Archive for August 28th, 2017

August 28 Energy News

August 28, 2017



¶ “Cyclones and climate change: connecting the dots” • Scientists freely acknowledge they don’t know everything about how global warming affects hurricanes like the one pummeling southeast Texas. But what they do know is enough to keep them up at night. The amplifying impact of climate change is basic physics. [Phys.Org]

Hurricane Harvey’s destruction

¶ “States Dare to Think Big on Climate Change” • There is a bright spot amid gloomy news about climate change and the Trump administration’s resistance to doing anything about it. It is the determination of a number of governments of California and the states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to take action on their own. [New York Times]


¶ The Australian city of Canberra has its first all-electric and hybrid buses, following the launch of a new 12-month public transportation fleet trial. The $900,000 trial involves leasing two all-electric buses from Carbridge and one hybrid bus from Volvo. The test buses will see their performance gauged against the existing fleet of diesel buses. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus in the ACT

¶ The government of Zimbabwe is making efforts to boost electricity generation, with over $151 million worth of new small hydropower projects lined up and $154 million secured to repower small thermal power stations. The government is finalizing policy frameworks with the expectation of greater private sector involvement. [Bulawayo24 News]

¶ Australia’s renewable energy sector is within striking distance of matching national household power consumption, cranking out enough electricity to run 70% of homes last financial year. The first Australian Renewable Energy Index finds the sector will generate enough power to run 90% of homes with completion of current projects. [The Guardian]

Wind turbine in Australia (Photo: Bloomberg | Getty Images)

¶ Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is fast-tracking the Snowy Hydro 2.0 power project, with a timetable for a A$29 million ($23 million) feasibility study. He says the project will meet peak demand for 500,000 homes. The project will create 5,000 new jobs in Cooma, Tumut, and Sydney next year, when construction starts. [Sky News Australia]

¶ TenneT delivered 7.77 TWh of electricity generated by offshore wind in the North Sea in the first half of 2017, up 50% on the 5.18 TWh in the same period last year. TenneT said it currently has nine offshore grid connections with combined capacity of 5,221 MW. It plans to complete three further grid connections by the end of 2019. [reNews]

Cable laying at BorWin 1 (TenneT image)

¶ Electricity generators have rebuked the Turnbull government for delaying the introduction of a clean energy target, arguing a target will trigger new investment and bring down power bills. Now Mr Turnbull will meet bosses of some of Australia’s biggest power companies for discussions about rapidly rising power prices. [Brisbane Times]

¶ China is expected to invest $3 trillion in power generation over the next 25 years, according to a recent report released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Some 75% of the expected investment will flow into the renewable energy sector. The report said that the investment in the wind power sector alone will reach $1 trillion. [China Daily]

Inspecting a solar system (Song Weixiong | for China Daily)

¶ In Bangladesh, the state-owned Power Development Board signed a 20-year power purchase deal with local company Intraco Solar Power Ltd at the rate of 16¢/kWh (Tk12.80 per unit) for the next 20 years. To fulfill its target, the government wants to raise the ratio of renewable energy to 10% of the total power generation by 2020. [Dhaka Tribune]

¶ Hokkaido is the leader among Japan’s 47 prefectures in power generation using alternative sources such as solar energy, according to data compiled by the Natural Resources and Energy Agency. In fiscal 2016, Hokkaido accounted for nearly 10% of the 28.42 million MWh of Japan’s total renewable energy generation. [The Japan Times]

Shimamaki Wind Farm (DrTerraKhan, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The Sainshand wind farm in Mongolia, the country’s third privately financed wind farm, will receive a $120 million project financing package from international investors. The scheme will significantly help the government to achieve the goal of having renewable energy account for 20% of all power by 2020, and 30% by 2030. []


¶ Engineers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, are working with open-source software ThermalTracker to find the best method for capturing flight patterns of winged creatures to help developers locate optimal sites for offshore wind projects. [Peninsula Daily News]

Engineering software to find flight patterns
(Eric Francavilla/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

¶ Two of America’s biggest telecommunication firms are being urged to use more renewable energy to power their businesses. Verizon and AT&T customers are being asked to push the providers to commit to shifting to 100% clean energy at their operations by 2025. The campaign is being led by Green America. [Innovators Magazine]

¶ Coal and nuclear industry groups are pressing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to implement policy changes outlined in Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s new grid reliability study, which was aimed at saving their power plants from closing. The study recommends new rules to value of nuclear and coal power plants higher. [Washington Examiner]

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