November 14 Energy News

November 14, 2016


¶ “The next big hacking threat is already happening – you just can’t see it” • As hackers increasingly target operational systems over corporate suites, security researchers and intelligence officials alike are worried that power plants, factories, and utility stations could be at risk. Nuclear plants can be invaded through the internet. [Quartz]

A huge potential for harm (Reuters / Mike Hutchings)

A huge potential for harm (Reuters / Mike Hutchings)

¶ “Trump victory won’t halt the U.S. clean energy boom” • Clean energy has been booming in the United States for reasons that don’t have much to do with climate change. Issues including health, security, and innovation all lead to high levels of support among even Republicans for getting power from water, wind and sun. [The Globe and Mail]


¶ Philippine President Duterte announced he has decided to sign the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate-change, which earlier he had said he would “not honor” for fear that reducing carbon emissions would limit the country’s industrialization. This is a welcome development for environmental and climate advocates. [Business Mirror]

Using a bamboo raft to save goats trapped by a typhoon

Using a bamboo raft to save goats trapped by a typhoon

¶ Declining consumption of coal in the US last year played a significant role in keeping down global CO2 emissions, a report says. The Global Carbon Project’s annual analysis shows that CO2 emissions were almost flat for the third year in a row, despite a rise in economic growth. It is too early to say if they have peaked. [BBC]

¶ Moroccan energy group Nareva, a subsidiary of the royal holding company Société Nationale d’Investissement, has confirmed ambitions to grow its renewable energy business internationally as well as domestically. The company’s Pan-African ambitions in clean power were made clear at the COP22 meeting in Morocco. [SeeNews Renewables]

The 301-MW Tarfaya wind farm on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast

The Tarfaya wind farm on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast

¶ Last month, Tesla launched its Powerwall 2.0 residential battery storage system, a little less than a year after Powerwall 1.0. Peak power has increased by 40%, continuous power by 50%, storage capacity by 100% (to 14 kWh), and an inverter is included. And all this is for about the same price as Powerwall 1.0, $5,500 ($AUS8,800). [CleanTechnica]

¶ Australia’s renewable energy sector hit a record in October, with 21.7% of electricity in the national electricity market coming from renewables, according to the latest Cedex report. The high proportion of renewables contributed to a drop in emissions from the national electricity market, 0.8% less than a year earlier. [The Guardian]

Australian wind farm (Photo: Angela Harper / AAP)

Australian wind farm (Photo: Angela Harper / AAP)

¶ Energy analysts at Deutsche Bank predict the state of South Australia could easily beat its target of 50% renewables by 2025, reaching 85% mark by 2020 and possibly as much as 95% by 2025. South Australia has already reached around 40% of its electricity from wind energy, and another 6% from rooftop solar. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Impact investment firm Wermuth Asset Management, has said that regardless of whether oil prices rise around potential OPEC production-capping news, there is no long-term future for the hydrocarbon sector. Solar power is now available at 3¢/kWh, which is equivalent to oil at $5 per barrel. Demand for oil is slowing down. [Emirates 24|7]

Oil infrastructure

Oil infrastructure


¶ President-elect Donald Trump is seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from a global accord to combat climate change, a source on his transition team said, defying broad international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Trump called global warming a hoax and promised to quit the Paris Agreement. [Fortune]

¶ Cattle at the Headley Ranch near the central South Dakota town of White Lake graze in the shadow of towering wind turbines. They don’t seem bothered by having to share their grazing land. Farmers are finding that when cattle prices are low, those pasture partners are a way to supplement his ranch income. [Tri-State Neighbor]

Wind towers among baled corn stalks (Submitted photo)

Wind towers among baled corn stalks (Submitted photo)

¶ Since May, San Francisco has enrolled tens of thousands of power customers in a renewable energy program in competition with PG&E, but the big question now is how fast the city will enroll the remaining hundreds of thousands of such customers. The city is looking to grow a 60-MW system to over 413 MW. [San Francisco Examiner]

¶ Boulder, Colorado is assured of beating its modern-day record for its latest first snow, with no wintry weather in the near-term forecast and certainly none by November 15. That date is usually thought the latest on record of Boulder’s latest first snow of 0.1 inch or more. The issue is important locally because of the skiing industry. [Boulder Daily Camera]


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