October 11 Energy News

October 11, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Let sun & wind power Puerto Rico’s future” • In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans are stuck in an intensifying humanitarian crisis. The island could emerge from this disaster as a global leader in the transition toward clean energy. But it is loaded with an unjust debt burden and an unsustainable energy system. [New York Daily News]

Puerto Rico (Photo: Carlos Giusti | AP)

¶ “Pruitt Picks Winners & Losers – Clean Power Plan Rescinded” You know how all the people who feed at the trough full of Koch Brothers money always carry on about how government should not pick winners and losers? It is eyewash to bamboozle the weak-minded. In reality, they insist government pick winners (them) and losers (everyone else). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “What’s the Real Story on the Future of Coal?” • Analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists tracks the changes in the nation’s fleet of 1,256 coal-fired electric generating units from 2008 to 2016, and concludes that 38% of the nation’s coal generating capacity is less economic to run than alternatives. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Coal

World:

¶ When EY published its latest Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) report, it revealed that China has held on to its position as the world’s most attractive renewable energy market. China and India both overtook the United States in May’s RECAI report, dropping the US out of top spot for the first time since 2015. [CleanTechnica]

¶ German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion secured its first partnership in Argentina with EREN Renewable Energy for the supply and delivery of 27 of its 3.6M114 NES turbines. Senvion will undertake engineering, procurement, and construction. The 97.2-MW Los Hercules wind farm is expected to be completed in December, 2018. [Power Engineering International]

Wind turbines

¶ Australian households and businesses added another 97 MW of rooftop solar in 2017, setting a record for the first nine months of the year at 780 MW. This puts rooftop solar on track to break through the 1,000 MW mark for the first time in 2017. The increase in installations is clearly tied to rapidly increasing consumer electric bills. [RenewEconomy]

¶ One of the largest issues facing humans is our wastefulness. We waste food, resources, space and everything in between. To combat this, Google and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, are working together in a partnership focusing on building a circular economy for cities to follow. A circular economy encourages reduction of waste. [PSFK]

Solar PV panels in Berkeley, California

¶ The chair of Australia’s newly formed Energy Security Board, Dr Kerry Schott, stressed the importance of demand response in meeting the nation’s energy security and affordability needs, telling ABC Radio that if we could harness the technology effectively, we could “all stop worrying about building new plants of any description.” [RenewEconomy]

¶ Work has started on development and construction of a €38 million, 19.2-MW wind farm in County Wicklow, south of Dublin, after full planning permission was granted. Local people will run a co-operative that was established for the sole purpose of developing the wind farm to supply renewable energy to the electricity grid. [Independent.ie]

Wind farm (Independent.ie)

¶ International experts warned about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants that make them vulnerable to attack, in a report commissioned by the Greenpeace group. The seven experts are from France, Germany, Britain and the US, and are specialists in nuclear safety, proliferation, economics and radiation. [The News International]

US:

¶ Michigan, which experiences harsh, cold winters, is now home to a 200,000 panel solar array on a 250-acre site. The Lapeer solar park is operational and generating enough renewable energy to power 11,000 homes. It is one of the largest utility-owned solar parks east of the Mississippi River, Detroit based DTE Energy said in a statement. [CNBC]

Lapeer solar farm (DTE image)

¶ The EPA has identified its priorities, and climate change is not one of them. In fact, the term “climate change” does not appear in the agency’s draft four-year strategic plan, a document of 38 pages quietly released for public comment last week. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has questioned the authority of his agency to regulate climate change. [CNN]

¶ Colorado Springs Utilities’ plan to decommission Martin Drake Power Plant will not change despite US EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s announcement that he will override the Clean Power Plan. The utility also is moving forward with contract negotiations for 100 MW more electricity from solar power as part of its “Energy Vision” plan. [KKTV 11 News]

Martin Drake Power Plant

¶ Apex Clean Energy and the GreenBiz Group surveyed 153 major corporations. Among them, 84% are “actively pursuing or considering purchasing renewable energy over the next 5-10 years.” Surprisingly, they found that 43% of the corporations intend to be more aggressive in their pursuit of renewable energy in the next two years. [The Guardian]

¶ A public-private partnership is pushing ahead with plans to build the nation’s largest wind farm, the second largest in the world, in western Oklahoma. The 2,000-MW Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project is a collaborative venture by Invenergy, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company. [KUAR]

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