April 2 Energy News

April 2, 2017

Opinion:

Trump is on the losing side of history on coal, climate change • Trump’s executive order does not fundamentally change the economics of power production. The natural gas boom, fueled by fracking, is a huge factor. But renewable power has surged. There for every job in US coal mines, there are almost 10 in renewable-energy. [Corpus Christi Caller-Times]

250-ton coal truck (Photo: Matthew Brown, AP)

Why business is greener than Trump • Since Trump’s election, nearly 900 companies and investors have signed an open letter, “Business Backs Low Carbon,” calling on the administration not to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement. These companies believe that failure to build a low-carbon economy would hurt America’s prosperity. [Gulf Times]

Science and Technology:

¶ A team of researchers from Kaneko, a company operating in Japan, has recently announced breaking the efficiency record of solar panels, which now stands at 26.6%. Other approaches have been able to reach even higher efficiency percentages, but they are not yet viable for consumer-friendly applications, as this one is. [Futurism]

Japanese solar power system (Image: Pixabay)

World:

¶ A report released on Wednesday by Clean Energy Canada reveals great news for the environment and supporters of clean renewable energy. The Transition Takes Hold, the latest report in Clean Energy Canada’s annual Tracking the Energy Revolution series, says renewable energy has been the preferred choice for new power since 2011. [KelownaNow]

¶ Utilities in the European Union may have to offer more flexible prices from 2020 to encourage consumers to use electricity more when supplies are abundant and cheap, under newly proposed rules, a top EU official said. At present, most European utilities sell at fixed prices, regardless of wholesale market price swings. [Jakarta Globe]

Wind and water power (Reuters Photo / Denis Balibouse)

¶ Morocco’s King Mohammed VI launched the final stage of Noor Ouarzazate, the world’s largest solar plant. The power station, scheduled to start operating in the first quarter of 2018, will be built as part of a partnership involving the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy and a consortium of private operators. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ Sydney-based Genex Power will transform the abandoned Kidston Gold Mine in Northern Queensland into a clean energy powerhouse combining solar and storage. The site will host a 50 MW solar project (KSP1), a 250 MW pumped-storage hydro project (KPSHP), and another 270 MW solar project (KSP2). [Energy and Mines]

Kidston gold mine (Photo: Marc McCormack, via Genex Power)

¶ A package of contracts on the construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant with Russia’s involvement could be signed in May, a member of the Egyptian parliament’s Energy Committee said. Egypt is afraid of the depletion of traditional energy sources, and considers it necessary to switch to nuclear power. [Sputnik International]

¶ In Australia, Labor will abandon the renewable energy target after 2020 because an emissions intensity scheme will be sufficient to reach the goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030. The shadow assistant treasurer firmed the opposition’s plan to reach the goal while possibly ruling out extending the existing renewable energy target. [The Guardian]

Australian renewable energy (Tim Phillips Photos / Getty Images)

US:

¶ National Grid is keeping quiet about a March 29 natural-gas leak in Providence, Rhode Island. But critics of the major expansion of natural-gas infrastructure taking place across the region are speaking up. There are other projects nearby, parts of joint natural-gas expansion by Spectra Energy, National Grid and Eversource Energy. [ecoRI news]

¶ Mortenson Construction, based in Minneapolis, is perhaps best known for sports complexes. Less flashy, but keenly important to Mortenson’s bottom line, however, is work in renewable energy, particularly wind and solar power projects. Mortenson began in 1995, erecting a single turbine, and now it is a national leader. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Mortenson erecting a wind turbine (Mortenson image)

¶ The US Energy Information Administration has published data revealing that the country’s 2016 energy production dropped over year-over-year. This is the first such drop since 2009. Most of the decline was in coal, whose output fell 18% compared to 2015. Output from other energy sources also dipped, but solar and wind power grew. [Engadget]

¶ Annette Rose grew up in Stigler, Oklahoma, as a coal lover. Her father was a member of United Mine Workers of America and operated the third largest dragline crane in the United States at one time. But he died with black lung disease. Now, she teaches renewable energy, focusing on utility-grade wind power and concentrated solar power. [Muncie Star Press]

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