October 13 Energy News

October 13, 2017

 

Opinion:

¶ “Pioneering Community Solar in the Granite State” • Legal and regulatory roadblocks forced solar advocates in Keene, New Hampshire, to develop a comprehensive framework for adding a 43-kW rooftop array to Monadnock Food Co-op, whose focus on sustainability and downtown location made it a natural partner. [ilsr.org]

Solar power in winter (Photo: 1010uk via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

¶ “California Fires Are an Urgent Reminder to Get the Country Off Fossil Fuels Now” • Is this the new normal? Summers and autumns filled with extreme hurricanes in the East and fires in the West. Billions of dollars of damage, thousands of lives uprooted – many lost completely. And global temperatures continuing to increase. [Food and Water Watch]

Science and Technology:

¶ For the second year in a row, scientists have discovered a massive hole in Antarctica’s sea ice, and they’re not sure what’s causing it. Scientists discovered the South Carolina-sized hole about a month ago, according to National Geographic. The phenomenon is known as a polynya, an area of open water where sea ice should be. [The Weather Channel]

Antarctica

World:

¶ The Carbon Disclosure Project published new research, which reveals that 1,389 companies disclosing their plans or current practices to CDP are putting a price on carbon emissions. This is “because they understand that carbon risk management is a business imperative.” This is a phenomenal increase from 150 companies in 2014. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The UK’s Government has left the door open for a boom in offshore wind power in the next decade to power low-carbon economic growth. If costs continue to fall, it would consider opportunities for additional projects beyond the 10-GW cap. It will also allow proposals for wind projects on Scottish islands to bid in the next auction. [Telegraph.co.uk]

Offshore wind power (Credit: AFP | Getty Images)

¶ Samsung Renewable Energy and its partner Pattern Energy Group have turned on the switch at their joint venture, 100-MW Belle River Wind power facility. It is expected to generate enough electricity to power as many as 35,000 Ontario homes annually. Pattern Energy Group now has 1.3 GW of operating projects, with more on the way. [Windsor Square]

¶ Queensland’s tender for 400 MW of large-scale renewables and 100 MW of energy storage has received 115 proposals from 79 different entities with a wide range of technologies. Proposals included 2.2 GW of wind, 6.4 GW of solar, around 500 MW of other renewable energy technologies, and 6 GW of energy storage proposals. [Energy Storage News]

Queensland (Photo: flickr | Timothy Swinson)

¶ Indonesia will not approve any new coal-fired power stations on the heavily populated island of Java as the country strives to reach its renewable energy development targets, the energy minister said. Java is home to about two thirds of Indonesia’s population of 250 million, but the island is also well supplied with electricity. [Reuters]

¶ Welsh developer Marine Power Systems has completed fabrication of a quarter-scale prototype of its WaveSub device at Pembroke Dock. The wave generator made by local outfit Ledwood Mechanical Engineering will be shipped in the coming weeks for testing at the FabTest nursery test site off Falmouth in Cornwall. [reNews]

WaveSub (Marine Power Systems image)

¶ The Netherlands, a country that recently commissioned three state-of-the-art coal plants and has been reluctant to close them, has moved to phase out coal power by 2030. At the same time, the UK and Canada have jointly urged other nations to drop coal from their power profiles. Many countries are reducing coal consumption. [POWER magazine]

¶ The Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council put forward their proposal for a Zero Emission Zone in the Oxford city center in an attempt to yield “historic reductions in air pollution.” The Zero Emission Zone, which would ban emitting vehicles from city centers, would be introduced at the beginning of 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Cornmarket St, Oxford (Photo: Grue, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Eight environmental have broken into a French nuclear power station and set off fireworks to urge better protection for nuclear waste and protest France’s dependence on atomic energy. The activists were detained, and Utilite EDF insisted that the stunt by Greenpeace had no impact on safety at the plant in Cattenom in eastern France. [PennEnergy]

US:

¶ Southern California Gas Co and the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory installed a bioreactor to test power-to-gas technology as a way to store excess renewable power. In the facility, renewable energy produces hydrogen, and archaea microorganisms in the bioreactor consume hydrogen and carbon dioxide to produce methane. [Renewables Now]

Bioreactor installation (Source: Twitter, @SoCalGasNews)

¶ Facing questions on Capitol Hill over his proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the notion of a free market in energy generation is a “fallacy.” One lawmaker accused Perry of “killing off competitive electricity markets just to save generation assets that are no longer economical.” [Yahoo Finance UK]

¶ In light of the Trump administration’s plans to rescind the Clean Power Plan, former New York Mayor Michael R Bloomberg has announced a new commitment of $64 million to support the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign and other organizations working to advance the US clean energy market at the state and local level. [North American Windpower]

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