September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Is Utah missing the renewable energy boat?” • Rocky Mountain Power intends to invest $3.5 billion for renewable energy infrastructure to supply power for Utah. The bad news for Utah is that the money will be spent in Wyoming and Idaho. So the question for elected leaders and legislators from Utah’s more rural counties is, “Why?” [Deseret News]

PVs in Utah (Photo: Governor’s Office of Energy Development)

¶ “Will future storms will be worse than Harvey? The debate over climate and hurricanes” • At the time of Katrina, researchers published studies suggesting that more intense hurricanes were linked to rising ocean temperatures. After all, hurricanes get their energy from the warm waters. The big problem was a need for data, but that is no longer an issue. [Chicago Tribune]

¶ “Sen Kaine vows to help keep island’s Trump-backing residents from sinking below the waves” • Donald Trump’s numbskull minions continue to scrub “climate change” from government websites, documents, and grant proposals. But Tangier Island, whose people voted mainly for Trump, is disappearing, and climate denialism is not helping. [Daily Kos]

Tangier Island (Chesapeake Bay Program)

¶ “How Harvey has shown us the risks of climate change” • In a warmer world, heavy precipitation is on the rise, increasing the rainfall of a given storm. The sea level is rising, worsening the risks of coastal flooding. Now, scientists are exploring how human-induced change may affect storm intensity and the winds that steer the hurricanes. [Houston Chronicle]

World:

¶ Mexico is preparing for a third round of annual tenders for new supply projects to be auctioned in November. The first two rounds covered a combined 14.3 TWh of annual production. Mexico’s goal is to raise the share of renewables in the energy mix from around 20% currently to 35% by 2024 and to 50% by 2050. [OilPrice.com]

PV panels

¶ Warm temperatures have produced new high summer demand in Saskatchewan. SaskPower will invest approximately $1 billion in infrastructure projects this year across the province. New infrastructure projects over the next 13 years will also include doubling the power capacity that comes from the province’s renewable sources. [Weyburn This Week]

¶ Aside from the massive recurrent national grid investments in Nigeria, with costs running into several billion US dollars, the country is said to be spending N5 trillion ($14 billion) each year on distributed diesel generation, which has no connection with the national utility grid, but provides electricity for homes and businesses. [TODAY.NG]

Clifton Pier Power Station

¶ State-owned NTPC, based in New Delhi, recorded 12.55% growth in power generation in August this year as compared to the same month in 2016. The plant load factor increased 5.58%, and Koldam hydro power project generated electricity at its peak capacity during this period, but electricity from solar PVs rose by a factor of three. [Millennium Post]

¶ South African utility Eskom finds itself in the unusual position of having to find more customers as additional power from renewable energy companies becomes available to the grid by the end of October. Eskom has had an oversupply of electrical power with coal-burning power plants and new renewable projects. [Financial Mail]

Wind turbines (Photo: William Campbell-Corbis via Getty Images)

¶ NRECA International selected Bandera Electric Cooperative to design and procure a solar and energy storage solution for Totota, Liberia, which is 160 km (100 mi) east of the capital, Monrovia. Power from 220 solar panels will be provided to about 400 homes. A 90-kWh battery system will be included in the system. [New Kerala]

¶ Solarplicity has revealed more details of its £1 billion solar program for social housing tenants. Details confirm that Maas Capital will invest £160 million to unlock a total of £1 billion. This will then be used for a residential installation program for 800,000 homes in England and Wales during the next five years. [Solar Power Portal]

Social housing install in Ealing (Credit: Solarplicity)

¶ According to the lead researcher of a study, 29.5% of workers at Fukushima Daiichi during the disaster have displayed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including flashbacks. About one in five TEPCO workers at neighboring Fukushima Daini plant also developed PTSD, even though the four reactors there were not damaged. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ Montana coal production is more than 2 million tons ahead of where it was this time last year, although analysts say the future is far from bright for the fossil fuel. “A company that lost 30% of its market in the last couple years and gains back two points is technically doing better,” one analyst said. And new plants are just not being built. [Billings Gazette]

Coal being loaded into hopper cars (Associated Press)

¶ Significant rainfall and cooler temperatures may have dimmed the spirits of outdoor recreationists in Michigan this summer, but the weather has provided for an increase in the production of renewable energy from Upper Peninsula Power Company’s hydroelectric generation fleet, according to officials of the utility company. [Marquette Mining Journal]

¶ This year, the number of juvenile flounder caught by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in its annual survey hit an all-time low. For decades, the fish have been declining in numbers off the Texas coast. Over-fishing is one reason, but a main factor is environmental. Climate change has made the water too warm for spawning. [WRAL.com]

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