November 16 Energy News

November 16, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “What President Trump Means for the Future of Energy and Climate” • After a stunning election, the first impulse may be to describe the future in apocalyptic phrases. Game over for the climate! Game over for NATO! Game over for the Clean Power Plan! Game over for Planned Parenthood! But Trump likes to be unpredictable. [DeSmog]

Open pit mine in Wyoming (Bureau of Land Management photo)

Open pit mine in Wyoming (Bureau of Land Management photo)

¶ “Trump may dismantle the EPA Clean Power Plan but its targets look resilient” • Tied up in the courts, the Clean Power Plan has not yet come into force. But even though its future is
at risk, one thing is clear: Market forces are, to a large degree, already achieving the CO2 emissions cuts targeted with the regulation. [The Conversation US]

World:

¶ Japanese companies are developing a plant that, when it is completed, will be the world’s largest single geothermal power station. All together, the three facilities at the Sarulla plant will be able to generate 320 MW of electricity. The No 1 unit is already generating power, ahead of its official launch by the end of the year. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Geothermal plant

Geothermal plant releasing steam

¶ French president Francois Hollande has said that the US must respect their commitments made under the COP21 Agreement in Paris. Speaking at climate talks in Marrakech, Mr Hollande said that the pact was irreversible “in law and in fact.” President Hollande said France would defend the deal in talks with the new US leader. [BBC]

¶ ESB and Coillte yesterday announced financial closure on the 33.1-MW Castlepook Wind Farm, near Doneraile, County Cork, Ireland. The €64 million wind farm is due to be commercially operational by May 2018 and will supply enough power for about 17,000 homes. Construction had already begun last April. [Irish Examiner]

The Castlepook wind farm

The Castlepook wind farm

¶ French oil giant Total has earmarked an investment of $300 million for the installation of 5,000 rooftop solar PV systems atop its service stations over the next five years. The move came just a few days after the company’s CEO signed a $1 billion investment pledge for clean energy technology development. [RenewEconomy]

¶ ORPC Ireland Ltd, a subsidiary of Ocean Renewable Power Co, based on Portland, Maine, announced launching a €3.2-million technology development project. The centerpiece of the project will be ORPC Ireland’s lab that will perform tests to validate system improvements to a full-scale ORPC hydrokinetic turbine. [Mainebiz]

ORPC President and CEO Chris Sauer in Ireland.  (Photo courtesy Ocean Renewable Power Co)

ORPC President and CEO Chris Sauer in Ireland.
(Photo courtesy Ocean Renewable Power Co)

¶ According to the International Energy Agency, a radical shift in the energy sector, cutting emissions to zero by around 2040, is needed to limit the global rise in temperature at 1.5° C (2.7° F). The IEA’s first report on meeting the climate target of the Paris agreement comes as more than 190 nations meet in Marrakesh. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]

¶ Spanish infrastructure group Acciona SA said it would spend some €2 billion ($2.1 billion) on renewable energy over the next five years. The company aims to reach 10,500 MW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2020, with approximately 80% of the planned investment for projects in developing countries. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm (Source: Acciona SA)

Wind farm (Source: Acciona SA)

US:

¶ The US Army Corps of Engineers delayed construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to hold further “discussion and analysis” with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has strongly opposed the project. Protests have gone on for months over the oil pipeline, which would go 1,172 miles from North Dakota to Illinois. [CNN]

¶ Duke Energy has proposed installing a solar-powered microgrid to power a communications tower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The system would combine a 10-kW solar installation with a Fluidic 95 kWh zinc-air battery. It is Duke Energy’s first microgrid that is not built for entirely research purposes. [Energy Storage News]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

¶ General Electric Corp on Tuesday unveiled a number of services and solutions for its cloud-based Predix Industrial Internet of Things platform, designed to bring “visibility, control and analytic insights to every part of industrial infrastructure and operations.” GE said they can run on a range of operating systems and devices. [SiliconANGLE]

¶ An Alaska Airlines jet has made the first renewably fueled commercial flight. Tree limbs and branches, the byproducts of the timber harvest that typically would have been burned as waste, made up some of the fuel that powered the Boeing 737 along its journey from Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport to Washington DC’s Reagan National. [Newser]

Fueling in Seattle (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Fueling in Seattle (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

¶ Rooftops in Los Angeles working-class neighborhoods bypassed by the solar power boom could soon sprout hundreds of new power panels under a pilot project approved by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Homeowners chosen for the project would receive $360 a year for leasing their roof space. [89.3 KPCC]

¶ The Chicago area’s biggest electric utility wants another rate increase. Unless it gets a bailout from ratepayers, ComEd/Exelon says it will shut one Downstate nuclear power plant next June, and another in 2018. Critics, however, say it is a mistake to force ratepayers to protect utilities from market forces. [Fox 32 Chicago]

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