August 29 Energy News

August 29, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Public lands and the next president” • The GOP platform, approved by the party in July, calls for the sale, privatization, or transfer of our public lands, including our national parks and monuments. The party’s nominee also poses serious risks to our public lands through his denial of the science of climate change. [Grand Junction Daily Sentinel]

Recently fallen snow on Colorado National Monument. Photo by Tewy. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Recently fallen snow on Colorado National Monument.
Photo by Tewy. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Science and Technology:

¶ The death of a boy and his grandmother in the far north of Russia after an anthrax outbreak raises questions about the impact of climate change on other pathogens that have been suspended in the ice. We can now include deadly diseases awakening as ice melts among the disasters climate change is bringing. [The National]

¶ Several high-octane, waste-based biofuels are now being tested by airlines as a way of curbing CO2. UN officials are set to endorse these fuels as a key part of global plans to stabilize aviation emissions by 2020. But critics say the plans are unrealistic and airlines are not taking the issue seriously. [BBC]

Isobutanol is more powerful than ethanol and has now been approved for use in aircraft fuel blends.

Isobutanol is more powerful than ethanol and has
now been approved for use in aircraft fuel blends.

World:

¶ Japan and Indonesia agreed to team up on 28 projects under the Joint Crediting Mechanism, a bilateral carbon offset credit program signed in 2013 between the two governments, a senior official said. The mechanism would allow Japanese companies to earn carbon credits by helping Indonesia cut its CO2 emissions. [Jakarta Post]

¶ Nova Innovation has put power on the grid from a pair of 100-kW tidal turbines in the waters of Shetland. The device developer said the two-unit Bluemill installation is the “first offshore tidal array in the world to deliver electricity to the grid.” The initial M-100 turbine was installed off Shetland in March. [reNews]

M-100 turbine. Nova image.

M-100 turbine. Nova image.

¶ The public cost of dealing with the aftermath of the March 2011 nuclear accident at TEPCO’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant topped ¥4.2 trillion ($41.12 billion) by the end of fiscal 2015. The public financial burden is expected to increase, as TEPCO will doubtless seek further government assistance. [The Japan Times]

¶ The comprehensive win for Labor in the Northern Territory election means that state and territory governments proposing ambitious renewable energy targets are now in the majority in Australia. The new chief minister, who favors renewables, replaces one who loudly supported coal seam gas and fracking technologies. [RenewEconomy]

Solar array in Alice Springs. Aerial Photo Volataic Installation.

Solar array in Alice Springs. Aerial Photo Volataic Installation.

US:

¶ According to US Wind, Maryland is poised to develop the nation’s first large-scale offshore windfarm. The 750-MW project would have up to 187 turbines, producing power for more than 500,000 homes. The company is surveying and installing a meteorological station to assess weather conditions at the site. [Southern Maryland Online]

¶ Texas has added more wind-based generating capacity than any other state, with wind turbines accounting for 16% of electrical generating capacity as of April. Now Texas is anticipating a huge surge in solar power. Texas has taken an approach that works within the state’s free-market-based electricity system. [MarketWatch]

Part of the Panther Creek Wind Farm in Howard County, Texas. Photo by Larry D. Moore. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Part of the Panther Creek Wind Farm in Howard County, Texas.
Photo by Larry D. Moore. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Two reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the DOE show that solar industry growth is being supported by the continued decline in the prices for solar power systems. The falling price of solar power has made solar energy more attractive and accessible to consumers throughout the country. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

¶ A 1.8-MW solar farm at Ogdensburg, New York, will be partly online and generating power by the end of September, according to a public update from Ogdensburg’s City Manager. Full operation is expected in November. The solar farm is expected to save the city more than $45,000 per year over the next 25 years. [North Country Now]

 

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