June 30 Energy News

Headline News:

  • In 2016, China’s State Council released guidelines forbidding the construction of “bizarre” and “odd-shaped” buildings lacking character or cultural heritage. They want a focus on “economic, green and beautiful.” Newly unveiled plans for Liuzhou Forest City, designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti for southern China, seem to fit the bill. [CNN]
Liuzhou forest city

Liuzhou forest city

  • Renewable energy analysts MAKE Consulting published its China Wind Power Outlook 2017 report this week. Over the next ten years, China is expected to install an annual average of more than 25 GW of new wind capacity, resulting in a cumulative growth across the decade of about 403 GW, according to the report’s figures. [CleanTechnica]
  • Global research institute McKinsey & Company analyzed current energy storage prices and concluded that commercial customers are already feeling the economic benefits of cheaper batteries and falling prices for lithium-ion technology. Battery-pack costs now down to less than $230/kWh, compared to about $1,000/kWh in 2010. [RenewEconomy]
  • Rocky Mountain Power is making regulatory filings in Utah and two other states seeking approval to expand the its wind power generation by 2020. The expansion project is part of a $3.5 billion spending package that includes building new wind turbines, improving the existing wind fleet, and building 140 miles of transmission lines. [KSL.com]
  • President Donald Trump frequently used the word “wealth” on Wednesday when describing natural resources like coal, natural gas, and heavy crude oil, before laying out six ways American businesses could sell off those resources for profit. Trump wants to “revitalize the nuclear energy sector,” but aside from that, he is just promoting fossil fuels. [Inverse]

from Green Energy Times http://www.greenenergytimes.org/2017/06/30/june-30-energy-news/
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