January 12 Energy News

January 12, 2017


¶ “Canada’s Vast Source of Climate Pollution May Go Bust” • The Canadian oil sands are one of the world’s most important sources of climate pollution, and they are America’s biggest source of imported oil. And they may be about to go bust. The reason is that oil prices need to be above $80 per barrel for mining oil sands to be profitable. [Climate Central]

Oil sands processing in Alberta. (Credit: Kris Krug / flickr)

Oil sands processing in Alberta. (Credit: Kris Krug / flickr)

¶ “If Present Trends Continue, China May Become a Sustainable Development Success Story. (Really!)” • This year has already been characterized by global political uncertainty – and waning confidence in US climate policy. Now China is posed to assume the role of world leader in climate diplomacy and clean-energy finance. [UN Dispatch]

¶ “Renewables Are a Rising Global Tide – and the US Better
Pay Attention” • If the US turns away from the rise of renewable energy, it will be fighting a tide on which others will ride high. Leading the surge will be China, which already has a huge advantage because of its current position at the front of the pack. [Triple Pundit]

A coastal wind farm in the Philippines

A coastal wind farm in the Philippines


¶ Canadian utility Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp has found a new location for its 177-MW wind farm in Saskatchewan with the help of the local utility. The wind park will now seek approval to be built in the Blue Hills area in the southwest, Saskatchewan Power Corp said. The in-service date has been moved to 2020.
[SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Renewable energy solutions provider Suzlon Group said it
has won of 226.8 MW wind power project order from a leading independent power producer. The order consists of 108 units of 2.1 MW capacity. The project would be sited in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district, and is to be completed by March of 2017. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Indian wind farm

Indian wind farm

¶ Canadian Energy announced its most recent innovation in renewable energy technology with the launch its latest release
of the Containerized Universal Battery technology. Designed and manufactured in Canada, CUB 2.0 will serve as a means to give power to isolated communities across the country and around the world. [Military Technologies]

¶ Clean energy investment worldwide fell by 18% to $287.5 billion last year due to sharp falls in renewable technology prices and less spending on projects by large markets China and Japan, a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance said. Chinese investment in renewable energy was down 26% from its 2015 high. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]

Solar array on a pond in China (Reuters / Stringer)

Solar array on a pond in China (Reuters / Stringer)

¶ Unilever has announced a contract to use biomethane for heating five of its sites in the UK and Ireland. With electricity already coming from certified renewable sources, the purchase of a certified supply of biomethane means that Unilever says it has become carbon neutral (from energy sources) at these five sites. [CIWM Journal Online]

¶ Taiwan enacted a revised law to phase out nuclear power generation by 2025 and increase renewables, a considerable challenge for this resource-poor island. Departure from nuclear power was a campaign pledge of the Taiwanese president. The bill met with no strong opposition during deliberations in the Taiwanese parliament. [Asahi Shimbun]

日本語: 台湾第三原子力発電所 (Photo: Toach japan, Wikimedia Commons)

日本語: 台湾第三原子力発電所
(Photo: Toach japan, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ The latest step in Hawaii’s clean energy evolution will be the deployment of a 20-MW, 5-hour duration battery energy storage system paired with 28-MW of solar in Kaua’i to match peak demand. SolarCity and Tesla also have a project uniting solar with storage, a 52-MWh energy storage system at a 12-MW solar farm. [Energy Storage News]

¶ The Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook provides projections of domestic energy markets until 2050, and includes cases with different assumptions of macroeconomic growth, world oil prices, technological progress, and energy policies. It shows the US becoming a net exporter of fossil fuels. [Windpower Engineering]
(This shows information being provided to congress, but before you believe it, please compare it with the table and article linked at the December 12 geoharvey post: [Seeking Alpha].)

EIA Annual Energy Outlook Table

EIA Annual Energy Outlook Table

¶ A “groundbreaking study” from by the US Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Information Technology Industry Council ranked all 50 US states based on the ease with which some of America’s “most recognizable brands” are able to buy domestic renewable energy. It connects that ability with economic growth. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaii’s dominant public utility, has a plan in place to achieve 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. But recently, the company said it foresees getting to that goal five years earlier than expected. In fact, HECO expects to provide 48% renewable power by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Solar collectors in Hawaii (Photo: Xklaim, Wikimedia Commons)

Solar collectors in Hawaii (Photo: Xklaim, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Duke Energy has announced the site of its newest universal solar power plant, with which it will provide cleaner, smarter energy solutions for Florida customers. The new Suwannee Solar Facility will produce 8.8 MW of solar capacity, which is enough to power about 1,700 average homes, at its peak production. [Satellite PR News]

¶ Exxon Mobil has been ordered to hand over documents related to a Massachusetts investigation into whether it misled investors and the public about the impact of fossil fuels on the climate. The decision by a Suffolk Superior Court judge is a win for the state’s Attorney General, who is looking into possible deception on climate change. [News On 6]

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