November 8 Energy News

November 8, 2015

World:

¶ The world will pump out 748 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from 2012 through 2030, the UN said Friday in an e-mailed report that analyzed emissions pledges by 146 nations. The World Energy Council is dismissing climate change plans as not good enough and says it plans to write to all participants of upcoming climate talks in Paris. [TV Newsroom]

United Nations Climate Report Photo

Photo from the United Nations Climate Report 

¶ In India, electric transmission and distribution losses, the majority of which pertains to sheer theft of electricity, had been varying between 17% and 35% percent. Financial losses for electricity distribution companies in India reach a staggering ₹3.8 trillion ($58 billion). The states have endorsed a central government plan to deal with distribution. [Greentech Lead]

¶ Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he has set a target of providing 24×7 power around the year across the country by the time India celebrates its 75 years of independence. He said 18,000 villages continue to be deprived of electricity across the country and his dream was to provide them uninterrupted power supply in next 1,000 days. [Times of India]

¶ David Cameron’s chief climate change adviser has warned that the government is “clearly failing” in key policy areas and needs to regain the confidence of investors in green technology, in the runup to next month’s crucial global summit in Paris. Lord Deben is particularly concerned about air sealing draughty homes and utilizing renewable heat. [The Guardian]

A wind farm in Scotland. The onshore wind power industry fears it is being sidelined by the government. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

A wind farm in Scotland. The onshore wind power industry fears it is being sidelined by the government. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

¶ The government of Bangladesh set a target to have 3,168 MW electricity from renewable energy sources by 2021. Of that, 1740 MW will come from the solar power while wind-based power generation will be 1370 MW, according to officials concerned. The rest will include 47 MW of biomass and smaller amounts of biogas and mini-hydro. [Financial Express Bangladesh]

¶ AES Philippines has started construction of its first energy storage facility in Asia. The plant, which will be the first battery-based energy storage facility in the Philippines, will be located next to the Masinloc power plant in Zambales. Called the Masinloc Advancion Energy Storage Array, the facility will provide 10 MW to the Luzon grid as needed. [Philippine Star]

US:

Joyce Kilmer Natural Area, Union County, Pennsylvania. Sadly, the natural area is heavily infested with the hemlock woolly adelgid. Photo by Nicholas A. Tonelli. CC BY-2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Pennsylvania’s Joyce Kilmer Natural Area, already heavily infested with the hemlock woolly adelgid. Photo by Nicholas A. Tonelli. CC BY-2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The majestic forests that Pennsylvanians are familiar with today won’t be the forests that future generations know because of global climate change according to the Secretary of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Several species of trees are likely to disappear from the forests: sugar maple, black cherry, and hemlock. [Citizens Voice]

¶ The EIA predicts that because of additional new wind generating capacity coming online in Texas, coupled with the seasonal increase in wind conditions (autumn and spring are typically high wind generating months in Texas), the most recent record set for instantaneous peak output will “very likely be surpassed in the near future.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ The closing of the Fitzpatrick nuclear plant comes after failed negotiations with the state of New York over ways to avoid a shutdown. The plant generates 838 MW of electricity, enough to power more than 800,000 homes. The move means New York would be down to five power plants. State officials vowed to fight the company’s plans. [Poughkeepsie Journal]

Indian Point nuclear plant, which the government of New York would prefer to close. Photo: Ricky Flores/The Journal News

Indian Point nuclear plant, which the government of New York would prefer to close. Photo: Ricky Flores/The Journal News

¶ Oil companies of all hues loaded up on massive amounts of debt to fund rigs and fancy new drilling equipment. The problem is the companies were banking on oil prices closer to $100 oil when they took on the debt. Now oil is around $45 and no one is expecting prices to hit $100 any time soon. What that means is the likelihood of defaulting has increased. [CNN]

¶ In 2015, the EPA has honored 22 Green Power Partners and three renewable energy suppliers across the country with its annual Green Power Leadership awards. The award winners include Apple, Microsoft, TD Bank, Intel, Kohl’s, Kaiser Permanente and Northwestern University. These companies have led the way in cutting emissions. [Justmeans]

 

One Response to “November 8 Energy News”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: