November 8 Energy News

November 8, 2017



¶ “Lazard: Wind & Solar Power Costs Continue To Fall, Putting Coal & Nuclear At A Disadvantage” • Lazard’s new Levelized Cost of Energy report shows costs of onshore wind and solar fell while others did not. So just operating a coal-fired facility may now be more costly than building and operating a solar or wind power installation. [CleanTechnica]

MHI Vestas offshore wind farm

¶ “Hotel in One of Earth’s Driest Places Is Powered by the Sun” • Chile’s Atacama Desert is so dry that some parts of it have never seen precipitation, and there’s rarely lasting cloud-cover. While these conditions are hostile for human life, some businesses believe they are just right to host enough solar panels to power all of South America. [National Geographic]

¶ “White House admits Trump climate policies will destroy all US coastal property” • The massive climate report released by the Trump administration makes clear that its climate policies will destroy every last bit of US (and global) coastal property in the decades to come, and over $1 trillion in US coastal property will eventually be valueless. [ThinkProgress]

Flooding in downtown Houston (Photo: Jason Dearen | AP)

Science and Technology:

¶ Digital technologies are set to transform the global energy landscape, making it more reliable and sustainable, a report by the International Energy Agency says. Demand side response from buildings, industry, and transport could provide 185 GW of flexibility, avoiding $270 billion of new infrastructure investment through 2040. []


¶ The 353-MW Galloper offshore wind farm off the Suffolk coast has generated first power, according to the company leading the project, Germany’s Innogy SE. The milestone means the process to commission the wind park’s 56 turbines, of which 38 are in place, has now begun. It is expected to be completed early next year. [Renewables Now]

Galloper (Source:

¶ The US is now a party of one in its stance on climate change. Syria will join the Paris climate agreement, leaving the US as the only country in the world not signed on to the landmark climate deal. Syrian officials announced their intention to ratify the accord at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn on Tuesday. [CNN]

¶ Royal Society for the Protection of Birds lost its long and expensive case against the Scottish Government over the giant Neart na Gaoithe wind farm in the Firth of Forth. The UK Supreme Court refused permission for the RSPB to appeal against the decision of Scotland’s top civil court that Mainstream Renewable Power’s development. [The National]

Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm

¶ Some of Europe’s top utilities have called the EU’s green energy targets unambitious, urging the bar to be raised in the fight against climate change, Reuters said. A letter, signed by Enel, Iberdrola, and four others, called for the energy target, currently to get at least 27% of energy from renewables by 2030, to be raised to 35%. [Financial Tribune]

¶ Potentially sparing Western Australia hundreds of millions of dollars, electricity provider Synergy is poised to partner with a Dutch investment fund to bankroll obligations under federal green energy laws. The Cabinet signed off on plans by Synergy to establish a green power fund to meet its commitments under the renewable energy target. [The West Australian]

Albany  wind farm (Photo: Miles Liedtke | Instagram)

¶ The French government said that it probably would not be able to keep its 2025 deadline to reduce the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50%, an admission which angered ecologists. The Environment Minister said that it would be difficult to keep to the 2025 calendar without increasing use of fossil fuels. [The Local France]

¶ Green Investment Group Ltd and General Electric Co have achieved financial close on the 650-MW Markbygden ETT onshore wind farm in Northern Sweden, having raised about €800 million ($925 million). Svevind has been developing the scheme since 2002. The European Commission approved the transaction in August. [Renewables Now]

GE wind farm in Europe (GE image, all rights reserved)


¶ In its mania to prove how horrible the Clean Power Plan is, the EPA has rejiggered the numbers and found that the Clean Power Plan could save more lives than the Obama officials thought. Oddly enough, the means that rolling back its provisions could lead to between 40,000 and 100,000 more premature deaths in America by the year 2050. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Last week, the annual National Climate Report stated that all the increase in average global temperatures since 1950 can be attributed to human activity. This week, a lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Philadelphia claiming the federal government has a duty to protect its citizens from injury or death due to climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Air pollution

¶ The governor of Puerto Rico announced that the island will pursue a 20% and 25% renewables share for power generation. The renewable sources planned to be used include solar, wind and hydro. Electric micro grids will also be deployed, and a new program will aim to equip 85,000 homes with solar panels and batteries. [Renewables Now]

¶ The local utility in Kongiganak, Alaska, has not only managed to cut some of its residents’ heating bills in half, but built a revolutionary microgrid along the way. Five wind turbines now produce 25% of the village’s electricity, but when they produce more power than can be used, the excess is diverted to heating homes, cutting bills by 50%. [KYUK]

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