September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Turn California’s dead trees into electricity” • California’s drought and invasive beetles have killed millions of trees, now fuel for wildfires. While everyone seems to agree that removal is the answer, we need to help support the infrastructure to remove and process it. Biomass power plants provide an opportunity. [San Francisco Chronicle]

California's dying forests. Photo: Max Whittaker / Prime, Special To The Chronicle.

California’s dying forests.
Photo: Max Whittaker / Prime, Special To The Chronicle.

¶ “Time to stop pretending that gas is a climate solution” • A push to boost Australian gas supply and lift state gas bans is a worrying move that will send the mercury rising to dangerous levels, condemn local communities to undrinkable water and wrecked farmland, ruin a transition to a 100% renewable energy future. [Huffington Post]

Science and Technology:

¶ Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before, spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the planet, a major scientific report said. The findings, from peer-reviewed research, were compiled by 80 scientists from 12 countries, experts said at the World Conservation Congress. [Rappler]

Turtle Beach on Midway Atoll. Saul Loeb / AFP

President Obama visited Turtle Beach on Midway Atoll. Saul Loeb / AFP

World:

¶ The price of oil jumped after Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to discuss ways to stabilize the oil market. The announcement was made by the countries’ energy ministers, Alexander Novak and Khalid al-Falih. The price of Brent crude initially jumped by 5%, but then it fell back to stand 1.6% higher at $47.56 per barrel. [BBC]

¶ Brazil’s wind power output reached 4,499 MW on average in August, marking a 29.2% year-on-year increase, according to preliminary figures from the Power Trading Chamber. Wind power’s share of the country’s total electricity generation grew to 7.4%, from 5.7% a year back, while demand increased 0.1%. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Brazil. Author: Otávio Nogueira. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Wind farm in Brazil. Author: Otávio Nogueira.
License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ Vattenfall is seeking to fill 130 new positions in its wind energy business over the next 12 months, as the Swedish power company invests another €5 billion in European renewable energy projects. The new staff would help the company reach its goal of expanding wind capacity by 400 MW to 600 MW each year. [reNews]

¶ The Argentine energy ministry announced it has received 123 bids for 6,336 MW of power capacity in its renewables tender for purchase contracts to 1,000 MW of capacity. There were wind power bids totaling 3,468 MW, and bids for 2,834 MW for solar power. Bioenergy offered 53 MW and small hydro 11 MW. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar farm in Argentina. Photo by sustentator. CC-2.5-SA. Wikimedia Commons.

Solar farm in Argentina. Photo by sustentator.
CC-2.5-SA. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Wind turbine makers in India are looking at building more renewable energy projects combining solar and wind in a bid to provide a reliable and cost-effective power supply. Gamesa Corp Tecnologica SA and Suzlon Energy Ltd, two of India’s largest wind turbines makers, both expect to focus on hybrid projects in the near future. [Bloomberg]

¶ A robot will be sent into the No 2 reactor containment vessel at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to locate the melted fuel inside and assess its spread ahead of future retrieval. TEPCO announced on August 25 that it would undertake the difficult operation early next year at the soonest. [Asahi Shimbun]

TEPCO plans to use this survey robot. Asahi Shimbun file photo.

TEPCO plans to use this survey robot. Asahi Shimbun file photo.

US:

¶ The town of New Paltz, New York, has proposed a nested microgrid project, a $12 million system to maintain critical energy supplies. Within the microgrid are 10 independent zones, or nodes, each with its own energy resources to serve one or more of the critical facilities within its geographic footprint. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ A solar energy initiative by the University of Massachusetts will have 15,576 solar panels newly installed this year, with an aim to save $6.2 million in a span of 20 years. There will be eight solar panel installations, with six of them placed on rooftops and the other two placed above parking lots. [The Massachusetts Daily Collegian]

Solar canopy over parking. Daily Collegian Archives.

Solar canopy under construction over parking. Daily Collegian Archives.

¶ The American Wind Energy Association released figures showing that the rapid rise of American wind power has been accompanied by increased support among US voters. In Iowa, which maintains the current US record of 35% electricity generation from wind, the support for wind technology is at 91% of voters. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ In Fall River, Massachusetts, more than 200 solar panels on Morton Middle School’s roof will finally be switched on after three years of sitting unused. The chief operating officer for the Fall River Public Schools said the panels will be activated following the finalization of an agreement with National Grid. [Fall River Herald News]

 

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