May 13 Energy News

May 13, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ No need to wait very long for climate change to show up on the earth’s timeline. Climate scientist Ed Hawkins of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, UK posted this hypnotic moving image of climate change on Twitter this week. [CleanTechnica]

Spiralling global temperatures from 1850-2016.

Spiralling global temperatures from 1850-2016.

¶ Air pollution in cities worldwide is increasing at an “alarming rate” and killing millions each year, a report by the World Health Organization says. The report says more than 80% of people living in cities that monitor pollution are exposed to air quality levels that fail WHO standards. [The Epoch Times]

World:

¶ Over 850,000 renewable power plants have been set up across the Italian peninsula and it is starting to pay dividends for local communities, according to a report. Thirty-nine of Italy’s municipalities are now running on 100% renewable energy and utility bills are falling as a result. [EurActiv]

Solar energy in Rome. (UK in Italy / Flickr)

Solar energy in Rome. (UK in Italy / Flickr)

¶ The eStorage Project, a consortium of European stakeholders in the “electric power value chain,” has released a study identifying a massive 2291 GWh of development-ready sites having existing reservoirs that can be used as new pumped storage plants in the EU-15, Norway, and Switzerland. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Italian oil and gas major Eni SpA announced a plan to install over 420 MW of renewable energy capacity at home and abroad. The plan involves building renewable energy facilities in the vicinity of other company-owned plants, including on abandoned industrial areas. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar system in southern Italy. Author: Richard Allaway. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Solar system in southern Italy. Author: Richard Allaway. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ Leni Gas Cuba Limited entered into an agreement with solar specialists Commercial Funded Solar to assess the potential for installing and operating renewable energy and hybrid power solutions (solar power, energy storage and power management systems) in Cuba. [Proactive Investors USA & Canada]

¶ Scotrenewables Tidal Power launched its 2-MW SR2000 tidal turbine at Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries in Belfast. The 550-tonne machine is the first commercial-scale unit built by the company. It will undergo preliminary tow trials in Belfast Lough before being towed to Orkney. [reNews]

Scotrenewables SR2000 tidal turbine (Scotrenewables)

Scotrenewables SR2000 tidal turbine (Scotrenewables)

¶ India’s renewable power producer Mytrah Energy exceeded its capacity target. Mytrah has added 283 MW of wind capacity over the last 12 months, increasing the company’s operating wind portfolio to 826.4 MW at the start of the 2016 wind season, 83 MW ahead of the company’s target. [Energy Voice]

US:

¶ In California, the use of coal to generate electricity has dropped dramatically, essentially going from small to almost microscopic. Two recent reports from the US Energy Information Administration show the decline. California had the steepest fall by percentage of any state. [Los Angeles Times]

Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. Photo by Daniel Schwen. CC BY-SA 2.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. Photo by Daniel Schwen. CC BY-SA 2.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Invenergy will work with Empire State Connector to transport up to 600 MW of wind power in upstate New York to customers in the New York City area. Submarine cables will be buried in the Erie Canal and the Hudson River. The project is expected to cost $1.5 billion [reNews]

¶ The Obama administration issued a final rule to cut methane emissions from US oil and gas production. The EPA rule has a goal to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling by up to 45% by 2025, compared to 2012 levels. It will require energy producers to find and repair leaks. [Phys.Org]

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