October 30 Energy News

October 30, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “The Bentley Effect: Why Community Energy Will Power Our Future” • The newly-completed documentary “The Bentley Effect” chronicles the community fight against coal seam gas in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. It provides the history, from early defeats to the resounding victory in Bentley. [CleanTechnica]

The Bentley Effect

The Bentley Effect

¶ “100% Renewables Increasingly Possible” • Research may be toppling one of the strongest objections to renewable energy: that wind and solar are not reliable enough to support the grid 24-7-365, so they need fossil and nuclear backup. Scientists seem to be finding simple and cheap solutions to the variability of solar and wind. [Forbes]

¶ “Solar benefits all ratepayers” • Don’t believe the old untruths. Independent studies, in state after state including Maine, have found that solar net metering saves money for all electric ratepayers. Plus, residential solar development is proven to help grow local economies, create new jobs, raise incomes and reduce pollution. [Press Herald]

Solar panels on a house in New England  (Photo by Gray Watson, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Solar panels on a house in New England
(Photo by Gray Watson, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ Twenty-four labor, farmers, and civil rights organizations are protesting a plan in Bangladesh to increase coal dependency from the present 4% to 30 % in 2020 for energy, saying it would be suicidal. Government should redirect present energy subsidy of $13 million toward renewable energy rather giving it to private companies. [Prothom Alo]

¶ Netherlands Railways announced that all electric trains on the Dutch network will operate exclusively using power from renewable sources with effect from January 1 2017, a year earlier than originally envisaged. The sector is purchasing 1.4 TWh per year, of which 1.2 TWh is used for traction. [International Railway Journal]

Electric train in the Netherlands (photo by Quintus Vosman)

Electric train in the Netherlands (photo by Quintus Vosman)

¶ The declining cost of rooftop solar panels, down over 90% since 2000, offers hope for growing small-scale electricity generation. But the issue of home ownership is a barrier in Canada. Soaring housing prices and a red-hot market block many Canadians from buying a home, and renters without incentives have little reason to go solar. [CBC.ca]

¶ Nigeria will invest $10 billion on infrastructure to end an insurgency, in which militants demand that the country spend more of its oil wealth dealing with poverty, the country’s oil minister said. The militants also accuse multinational firms of polluting the environment, destroying the livelihoods of farming and fishing communities. [BBC]

Militants in Nigeria (AFP)

Militants in Nigeria (AFP)

¶ Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and the Korea Electric Power Corporation signed a joint venture agreement establishing a long-term partnership, including the set-up of an independent subsidiary owned by the two companies. It will represent the commercial and financial interests of the nuclear power plant project. [Utilities-ME.com]

US:

¶ According to a study from the American Lung Association in California, the unaccounted for health and societal costs of burning a gallon of gasoline total $1.30. This means that if these costs were to be accounted for in the price of gasoline, then pricing would be at least $1.30/gallon higher than it currently is. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on image to enlarge it.

Please click on image to enlarge it.

¶ Renewable energy could save Ohio residents hundreds of dollars a year, if state lawmakers and lobbying groups can agree on how and when to invest. Ohioans could save $156 per year on their utility bills by 2030 if the state continues investment in wind and energy technology, according to a report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. [WCPO]

¶ Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Fisher Stevens have produced a new documentary, “Before the Flood,” which examines climate change. It debuts on the National Geographic Channel on October 30 and will stream for free on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes and Google Play from that day until November 6. [Canoe]

 

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