September 8 Energy News

September 8, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Beauty and power: how Norway is making green energy look good” • On the edge of a forest in northern Norway, an unusual hydroelectric plant is generating a buzz. Øvre Forsland is a big departure from the hulking power stations. It looks more like an elegant, custom‑built home from TV show Grand Designs. [The Guardian]

Øvre Forsland hydroelectric station. Photograph: Pedro Alvarez for the Observer.

Øvre Forsland hydroelectric station.
Photograph: Pedro Alvarez for the Observer.

¶ “Dear Theresa: Let it go! Six powerful reasons to dump Hinkley C” • Theresa May ducked out of a signing ceremony to review the Hinkley C nuclear project. Soon she will have to make a decision. In this open letter Scientists for Global Responsibility set out six compelling reasons for her to let the monstrous white elephant go. [The Ecologist]

Science and Technology:

¶ Torrential rains unleashed on south Louisiana in August were made almost twice as likely by human-caused climate change, according to a quick-fire analysis. The team of scientists concluded that the likelihood of such an event is probably twice as great now as in 1900, but it is at least of 40% more likely. [Carbon Brief]

Flooding and devastation in Baton Rouge, 15 August 2016. Credit: Melissa Leake/US Department of Agriculture.

Flooding and devastation in Baton Rouge, 15 August 2016.
Credit: Melissa Leake/US Department of Agriculture.

World:

¶ In the UK, a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn would ban fracking, ditch coal-fired power, and massively increase renewable energy, his campaign announced. He pledged to phase out all coal power stations by the “early 2020s” and invest heavily in energy-saving to avoid building many new power stations. [The Guardian]

¶ Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München have exported first power from the 288-MW Sandbank offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. A total of 20 Siemens 4-MW turbines have been installed. The wind farm will have 72 turbines altogether and is due to finish about three months earlier than originally planned. [reNews]

MPI Adventure is installing the turbines at Sandbank. (Stefan Jürgensen)

MPI Adventure is installing the turbines at Sandbank. (Stefan Jürgensen)

¶ Australia is set to triple its large-scale solar energy capacity after funding from a threatened federal agency helped drive down costs almost to those of wind farms. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will announce the 12 projects that will share part of its latest funding round of about $100 million on Thursday. [Whyalla News]

¶ The Chinese government estimates that the country’s data centers consume more electricity than all of Hungary and Greece combined. Chinese technology and Internet businesses are looking to burnish their environmental credentials and lower costs of operation, so they work to reduce electricity and water usage. [chinadialogue]

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group's new green data center on Qiandao Lake. (Image by Alibaba Cloud)

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group’s new green data
center on Qiandao Lake. (Image by Alibaba Cloud)

¶ The government of Mexico announced that they would soon join the growing ranks of countries that have adopted cap and trade to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Mexico’s pilot carbon pricing program will begin in November on a trial basis as a testing ground for a national carbon market to be launched in 2018. [CleanTechnica]

¶ French Energy Minister Segolene Royal announced France will soon launch a series of tenders for rooftop solar power installations for a total capacity of 1,350 MW. Each year between 2017 and 2019, France will tender 450 MW, in a move to help lift its solar capacity to over 18.2 GW by 2023. [SeeNews Renewables]

Rooftop solar in France. Photo by Lionel Allorge. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Rooftop solar in France. Photo by Lionel Allorge.
CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Several hundred American service personnel who say they became sick from radiation during the Fukushima nuclear disaster are now getting high-profile support in Japan. Junichiro Koizumi, a former Japanese prime minister, has set up a special fund to collect private donations, mainly to help with medical bills. [Laconia Citizen]

¶ A new report highlights 15 signals of an energy transition occurring across the world, indicating a sustainable and equitable global energy system has irrevocably begun. The signs, detailed in a report by WWF-France and WWF-China, provide encouragement that the transition can be found just about everywhere. [Energy Matters]

Solar panels in Hong Kong. Photo by Snowacinesy. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Solar panels in Hong Kong. Photo by Snowacinesy.
CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

US:

¶ California Governor Jerry Brown said that he remains committed to expanding California’s power grid to include other Western states, despite a delay announced this summer when it appeared the state Legislature was unprepared to grant the broader approval needed to advance the project this year. [Mail Tribune]

¶ Iowa is cultivating new ground in a transformational shift to renewable energy and resilient economy. With several record-breaking wind energy projects announced this year, impressive growth in solar, and high ranking in other renewable technologies, Iowa’s position as a renewable leader has never felt more secure. [DesMoinesRegister.com]

Wind turbines in Iowa. Photo by Bill Whittaker. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Wind turbines in Iowa. Photo by Bill Whittaker.
CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The Portland, Maine, City Council voted unanimously to authorize an agreement to build one of the state’s largest municipal solar power arrays on a landfill. The City Manager will negotiate an agreement with ReVision Energy. The project would reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuels for electricity by 25%. [Press Herald]

¶ After Duke University announced in May a proposal from Duke Energy to build a new 21-MW combined heat and power natural gas facility on campus, some students and faculty members have raised concerns about the proposed plant’s impact and a lack of transparency surrounding the initial stages of the facility’s planning. [Duke Chronicle]

 

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