September 4 Energy News

September 4, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Trump’s Fossil-Fueled Ambitions Are Totally Out of Step With Economic Trends” • Considering how much he brags about his business acumen, shouldn’t Donald Trump do a better job of keeping up with economic trends? Instead of looking to the future, Trump is wallowing in nostalgia for coal mining. [AlterNet]

Why stop at coal. We could bring back manual typewriters! Stage Coaches! Photo Credit: Max Goldberg / Flickr CC

Why stop at coal? We could bring back manual typewriters! Slide
rules! Whale oil for lamps! Photo Credit: Max Goldberg / Flickr CC

¶ “Ohio must return to innovative roots to develop clean energy” • A global revolution in the world of energy generation and distribution is increasingly gaining momentum. Change is happening at the speed of a wind turbine’s blade tip. If America wants to keep up, we’re going to have to pick up the pace. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]

¶ “Why Natural Gas Could Be the Bridge Fuel to Nowhere” • Increasingly, knowledgeable people argue it’s time to prioritize zero-carbon energy. This year will be the first when CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants drop below those from natural gas, according to a new analysis from the US DOE’s Energy Information Agency. [TakePart]

Crews drilled this relief well to help stop a massive methane leak at Aliso Canyon. Photo: Dean Musgrove / Pool / Reuters

Crews drilled this relief well to help stop a massive methane
leak at Aliso Canyon. Photo: Dean Musgrove / Pool / Reuters

Science and Technology:

¶ Researchers believe that recently found fossils, discovered, ironically, because global warming melted some long-frozen snow in Greenland, could be the fossilized remains of ancient bacteria. If they are correct, the newly discovered fossils would be fully 220 million years older than anything else ever uncovered. [The Inquisitr]

¶ For decades, as the global warming created by human emissions caused land ice to melt and ocean water to expand, scientists warned that the accelerating rise of the sea would eventually imperil the United States’ coastline. Now, those warnings are no longer theoretical: The inundation of the coast has begun. [Bend Bulletin‎]

On a rainless June day, water came up through drains to flood the Charleston City Market in Charleston, SC. Scientists have documented a sharp jump in this nuisance flooding. Hunter McRae / The New York Times.

On a rainless June day, water came up through drains to flood a
market in Charleston, SC. Scientists have documented a sharp jump
in this nuisance flooding. Hunter McRae / The New York Times.

World:

¶ A clean energy strategy based on five pillars is all set to reduce carbon emissions in Dubai by 16% in the next four years. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has joined the efforts to make sure the city is among those with the lowest carbon footprints worldwide, in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. [MENAFN]

¶ Canada’s Federal Environment Minister has discussed a plan with the provinces to speed up the shutdown of coal-fired power plants across the country. The move would put Ottawa on a similar track to Alberta, forcing such power-generating facilities to close before their economic lifespan is up. [Calgary Herald]

Coal moving equipment at the new $1.9 billion Keephills 3 power plant in Alberta. Bruce Edwards / Edmonton Journal.

Coal moving equipment at the new $1.9 billion Keephills 3
power plant in Alberta. Bruce Edwards / Edmonton Journal.

¶ Thirteen Japanese nuclear reactors were constructed with steel made by Japan Casting & Forging Corp, the same company that produced material used in a French power plant that has come under scrutiny after anomalies were found in the structure of its reactor vessel. They must all be inspected for weakness. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ Siemens Energy announced its Hutchinson, Kansas, plant is filling an order from Apex Clean Energy for 64 wind turbines for Grant Plains Wind in Oklahoma. Officials expect the 147-MW project to be operational this year. This will bring Siemens’ completed orders for Apex Clean Energy in Oklahoma to 600 MW for the year. [Hutchinson News]

Siemens wind turbines. Photo by Bodoklecksel. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Siemens wind turbines. Photo by Bodoklecksel.
CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The Oklahoma Corporation Commission told operators to shut down 35 disposal wells that may have played a role in a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that shook at least six states Saturday, the state’s governor said. She said the directive is mandatory, and added that the EPA is investigating the earthquake as well. [CNN]

¶ GTM Research waxes optimistic on US microgrid market prospects in a Grid Edge market research report released recently. Utilities are showing greater interest in co-developing microgrids, seeing them as a new means to relieve grid congestion, reduce infrastructure costs, and enhance overall system resiliency and reliability. [Microgrid Media]

GTM microgrids 2016.

GTM microgrids 2016. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ Northern New Mexico is the testing ground for a new kind of utility, one that may make its way into rural Colorado and overturn a decades-old system of providing power. A startup says it can provide certainty on prices, through long-term contracts, for electric cooperatives and municipalities, even meeting rising demand. [The Denver Post]

¶ Clean Line Energy Partners wants to build the Grain Belt Express, a transmission line to carry wind-generated power through four states. The company filed its third application for approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission. Though it is approved elsewhere, the project been rejected in Missouri. [Columbia Daily Tribune]

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