November 5 Energy News

November 5, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ On a March evening in 1933, the Newport-Inglewood fault ruptured violently along the Huntington Beach coast. The Long Beach quake was the deadliest in Southern California history. But a new study suggests that the quake may have been caused by an unexpected factor: Deep drilling in a Huntington Beach
oil field. []

Home lost in the San Clemente earthquake  (Credit: Lt Charles A Pierce / US Geological Survey)

Home lost in the San Clemente earthquake
(Credit: Lt Charles A Pierce / US Geological Survey)


¶ The Paris Agreement on climate change became international law on Friday, November 4, 2016, after about 20 years of global wrangling. Exactly 30 days ago, it crossed both national and emissions thresholds needed to enter into force. The agreement now has 98 parties representing nearly 70% of global carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Okikendawt Hydro project, a “run-of-the-river” facility in north central Ontario, now has two turbines online, generating renewable power that the Dokis First Nation sells back to the province’s electricity grid through government clean energy programs. The 10-MW facility produces enough power for about 3,000 local homes. []

Okikendawt Hydro Project (Credit: Nicole Ireland / CBC )

Okikendawt Hydro Project (Credit: Nicole Ireland / CBC )

¶ Researchers from the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland have modeled a global 100% renewable energy system, structured into 145 separate regions as part of 9 major world regions. The Internet of Energy Model puts into effect the targets set by the Paris Agreement using only renewable generating sources. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Enel, through a Mexican renewable energy subsidiary, has connected the two wind farms to the national electricity grid. The 129-MW Palo Alto wind farm is in the State of Jalisco and the 100-MW Vientos del Altiplano wind farm in Zacatecas State bring Enel’s installed capacity in Mexico to 729 MW. [Energy Business Review]

Wind energy in Mexico

Wind energy in Mexico

¶ Ten major oil and gas companies have confirmed they are to invest $1 billion over the next decade in an attempt to drastically cut their emissions. They have formed the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, which will seek to reduce emissions through efficiency. However, have left renewable power development off the table. [Clean Energy News]

¶ China’s Cabinet issued a new climate plan targeting an 18% cut in carbon emissions by 2020 compared with 2015 levels, on the same day that the Paris Agreement involving nearly 200 countries took effect. Under the new State Council plan announced Friday, coal consumption must be capped at about 4.2 billion tons in 2020. [The Japan Times]

Wind turbines in Liu'ao  (Photo by Vmenkov, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Wind turbines on the Liu’ao Peninsula, Fujian Province, China
(Photo by Vmenkov, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ An anti-nuclear stance taken by Japanese opposition parties could lift them from their doldrums and defeat the ruling coalition, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said. He pointed to the recent election of Niigata governor, who ran on a plank urging caution on restarting the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant. [Asahi Shimbun]


¶ Goldwind Americas, a subsidiary of Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology, announced an agreement with Viridis Eolia to supply 1,870 MW of Goldwind Permanent Magnet Direct Drive wind turbines to the company’s Wyoming wind facility. The first phase, consisting of 32.5 MW, should be operational by 2017. [PennEnergy]

Goldwind turbine

Goldwind turbine

¶ Dairyland Power Cooperative has finalized agreements for three additional utility-scale solar generation projects. Two of these, with a total capacity of 3.5 MW, will be built in Wisconsin. The third site, with 1.3 MW, will be in Iowa. The projects will increase the utility’s total solar generation from 15 MW to 20 MW. [Wisconsin Ag Connection]

¶ Tucson Electric Power Co is vetting proposals for big new renewable-energy projects, including a community-scale solar array, that could power more than 21,000 homes by 2019. TEP has issued a request for proposals to buy power from a solar farm with up to 100 megawatts of capacity under a 20-year agreement. [Arizona Daily Star]

Tucson Electric solar (David Sanders / Tucson Electric)

Tucson Electric solar (David Sanders / Tucson Electric)

¶ Wrightspeed, a manufacturer of range-extended heavy-duty electric vehicle powertrains that was founded by a Tesla Motors co-founder, and The Ratto Group, a refuse, yard waste, and recycling firm based in Santa Rosa, California, have launched the “first commercial application of a range-extended electric refuse truck.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ A solar array of 18.15 kW capacity is being installed at Cross Roads House, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire homeless shelter. The project results largely from efforts of solar professional Chris Pamboukes and his cycling partner Josh Andrews. ReVision Energy is providing materials at cost, with installation by volunteer employees. [NH1 News]


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