November 9 Energy News

November 9, 2016

Science and Technology:

Artist credits Azmaa Omassou / ZME Science / COP22.

Artist: Azmaa Omassou / ZME Science / COP22.

¶ Scientists are dismayed at the election of science denier Donald Trump, calling it a huge blow. Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a veteran US observer of the UN climate talks, in Marrakech, Morocco, said he hopes Donald Trump will adopt a more “responsible” view of climate change once he takes office. [Hong Kong Standard]

¶ The World Meteorological Organization has just submitted a detailed climate analysis in a report “The Global Climate in 2011-2015,” the hottest years on record, and it doesn’t look very good. The WMO shows that humanity’s footprint on extreme weather and climate events is becoming more pronounced, dangerous, and costly. [ZME Science]


¶ The smog smothering millions in New Delhi is so thick, it’s plainly visible from space. Visible satellite imagery posted by NASA’s Worldview tool shows persistent smog across northern India since late October. This coincides with the advent of winter weather patterns that often bring more stagnant air masses to the region. [Mashable]

Smog in India delineated by blue arrows (NASA Worldview image)

Smog in India delineated by blue arrows (NASA Worldview image)

¶ Spanish energy giant Gamesa reached a new milestone in its development of offgrid electricity generation, with a lithium power storage battery system at its prototype installation in La Muela, Spain. The prototype combines solar power, wind power, diesel generation, and battery storage in a single offgrid solution. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister inaugurated the state’s largest solar power plant, which was set up at an investment of around ₹640 crore ($137 million). He said the 100-MW plant is India’s largest horizontal single axis tracking plant at a single location and would be instrumental in changing the face of the state’s economy. [News18]

Representative image of Solar plant in Punjab (Reuters)

Solar plant like that in Punjab (Reuters)

¶ DP Energy and Floating Power Plant have formed a joint venture to evaluate and potentially develop two sites in Scotland and Wales for floating offshore demonstration projects. Danish outfit Floating Power Plant developed the platform, which combines a 5-MW to 8-MW wind turbine with a 2-MW to 3.6-MW wave device. [reNews]

¶ Vattenfall has won the rights to build the 600-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in Denmark with a record-low bid price of 37.2 ore/kWh (€50/MWh ($55/MWh). The Swedish utility beat competition from DONG, Statoil, EnBW, and Eon to win the Danish government tender. It will invest up to €1.3 billion in the project. [reNews]

Kentish Flats offshore wind farm (Credit: Vattenfall)

Kentish Flats offshore wind farm (Credit: Vattenfall)

¶ Commissioning is underway at Dong Energy’s REnescience facility in Cheshire with the first waste due to arrive in February 2017. It can treat up to 120,000 tonnes a year. Once operational, the site will generate approximately 5 MW of renewable power and deliver clean plastic and metals for recycling. [Materials Recycling World]

¶ Wind turbines could soon supply most of the UK’s electricity, the boss of the country’s largest windfarm operator said. He confirmed plans to sell DONG Energy’s oil and gas division, to help DONG be a “global leader in renewables.” DONG was set up 44 years ago to exploit Denmark’s North Sea oilfields. [The Guardian]

Dong Energy’s London Array windfarm  (Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Dong Energy’s London Array windfarm
(Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

¶ Novo Nordisk, a healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care, is an industry pioneer in sustainability. All of the company’s production facilities worldwide will be run on renewable power by 2020. The production site in Tianjin realized this goal four years early. [Global Times]

¶ Fracking in Scotland is “doomed”, according to one MSP, while another said it was clear the Scottish Government “is on a long journey to saying no”, to the controversial process. The comments came after Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse published a series of reports on the technique, with MSPs expected to vote this year. [The National]

Fracking, on balance without much benefit

Fracking, on balance without much benefit


¶ The Energy Information Administration expects US crude oil production for 2016 and 2017 to fall by less than previously expected, according to its November Short-Term Energy Outlook. The agency said 2016 oil production will fall by 580,000 barrels per day to 8.84 million bpd. It also predicted a decline in 2017 production. [Reuters]

¶ Entergy Corp announced today an agreement to sell the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which would shorten the time to dismantle and decontaminate the site by 45 years. Entergy plans to transfer its federal licenses to subsidiaries of NorthStar Group Services to accelerate decommissioning and site restoration. [The Recorder]

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

¶ ExxonMobil Corp is misleading investors about the drop in its oil and gas reserves resulting from climate change risks and the decline in oil prices, according to a class action lawsuit filed in federal court. The company is charged with posting positive projections about oil reserves it knew it wouldn’t be able to extract. [Bloomberg BNA]

¶ Through October, 2016 was the second hottest year on record for the contiguous United States with an average temperature of 57.8 degrees Fahrenheit or 2.8 degrees warmer than average, scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information said. The only year that was warmer during this period was 2012. [The Weather Channel]

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