Archive for March 19th, 2017

March 19 Energy News

March 19, 2017


¶ “The old, dirty, creaky US electric grid would cost $5 trillion to replace. Where should infrastructure spending go?” • By the author’s analysis, the current (depreciated) value of the US electric grid, comprising power plants, wires, transformers and poles, is roughly $1.5 to $2 trillion. To replace it would cost almost $5 trillion. [Salon]

Power lines (indigoskies / flickr, CC BY-NC-ND)

¶ “Can NYC Reach Its Renewable Energy Storage Goals?” Sustainable CUNY published a roadmap for New York City to reach its energy storage targets, using resilient solar technology. Unlike normal grid-tied solar power, resilient solar can function when the electric grid is down, such as during the period after Hurricane Sandy. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Coal isn’t dead, but job prospects dim” • The battered US coal industry is showing flickering signs of life. Yet the prognosis for Big Coal remains dim. With the president’s pledge to bring coal back, the stocks of coal companies have enjoyed a “Trump bump.” But the obstacles on the other side of the ledger remain daunting. []

Coal train in Indiana (Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg)

¶ “Snowy Hydro 2.0: a breakthrough, a distraction or both?” Depending on who you listen to, Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed $2 billion expansion of the Snowy Hydro Scheme is a bold piece of nation-building by an Australian Prime Minister who had found his mojo, or a cynically timed thought-bubble that is years away at best. [Bega District News]

Science and Technology:

¶ The global temperature for the months of December, January and February soared to 1.6° above average this winter, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data. Still, this winter was nowhere close to the 2015-16 winter record, when the planet sweltered to a tremendous 2° above average. [Inland Empire News]

¶ From the moment a powerful blizzard hit the northeastern United States, the questions about climate change’s impact have been asked. According to leading scientists, we bear some responsibility for the storm, which covered much of the inland areas with up to two feet of snow. And Donald Trump definitely is not helping matters. [Salon]

¶ Universiti Malaysia Terengganu is in the process of developing innovation in producing energy using ocean wave as a new source of electrical power. The project known as “Hydraulic Wave Energy Converter System” involves three masters’ students of the Marine Engineering Study Center together with their lecturer as head. [Astro Awani]

Breaking wave (Alvesgaspar, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ A report, Wind Turbines Market Update 2016, provides detailed information of the global Wind Turbines Market. It says the global wind turbines market is set to experience a degree of turbulence over the next few years, rising steadily from $76.54 billion in 2015 to $81.14 billion in 2019, and dipping to $71.21 billion in 2020. [WhaTech]

¶ Plans to install turbines on platforms that float in the sea are gathering pace. Scotland granted planning permission for 92 MW in two separate projects in the past two weeks. Gaelectric Holdings Plc and Ideol SAS, a French floating wind company, agreed to develop floating wind projects in Irish waters, starting with a 30-MW array. [Bloomberg]

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¶ Steel Authority of India Ltd, India’s largest public sector steel maker, will set up a processing plant for generating power from municipal solid waste generated in Bhilai township, company officials said. The processing plant would use current solid waste technology to generate power from 400 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day. [Daily Pioneer]


¶ Local wind-energy proponents breathed a measured sigh of relief this week after the Department of the Interior completed an offshore wind-power auction, and a Trump administration official offered support for wind as part of the country’s overall energy “toolbox.” The budget cuts for environmental programs are severe, however. [Newsday]

Block Island wind farm ( / Kevin P. Coughlin)

¶ The president’s proposed budget would eliminate funds for the Energy Star program, the Clean Power Plan, regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes, Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, four NASA Earth science missions, the Global Climate Change Initiative, and the UN Green Climate Fund, along with funding reductions. [Arizona Daily Sun]

¶ Donald Trump promised to bring back coal jobs, but even the country’s third-largest coal producer appears to be hedging its bets on a comeback. Kentucky is on the cusp of acting to open the door to nuclear power. The Republican-controlled state legislature is close to lifting its decades-long moratorium on nuclear energy. [Tribune-Review]

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