June 21 Energy News

June 21, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ An electric plane project is in the works at NASA, and the new aircraft is called the X-57. It’s an initiative to demonstrate that electric-powered aviation can be clean, quiet, and quick. With 14 small engines means the X-57 will need less energy to cruise at a speed of 175 mph. [Fox News]

Artist's concept of the X-57. (NASA Langley / Advanced Concepts Lab, AMA, Inc.)

Artist’s concept of the X-57. (NASA
Langley / Advanced Concepts Lab, AMA, Inc.)

¶ Planet OS, a provider of online geospatial environmental data, announced a data intelligence system to help wind farm operators and renewable energy service providers boost power output by up to 30%. RWE has joined forces with Planet OS as the launch partner. [GISuser.com]

¶ A study says temperatures are rising faster than the development of crop varieties that can cope with them. Researchers found that it can take 10-30 years before farmers can grow a new breed of maize, by which time the new crops face conditions different from what was intended. [BBC]

Maize in a drought in Texas. Photo by Billy Hathorn. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Maize in a drought in Texas. Photo by Billy Hathorn.
CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

World:

¶ ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation at a 96,000 square meter facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. ABB’s solution is designed to maximize the use of renewable energy while providing an uninterrupted power supply during outages. [Renewable Energy Focus]

¶ Throughout the second half of 2015, and first six months of 2016, renewables have weathered the global price slump for oil handily. This is turning out to be the year when cheap renewable energy sources are beginning to dominate the global energy markets. [Global Risk Insights]

Kobenhavn Energy photo.

Kobenhavn Energy photo.

¶ Greenpeace NZ put together its renewable energy and legal experts to create a solar hot desk service to assist people stung by New Zealand’s first-ever charge for using solar. Lines company Unison had said it would increase fees for any households generating renewable power. [Scoop.co.nz]

¶ China is on track to generate more than a quarter of its electricity from wind power by 2030, and the figure could rise to nearly a third with power sector reforms, a new study found. More new generating capacity will come online in China than currently exists in the entire US. [The Guardian]

Beijing wants to increase the country’s wind capacity. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Beijing wants to increase the country’s wind capacity.
Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US:

¶ The advocacy group Public Citizen released a report showing how top executives for three giant coal companies got large compensation boosts even as they laid off workers. Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural Resources are all operating under bankruptcy protection. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A proposal by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to build an 8.8-MW power plant in an industrial complex near one of its stations might have attracted little attention. Members of the climate-change campaign 350 Philadelphia, however, have sounded an alert. [Philly.com]

GE Jenbacher engines like those to be installed. GE Power photo.

GE Jenbacher engines like those to be installed. GE Power photo.

¶ Recent trends demonstrate a rapid growth in corporations directly buying renewable energy from wind, solar and other renewable energy generators. Renewable energy capacity under corporate power purchase agreements doubled each year from 2012 to 2015. [Lexology]

¶ North Dakota regulators approved NextEra Energy Resources’ 150-MW Brady wind project. They also granted a certificate for a 19-mile transmission line and associated facilities to connect the project to the grid. NextEra hopes to complete the wind farm by the end of 2016. [reNews]

Summerhaven wind farm in Ontario NextEra image

Summerhaven wind farm in Ontario NextEra image

¶ In a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers at MIT found that it currently makes economic sense to combine large-scale energy storage systems with renewable energy projects, such as wind and solar farms, in some locations. [The National Law Review]

¶ Entergy is pitching a new natural gas-fired plant as an affordable way for New Orleans to meet future electricity demand. Opponents argue the plant will pollute and contribute to subsidence the area, and it will allow Entergy to continue to dodge investment in renewable energy. [NOLA.com]

Entergy linemen at work. (Photo by Susan Poag, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive)

Entergy linemen at work. (Photo by Susan Poag,
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive)

¶ Entergy Nuclear got approval from state regulators to build another storage facility to hold the balance of its spent nuclear fuel that is currently in Vermont Yankee’s spent-fuel pool. The decision allows Entergy to create space for 22 dry casks to hold radioactive fuel. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

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