Archive for May 6th, 2017

May 6 Energy News

May 6, 2017


¶ “Rising Tides Will Create The World’s Next Refugee Crisis” • Experts say climate change poses the greatest security threat and mass displacements will soon be normal. With human-caused climate change, sea levels will rise, storms will grow stronger, floods more violent, and draughts harsher, increasing risk to human beings. [Huffington Post Canada]

Brooklyn, the morning after Hurricane Sandy’s landfall.

¶ “Missing EPA Webpage Could Be Violation of Federal Law” • When EPA’s climate change pages were shuttered for revisions reflecting the administration’s views, users are told they can check out a snapshot of the entire EPA site from the day before Trump took office. But in the archived snapshot, pages relating to climate change are missing. [Seeker]

Science and Technology:

¶ Decades of increasing temperatures in Alaska have lengthened the fire season and dried out vegetation, especially in the forest floor, and created conditions for busier fire season with bigger and more frequent wildfires, according to one study. Other studies say increased lightning strikes will bring more fires and that they will be bigger. [KUAC]

The Fort McMurray fire caused C$3.7 billion in damages.
(Credit: Jonathen Hayward | The Canadian Press)

¶ Every person on Earth got the equivalent of an extra x-ray from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a new study claims. Researchers have carried out the first global survey of radiation exposure caused by the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan after a tsunami struck in 2011. [Daily Mail]


¶ Tapping into geothermal energy is nothing new, but Iceland is taking things majorly next level by drilling nearly 3 miles into a live volcano to tap liquid hot magma. The well is likely the hottest hole on the planet, reaching oozing magma that averages 800 °F. The hole was completed in January and energy production is starting. [Inhabitat]

Icelandic volcano

¶ China installed 7.21 GW of new solar capacity in the first quarter of 2017 and generated 21.4 billion kWh of electricity, up 80% over the same period last year. The National Energy Administration says 4.78 GW of utility-scale solar and 2.43 GW of distributed solar PV were added in the quarter. China’s PV capacity is now almost 85 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Last week, the US Commerce Department announced it will charge five Canadian softwood exporters duties ranging from 3.2% to 24.12% to make it a “level playing field.” Canada is considering multiple trade actions US in response. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was considering banning US coal exports in response to the “unfair” tax. [BBC]

Logs in British Columbia (Reuters)

¶ Royal Dutch Shell’s chief financial officer, has reiterated the company’s backing of the Paris climate agreement. The support from Europe’s largest oil and gas group comes on the heels of America’s largest equivalent, ExxonMobil, sending the Trump administration a letter urging the US to support the accord. [Power Engineering International]

¶ ET Energy, the global solar development arm of Chinese PV company ET Solar, announced that is has commissioned 26 MW of PV capacity across the UK, on six sites in England, Wales and Scotland. The solar farms were completed before a March 31 deadline to be eligible for Renewable Obligation Certificate at a rate of 1.2. [pv magazine]

ET solar farm in England (ET image)


¶ US EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said grid reliability is threatened by potential over-reliance on gas-fired electric generation. He said he believes we have a need for power plants to have fuel stockpiles (ie, coal) nearby in the event of supply disruptions. The US has lost 54 GW of coal capacity and added 34 GW of gas capacity since 2012. [Argus Media]

¶ Facebook announced the opening of its Fort Worth, Texas data center. The new billion-dollar data center campus is powered by 100% clean and renewable energy with the inclusion of over 200 MW of wind power that was developed with Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corporation and Starwood Energy Group. [Computer Business Review]

Data farm

¶ UPS will begin deploying its first electric hydrogen fuel-cell range-extended delivery trucks this September in Sacramento. The delivery trucks, which are being designed in partnership with the US DOE and others, are intended to meet the same route and range standards as the company’s internal combustion engine vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ With help from elementary school students, who have been studying ecology, state and local officials opened a solar park southwest of Anderson, Indiana. They called the Anderson 1 Solar Park a gateway to the future. The 5-MW system has over 19,500 PV panels on 35 acres and will provide power for about 500 homes. [The Rushville Republican]

Ribbon cutting (John P Cleary | the Herald Bulletin)

¶ A plan to carry out a constitutional amendment designed to expand the use of solar and other renewable-energy devices is ready to go to Florida Governor Rick Scott. The Senate voted 33-0 to accept House changes to the plan. It establishes rules for implementing the amendment, which was approved by 72.6% of voters. [Sun Sentinel]

¶ The Bay Area Rapid Transit board of directors just passed an electrical portfolio policy that requires half of the organization’s power to come from renewables by 2025, and 100% by 2045. That has broad implications for the region around San Francisco, because the electric train system consumes roughly 400,000 MWh annually. [Greentech Media]

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