November 10 Energy News

November 10, 2016


¶ “Managing climate risk in Trump’s America” • The world will forge ahead on reducing emissions without US leadership. The Paris Agreement has already taken effect. While the federal government may not try to meet the US commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, states’ policies and market forces will continue. [The Conversation US]

Street flooded by Hurricane Sandy, Lindenhurst, Long Island  (Photo by Jason DeCrow, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Street flooded by Hurricane Sandy, Lindenhurst, Long Island
(Photo by Jason DeCrow, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Trump Can’t Stop the Energy Revolution” • The planet is warming, dangerously so, and burning more coal will make it worse. President-elect Donald Trump thinks man-made climate change is a hoax and he’s promised to revive the US coal industry by cutting regulation. So renewables are dead in the water, right? Maybe not. [Bloomberg]

Science and Technology:

¶ Researchers from the US and the UK found evidence that the White Cliffs of Dover are undergoing rapid erosion. Erosion has been 10 times quicker in the last 150 years because of climate change and poor management of beaches. The findings of the study were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Science World Report]

White Cliffs of Dover (Photo : Ben Pruchnie / YouTube)

White Cliffs of Dover (Photo : Ben Pruchnie / YouTube)


¶ Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Parliament that Australia had become the hundred-and-fortieth country to ratify the agreement which was decided upon at the UN climate meeting in Paris last December. In April, the accord was signed by 196 nations in New York to limit warming to 2° C (3.6° F).
[Deutsche Welle]

¶ A huge tidal turbine was lowered into place on the seabed at a test site off the shore of Nova Scotia in the Bay of Fundy. Cape Sharp Tidal’s 1,000 ton turbine was set in place during an ebb tide that lasted four hours. The Bay of Fundy, with the highest and lowest tidal flow in the world, is a perfect place to harness tidal energy. [Digital Journal]

Tidal turbine being deployed (Cape Sharp Tidal image)

Tidal turbine being deployed (Cape Sharp Tidal image)

¶ Mainstream Renewable Power has signed an agreement for three wind farms in Vietnam which have a combined capacity of 940 MW. Mainstream had already announced an 800-MW project, but the agreement also covers two smaller projects. Mainstream has 10,000 MW of clean-powered projects under development. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The UK Government is seeking views on proposals to put into effect the closure of unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025. It has launched a consultation to test its plans for a constraint on coal generation “to manage closures in an orderly way,” as it moves on a low carbon economy. [Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy]

Coal plant (Image: Shutterstock)

Coal plant (Image: Shutterstock)

¶ The UK government reaffirmed its commitment to spend £730 million of annual support on renewable electricity projects over this parliament, and set out details for the next contracts for difference auction where companies will compete for the first £290 million worth of contracts for renewable electricity projects. [Offshore Wind Journal]

¶ A million Australians are expected to connect batteries to their home solar power units in the next few years, creating a whole new source of base load power for the network. And according to Bloomfield’s energy expert Peter Littlewood, Australia is ideally placed when it comes to renewable resources, such as solar and wind power. [ABC Online]

A 7-kW solar array supplying a 13-kWh battery  (Image supplied by Repositpower.)

A 7-kW solar array supplying a 13-kWh battery
(Image supplied by Repositpower.)

¶ Vietnam’s government is scrapping plans to construct the country’s first two nuclear power plants, citing slowing demand for electricity and declining prices of other sources of energy, state media reported The state-controlled Tuoi Tre newspaper said the lawmaking National Assembly will ratify the decision later this month. [Khaosod English]

¶ Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has developed a microstructured, chemical reactor providing a technology that is key for a plant planned in Finland to produce renewable fuels using solar power. The reactor can produce gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and CO2. [Energy Business Review]

KIT-Ineratec reactor (Photo courtesy of INERATEC/KIT)

KIT-Ineratec reactor (Photo courtesy of INERATEC/KIT)


¶ The result of the US election may further aggravate the oversupply situation in the global PV market, according to an analyst for EnergyTrend. The federal Investment Tax Credit for solar power, which the congress has extend to the end of December 2022 will maintain PV demand in the US at a level over 8 GW per year to 2019. [CTIMES]

¶ The shares of companies in the renewable energy business plunged after Donald J. Trump’s victory, and shares of coal companies soared on anticipation the president-elect would make good on vows to revive the industry’s fortunes. By midday, however, renewable energy stocks had recovered some of their lost ground. [Washington Post]

SolarCity employees install solar panels  (Michael Nagle / Bloomberg)

SolarCity employees install solar panels
(Michael Nagle / Bloomberg)

¶ The effect of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election on future wind turbine installations in the US would be modest, according to the head of the Danish Wind Industry Association. He said Trump could see wind energy is good business, and current development supports would be hard to remove. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Environmentalists hail the Colorado state regulators’ approval of a landmark, far-reaching Xcel Energy deal with implications not just for that industry but for how all of the utility’s residents in Colorado may someday be charged for their electricity. Xcel calls it the largest agreement of its kind ever in Colorado. [Grand Junction Daily Sentinel]


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