August 3 Energy News

August 3, 2017

 

Science and Technology:

¶ A study led by Harvard University reveals that the damage to crops from climate change will be worse than anyone previously expected. Based on data gathered from experiments conducted on staple crops that were exposed to projected atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the team found reductions in protein levels. [IFLScience]

Indian harvest (Photo: Zvonimir Atletic | Shutterstock)

World:

¶ The state government of Queensland announced that it is going to install a network of 18 charging stations along a highway stretching more than two thousand miles. It runs along the east coast of Queensland from Cairns to Coolangatta and then turns west to Toowoomba. The exact type of charging system has not been announced. [ExtremeTech]

¶ The Press and Communications Manager at WindEurope said offshore wind energy is “rapidly moving from being a niche technology to a mainstream supplier of low-carbon electricity.” He confirms that there is currently 12.6 GW of offshore wind operating in Europe. The sector started with eleven 450-kW turbines in 1991. [Maritime Journal]

Offshore wind turbines

¶ NTPC, India’s largest power utility, is increasing its bets on solar power as tariffs keep falling on the back of decline in prices of cells and modules in the global market. The shift in business strategy of India’s largest coal-fired generator cannot be ignored. NTPC’s chairman said that his company would focus especially on adding solar capacity. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ Millions of people living in South Asia face a deadly threat from heat and humidity driven by global warming according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances. Most of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will experience temperatures close to the limits of survivability by 2100, without emissions reductions. [BBC News]

Indian farmer (Photo: Noah Seelam)

¶ In a dramatic U-turn, Sri Lanka’s energy regulator approved a new long-term electricity supply plan that rejects construction of any new coal plants to 2037. Coal power’s fall from grace in Sri Lanka has in large part been driven by public opposition to pollution from the country’s only coal plant, the Norochcholai Power Station. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ The US renewable industry is set for long-term growth as generating costs are falling and the industry is becoming more resilient, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Head of America. He noted that problems always develop as young industries mature, but renewable energy’s falling costs add to its resilience. [Energy Matters]

Solar array (Image: Pixabay)

¶ Oregon-based energy storage company Powin Energy Corp will install software and infrastructure to seven Hawaiian sites, including the Boy Scouts of America’s Honolulu headquarters and the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, to maximize their bottom lines through storing solar energy not used during daylight hours. [Pacific Business News (Honolulu)]

¶ The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced plans to convert its entire 2,200 bus fleet to zero-emission buses by 2030. It is awarding contracts for 95 electric buses and charging infrastructure for two of its bus service routes, as Southern California Edison expands its electric vehicle charging system. [Utility Dive]

Proterra bus (Image: Proterra)

¶ New York energy giant Con Edison is proposing a partnership with a group of energy developers called Maine Power Express LLC to deliver wind power from northern Maine to Boston markets. MPX would build a 630-MW wind facility and deliver its power via an underground power line on an existing energy corridor. [Press Herald]

¶ The mayor of White Plains, New York, announced support for a goal of powering White Plains entirely with clean and renewable energy by 2035. He joins a growing coalition of more than 120 Mayors for 100% Clean Energy who have goals of powering their communities with 100% renewable energy, such as wind and solar. [Hudson Valley News Network]

New York wind farm (Photo: Windtech, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Oregon legislators failed to renew solar panel incentives during this year’s legislative session. The Residential Energy Tax Credit, which gave as much as $6,000 for installing solar panels, will expire at the end of the year. A push to replace RETC with reimbursements through 2019, after which they would decline, also failed. [The Corvallis Advocate]

¶ Vestas is to deliver turbines totalling 148 MW for Southern Power’s Cactus Flats wind farm in Texas. The Danish turbine manufacturer will supply and commission 43 V126-3.45MW machines. Delivery is expected to start in 2017, to be followed by commissioning in 2018. The deal also includes a 20-year service agreement, Vestas said. [reNews]

V126-33MW turbines (Credit: Vestas)

¶ The recent decisions of South Carolina energy companies to abandon construction of two unfinished nuclear reactors over their high costs could affect whether Virginia goes forward with a pricey new reactor of its own. Dominion Energy is considering whether to move forward with North Anna 3, projected to cost about $25 billion. [WSET]

¶ Southern Company, a utility based in Georgia, released a preliminary estimate that indicated overall costs for its Vogtle Electric Generating Plant have risen to at least $25.2 billion. The latest estimate raises new questions about whether the sole remaining nuclear facility under construction in the US will get built. [Fox Business]

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