Archive for September 25th, 2016

September 25 Energy News

September 25, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Over 200 experts met in Oxford last week to reexamine Earth’s deadline for human sustainability. They concluded that even with most nations’ promised contributions to carbon reduction counted, Earth is currently on a path toward at least 2.7° C of warming. Nevertheless, the goal should be lowered from 2.0° C to 1.5° C. [CleanTechnica]

Forest and clouds

Forest and clouds

World:

¶ After five years of breakneck growth in the supply, China’s electricity demand is stagnating along with a pause in the nation’s economic expansion. The government has started re-calibrating subsidies for the business. Installations of new wind and solar farms are expected to drop 11% in 2017 from this year’s record high. [The Detroit News]

¶ A report from the Grattan Institute said the blame for July’s high power prices in South Australia should not be placed on renewables. It highlighted the need for the federal government to have a more effective climate policy as older, brown and black coal-fired power stations prepare to exit the nation’s energy mix. [The Australian Financial Review]

The SA power crisis should be a wake-up call. (photo by Joe Armao)

The SA power crisis is a wake-up call. (Photo by Joe Armao)

¶ International Finance Corp and the Canadian government helped fund a $76 million solar power project in Jordan, which is seeking to curb its reliance on expensive natural gas imports and fuel a growing population. IFC, a member of World Bank Group, arranged the financing package for a 50-MW project in the city of Mafraq. [Bloomberg]

¶ The Chennai Corporation, the municipal authority governing Madras, India, is intensifying its renewable energy campaign. It will bring rooftop solar installations to 168 kW in 2017 and has finalized a new phase of a streetlight extension program that will see the installation of 74,000 new LED streetlights in the city. [Deccan Chronicle]

The Chennai Corporation is saving power.

Chennai Corporation’s new lights

¶ An analyst for Bloomberg believes the low cost of solar power in the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (Adwea) auction should not be understood as a simple price for power. The winning bid, 2.42¢/kWh, is only for nine months per year. During the summer, Adwea will pay 1.6 times as much (about 3.87¢/kWh). [The National]

¶ Kazakhstan plans to invest aggressively in renewable energy in the next decade in spite of the currently prevailing low oil prices. The Energy Minister said the Kazakh government started developing renewable energy projects when global oil prices were at $120 per barrel and will continue to do so even if they fall to $20 per barrel. [PlanetSave.com]

Wind farm in Kazakhstan (Photo by МаратД, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Kazakhstan (Photo by МаратД, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ After the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission put together a trove of raw documents from 1,167 individuals directly involved in the crisis. Four years after the commission disbanded, the documents still have still not been released to the public. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, along with government and industry supporters, including Microsoft and Google, launched a partnership to harness the data revolution to strengthen climate resilience efforts, streamline climate data delivery, and inform researchers and data providers. [PlanetSave.com]

California vineyards are at risk from drought related to climate change.

California vineyards are hit by drought related to climate change.

¶ The US government expects to publish a final sale notice in January 2017 for a 1.5-GW commercial wind lease area off North Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates an auction will follow in March for the 122,405-acre Kitty Hawk zone, 24 nautical miles from shore. The bidding will start at $244,800. [reNews]

¶ OATI, a computer company that sells software to energy companies and runs data centers, has built a microgrid in Bloomington, Minnesota. The microgrid will still draw some power from Xcel Energy, but it will be able to operate without the grid, if it needs to. When the grid fails, OATI will still have power. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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