October 18 Energy News

October 18, 2015

World:

¶ The Adani-owned Carmichael mine in central Queensland was approved last week by Environment Minister Greg Hunt. He said the mine would have “strictest conditions in Australian history” but environment groups say the mine, which will produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export a year, will be “a disaster.” [Sydney Morning Herald]

Queensland's Abbot Point, surrounded by wetlands and coral reefs, is set to become the worlds largest coal port.

Queensland’s Abbot Point, surrounded by wetlands and coral reefs, is set to become the worlds largest coal port.

¶ According to the French Minister of Ecology and Energy, Segolene Royal, the government in the country is going to be extending the current program – which rewards a €10,000 bonus to those switching to an electric vehicle from a 15-year-old diesel car – to encompass diesel cars that are “only” 10 years old as well. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Indian state of Odisha has unveiled an ambitious plan to set up a 1,000-MW solar park. The park will need about 5,000 acres, but might be developed in clusters. It is to be developed as a public-private partnership and has been approved by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. It will cost ₹6500 crore ($1.2 billion). [Business Standard]

Odisha bets big on solar power, plans to set up 1,000-Mw park

Odisha bets big on solar power, plans to set up 1,000-Mw park

¶ Oil and gas industry bosses pledged to curb gas flaring as they sought to boost their image ahead of a United Nations summit later this year. The leaders of ten companies that produce 20% of the world’s oil and gas recognised that current greenhouse gas levels were inconsistent with a global warming limit of 2° Celsius. [MENAFN.COM]

¶ Construction of the Lake Turkana Wind Power project in Kenya celebrated a long journey’s success and groundbreaking in July. Officially launched with an inauguration by President Uhuru Kenyatta in July, the project has a max capacity of 310 megawatts of sustainable power. Now, it is being built and changing people’s lives. [CleanTechnica]

Lake Turkana, in Kenya.

Lake Turkana, in Kenya.

¶ A new plan currently under development by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority could see the site of a former nuclear power station being converted to Scotland’s first experimental “green energy park”, bringing scores of jobs to an economically fragile area. [Herald Scotland]

¶ Phoenix Solar and its partner Millennium Energy Industries, have been jointly awarded an order to build a series of three photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 11 MW in Jordan. The project aims at providing three hotels in Jordan with the capability to generate 100% of their power needs from solar energy. [Utilities-ME.com]

US:

¶ Nebraska’s Pine Ridge is down to its last big stands of ponderosa pine. Most of the state’s elms are gone, the cottonwood is in decline and the ash, beloved for its brilliant autumnal yellow, will disappear soon. Trees are under assault through the combined effects of climate change, invasive species and changes in land use. [Omaha World-Herald]

Forested Hills in the Pine Ridge region of Nebraska. Photo by Spencer. CC BY-SA 2.5. Wikimedia Commons. 

Forested Hills in the Pine Ridge region of Nebraska. Photo by Spencer. CC BY-SA 2.5. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Even before Entergy announced that the Pilgrim nuclear plant would close, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker had two filed bills ready. One would encourage Massachusetts utilities to enter into long-term contracts with renewable energy producers. The other would raise existing caps on the state’s net metering program. [Valley News]

¶ Washington County, Maryland, entered a public-private partnership with EPG Solar in 2012 to develop solar farms. They should produce a peak capacity of about 8 MW by the end of the year. A report last month from Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center found Maryland’s solar capacity grew 50% last year. [Herald-Mail Media]

¶ The National Wildlife Federation issued a report outlining the many ways that climate change is affecting wetlands, rivers and lakes and the fish and wildlife that inhabit them. The report was released just weeks after the US EPA unveiled its Clean Power Plan, an effort to reduce carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants. [Montana Standard]

 

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