September 17 Energy News

September 17, 2016


¶ “Is the power of king coal overstated?” • If you want to shock and appall a politician, just suggest Australia put limits on building new coal mines. They ask, “How else will the poor countries be able to develop their economies to become rich as we are?” Short answer: by relying more on energy that emits less carbon. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

The simple truth is that no-one knows what the future holds.  (Photo: Simon O'Dwyer)

The simple truth is that no-one knows what the future holds.
(Photo: Simon O’Dwyer)

¶ “Nuclear power station is a ‘£100bn boondoggle’ says top Scots expert” • The Tories are backing the wrong energy horse with the “£100 billion boondoggle” that is the new nuclear power station Hinkley Point C, according to one of Scotland’s leading energy experts. It risks increasing fuel poverty and consumer fuel bills. [The National]

Science and Technology:

¶ A process called “biofabrication” was devised as an alternative to plastic production. The product is made from fungi mycelium and farm waste, and the finished products are compostable. The aim is to divert waste from landfills and oceans. The material can replace some packaging and offers an alternative to styrofoam. [CNN]

Parts of furniture can be grown from fungi and farm waste.

Parts of furniture can be grown from fungi and farm waste.


¶ India lost an appeal against a World Trade Organisation ruling that it has violated global trade rules by discriminating against foreign products in imposing a “domestic content requirement” on Indian solar power developers. The US had lodged a complaint after India passed a law requiring use of PVs of types made in India. [Firstpost]

¶ The once-lucrative Kidston gold mine, in northern Queensland, ceased operations 15 years ago. Now, it will be the home of a one-of-a-kind renewable energy project. Genex Power will use the mine’s two craters to create the world’s first pumped hydroelectric energy storage system in conjunction with an integrated solar farm. [Energy Digital]

The former mine lies in one of Australia's highest solar radiation zones.

The former mine lies in a high solar radiation zone.

¶ Adani Green Energy is setting up India’s largest tracker-based photovoltaic solar project of 105 MW in Bhatinda, Punjab. The renewable-energy arm of the Adani Group company has tied up with Nextracker, which is based in San Francisco, to use more efficient technology for its projects in India and overseas.[]


¶ As the DC Circuit Court of Appeals prepares to hear challengers’ arguments against the Clean Power Plan on September 27th, the most up-to-date analysis shows that the Clean Power Plan’s goals have become even more readily achievable. The electricity sector is already shifting to clean energy. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Growth of solar generation - please click on the image to enlarge it.

Growth of solar power – please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the release of New York State’s offshore wind blueprint, a framework that could lead to a proposed 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk. The blueprint is an initial step toward harvesting the 39 GW of wind energy potential that lies off the state’s Atlantic coast. [East Hampton Star]

¶ Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest maker of health-care products, agreed to buy 100 MW of capacity from the Colbeck’s Corner wind-power project near the Texas Panhandle city of Amarillo. The company signed a power purchase agreement to buy half the output from a 200-MW wind project E.ON SE has under development, for 12 years. [Bloomberg]

(Photographer: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

(Photographer: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

¶ Enel Green Power North America signed a $500 million tax equity agreement with three investors for the 400-MW Cimarron Bend wind project in Kansas. The investors, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and MetLife, will provide the cash in exchange for 100% of ‘class B’ membership interests in the project. [reNews]

¶ New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is probing Exxon Mobil Corp’s concealment of its understanding of climate change from its investors. The probe includes scrutiny of why it didn’t write down the value of oil fields during a global collapse in prices that prompted billions in write-offs by rival drillers. [Bloomberg Big Law Business]

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

(Photo by Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg)

¶ Whirlpool Corporation is building wind turbines to help power its plants in the Ohio towns of Marion and Ottawa. Once the wind power projects are completed, they will make Whirlpool one of the largest Fortune 500 users of on-site wind power in the US. The turbines will generate enough energy to power over 2,400 average homes. [Justmeans]

¶ The Los Angeles City Council took a major step toward making the city run on clean energy alone. The Council directed the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to develop a plan for going 100% renewable, including looking at where, when, and how the city should allocate resources to achieve that goal. [ThinkProgress]

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