August 21 Energy News

August 21, 2016


¶ “If wind and solar power are cheaper and quicker, do we really need Hinkley Point?” • Should Theresa May take the axe to the troubled Hinkley Point nuclear project, it will propel wind and solar power further into the limelight. Britain would do well to focus such things as on lithium-air, sodium-ion, and flow batteries. [The Guardian]

The floating solar farm on Godley Reservoir near Manchester. Photograph: Ashley Cooper

The floating solar farm on Godley Reservoir near Manchester.
Photograph: Ashley Cooper

¶ “If we’re serious about industrial strategy, renewables is a good place to start” • Cancelling the planned new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will be a huge victory for the offshore wind industry. The word from inside No 10 Downing Street is not clear yet, but so many Tories, including the prime minister, are unsettled. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ In a rare endeavor, Crystal Serenity has embarked on a 32-night journey through the Northwest Passage, the Arctic region north of Canada that was unattainable until just 100 years ago. Crystal Serenity is about to become the largest ship ever to attempt the Northwest Passage. There are nearly 1,000 passengers aboard. [RusTourismNews]

Crystal Serenity.

Crystal Serenity.

¶ Even the inexpensive electric automobiles, with their limited ranges and charging requirements, could be used for 87% of the trips taken by gasoline-powered cars traveling US highways today. These findings come in a new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Energy. [TakePart]


¶ Energy for 500 Alberta schools is being completely offset by a 17-turbine wind farm near Provost, Alberta. A 20-year power purchase agreement was reached between BluEarth Renewables and the Alberta Schools Commodities Purchasing Consortium, which represents numerous school boards across the province. [Edmonton Journal]

BluEarth Renewables' Bull Creek wind project is offsetting 100% of the energy used by 500 Alberta schools. Photo Supplied.

BluEarth Renewables’ Bull Creek wind project is offsetting
100% of the energy used by 500 Alberta schools. Photo Supplied.

¶ At least three municipalities in Finland are considering founding solar parks within their city limits to create energy from the sun. In one community about an hour north of Helsinki, a biogas facility would make use of biomass from the local community and agriculture, in addition to the solar-powered electricity. [YLE News]

¶ Developing hydro power projects in the north-eastern states will help India to meet its electricity demand and achieve energy security, a report said. Of India’s estimated hydro potential of around 145,000 MW, north-eastern states account for 58,000 MW. However only 2% of the total potential in the northeast has been tapped. [VCCircle]

Indian Hydro facility.

Indian Hydro facility.

¶ Tokyo Electric Power Company’s initiative to create a frozen soil barrier around Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to prevent the groundwater from becoming contaminated with radioactive materials has not shown any success, the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority’s expert panel member said. [Sputnik International]


¶ Massachusetts announced more than $1.8 million in funding to support local efforts to prepare for and reduce the impacts from coastal storms and climate change, including storm surge, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. The funding can be used to help minimize environmental and public health risks. [Wicked Local Wareham]

Funding includes $150,000 for pump stations in Wareham. Wicked Local Wareham file photo / Ashleigh Bennett.

Wicked Local Wareham file photo / Ashleigh Bennett.

¶ Some of Wisconsin’s businesses could go elsewhere because of high electric rates, the Public Service Commission is being warned. Comments collected in an assessment say consumers should be able to choose their power provider rather than being restricted to the current utility monopolies in the state. [Chippewa Herald]

¶ Texas is uniquely poised to meet the Clean Power Plan’s standards. That also means that even if those Environmental Protection Agency regulations fall by the judicial wayside, Texas would still be likely to improve emissions dramatically. State leaders don’t have to do anything other than let old coal power plants retire. []

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