September 18 Energy News

September 18, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Trump’s climate science denial clashes with reality of rising seas in Florida” • In Miami, Donald Trump said he believed scientists have tricked Americans into accepting that global warming is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Meanwhile, the city is spending $500 million in a program to protect itself from the rising ocean. [Los Angeles Times]

Sandy Garcia sits in her vehicle on a flooded street in Fort Lauderdale. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

Sandy Garcia sits in her vehicle on a flooded
street in Fort Lauderdale. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

World:

¶ The president of Costa Rica inaugurated the Reventazon Hydroelectric Plant in the country’s Caribbean region, the second-biggest infrastructure work in Central America after the Panama Canal and the largest of its kind in the region. The dam has a capacity of 305.5 MW, enough to power 525,000 homes. [Latin American Herald Tribune]

¶ A University of Waterloo study says bringing solar and wind energy to Canada’s remote Arctic communities goes beyond being possible and environmentally beneficial to big savings. One of the authors said, “If you run the system as is now, versus you run with renewables, the savings are so compelling that basically you have a business case.” [CBC.ca]

The Raglan Mine's wind turbine in Quebec. (Tugliq Energy Co.)

The Raglan Mine’s wind turbine in Quebec. (Tugliq Energy Co.)

¶ UK energy firms want the £30 billion cost to consumers of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station spelled out on every household electricity bill so they are not blamed for rising prices. Rivals to EDF, which will build the plant, fear being pilloried by consumers when energy bills rise as station comes on line in the 2020s. [This is Money]

¶ A total of 18,960 out of 19,567 villages have been electrified in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh so far, the Central Government has announced. This leaves 607 villages yet to be supplied. Some of the villages have been provided with power from the state electric company’s grid. Others have been supplied with local solar power. [Daily Pioneer]

Famous Raut Nacha festival of Chhattisgarh, India. (Photo by Pankaj Oudhia. CC BY SA. Wikimedia Commons)

Celebration – the famous Raut Nacha of Chhattisgarh, India.
(Photo by Pankaj Oudhia. CC BY SA. Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Buoyed by the Indian government’s increased focus on renewable energy sector, solar solutions provider CleanMax Solar is looking to enhance its rooftop installed capacity by nearly eight-fold to about 400 MW in the next two years. The government envisions 40,000 MW of installed rooftop solar capacity by 2022. [Moneycontrol.com]

¶ The Negros Island Region of the Philippines is being pushed by advocates to become an entirely renewable energy region. The idea was discussed during the forum on Negros Clean Energy held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall on Thursday. Rooftop systems could greatly increase the solar capacity of the region. [Manila Bulletin]

View of rice fields on Negros Island. (Photo by Amandogallaza. CC BY SA. Wikimedia Commons)

View of rice fields on Negros Island.
(Photo by Amandogallaza. CC BY SA. Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ Oklahoma was already blowing away competition with its wind power construction. Now construction is beginning on the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project, which received its last major regulatory approval from the DOE in late March. It will send 3,500 MW to markets in the Mid-South and Southeast. [Tulsa World]

Baker Library at Dartmouth College. (Photo by Gavin Huang. CC BY SA. Wikimedia Commons)

Baker Library at Dartmouth College. (Photo by Gavin Huang.
CC BY SA. Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Businessman Arthur Irving of New Brunswick is giving $80 million to an Ivy League university to help launch an energy institute that will bear his name. Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, is aiming to raise a total of $160 million for the Arthur L Irving Institute for Energy and Society, to promote sustainable energy. [CTV News]

¶ Massachusetts released a comprehensive report, State of Charge, detailing the value of deploying energy storage in the Commonwealth, and providing a road map of recommendations for policy to grow the energy storage market. It said storage would cut costs for ratepayers, add energy security, and reduce carbon emissions. [wwlp.com]

¶ In Buffalo, New York, Energy Intelligence, a local startup and 43North prize winner, is getting ready to install its power generation equipment in one lane of the Peace Bridge plaza as part of a test to see how the system works and how it can hold up in a high-traffic area. Energy from slowing vehicles will generate electricity. [Buffalo News]

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