May 4 Energy News

May 4, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “With Renewables Surging, Nuclear And Petroleum Battle Over Subsidies” • If the petroleum industry keeps fighting subsidies for nuclear power, the nuclear industry will go after petroleum-industry tax breaks, the president of the Nuclear Energy Institute said. He said if people compare nuclear subsidies with petroleum tax breaks, nuclear will fare well. [Forbes]

Indian Point nuclear plant

¶ “Carbon Capture And Storage: An Expensive Option For Reducing U.S. CO2 Emissions” • While many technologies can reduce power sector emissions, carbon capture and storage has gained support in Congress. Analysis shows coal with CCS will always need significant subsidies to complete economically with wind and solar. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

¶ A model presented to the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria details how changing US Midwestern land use could have led to more rainfall. The model addresses climate change not from greenhouse gases, but from crop cover changes associated with the move from horses to mechanized plows. [Gizmodo]

Midwest agriculture (AP Photo | Seth Perlman)

World:

¶ The global installed capacity of distributed solar PV between 2017 and 2026 is expected to reach 429 GW, while an additional 591 GW of utility-scale solar are also expected to come online during the same period, according to new figures from Navigant Research in its latest Market Data: Global Distributed Solar PV report. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Cornwall now has the second highest number of independent renewable projects of any county in the UK, new figures have revealed. According to SmartestEnergy’s fifth annual Energy Entrepreneurs Report, Cornwall now has 320 renewable energy projects generating enough energy to provide power for 170,000 homes. [Cornwall Live]

Wind turbine

¶ Singaporean solar firm Sunseap is building a 10-MW solar power plant in Cambodia to provide a quarter of the energy needs of the city of Bavet. The Asian Development Bank is funding Sunseap via a $9.2 million debt package. It will be Cambodia’s first sun-powered electricity source to be connected to the national grid. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ Air pollution from internal combustion engine vehicle use is altering the environment notably, even along the remote Manali-Leh Highway in the Himalaya Mountains in India, research from the University of Cincinnati has found. The amount of sulfur, a diesel exhaust pollutant, was at a level among the highest ever reported. [CleanTechnica]

Manali-Leh Highway (Image: Narender9, some rights reserved)

¶ Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA, started commercial operation at its 111-MW Gibson Bay wind farm, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The Gibson Bay wind farm can generate around 420 GWh per year, equivalent to the consumption needs of around 131,000 South African households. [Your Renewable News]

¶ Meeting in Tonga, a coalition of countries from the Pacific Islands and Europe announced their intention to ensure that the UN’s International Maritime Organisation delivers on shipping climate goals. Shipping emissions were not covered under the 2015 Paris Agreement, but the IMO was mandated to deliver a package for the sector. [CleanTechnica]

Beach on Vava’u, Tonga (Jansan, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Just 1% of the UK’s public are “strongly opposed” to renewable energy, according to a new Government survey. The poll found a further 4% were simply “opposed” to solar, wind and other such forms of electricity generation, but both groups were massively outnumbered by the 79% who support use of renewable energy. [The Independent]

US:

¶ In response to California’s ongoing tree mortality crisis and increased wildfire threat, Pacific Gas and Electric Co is working with local communities and power generators to dispose of dead tree debris and turn it into renewable energy. PG&E is operating sorting and chipping yards in eight counties hard hit by tree mortality. [Electric Light & Power]

Dead trees for biomass power

¶ Legal issues are now the sticking point in discussions in the Trump administration over whether to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, according to a person close to the talks. The lawyers aren’t sure whether the US would expose itself legally if it remains in the Paris agreement, but decreases its carbon reduction goals. [CNN]

¶ E&E News reports President Trump will select Daniel Simmons, former director of the natural resources task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, to head the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Simmons also worked at one time for the Koch-funded Institute for Energy Research. [Utility Dive]

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