March 26 Energy News

March 26, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “World reaching turning point on carbon emissions as coal fades” • Humanity seems to be reaching a turning point in its emissions of greenhouse gases. Last year was the third in a row that global emissions of carbon dioxide trended sideways, ending what had been a long, unbroken climb interrupted only by the 2008 financial crisis. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Carbon dioxide emissions (© Reuters)

¶ “Guangzhou, New York, & Vancouver Are Making Climate Solutions A Reality” • While a lot of media coverage around the crisis is doom and gloom, cities around the world are coming up with powerful solutions on the local level. Here’s how a Canadian city, an American city, and a Chinese city are taking on climate action. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ The German Aerospace Center just powered up a massive “artificial sun.” Using an array of 149 gigantic spotlights, it produces “synlight,” which can heat things up to 5,432°F. The effort is part of research to use sunlight to make hydrogen to use for fuel. With an artificial sun, the research can continue on rainy days. [Smithsonian]

Artificial sun (DLR image)

World:

¶ Enthused by drop in renewable energy tariff, India’s Power Minister said India’s 60% to 65% of installed power generation capacity will be green energy. Earlier this month, Goyal had predicted that India’s solar power generation capacity will cross 20,000 MW in the next 15 months, from the current 10,000 MW. [Hindustan Times]

¶ The four wind turbines that have become emblematic of the City of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, are getting some company. The city is looking to generate another 16 MW of electricity locally to feed current and future demands of its municipally-owned power utility. Council passed a motion approving a request for proposals. [The Guardian]

Summerside wind turbines (©Google Maps image)

¶ Britain’s nuclear ambitions were thrown into doubt last night amid fears that a change of control at Moorside could set the project back by years. The plant was to be built by NuGen, a firm 60% owned by Toshiba, which would also supply the three reactors through its subsidiary Westinghouse. But Westinghouse is in trouble. [This is Money]

¶ By 2025, Sri Lanka hopes to boost its solar power output to 1,000 MW to meet fast-growing power needs. Solar power could meet 32% of Sri Lanka’s roughly 10,500 GW annual power demand, but so far nearly none of that potential has been developed, according to the energy sector development plan for 2015-2025. [The Sunday Times Sri Lanka]

Solar power used to irrigate papaya (File photo)

US:

¶ Construction of the second largest commercial solar array in the state of New York is expected to begin next month, as developer Invenergy prepares to break ground at the former Tallgrass golf course in Shoreham. The 24.9-MW array is being developed under a 20-year contract with the Long Island Power Authority. [Newsday]

¶ After President Trump granted a permit for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline, the National Audubon Society issued a statement saying that the Keystone XL pipeline puts America’s birds and people in danger, and would further destabilize our changing climate. The pipeline will only make the future more uncertain. [Sierra Sun Times]

Sandhill Crane
(Photo: Sheldon Goldstein / Audubon Photography Awards)

¶ Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Carnegie Mellon University announced a new index to measure carbon dioxide emissions from the US electrical power generation sector. The Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index will track the environmental performance of US power producers, comparing current and historical data. [Concord Register]

¶ After years of assembling some very complex pieces, officials close to the project to build a renewable energy biomass cogeneration facility adjacent to Albany’s Procter & Gamble say things are progressing as planned and that the $200 million plant should begin producing energy and steam for its customers in the next few months. [The Albany Herald]

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