September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity” • The growth of distributed energy generation, particularly in the form of solar energy, leaves the aging, monopolistic electric utility system a daunting choice: Defense of the status quo or accepting a clean energy future. [eco-business.com]

One of the biggest challenges in cutting the use of fossil fuel. Image: Shutterstock

Reducing fossil fuel use is a challenge. Image: Shutterstock.

Science and Technology:

¶ At Yellowstone Park, the question of how to respond to climate change doesn’t yield an easy answer, with warming temperatures, decreasing snowpacks, longer fire seasons, and disappearing food sources for animals. Each means something different and requires a different response. [Chron.com]

¶ Over recent decades, the US has seen a dramatic rise in the number of extreme winter temperature events at opposite ends of the country. According to a new study, the ‘warm West, cold East’ temperature gap is growing, and is likely driven greenhouse gas emissions. [Daily Mail]

The eastern US has experienced colder days, while there were extremely warm days in the West. Stock image

The eastern US has experienced colder days, while
there were extremely warm days in the West. Stock image.

World:

¶ Pakistan is expected to see a huge jump in wind energy installed capacity over the next two years as 21 projects are lined up for commissioning. Government officials in Pakistan has told local media that 1,012 MW capacity is expected to be added to the grid by 2018. [CleanTechies]

¶ A joint commitment from China and the US, the world’s super-polluters, expected to be announced later on Saturday, is a big step towards turning the Paris climate agreement into reality. The deal will take legal force when it is ratified by 55 signatories producing 55% of global emissions. [BBC]

Switching from fossil fuels like coal to renewable energy has got easier for countries like China, as the cost of wind and solar power has dropped. PA

Switching from fossil fuels like coal to renewable energy has
got easier , as the cost of wind and solar power has dropped. PA

¶ Australia is poised to see its biggest ever boom in large-scale solar construction over the next year as a range of international market factors and local policy incentives take hold. The boom has been a long time in the making but is now ticking nearly all the investment boxes. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Solar plus storage may be cheaper than grid prices within one year for some Australian households. A study suggest that the standard tariff offered to households in West Australia will be more expensive than rooftop solar and battery storage at some time in 2017. [RenewEconomy]

Sustainable apartments in Australia. Photo by Biatch. Released into the public domain. Wikipedia Commons.

Sustainable apartments in Australia. Photo by Biatch.
Released into the public domain. Wikipedia Commons.

¶ TEPCO announced that the ice wall under construction at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was critically affected by rainfall from recent typhoons that melted parts of the ice dam, allowing contaminated water to leak from the basements of the reactor buildings. [Enformable]

US:

¶ In Colorado, a team of financial analysts revealed the stunning results of a two-year study of clean energy generation potential. Financial modeling indicates that two gigawatts of wind power could effectively replace 6,000 GWh of energy generated at coal plants in Colorado. [CleanTechnica]

Grover, Colorado wind farm. Credit: Carlye Calvin, UCAR.edu, Colorado

Grover, Colorado wind farm.
Credit: Carlye Calvin, UCAR.edu, Colorado

¶ If you live near the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in Montana, your morning shower may be in jeopardy. Owners of the plant recently asked residents to reduce their water usage in response to record-low flows in the Yellowstone River. The plant needs the water. [The Missoulian]

¶ The mayor of Boulder, Colorado, announced that the city would commit to being powered by 100% clean energy by 2030. Boulder now represents the 17th city in the US to commit to be powered by renewable energy from clean sources such as wind and solar. [Windpower Engineering]

Landscape near Boulder Colorado.

Landscape near Boulder Colorado.

¶ More wind turbines and solar PVs could be coming to vast tracts of public lands in the West if the Obama administration finalizes a new rule this fall aiming to streamline how federal lands can be developed for renewable energy. But some say it does not cut costs enough. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Republican-controlled House this month will examine the climate change investigations launched by several state attorneys general – investigations that some lawmakers and officials from energy-rich states have blasted as “witch hunts” and “extortion.” [Houston Chronicle]

 

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