report and shopping advice, as well as a consumer primer on vehicles and the environment.

Changes to this year’s methodology include updates to estimates of vehicle lifetime miles travelled for electric vehicles, emissions associated with the production of gasoline and diesel fuels, and refinements to estimates of emissions from the manufacturing and recycling of battery electric vehicles.

 

 

 

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Heritage Wind to file application for up to 33 wind turbines in Barre #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2020-01-21 15:00
BARRE – Heritage Wind will be filing an application for a wind farm at the end of the month. Heritage Wind is proposing a wind farm consisting of up to 33 wind turbines generating up to 184.8 megawatts of electricity in Barre. The project would include wind turbines, access roads, electrical collection lines, substations, permanent meteorological towers, an operations and maintenance building, and staging/laydown areas to be used during construction, which may include a potential temporary concrete batch plant. Heritage Wind . . .

Yates councilman urges Apex to formally end turbine project #NY (letter)

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2020-01-21 15:00
In 2013, Apex Clean Energy (a Charlottesville, Virginia-based renewable energy developer) quietly began approaching farmers and landowners in the rural, pristine towns of Yates and Somerset, New York to sign leases for an Industrial Wind Energy Project. Historically, Yates and Somerset have always been rural, farming communities on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. Residents of these towns as well as most of rural Western New York are fiercely self-reliant folks that bristle at any governmental agency telling them what . . .

Hundreds attend offshore wind hearing in Ocean City #DE #MD

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2020-01-21 15:00
OCEAN CITY – The detriments and merits of super-sized wind turbines offshore were the subject of Saturday’s five-hour-plus public hearing, which ended with state officials mulling a re-opening of an evidentiary hearing on the proposed projects. In December, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order opining the proposed changes in wind turbine heights for two approved offshore wind energy projects off the resort’s coast represented a “substantial change” in what was first approved in 2017 and that the changes . . .

Hegins Township Planning Commission defers on curative amendment #PA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2020-01-21 15:00
The Hegins Township Planning Commission chose not to make a recommendation to the supervisors on the curative amendment for the township’s zoning ordinance. That amendment addresses where wind turbines are permitted within the township. The commission, including Guy Julian, Ashley Miller, Bernard Spece and Justin Edling, held a continuation of its public meeting from Jan. 9 on Thursday, but decided to send the draft forward to the supervisors without comment. Meanwhile, the township supervisors are scheduled to meet at 6 . . .

Documents detail harrowing attempts to save Chehalis man at wind project site #WA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2020-01-21 15:00
When a trench partially collapsed on a coworker at the Skookumchuck Wind Project outside of Rainier on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 9, 24-year-old Chehalis man Jonathan Stringer didn’t hesitate. He jumped in the hole with another worker and began attempting to save his buried colleague by digging out dirt and rocks with his bare hands. That’s when another collapse completely buried Stringer, prompting a harrowing ordeal during which about 25 other workers tried in frantic shifts to save him, . . .

Scotland loses again in £2bn wind farm boom after ministers pledge action #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2020-01-21 15:00
Scots firms lost out on multi-million pound contracts for Scotland ‘s wind farm revolution – after a ministerial summit was convened to end the “scandal” of Scots green jobs going abroad promised action, the Herald can reveal. It has been confirmed that Paris-based GE Renewable Energy, a division of the Boston-based multinational General Electric, has been awarded a major project in the creation of one of the country’s biggest offshore wind farms, the £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG). And . . .

Wind farm fury – £3million a day taxpayers cash spent on NOT generating electricity #GBR

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2020-01-21 15:00
Over the past few weeks, wind farms have had to switch off their turbines after a series of faults with a major power line. The cost of shutting the firms has totalled more than £12million, as energy firms were awarded large sums in compensation dubbed “constraint payment” – with consumers having to foot the bill. The payouts, which will ultimately be added to consumer bills, were between 25 percent and 80 percent more than the firms would have received had . . .

Women in leadership programme open for applications

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Вт., 2020-01-21 14:23
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is seeking applications for its Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme, now in its second year.

Fund to support Russian localisation to be set up

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Вт., 2020-01-21 12:29
Investment group Rusnano and billionaire Alexey Mordashov have announced plans to set up an investment fund for the localisation of electrical wind turbine equipment in Russia, according to local media reports.

Ørsted tops global sustainability ranking

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Вт., 2020-01-21 12:25
Ørsted has been named the world’s most sustainable company, with an increased share of revenue derived from clean energy boosting its position in an annual ranking of billion-dollar firms.

Australian backers launch Windlab takeover bid

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Пон., 2020-01-20 18:12
Australian investors Federation Asset Management has launched a takeover bid for compatriot developer Windlab, proposing to buy all the outstanding shares in the wind-solar hybrid project specialist.

Wind turbine bursts into flames near Germany’s Bodenwerder #DEU

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2020-01-20 17:44
A fire in a wind turbine in Germany’s Lower Saxony on January 18 prompted warnings from local authorities to keep windows and doors closed in nearby areas while authorities tackled the blaze. A photo released by local police shows the blaze 100 meters up at the top of the tower supporting the turbine near Bodenwerder. This video captures the fire and shows flaming debris falling to the ground. The fire broke out around 5 pm, authorities said. The cause was . . .

County: Developer ‘concealed’ work on wind farm #IN

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2020-01-20 15:00
Sugar Creek Wind actively concealed work to build a wind farm in northern Montgomery County without a permit, the county asserts in court documents filed Friday. The allegations were made in response to a federal lawsuit filed last month accusing the county and the board of commissioners of attempting to kill the 250-megawatt project after local opposition mounted against wind farms. Sugar Creek Wind claims the county breached a 2013 economic development agreement when it changed the wind farm ordinance, . . .

Meeting discusses options to try to stop Alberton wind farm #AUS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2020-01-20 15:00
More than 70 concerned residents of the district from Hedley to Yarram filled the Yarram Country Club meeting room on Thursday night to plan how best to appeal State Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s approval of Synergy Wind’s proposal to erect 34 wind turbines close to their homes. Convened by the saveyarram.com collective, a core group of about one dozen affected residents, the meeting heard how the notice of approval had been released by the minister’s office on New Year’s Eve, . . .

Things still spinning out of control #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2020-01-20 15:00
The wind turbines are getting out of hand. Now the state of New York wants those turbines in Lake Erie to be called a wind turbine farm. Even some of the people who were in favor of these turbines are having second thoughts because of the constant noise and the danger it presents to anyone near these things. My question is: where are the groups who are so concerned about wildlife and our forests? Is there no concern for the . . .

Angry Caithness residents claim wind farm ‘ring of steel’ is tightening around them #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2020-01-20 15:00
The return of proposals for a seven turbine wind farm in Caithness have prompted angry and despairing responses from local residents who believe an industrial “ring of steel” is tightening its grip on their community. Locals objected in the strongest possible terms to the progress of the The Drum Hollistan scheme, near Reay, at a public event in November. And it was turned down last summer by the Scottish Government in a joint public local inquiry that also included plans . . .

Turbines at Deer Lake may drain the lake #NY (letter)

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2020-01-20 15:00
Now that the New York State agencies have made a decision to allow the Bluestone Wind project to proceed, it is important for everyone to be aware of the deviousness and dishonesty of the Calpine corporation which is behind this plan, as they attempt to build industrial wind turbines above our homes in Deer Lake. The company, which is planning to erect more than two dozen mammoth industrial wind turbines in the Sanford and Windsor area, last year attempted to . . .
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