January 14 Energy News

January 14, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Why This Nuclear Engineer Says Every Nuke Plant in the US Should Be Shut Down Yesterday” • The good – the very good – energy news is that the Indian Point nuclear power plants will be closed. But the bad – the very bad – energy news is that there are still many promoters in industry and government still pushing nuclear power. [Common Dreams]

Sunset at the defunct Big Rock Point nuclear plant (Photo by John Hritz, Wikimedia Commons)

Sunset at Michigan’s defunct Big Rock Point nuclear plant
(Photo by John Hritz, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ Ticks are devastating the moose populations in Maine and New Hampshire. They attach themselves to a single moose by the tens of thousands. The adult females can expand to the size of a grape and engorge themselves with up to four milliliters of blood. With warmer winter temperatures, they kill 70% of the states’ moose calves. [The Boston Globe]

¶ More than three million people die from the effects of air pollution every year. But some increasingly high-tech solutions may soon help us all breathe more easily. Various approaches have emerged, ranging range from photo-catalytic converters to low-voltage electrostatic collectors. And pigeons help keep track of pollution levels. [BBC]

Catalytic converter screen (Credit: Elegant Embellishments)

Catalytic converter screen (Credit: Elegant Embellishments)

World:

¶ The US EPA said it is investigating diesel emissions software used in 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram trucks, and the UK Department for Transport asked for details as a matter of urgency. Meanwhile, French investigators plan to probe Renault over suspected cheating in diesel emissions tests. [BBC]

¶ A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency describes the technical renewable energy potential of South East Europe as “vast.” It comes to 740 GW, of which 532 GW is wind and 120 solar. The report also says, “127 GW of this overall renewable energy potential could be implemented in a cost-competitive way today.” [CleanTechnica]

Bulgarian PV array (Photo: Edal Anton Lefterov Wikimedia Commons)

Bulgarian PV (Photo: Edal Anton Lefterov, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ McPhy Energy, which designs, manufactures and integrates hydrogen equipment for the energy and industrial sectors, will support Energiedienst to set up a green hydrogen production facility at the site of its Wyhlen hydroelectric power plant. It will supply the plant with a 1-MW hydrogen generation unit by the end of 2017. [gasworld]

¶ Uzbekenergo JSC, an energy company in Uzbekistan, and China’s Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology Co Ltd signed a contract worth $147 million for the design, construction and operation of a solar PV plant with capacity of 100 MW in Samarkand region of Uzbekistan, the country’s energy company told Trend. [Trend News Agency]

More solar power will be installed in Uzbekistan.

More solar power will be installed in Uzbekistan.

¶ In Sri Lanka, the Public Utilities Commission warns that if sufficient rainfall is not received, hydro power can only be generated until the end of February. Due to the dry spell the country is experiencing, 85% of the energy requirement is met through Thermal Power Plants. Hydro power generation has already dropped to 15%. [Newsfirst]

¶ Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd has commissioned two renewable energy projects in India, a 36 MW of a 100-MW wind farm under construction at Andhra Pradesh and a 49-MW solar plant in Tamil Nadu. The two projects raise the total renewable energy capacity of the company to 1,876 MW. [Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy]

Wind farm in Tamil Nadu (Photo: Raj, Wikimedia Commons)

Wind farm in Tamil Nadu (Photo: Raj, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ In his last presidential speech, President Obama urged bolder action on climate change, saying, “We’ve led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet. But without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change. They’ll be busy dealing with its effects.” [Biofuels International Magazine]

¶ When SunCommon, based in Waterbury, Vermont, hosted an event in which Governor Phil Scot spoke of Vermont’s energy future, it was showing its Solar Canopy, a timber-frame structure topped with enough solar panels to power a home. Many roofs can’t bear the weight of the panels, and the Solar Canopy offers a solution. [Stowe Today]

Solar canopy (Photo: Mike Polhamus / VTDigger)

Solar canopy (Photo: Mike Polhamus / VTDigger)

¶ New York State is to provide $360 million for eleven new renewable projects. The planned projects include two wind farms, one solar array, seven hydroelectric plants and a fuel
cell facility. Together they will generate around 260 MW of electricity, enough to power more than 110,000 homes. [Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy]

¶ While it may be hard to believe, nine Wyoming lawmakers introduced a bill to forbid utilities from providing any electricity to the state that comes from large-scale wind or solar energy projects by 2019. Allowed resources would be coal, natural gas, hydroelectric, nuclear power, oil, and net-metered individual resources. [Digital Journal]

Wind farm (Photo: Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany, Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs)

Wind farm (Photo: Jürgen from Sandesneben,
Germany, Creative Commons – Attribution-NoDerivs)

¶ The Natural Resources Defense Council recently examined the relationship between work, health, climate, climate health, and Latinos. The report informs that Latinos are supportive of the renewable energy transition (just like almost everyone else), and particularly as a means to better employment and improved health conditions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Arizona State University and PayPal recently joined on a deal to buy renewable energy from the new Red Rock Solar Plant. Both ASU and PayPal look to reduce their carbon footprints. PayPal will be able to become more sustainable, and ASU will expand its solar energy sourcing beyond the solar collectors on campus. [Arizona Business Daily]

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