January 22 Energy News

January 22, 2017


¶ “3 Ways Donald Trump’s Climate Approach Is A US Economic Disaster” • To be fair, we really don’t know what Donald Trump’s precise climate approach will be, but if he slows and obstructs climate action, allowing increased pollution and CO2 emissions from the out-of-date oil, coal, and gas industries, the economy will be hit, hard. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Will Offshore Wind Continue To Grow Under Trump?” • Interest in off-shore wind power has been growing in the US. Prospects for an expansion of wind power in the United States may already be hitting a wall, however, as political resistance to new wind farms on the East Coast threatens to derail the growth of renewable energy. [Yahoo Finance]

Science and Technology:

¶ According to Phys.org, a new study published this week in the journal Science suggests that today’s ocean surface temperatures are at similar levels to what they were about 125,000 years ago, an era that marked our planet’s last “warm period.” But sea levels were about 20 to 30 feet higher in those times, and that seems to be where they are headed. [Morochos.net]


Rising sea


¶ Global PV demand has grown for the 10th consecutive year, according to a recent report from IHS Technology. Capacity additions may have reached 77 GW in 2016 and are projected to be 79 GW in 2017. The former is a projected 34% year-on-year growth rate in 2016, exceeding 2015’s 32% year-on-year growth rate. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Sambalpur University, which is in the eastern Indian state of Odessa, has planned to set up a 245-kW solar power project on its premises in its bid to move towards harnessing eco-friendly sources of energy. The project will provide power to the hostels, academic blocks, and administrative block of the university. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar trackers

Solar trackers

¶ Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar plans to build a cutting-edge waste-to-energy plant in Sharjah, UAE, partnering with Bee’ah, an environmental management company. Sharjah has a “zero waste-to-landfill” target for 2020, and the UAE has a goal of diverting 75% of its solid waste from landfills by 2021. [MEConstructionNews.com]

¶ Among the 675 districts across India, Krishna district, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is in the forefront in the use of solar-powered pump sets. Urging farmers to rely on the eco-friendly solar pump sets, especially in areas where grid electricity is not available, the Collector said the renewable energy source was a boon in disguise. [The Hindu]

Solar power providing water (Photo: CH Vijaya Bhaskar)

Solar power providing water (Photo: CH Vijaya Bhaskar)

¶ Considering clean energy projects in developing countries, Morocco, which hosted the UN’s COP22 conference, stands out big time with a bold target of sourcing more than half of its electrical energy from renewable sources by 2030 and a firm plan to have 2,000 MW of wind and 2,000 MW of solar power plants by 2020. [SeeNews]

¶ Atlantis Resource has successfully installed its second tidal turbine at its MeyGen project off the north coast of Scotland. The company said on social media that vessel Olympic Ares completed the task overnight. The first turbine went in last year and is already producing power. The first 6-MW phase is expected to be complete this year. [reNews]

Olympic Ares at work (Photo: Atlantis Resource)

Olympic Ares at work (Photo: Atlantis Resource)

¶ Cuba is planning to install 59 PV solar parks, 33 of which will be completed during 2017, according to the local press. They will be grid tied, delivering a maximum capacity of 59 MW, about half of the generating capacity of a typical conventional Cuban generation electric plant. Cuba’s goal is to be 30% renewably powered in 2030. [Prensa Latina]

¶ PNOC-Renewables Corp has assigned local energy company H&WB Asia Pacific Corp and French partner Sabella SaS to build the first ocean power plant in the Philippines. It will also be the first facility to tap tidal energy in Southeast Asia. The areas to be served are islands currently getting all their power from diesel generators. [The Standard]

D10 turbine

D10 turbine

¶ Prolonged radiation bombardment causes the thousands of graphite bricks that make up reactor cores to crack, threatening a safe shutdown. But EDF is asking the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation, the government watchdog, to rewrite regulations so as to permit an increase in the proportion of cracked bricks from 10% to 20%. [Herald Scotland]


¶ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just reported that the sea level is rising faster than expected in the northeastern United States and other specific regions. As climate change worsens, the global sea level could rise eight feet before the year 2100. This is driven by melting ice and warming oceans. [Natural Science News]

New York City

New York City

¶ Even though California Governor Jerry Brown may be most pro-climate governor, he surprised people with a response to Trump’s threats to end NASA climate research. “If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite,” he said. “We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers, and we’re ready to fight.” [Grist]

¶ The Sioux City Journal reports that the town of Marathon, Iowa is considering building a 1.42-MW solar project on city-owned land to supply power to its nearly 250 residents. A study by Trusted Energy says the project would produce 2 million kWh per year and save residents $2 million over 20 years in electric costs. [KCCI Des Moines]

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