October 17 Energy News

October 17, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ When 149 countries, with 87% of the global population and 86% of climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, had submitted their carbon-curbing pledges to the UN, Climate Action Tracker, a tool developed to model changes, said the pledges would put world is on course for average global warming of about 2.7° C. [Yahoo News UK]

The Climate Action Tracker, a tool developed by a group of research organisations, in September predicted the Earth was on track for average warming of 3 degrees Celsius by 2100. AFP/AFP/File

The Climate Action Tracker, a tool developed by a group of research organisations, in September predicted the Earth was on track for average warming of 3 degrees Celsius by 2100. AFP/AFP/File

World:

¶ Data from the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy says 4.35 GW of utility-scale solar and grid connected rooftop solar capacity will be added during FY 2015-16, with FY 2016-17 numbers adding up to 10.86 GW. This would multiply India’s cumulative installed solar capacity of 4 GW by more than four. [CleanTechnica]

¶ UK energy supplier Ovo Energy announced it has removed coal and nuclear power from its energy supplies, as part of a new initiative to accelerate the transition to a gas and renewables-based energy mix. The company said this would cut its carbon emissions by 34% but have no impact on customers’ rates. [Business Green]

¶ China’s wind power capacity is to hit 120 GW by the end of 2015, according to the National Energy Administration. Wind power capacity reached 105 GW by the end of June this year, making it an important part of China’s energy mix, according to a representative of the NEA’s New and Renewable Energy Department. [Moneycontrol.com]

¶ BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn, Pretoria, plant will get up to 30% of its power through renewable energy from a biogas project, the German car maker announced. About 40,000 tonnes of cattle manure and 20,000 tonnes of organic waste will be fed into digesters each year to produce biogas to drive a gas engine for power. [TechCentral]

A part of BMW’s Rosslyn plant (image: BMW)

A part of BMW’s Rosslyn plant (image: BMW)

¶ Bengaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, is facing the worst power crisis of the decade. The city is gearing up for day-long power cuts on weekends, as the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government has not been able to purchase power from other states so far. Power cuts of six hours have already become common in the city. [India Today]

¶ A survey by non-profit ethical investment platform Ethex concluded that 2.9% of the UK’s population are now actively involved in so-called “positive investing and saving.” Investment in values-driven enterprises grew 11% in the last year, the report says, reaching £3.6 billion, with projections they will grow to £11 billion by 2020. [Business Green]

¶ China-based construction machinery company Sany Group plans to invest about $5 billion in the Indian renewable energy sector. About $3 billion of the investment will be to install 2,000 MW of capacity between 2016 and 2020. The renewable projects are expected to generate 4.8 TWh of clean power annually. [Energy Business Review]

¶ Chile’s renewable power generation grew 17.8% year-on-year to 623 GWh last month, reaching 10.8% of total output, according to a monthly government report. Wind power was 28.9% of renewable sources, followed by mini hydro plants at 23.69%, biomass at 23.31%, solar systems at 21.06%, and biogas at 3.12%. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Chile. Featured Image: Pablo Rogat/Shutterstock.com

Wind farm in Chile. Featured Image: Pablo Rogat/Shutterstock.com

¶ Climate change is taking a heavy toll on Canada’s far north. Buildings collapsing as melting permafrost destroys foundations, rivers running low, and wildfires all drain limited finances. With a population less than 50,000, the Northwest Territories spent more than $140 million in two years on problems linked to global warming. [Reuters]

US:

¶ The United States is quickly approaching a major milestone when it comes to solar power systems installed at homes. More than 1 million homes should have solar panels installed on their rooftops by February 2016. This highlights the aggressive growth that the solar sector has been seeing over the past year. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

¶ Texas’ primary grid operator, ERCOT, released an updated Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan and there are some bright spots. ERCOT’s analysis confirms that compliance with the plan will keep Texans’ 2030 electric bills below 2002 prices, when Texas first opened the electric market to competition. [Environmental Defense Fund]

Texas power plant. Pixabay.

Texas power plant. Pixabay.

¶ The city council members of Elgin, Illinois, voted to go green. A one-year contract, which council members approved by a narrow majority this week, went to Dynegy Energy Services, which will supply 100% green electricity at the rate of 6.798¢ per kWh starting in January, saving customers an average of $22 each year. [Chicago Daily Herald]

¶ A federal judge approved a $4.3 million settlement in the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians’ Clean Air Act lawsuit against a Nevada utility that polluted the tribe’s land by openly dumping coal ash. The settlement requires Nevada Power to pay $4.3 million to the tribe and close the Reid Gardner plant by December 31, 2017. [Courthouse News Service]

¶ Entergy announced it will take a $965 million charge against its third-quarter earnings for the decreased value of its FitzPatrick nuclear plant, which the company has said it might close. The write-down does not mean that a final decision has been reached about whether to close FitzPatrick, an Entergy representative said. [Syracuse.com]

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