April 23 Energy News

April 23, 2016


¶ “We Could Be Witnessing the Death of the Fossil Fuel Industry – Will It Take the Rest of the Economy Down With It?” • In just two decades, the total value of the energy being produced via fossil fuel extraction has plummeted by more than half. Now $3 trillion of debt is at risk. [AlterNet]

Crude. Photo Credit: Pixabay

Crude. Photo Credit: Pixabay


¶ Alberta could create more than 145,000 jobs by investing more heavily in renewable energy, energy efficiency and public transit, a report by three environmental organizations says. The move would boost employment when oil prices have dropped, and it would reduce carbon emissions. [Edmonton Sun]

¶ More than 170 nations attended the signing ceremony of the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN. For the Agreement to enter into full force, at least 55 nations comprising 55% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions must ratify it. [Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research]

Signing the Paris Agreement is a critical step. Mokhammad Edliadi CIFOR

Signing the Paris Agreement is a critical step toward saving the environment. Mokhammad Edliadi CIFOR

¶ A report from the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney says a rapid transition to a 100% renewable energy system can save Australia money – with avoided fuel costs to quickly offset the extra capital expenditure of building wind, solar and other renewable energy installations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The city of Lismore in the north of New South Wales has called for tenders for a “floating solar plant” that will be community funded, and located on top of one of the settling ponds in its sewage treatment plant. The tender for the 99.9-kW project went out on Wednesday. [CleanTechnica]

Floating solar in Jamestown, South Australia

Floating solar in Jamestown, South Australia

¶ The Hinkley Point C nuclear plant has been hit by more delays. EDF, the French energy company promoting the £18-billion reactor scheme, said there would be no final investment decision at least till the summer. Greenpeace said the project is “coming to a grinding halt.” [The Guardian]

¶ Good Energy’s “green gas” tariff was launched yesterday. It will include 6% biomethane, produced in the UK from organic matter including manure and even sewage. The move makes it the latest supplier to offer green gas produced from the 300 or so anaerobic digesters around the UK. [The Guardian]

From cow pat to biogas at the anaerobic digestion plant at Wyke Farms in Somerset. Photograph: John Morley

From cow pat to biogas at the anaerobic digestion plant at Wyke Farms in Somerset. Photograph: John Morley

¶ Dozens of Australian scientists have penned a letter to express major concern for the Great Barrier Reef, which is undergoing its worst coral bleaching in history. The letter signed by 56 scientists urged the government to make phasing out fossil fuels and coal a major priority to save the reef. [Daily Mail]

¶ Construction of wind farms on the platforms in the Caspian Sea will save about 200,000 cubic meters of gas per year, the head of Azerbaijan’s State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources, told reporters. The 200-MW wind farm will be built on the platforms in the Caspian Sea. [Trend News Agency]

Offshore wind farm

Offshore wind farm

¶ Greenpeace and UK green energy supplier Ecotricity Group Ltd have warned the UK, France and Electricite de France that any further state aid for the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant could be illegal. In a letter, the two say they are prepared to challenge in court any further state funding for the much-delayed project. [SeeNews Renewables]


¶ The Brooklyn Microgrid will operate as a backup option during storms, cyber attacks and other disruptions. But in the long term the infrastructure being installed could set participants on a path to fully owning the electricity their community generates, giving them their own power. [Scientific American]

Lawrence Orsini, founder the company installing the Brooklyn Microgrid project. Credit: Image courtesy of Sasha Santiago

Lawrence Orsini, founder LO3, which is installing the Brooklyn Microgrid project. Credit: Image courtesy of Sasha Santiago

¶ The United States solar sector has apparently now installed over 1 million installations across the country, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. “It took us 40 years to get to 1 million installations, and it will take us only two years to get to 2 million,” a spokesman said. [CleanTechnica]

¶ There’s some great news out of the Energy Information Administration: carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector – our country’s largest source of the pollution that’s driving climate change – fell significantly in 2015, to their lowest levels since 1993. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

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