August 13 Energy News

August 13, 2017

 

Opinion:

¶ “Joining Forces for Honest Environmental Journalism” • News publication have for years insisted on presenting opposing points of view for balance, even if they are self-serving and unscientific. The Climate News Network was set up in 2013 to provide a daily news story, objectively written, on some aspect of energy or climate change. [Truthdig]

USGS surveyors in Alaska (US Geological Survey | CC 2.0)

World:

¶ Australia is undergoing something of an energy crisis. Growing demand combined with under-investment in the electric grid has recently led to a series of embarrassing blackouts, and at the same time electric rates are soaring. South Australia has just overtaken Denmark as the place with the world’s most expensive electricity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Norway’s plan to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic threatens efforts to tackle climate change, a study said. It says 12 gigatonnes of carbon could be added by exploration sites in the Barents Sea and elsewhere over the next 50 years. This is 1.5 times more than the Norwegian fields currently being tapped or under construction. [The Guardian]

Oil platform maintenance (Photo: Marius Dobilas | Alamy Stock)

¶ The Indian government is looking at doubling the nuclear power generation capacity to about 14,000 MW, Union minister Piyush Goyal said. He has ruled out nuclear power becoming the main source of energy for India because it is too expensive, but he said the government plans to add ten new reactors of 700 MW each in the country. [citytoday]

¶ The regions of New South Wales known as New England and the North West have two more solar farms in the pipeline, with a combined investment of almost A$300 million ($237 million). Canadian Solar is building a 60-MW solar farm in Narrabri, and Photon Energy is developing a 155-MW solar farm in Gunnedah. [The Northern Daily Leader]

Australian solar farm

¶ Records are being set in the UK. There was not a single major plant generating purely solar power in 2007, but now, there are 277. The current UK target calls for 30% of electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2020, and according to provisional figures, the number for the first three months of 2017 was 26.6%. [domain-B]

¶ Tourism tycoon Chris Morris is helping fund a scientific expedition into the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef to search for corals that can survive bleaching. He is lending Great Barrier Reef Legacy his 35.5-meter yacht Flying Fish to search for “supercorals” that have tolerated warm water temperatures during bleaching events. [The Cairns Post]

The Flying Fish

US:

¶ In Mahwah, New Jersey, a Ramapough Lenape Nation’s prayer ground now has electricity, courtesy of renewable energy technology donated by Princeton University graduates. The energy system, which arrived in a 20-foot metal shipping container, has solar panels, a small wind turbine ready to be raised, and energy storage. [NorthJersey.com]

¶ A 1-MW solar array in Tres Piedras, New Mexico, started soaking in the sun and pumping power to the grid last week. Kit Carson Electric Cooperative announced plans earlier this year to eventually provide its 30,000 members with 100% renewable energy. The Tres Piedras solar array is the first of seven the co-op plans to build this year. [taosnews]

Solar array in New Mexico

¶ With an ambitious agenda to build two nuclear reactors in South Carolina, SCE&G painted a bright picture for years about progress on the nuclear project it had undertaken with state-owned utility Santee Cooper. The result was that many people did not know the magnitude of problems that started surfacing in 2012 until very recently. [The State]

¶ The clean energy standard, developed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, qualifies only zero-carbon producers that became operational after December 31, 2010, for clean energy credits. The Pilgrim nuclear plant is too old to get any subsidies. [SouthCoastToday.com]

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