January 27 Energy News

January 27, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “States Expected To Continue Course Toward Clean Energy Future” • In Kansas, Republican Governor Sam Brownback is eyeing new wind farms to bring jobs and economic growth. And Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich says the state needs to support renewable energy to stay competitive and reduce the cost of electricity. [Huffington Post]

Hawaii (The Associated Press)

Solar power in Hawaii (The Associated Press)

Science and Technology:

¶ Eos Energy Storage announced a partnership with Siemens on storage solutions. The Eos Aurora 1000│4000, a 1-MW/4-MWh DC battery system, is being sold at $160 per usable kWh for the full DC system with performance guarantees that support up to 20 years of continuous operation with low maintenance. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ 2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record keeping and the third year in a row to take the number one slot, a mark of how much the world has warmed over the last century because of human activities, NASA and NOAA announced. They made the joint announcement as Cabinet confirmations of climate skeptics continue. [CleanTechnica]

Graph showing changes through time  (Please click on the graph to see annual changes.)

Graph showing changes through time
(Please click on the graph to enlarge it.)

World:

¶ A report, Missing link: Harnessing the power of purchasing for a sustainable future, showed that the world’s largest purchasing organizations have the ability to drive down emissions across their supply chains. Not only that, they are actually doing so, with reductions equivalent to 434 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2016. [CleanTechnica]

¶ In a bid to live up to its environmentally friendly values, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is planning to adopt strict limits to investment in coal power. Launched by China as a “lean, clean and green” lender to invest Asian projects, the bank opened a year ago with a membership of 57 countries and $100 billion in capital. [gbtimes]

Highly polluting coal (Photo: stevepb, Pixabay)

Highly polluting coal (Photo: stevepb, Pixabay)

¶ A plan for new, cleaner coal power plants in Australia, which government ministers say could reduce emissions from coal-generated electricity by 27%, would cost more than $60 billion, new analysis found. Achieving the same reduction using only renewable energy would cost just half as much – between $24 billion and $34 billion. [The Guardian]

¶ Bullfrog Power and Oxford Community Energy Co-operative announced Ontario’s first community-owned wind farm. Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm consists of 10 turbines located in Oxford County, southwestern Ontario. The 18 MW Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm is now generating enough electricity to power more than 6,000 homes. [Canada NewsWire]

Gunn's Hill Wind Farm (CNW Group/Bullfrog Power)

Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm (CNW Group/Bullfrog Power)

¶ Canadian scientists, who were muzzled for nearly a decade
by the country’s previous Conservative government, have been reaching out and contacting with their counterparts in the US
to offer their support and solidarity amid mounting fears that Donald Trump’s presidency will seek to suppress climate science. [The Guardian]

¶ Almost half a century after The Beatles recorded “Here Comes The Sun” within its walls, London’s Abbey Road Studios is once again embracing the sun’s rays. The world-famous studio is one of four Universal Music facilities that will be powered by green energy company Ecotricity, according to an announcement. [Billboard]

Abbey Road Studios in London (Jan Klos)

Abbey Road Studios in London (Jan Klos)

¶ Work to remove thousands of fuel rods from a spent fuel pool at the Unit 3 reactor of Fukushima Daiichi was to begin by March 2018 after a three-year delay. TEPCO announced Thursday that it will postpone the start until later in 2018, however, because it is taking longer to decontaminate the site and ensure the workers’ safety. [The Mainichi]

¶ Despite their stated aim of boosting low-carbon growth, some World Bank policy loans are creating subsidies for coal, gas and oil projects, a report by the nonprofit Bank Information Center says. The report says that the policy programs undercut efforts
to conserve forests, protect land rights and develop renewable energy. [Mongabay.com]

Aerial view of Indonesian coal mining  (Photo by Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace)

Aerial view of Indonesian coal mining
(Photo by Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace)

US:

¶ New York has officially given the green light for the nation’s largest offshore wind farm. The South Fork Wind Farm will generate 90 MW of electricity from 15 turbines, enough energy to power more than 50,000 homes. Developer Deepwater Wind won the contract to install the turbines 30 miles southeast of Montauk. [Inhabitat]

¶ On January 20, 2017 – the National Day of Patriotic Devotion by order of President Donald Trump – the US Navy posted a rousing endorsement of renewable energy on its Task Force Energy Facebook page. Non-fossil sources now supply 60% of the Navy’s onshore energy demand, and it is proud about the money it saves as a result. [CleanTechnica]

Navy Facebook posting screenshot

Navy Facebook posting screenshot

¶ According to the latest figures released by the Department of Energy, solar energy employed 374,000 people over the year 2015-2016. That’s 43% of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce, much more than the 187,117 (22%) that organizations that burn fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal for electricity employ. [ZME Science]

¶ Republican governors of states in the Midwest are prioritizing economic growth and job creation by accelerating investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Since the November election, leaders in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan have adopted new policies that help tackle climate change and grow the clean energy economy. [Environmental Defense Fund]

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