August 15 Energy News

August 15, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “A green path to industrialisation” • At recent economic forums in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, N’Djamena in Chad, Rabat in Morocco, Abuja in Nigeria, even New York in the United States, and elsewhere, Africa’s experts have been expressing their support for green industrialization, with careful use of the Earth’s resources. [The New Times]

Wind turbines in Mahe, Seychelles. / Internet photo.

Wind turbines in Mahe, Seychelles. / Internet photo.

¶ “EPE scam to avoid renewable energy requirements” • The most efficient new natural gas power plant costs 7.5¢/kWh over its lifetime. Solar power is routinely offered for long-term purchase power agreements at 4¢/kWh and falling. Wind power contracts are approaching 3¢/kWh. But El Paso Electric builds gas plants. [Las Cruces Sun-News]

¶ “Britain’s vast national gamble on wind power may yet pay off” • Wind power has few friends on the political Right. No other industry elicits such protest from the conservative press, Tory backbenchers, and free market economists. But wind generates home-made energy and could be seen as a patriotic choice. [Telegraph.co.uk]

The London Array has shattered records, lifting renewables to 25% of UK power earlier this year. Credit: Emily Gosden

The London Array has shattered records, lifting renewables
to 25% of UK power earlier this year. Credit: Emily Gosden

World:

¶ Speaking on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the need for qualitative change in the lives of the citizens. He stressed the need to focus on renewable energy. In the last year, renewable power production increased by 40%, and solar energy increased by 116%. [BloombergQuint]

¶ The Northern Territory Labor party has promised to adopt a renewable energy target of 50% by 2030, ahead of the August 27 election, which they are expected to win easily. This is in line with most other Labor state’s and territories in Australia, as well as federal Labor, and puts it ahead of the federal Coalition government. [RenewEconomy]

Solar PV installation in the Northern Territory.

Solar PV installation in the Northern Territory.

¶ The Carbon Clean 200 report crowned automobile manufacturer Toyota as the most sustainable company in the world. The company has placed sustainability central to its corporate strategy and has adopted six targets to achieve by 2050, including reducing emissions from its manufacturing facilities to zero. [Clean Energy News]

¶ The Australian Energy Market Operator has issued a stark warning: more wind and solar power will demand new approaches to avoid interruptions of the power supply. But the biggest variability that the electricity sector has to contend with is not intermittent solar or wind output; it is the ups and downs of power demand. [RenewEconomy]

Australia will likely have to close more coal power stations to meet climate targets. Shuttershock

Australia will likely have to close more coal
power stations to meet climate targets. Shuttershock

¶ The crown estate has waded into the battle over Hinkley Point, pointing out that offshore windfarms are already cheaper than the proposed nuclear reactors. The crown estate said that windfarms at sea will be on course to meet 10% of the country’s electricity by 2020, sooner than Hinkley Point C can to produce 7%. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ By mid-morning on Friday, in just a 12-hour stretch, more than a foot of rain fell near Kentwood, Louisiana. It was  a downpour with an estimated likelihood of just once every 500 years, and roughly three months’ worth of rainfall during a typical hurricane season. It’s the latest in a string of what had once been rare rainstorms. [Pacific Standard]

Rain storm. (Photo: Ines Hegedus-Garcia / Flickr)

Stormy weather. (Photo: Ines Hegedus-Garcia / Flickr)

¶ The managing forester for Stiles Brook Forest, in Windham County, Vermont, sees an uncertain future because of climate change. Some signs are stunted trees, increasing numbers of invasive insects, and a dwindling moose population. A controversial plan to install 28 wind turbines at Stiles Brook is part of the solution. [vtdigger.org]

¶ Lauded as a leader in adopting renewable energy, California requires utility companies get at least a third of their energy from renewable sources by 2020 and half by 2030. But for a growing number of elected leaders from Southern California to Humboldt County, that timeline isn’t nearly aggressive enough. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

 

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