June 2 Energy News

June 2, 2017

Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement:

¶ “China likely to lead climate initiatives as Trump quits global pact” • It’s not hard to imagine Chinese president Xi Jinping having a wry smile at both the decision by Donald Trump to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord and the global reaction. Xi is now free to accept the mantle of global leadership on climate action. [The Rakyat Post]

Mythology peddler Donald Trump (Credit: Reuters)

¶ “Trump climate deal pullout: The global reaction” • President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement has drawn strong reaction from a very few supporters and a great many opponents inside America and around the world. Here are statements from members of both groups. [BBC]

¶ “Paris climate deal: US firms criticise Trump move” • General Electric, Facebook, Goldman Sachs and Walt Disney and other corporate giants condemned the move. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Walt Disney’s Robert Iger both quit seats on White House advisory groups. Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein used his first ever tweet to condemn the move. [BBC]

Sunny day flooding in Miami due to rising seas
(Photo: B137, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ President Donald Trump may abandon US pledges to reduce carbon emissions, but global economic realities ensure he is unlikely to reverse the accelerating push to adopt cleaner forms of energy. Around the world, coal-fired power plants are being shuttered as governments and private companies invest billions in wind turbines and solar farms. [The Daily Times]

¶ US coal shares tumbled as President Donald Trump was said to be leaning toward exiting the Paris climate agreement. “You’d think everyone would be excited,” Michael Dudas, a coal analyst at Vertical Research Partners, said by phone on Wednesday. “But there’s red on my screen.” Wall Street sees more pressing matters facing coal. [Standard-Examiner]

Dying trees on Clingmans Dome due to invasive species
(USGS photo, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ Electro Power Systems has completed a plug and play green microgrid for Italian utility Enel at a construction site in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Powered by a solar system with both hydrogen and lithium storage, the microgrid requires no diesel energy backup, making it emissions free, according to the Paris-based microgrid developer. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ The World Bank has announced that 45,000 people in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu are set to get access to renewable energy. Its board of executive directors had approved $4 million for the Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project II, which will be co-funded by the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program and the government of New Zealand. [CNBC]

Vanuatu (Stephan Roletto | Moment | Getty Images)

¶ Russia signed an agreement with the Indian government to build two new reactors for the Kudankulam nuclear power station in Tamil Nadu and said it would loan India $4.2 billion to help fund construction. The agreement to build reactors 5 and 6 at Kudankulam should help cement already close ties between the two countries. [WION]

¶ The first serious proposal for an Australian offshore wind farm will see up to 250 turbines built within a 574 square kilometer area off the coast of Victoria, if approved. Under the proposal, the wind farm would have a total capacity of at least 2,000 MW and provide about 18% of Victoria’s power usage, enough for 1.2 million homes. [The Guardian]

Offshore wind farm (Jeff J Mitchell | Getty Images)


¶ New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will continue to abide by the Paris climate accord regardless of Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement to reduce carbon emissions. He and the governors of California and Washington state will lead a new alliance of states supporting the Paris agreement. [Lockport Union-Sun & Journal]

¶ More than 100 supporters attended a dedication ceremony for Duke Energy Renewables’ Frontier Wind Power Project, a 200-MW facility in Oklahoma. It produces enough electricity to power about 60,000 average homes. Vestas supplied 61 V126-3.3 MW turbines with 126-meter rotors, its largest to date in the US. [North American Windpower]

Duke wind farm

¶ Changing from coal to solar energy could prevent over 51,000 premature deaths a year, a study from Michigan Technological University suggests. Around 200,000 people die each year from air pollution in the US and 52,000 of those deaths are from power generation. The eastern US and the Midwest have the most danger due to coal pollution. [Newsy]

¶ Nevada’s Ormat Technologies has finalized a 150-MW power purchase agreement to provide energy from nine geothermal plants to the Southern California Public Power Authority. Energy will be sold to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at a fixed price of $75.50 per MWh, starting in the fourth quarter of 2017, Ormat said. [reNews]

Ormat geothermal plant (Credit: Ormat)

¶ Somerville, Massachusetts, will start a new electricity bulk buying program for its ratepayers in July. Called Somerville Community Choice Electricity, the goal of the program is to reduce and stabilize the cost of electricity in Somerville and increase the share of renewable “green” energy in Somerville’s electricity supply. [Wicked Local Somerville]

¶ Energy storage services company Greensmith Energy, E.On Climate and Renewables, and Tucson Electric Power inaugurated the Iron Horse Battery Energy Storage Project. The 10-MW/2.5-MWh energy storage system will provide frequency response and voltage control along with integration for a 2-MW solar array. [Electric Light & Power]

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