Archive for October 29th, 2017

October 29 Energy News

October 29, 2017


¶ “Rise of renewables a growing challenge to natural gas” • Even though natural gas demand is forecast to continue its ascendancy over the next 20 to 30 years, supported by low cost and the drive for cleaner fuels, new evidence shows that it faces challenges from fast growth of renewables and stubbornly remaining coal, particularly in Asia. [Cyprus Mail]

Growing renewable generation

¶ “How Fossil Fuel Allies Are Tearing Apart Ohio’s Embrace of Clean Energy” • As fossil fuel interests mobilized at the national level to fight proposals to mitigate climate change that threaten their profits, they made Ohio a priority for fighting clean energy policy at the state level. Now, they are getting laws passed that benefit only themselves. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Communities in Illinois can take lead against climate change” Chicago, Elgin, Evanston, Highland Park, and other Illinois municipalities have pledged to fill the void left by  Trump and seize opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. For both environmental and economic reasons, now is the time for them to act. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Crawford power plant in Chicago, the last coal-burning power
plant in a major US city (Photo by Scott Olson | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ Historically, nearly all of the world’s power has either been used as quickly as it is made or wasted. But climate change has made governments interested in renewable energy and storage. The economics of adding storage to a grid or wind farm are increasingly making more sense. Here is a list of important storage technologies. [Ars Technica]


¶ China is getting serious about pollution. Up to 40% of its factories have recently been closed at least temporarily as the country has struggled to meet its year-end pollution reduction goals, sources say. Officials from more than 80,000 factories have been charged with criminal offences relating to emissions over the past year. [CleanTechnica]

Factory in China (Photo: High Contrast, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ British billionaire Richard Branson plans to lead a post-hurricane rebuilding effort in the Caribbean, with a focus on clean energy projects. The effort focuses on “a green energy revolution” to make area economies more sustainable, he said. But it may also include debt relief negotiations mediated by the International Monetary Fund. [Times LIVE]

¶ Norway is the top country in the world as regards market share for plug-in vehicles (by far). In the first 9 months of 2017, electric vehicles captured a 32% market share, as compared to a 24% share in 2016. For comparison, #2 was Iceland at 8%, #3 was Sweden at 4%. China was at 1.6% and the US at 1.1%, according to world sales tracker EV Volumes. [CleanTechnica]

Street in Oslo (Photo: Bjørn Erik Pedersen, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ France will detail at the end of 2018 how many nuclear reactors will close to meet a target on reducing atomic energy, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said. France aims to cut the share of atomic energy in power generation to 50% by 2025 from 75% now. The nuclear sector currently supports about 220,000 jobs, directly and indirectly. [Sky News Australia]


¶ At the ninth annual NH Local Energy Solutions Conference, a large number of people attended a session on remaking the power grid. The future of the grid is drawing increasing interest because the growth of renewable energy sources and online devices has upended the business model used by regulated electric utilities. [Concord Monitor]

Grid infrastructure (Don Bartletti | Los Angeles Times | TNS)

¶ Hydropower is making a comeback in Northwest Colorado. A push by the state to develop small hydro projects resulted in new state policies in 2007, but it was insufficient in the face of federal regulations. Then Congress passed the Small Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act in 2013, to simplify the permitting process. [Craig Daily Press]

¶ Across the US, the year’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. Scientists say it is yet another sign of the changing climate, with both good and bad consequences, more fruits and vegetables, but also more allergies and pests. [The Olympian]

Fall colors in Pennsylvania (David Mckeown | AP)

¶ More US organizations, including Adobe, CVS Health, Gap, Nike, and Merck, are taking climate change seriously and have committed to emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement, according to Picking up the pace: tracking progress on corporate climate action, by CDP, a nonprofit global environmental disclosure platform. [Chief Executive Group]

¶ Findings of the Risky Business Project, run by a broad group of US business leaders, is that climate change poses tremendous risk to American agriculture, business, and citizens. The solution is to adapt rapidly and transition to a low-carbon, clean-energy economy that also would boost both jobs and the economy. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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