November 12 Energy News

November 12, 2016


¶ “The Fortune 500 Can’t Go Along with a Rollback on Climate Policy” • Nearly every firm in the Fortune 500 has acknowledged the reality of climate change, along with thousands of smaller companies. Most of the business world sees climate change’s tremendous threat – they need to make that perspective heard. [Harvard Business Review]

Flooding stops a film crew in Miami Beach  (Photo by maxstrz, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Flooding stops a film crew in Miami Beach
(Photo by maxstrz, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Experts: Trump’s Climate Policies Could Shift US Jobs to China” • Wind power is 60% cheaper than it was just seven years ago. Large-scale solar is 80% cheaper. Renewable power is now often cheaper than natural gas. The big leadership opportunity for energy growth is for wind and solar in the developing world. [Big News]


¶ The Solar Impulse Foundation launched the World Alliance for Clean Technologies at COP22, as a legacy to the first solar flight around the world. Its goal is to federate the main actors in the field of clean technologies, creating synergies and promoting profitable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing energy needs. [PennEnergy]

Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse

¶ Fears that the UK power system would not be able to cope with intermittent technologies, such as wind and solar, have been “overblown”, according to the Secretary of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Speaking at the annual Energy UK conference, he said “doubters have been proven wrong.” [reNews]

¶ Spanish clean energy company Acciona Energía has connected the 246-MW El Romero solar plant in Atacama desert, Chile to the county’s Interconnected Central System. The $343-million plant features 776,000 polycrystalline silicon PV modules, spread across 280 hectares. It was completed “in record time.” [Energy Business Review]

The El Romero Solar plant (Photo courtesy of Acciona)

The El Romero Solar plant (Photo courtesy of Acciona)

¶ Last year set a record for global PV installations, according
to a International Energy Agency’s report, Trends in Photovoltaic Applications, with 51 GW installed in 2015, up from around 40 GW in the two preceding years. At least 227 GW of PV are now installed worldwide, supplying over 1.2% of global electricity. [Greentech Media]

¶ Having already signed two renewable energy purchase deals in the US and Scotland in just over a year, confectionery company Mars Inc announced a new wind power partnership, this time in Mexico. The company urged global leaders to adopt ambitious goals; its own objective is to become carbon neutral by 2040. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Mexico. (Author: Presidencia de la República Mexicana. CC BY SA 2.0)

Wind farm in Mexico. (Author: Presidencia
de la República Mexicana. CC BY SA 2.0)

¶ The renewable energy projects operating and being developed in the Dominican Republic could produce 27% of its electricity by 2018. Generation is being developed from solid waste and wind. Hydroelectric plants already produce 15% of the electricity. The country could easily exceed its promised 25% for COP21. [Dominican Today]

¶ The nuclear agreement reached by Japan and India was greeted with protests from survivors of the 1945 atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and evacuees from the Fukushima Disaster. Some are incensed about the accord because India has nuclear weapons but has not joined the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. [Asahi Shimbun]

Protest against the nuclear agreement (Tetsuro Takehana)

Protest against the nuclear agreement (Tetsuro Takehana)

¶ Guleslettene Vindkraft AS has been granted concession to
build and operate a wind farm of up to 160 MW in Bremanger and Flora, Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy said. The ministry ordered bird studies in the area, the results of which will help make sure the turbines do not have a significant impact. [SeeNews Renewables]


¶ ExxonMobil has just dropped a tweet in support of putting the Paris climate agreement into force. Connect the dots, and that may mean the Trump Administration may be poised to throw coal under the bus. The company has clearly been positioning itself to be able to continue extracting fossil fuels in a changing world. [CleanTechnica]

Coal trains (Photo: Kimon Berlin via, creative commons license)

Coal trains (Photo: Kimon Berlin via, creative commons license)

¶ Indiana Michigan Power has finished building a new solar PV facility in Watervliet Township, Michigan. The 35-acre site has more than 50,000 solar panels to generate up to 4.6 MW of electricity, enough to power 650 homes. It is the company’s fourth solar generating facility to become operational in the
past year. [Herald Palladium]

¶ The nation’s three major coal-producing regions experienced the sharpest declines in production in 29 years for 2015 and are on pace this year to hit declines even more severe. Employment numbers show a 12% drop in one year. Coal consumption saw a 23% decrease in the first seven months of 2016, compared with 2015. [Deseret News]

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