August 4 Energy News

August 4, 2016


¶ “What I Saw in China Will Help Change the World” • Air pollution is blamed for 1 million premature deaths a year in China and for reducing life expectancy by nearly 25 months. China alone accounts for 27% of the global carbon footprint. But the country is doing a lot to fight climate change . [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Guilin, China

Guilin, China. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “Institutional investors are heeding climate warnings. Should you, too?” Most people recognize that climate change is a risk for life on Earth. But a warming planet is likely to be dangerous to investment portfolios, too. Institutional money managers are coming to realize it, and retail investors should pay heed as well. [The Globe and Mail]

Science and Technology:

¶ The report, State of the Climate in 2015, showed 2015 set a record as hottest year, with most of the planet’s surface warmer than average. Further, long-term warming and a strong El Niño contributed to the highest annual combined temperature for ocean and land since reliable record-keeping began in the 1800s. [CleanTechnica]

NOAA image.

NOAA image.


¶ Two developers announced wind farm projects in Victoria. New Zealand’s Trustpower announced a A$650 million investment to develop the Dundonnell Wind Farm in South West Victoria. Spain’s Acciona announced it will commence construction of a 44-turbine Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm in Victoria’s Colac region. [Invest in Australia]

¶ The global wind market is expected to total 705.5 GW of installed capacity by the end of 2020, according to Navigant Research. Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Global Wind Turbine Vendors said wind capacity grew by 63.1 GW or 23.2% last year, making it one of the fastest growing energy sectors. [reNews]

Wind turbine. sxc image.

Wind turbine. sxc image.

¶ EDF’s CEO said that he learned late on the evening before the vote on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant that British Prime Minister Theresa May “was asking for a little more time, without re-assessing the project, without giving the date when it could be signed,” and “that she would not discuss the matter”. [Yahoo News]


¶ Two deep-water berths have been opened at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site at Oahu island in Hawaii. The two berths will support wave energy converter testing at 60-metre and 80-metre water depths. The new facilities add to the existing shallow-water berth that allows testing at a depth of 30 metres. [reNews]

Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. US Marine Corps photo.

Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. US Marine Corps photo.

¶ UPS announced that it has successfully completed one billion miles in its ‘rolling laboratory’ fleet of electric, hybrid, natural gas, and biofuel-powered delivery vehicles. It will make additional investments of over $750 million for its alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by the end of 2016. [Biofuels International Magazine]

¶ First Solar Inc said it has sales bookings of 121 MW DC of thin-film modules for US utility-based community projects. Several of the projects, 41 MW DC to be more specific, are already under construction with M+W Energy in charge. Other projects and the names of their developers are yet to be announced. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar park in California equipped by First Solar. Author: Russ Ferriday. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Solar park in California equipped by First Solar. Author: Russ Ferriday. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

¶ California is the first in the country to publish a draft blueprint for fulfilling the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, for cutting existing power plant emissions. The state’s landmark cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions and proposed amendments to extend that system will be used for compliance. [Environment & Energy Publishing]

¶ The 426th turbine of the Los Vientos wind power projects is now spinning and serving customers near the Rio Grande in Starr County, Texas. It marks Duke Energy Renewables’ completion of Los Vientos IV, the last of the five wind projects in the area to begin operation. Austin Energy is buying the power. [North American Windpower]

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