November 23 Energy News

November 23, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change, say scientists. A study of more than 250 plants and animals suggests their ability to adapt to changes in rainfall and temperature will be vastly outpaced. Amphibians, reptiles and plants are particularly vulnerable. And tropical species are at higher risk. [BBC]

Tropical species may be particularly vulnerable.  (Thinkstock image)

Tropical species may be particularly vulnerable.
(Thinkstock image)

World:

¶ Morgan Stanley has released a new report estimating that electric car sales will increase become 10 to 15% of the global new car market by 2025. Though the US may look to abandon its rules, every other civilized country has its own in place, and they require auto manufacturers to lower the emissions dramatically within a few years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ There has been a significant advancement in tidal energy this month with a single massive tidal turbine being deployed on the coast of Nova Scotia in the Cape Sharp Tidal project. Earlier this month, OpenHydro and Emera, the developers, deployed the first of a series of massive turbines. Now, they have connected it to the grid. [Electrek]

Tidal turbine being installed and used (Electrek)

Tidal turbine being installed and used (Electrek)

¶ According to new data from EV Volumes, one million purely electric vehicles are now on roads worldwide! And that is largely made up of models that have been on the market for the past several years. The new electric car models hitting the market right now and in the coming year are a huge leap ahead, with even more customer appeal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ German tidal energy company Schottel Hydro has installed a SIT 250 turbine at Bintuni Bay in Indonesia. The turbine is suspended below a floating barge and supplies power to a wood chip factory that had previously received all its power from diesel generators. The project took 12 months to complete, Schottel said. [reNews]

Readying a tidal turbine in Indonesia (Schottel image)

Readying a tidal turbine in Indonesia (Schottel image)

¶ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province’s electricity market is broken and it is capping electricity prices as part of a broader plan to move towards a more regulated industry. The cap will come into effect by June and will ensure Albertans pay no more than 6.8¢/kWh, but that is about twice what most Albertans pay now. [Prince George Citizen]

¶ Vietnam’s legislature has formally endorsed the government’s decision to scrap plans to build the country’s first two nuclear power plants. A statement from the government announcing the vote said renewable energy and power imports were available less expensively and investment should be made in more urgent needs. [The Chosun Ilbo]

Hydro dam in Vietnam  (Photo by Tycho, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Hydro dam in Vietnam
(Photo by Tycho, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed his intentions
to cancel the Clean Power Plan. During his election campaign, Trump made several references to his intent to dismantle not only Obama’s Clean Power Plan, but also US involvement with the Paris Climate Agreement and the solar investment tax credit. [PV-Tech]

¶ US renewable electricity has grown to 16.7% of total installed capacity and 13.8% of total power generation in 2015, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s latest data book. Last year, renewable electricity accounted for 64% of the power capacity additions in the country, compared to 52% a year back. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind and solar power plant in the US  (Featured Image: welcomia/Shutterstock.com)

Wind and solar power plant in the US
(Featured Image: welcomia/Shutterstock.com)

¶ President-elect Donald Trump conceded there is “some connectivity” between human activity and climate change and wavered on whether he would pull the United States out of international accords. Asked if he would withdraw the US from international climate change agreements, Trump said he is “looking at it very closely.” [CNN]

¶ In the past, Ta’u, a 17-square-mile island in American Samoa with about 785 residents, was powered by diesel generators and struggled with regular power rationing and outages. Now the island has 1.4 MW of solar power. Its 60 Tesla Powerpacks can run the island for three days, and are charged by seven hours of sunlight. [MIS Asia]

Ta'u solar field (Image: Tesla / Solar City)

Ta’u solar field (Image: Tesla / Solar City)

¶ Next summer, the town of Bedford, Virginia could see a brand new solar farm installed on town property, which is a first for any municipality in the state. The Town Council voted unanimously to approve the solar farm, to be located on 20 acres next to an old town landfill. The array’s power will cost the town 6.19¢/kWh. [Lynchburg News and Advance]

¶ Vermont utility companies are accustomed to sharing the cost of power, but a new rule that went into effect in September says utilities closest to the power source to pay for its output. Utilities in northern Vermont are trying to figure out what to do with Swanton Wind, a controversial wind farm proposed for Franklin County. [Watchdog.org]

Solar array in Burlington (Burlington Electric Department photo)

Solar array in Burlington (Burlington Electric Department photo)

¶ In Ohio, a new community solar program called “OurSolar” from Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op will make renewable energy easy and affordable for its members. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 15. A subscription to a single panel costs $3 to $5. The co-op plans informational meetings. [The Paulding County Progress]

¶ In a last-minute bid to gain support for saving nuclear plants in Illinois, a massive piece of energy legislation is being scaled back. Exelon says unless lawmakers pass the bill next week, it will close plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities. Critics say this is just a case of a profitable corporation seeking a bailout on the backs of consumers. [Peoria Public Radio]

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