November 20 Energy News

November 20, 2016


¶ “What Trump really means for global climate-change progress” • Maybe it just won’t get that bad. Yes, United States president-elect Donald Trump is threatening to pull the world’s second-largest emitter out of a major international deal to ratchet down greenhouse gases. But, no, it will not scuttle progress. [Christian Science Monitor]

Participants at the COP22 climate conference (David Keyton / AP)

Participants at the COP22 climate conference
(David Keyton / AP)

Science and Technology:

¶ Pioneering techniques that use satellites to monitor ocean acidification are set to revolutionize ocean study. This new approach, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, offer a way to monitor of large swathes of inaccessible ocean from satellites that orbit the Earth some 700 km above our heads. [Satellite PR News]


¶ Fruit producer Del Monte Philippines Inc is now able to save 25% of its annual power costs, thanks to a waste-to-energy project developed by GE. Del Monte’s 2.8-MW waste-to-energy project is powered by GE’s Jenbacher gas engines. Wastewater is treated in an anaerobic digester, powering two Jenbacher J420 engines. [The Standard]

Del Monte’s pineapple plantation

Del Monte’s pineapple plantation

¶ The next head of the UN global climate talks appealed for the US to “save” Pacific islands from the impacts of global warming. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said that the islands needed the US now as much as they did during World War Two. He called on to the next US president to step away from climate scepticism. [BBC]

¶ African consumers are opting for off-grid solar solutions. According to International Energy Agency projections, almost one billion people in sub-Saharan Africa will gain access to the grid by 2040, but by that time 530 million will remain off-grid, almost comparable with the 600 million who cannot access power today. []

Solar farm in Africa (AFP image)

Solar farm in Africa (AFP image)

¶ The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, based in the US, prepared the report suggesting Bangladesh re-evaluate its “exceptionally grand but entirely subsidised plans for ever more imported thermal power capacity.” The report says solar energy and imported electricity would be commercially viable alternatives. [The Daily Star]

¶ PEPS, a Moroccan company has signed an agreement with Siemens and French-based renewable energy firm NST aimed at converting waste to electricity in a bid to fight climate change, a report said. The deal was signed as part of the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, according to Morocco World News. [Trade Arabia]

Waste to electricity

Waste to electricity

¶ Donald Trump’s sweeping election victory has not translated into a receptive international response. Instead, delegates at the COP22 climate conference in Marrakesh have expressed their renewed determination to meet the agreement’s goal to cut fossil fuel pollution enough to curb global warming. [The Australian Financial Review]

¶ Adani Enterprises announced that it proposes to commence construction of two major solar projects in Australia next year, each with an output of 100-200 MW. Land agreements are in place for the projects in South Australia and Queensland, and Adani has commenced the design and tendering phases for both projects. []

Australian Solar Farm

Australian Solar Farm
(Photo by Grahamec, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ After discussing details during the past week on how to meet the Paris Agreement’s goals successfully, some diplomats have suggested that the US should be punished with measures like a carbon-pollution tax on imports of American-made goods, if it withdraws from the agreement as president-elect Donald Trump has promised. [PerfScience]

¶ An earthquake in September forced South Korea to suspend operations at four nuclear reactors. To compensate for the energy gap, the country is procuring more liquified natural gas, according to S&P Global Platts. Now, East Asian spot prices for LNG have soared by more than 70% from the low reached this April. [Nikkei Asian Review]

An LNG carrier operated by Mitsui OSK Lines

An LNG carrier operated by Mitsui OSK Lines


¶ Amazon is building Amazon Wind Farm Texas, a new 253-MW wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 MWh of wind energy annually, enough to power almost 90,000 US homes, a press release says. The wind farm will include more than 100 turbines, and is scheduled to open in late 2017. [Proud Green Building]

¶ Western fires are getting bigger and hotter. When researchers from Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute studied the history of western fires, they found that the changes in land management had trumped climate in much of the 20th century, but stronger fire-climate relationships have developed since the mid-1980s. [Arizona Daily Star]

Prescribed burn in California (CN Skinner / US Forest Service)

Prescribed burn in California (CN Skinner / US Forest Service)

¶ The US Department of Agriculture is providing $3.6 billion in loans to fund 82 electric projects in 31 states. The funding will build or improve 12,500 miles of transmission lines. It includes $216 million for smart grids, $35 million for renewable energy, and nearly $28 million for environmental improvements and efficiency. [High Plains Journal]

¶ In a recent study out of Texas, researchers predicted that the state could reduce its coal-generated electricity to 6% in under
20 years. If the study’s proposals are even partly accurate, they would represent a turning of the tide in electricity generation, one that is not welcome in places like Wyoming, where coal is produced. [Billings Gazette]

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