August 25 Energy News

August 25, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “This Stealth Terrorist Killed ~53,000 Americans Last Year” • An MIT study found that 200,000 premature deaths a year come from air pollution in the US Road transportation account for 53,000 of them. Electricity generation from coal and natural gas power plants accounts for another 52,000. These are real people; they are being murdered. [CleanTechnica]

Graveyard

¶ “Oops: Rick Perry may have stumbled upon solution to going 100% renewable” • Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s new grid study is filled with buried treasure, including the solution to enabling very deep renewable energy penetration: The future is smart control systems and electric cars. Clearly, that was not what Rick Perry had in mind. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Texas oil industry boasts of near-infinite supply – but what if the world stops buying?” • With all the talk from Trump administration officials about achieving “energy dominance,” Texas’ own oil and gas industry detailed its disproof of the idea of “peak oil.” The theory of “peak demand” seems like a tougher one to disprove. [Chron.com]

Wind turbines (Photo: Michael Paulsen | Chron.com)

Science and Technology:

¶ An Australian pilot project capturing carbon emissions and storing them in building materials aims to have a full-scale production plant by 2020. Mineral Carbonation International, an Australian company developing carbon-utilisation technology is launching its technology and research program at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the cold northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time, carrying gas from Norway to South Korea. The specially built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record, according to tanker’s Russian owners. [BBC]

The tanker Christophe de Margerie (Sovcomflot photo)

¶ Power generation in Lesotho is set for a major boost after the African Development Bank approved a $695,500 (M9.1 million) grant towards the development of 20-MW solar PV plant, the first utility-scale solar PV project in the country. The plant is expected to supply at least 13% of the country’s demand for electricity. [AllAfrica.com]

¶ Northern Ontario’s newest hydro-electric power source was celebrated Thursday with the opening of the Peter Sutherland Sr Generating Station. It is on the Abitibi River near New Post Creek, roughly 75 km north of Smooth Rock Falls. The new 28-MW facility was constructed on time and without overspending its budget. [Timmins Press]

Inside the Peter Sutherland Sr Generating Station

US:

¶ EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is leading a formal initiative to challenge mainstream climate science using a “back-and-forth critique” by government-recruited experts, according to a senior administration official. This is the first time agency officials acknowledged that Pruitt has begun that process, also favored by Energy Secretary Rick Perry. [Sunbury News]

¶ Pipeline operator Energy Transfer filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other organizations, alleging that actions against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline constituted “eco-terrorism.” Energy Transfer is represented by Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, whose founding partner Marc Kasowitz is President Donald Trump’s lawyer. [CleanTechnica]

Pipeline protest (Pax Ahimsa Gethen, CC BY-SA 4.0)

¶ The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority plans to install a 1.5-MW solar farm at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station as it develops a microgrid powered entirely onsite. ReVision Energy will soon break ground on the PV array, which is to be operating by the end of this year. The system will also have a 1-MW bio-gas plant. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ LM Wind Power is expanding its operations at the Port of Little Rock in Arkansas to accommodate the construction of longer wind turbine blades. These will reduce the levelized cost of energy. A new post-molding facility is being built, marking the second time in 12 months that the company has invested more in the site. [reNews]

Shipping wind turbine blades (LM Wind Power photo)

¶ After President Donald Trump announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook promised to build three new manufacturing plants in the country, the tech giant made public its plans to build a $1.3 billion data center in Waukee, Iowa. Cook noted in a statement on the new facility that it would be “all powered by renewable energy.” [News18]

¶ The DOE study on the reliability of the US electricity grid, ordered by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry back in April, had one overarching conclusion on the demise of coal. Cheap and abundant natural gas is the killer of coal plants, not renewables or excessive environmental regulation, as many coal proponents have claimed. [OilPrice.com]

Natural gas equipment

¶ Green Lantern has received a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Utility Commission and plans to build and sell ownership shares in a new group-net-metered Community Solar Array in Guilford. The array will have a capacity of 252 kW AC, and will be able to serve between 50 and 100 homes or the equivalent. [Vermont Biz]

¶ Families of five Navy service members who died after responding to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown have sued TEPCO, blaming the deaths on radiation illnesses contracted from the March 2011 disaster. The 7th Fleet broke off humanitarian response to the Fukushima Disaster when radiation was detected on the ships. [Gears Of Biz]

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