October 31 Energy News

October 31, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “How the electricity utilities ‘use a little bit of political jiu-jitsu’ to steal the sun” • US electrical utilities, feeling pressure from distributed solar power, are acting to protect their monopolies. In Florida, the utilities are spending tens of millions of dollars to manipulate the electorate into voting to limit solar power’s growth. [Electrek]

Solar array

¶ “Taiwan bows to public opinion in pulling plug on nuclear power” • Like Japan, Taiwan is poor in natural resources. It introduced nuclear power generation in the 1970s. Currently, three nuclear power plants are in operation in Taiwan. However, like Japan, Taiwan is prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters. [Asahi Shimbun]

World:

¶ A 100-MW offshore wind power pilot project will likely be installed in ocean off Gujarat in about three years, according to an expert in renewable energy at DNV GL, which has a 30-consultant team in India and has been in the Indian market in 1989. He spoke on the sidelines of the Singapore International Energy Week. [Millennium Post]

Lifting ship Svanen, used at the Burbo Banks Offshore Windfarm Extension  (Photo by Ian Mantel, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Lifting ship Svanen at the Burbo Banks Offshore Windfarm
(Photo by Ian Mantel, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ UNICEF is calling on world leaders to reduce air pollution, saying it leads to the deaths of more children yearly than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Around 600,000 children under age 5 die every year from diseases caused by or exacerbated by outdoor and indoor air pollution. Conditions are especially difficult in poor nations. [CNN]

¶ Angry residents of Delhi are sharing images of smog, one day after Diwali celebrations saw huge quantities of fireworks set off. Levels of particulate matter in the air hazardous to health rose to nearly 10 times the safe limit of 100. Diwali the most important Hindu festival in north India, celebrates the victory
of good over evil. [BBC]

The day after Diwali (AP)

The day after Diwali (AP)

¶ Macquarie Capital of Australia sees Taiwan’s green energy project as Asia’s biggest business opportunity and has decided to invest NT$25 billion ($790 million) over three years in Taiwan’s renewable energy market. Macquarie earns a 6% to 7% return on investment in Korea, and expects a similar return in Taiwan. [Focus Taiwan News Channel]

¶ Enticed by steady yields from offshore-wind projects in the North Sea, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc have pushed past European competitors in writing project finance loans to clean-energy developers during the first 10 months of the year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [Bloomberg]

US:

¶ Chicago high school students will soon be projecting environmental data onto a large globe thanks to a half million dollar federal grant received by the city’s Museum of Science and Industry. It’s part of a program to help them visualize, understand and respond to climate change. The grant is from NOAA. [Great Lakes Echo]

Museum of Science and Industry (Image: zooeybat on Flickr)

Museum of Science and Industry (Image: zooeybat on Flickr)

¶ Dakota Electric Association, based in Farmington, Minnesota, along with its power supplier Great River Energy, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, on October 28th, 2016 announced a joint solar PV project that will provide solar power directly to Dakota Electric’s membership. The 1-MW solar array will be built by SoCore. [solarserver.com]

¶ South of Alliant Energy’s Prairie Creek Generation Station on the Iowa city’s southwest side sits a mound of coal, enough to supply the Cedar Rapids power plant for three months. But by 2025, all four of the 245-MW station’s coal-powered units will have been converted to natural gas. [The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines]

Coal train from Wyoming (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

Coal train from Wyoming (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

¶ Over 10,000 New York City residents are using solar power to reduce their electric bills, but hardly any of them are poor. This is mostly because poor people do not have roofs they can put solar panels on. Consolidated Edison is offering use of its own rooftops to help solve that problem for at least some low-income customers. [New York Times]

¶ NASA’s earth science work, something it’s undertaken since the 1970s, includes a focus on climate change research, making NASA the only federal agency able to study the impacts of a warming Earth from orbit. Presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to refocus NASA on space exploration and away from satellite studies of Earth. [The Hill]

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