November 9 Energy News

November 9, 2017


¶ “Will the US put the lights out in the waning Coal Industry?” • Like the largest dinosaurs, the coal industry has put a giant footprint on the planet. In recent years it has played a cancerous role in global environmental problems. Global temperatures have already risen by nearly 1° C, and they are continuing the rise. [Industry Leaders Magazine]

Coal mine

¶ “A year after Trump’s win, coal is still losing to renewables” • It has been a year since President Trump’s election and his pledges to transform the energy markets have not exactly come to pass. In fact, what was true under President Barack Obama is still true: Coal’s generation is declining, and renewable’s share is growing fast. [Fairfield Daily Republic]

Science and Technology:

¶ HomeBiogas, which successfully launched its first home biodigester system on Indiegogo in early 2016, has been working to improve the design of its product into a more durable, lower cost, and more efficient model. It recently unveiled the next iteration of this backyard biogas device, cutting the cost of the device in half. [CleanTechnica]

HomeBiogas system

¶ Exposure to particulate matter air pollution is responsible for more than 10.7 million cases of the development of chronic kidney disease per year, according to a study. Chronic kidney disease is just one of a  long list of reasons moving away from petrol/gas and diesel cars, and coal-fired power plants, would benefit public health greatly. [CleanTechnica]


¶ Tennet announced that it was running the first European blockchain-controlled power stabilization scheme, in a partnership with battery supplier Sonnen, using IBM’s blockchain software. The partners announced test pilots in May, as CoinDesk reported at the time. That work has now entered the phase of practical application. [CoinDesk]

Transmission lines (Shutterstock image)

¶ The European Commission published its annual climate action progress report this week. Between 1990 and 2016 the European Union has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 23% while at the same time growing its economy by 53%. This proves again that environmental action need not negatively affect the financial bottom line. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A global transition to 100% renewable electricity, far from being a long-term vision, is happening now, a study says. It is the work of Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Energy Watch Group, and it was published at the UN climate change conference, COP23. The conference is now underway in Bonn, Germany. []

Thai solar Farm (Asian Development Bank image, CC BY 2.0)

¶ ACCIONA Energía will double its renewable energy capacity in Latin America to over 2,000 MW by 2020. It alreadly owns 897 MW of wind and PV power capacity in the region. In the last four months of 2017, 700 MW more will be under construction, and other projects are being developed for completion in 2020. [Windpower Engineering]


¶ A diverse group of a dozen US energy industry associations representing a wide range of technologies, including oil, natural gas, wind, solar, efficiency, and others, have come together to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject the DOE’s proposal to subsidize the coal and nuclear energy industries. [CleanTechnica]

Power plant

¶ Wells Fargo & Company announced that 100% of its global electricity consumption for 2017 will be met with renewable energy. The company has met the first part of a commitment that includes a transition to long-term agreements that fund new sources of green power by 2020. Its real estate portfolio is already 24% LEED certified. [Energy Voice]

¶ While the market for offshore wind power is well established in Europe, it still is in its nascent stage of development in the US. Now, Denmark, a leader of the offshore wind power industry, and the US have decided to work in collaboration to help expand the offshore wind power generation capacity in both of the countries. [CMFE News]

Offshore wind power

¶ The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill aimed at expanding hydroelectric power by a vote of 257-166. The bill was sponsored by Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington. It defines hydropower as a renewable resource and streamlines the way projects are licensed, with primary authority granted to a single federal agency. [ABC News]

¶ Lincoln Clean Energy announced that its 250-MW Willow Springs wind farm has begun commercial operations in Haskell County, Texas. The Willow Springs wind farm is expected to generate about 1 million MWh of energy annually. Lincoln Clean Energy now has brought a total of 503 MW of wind power online this year. [Electric Light & Power]

Willow Springs wind farm

¶ Solar and wind power production, though still only a small contributor to the region’s overall power supply, has started to reduce demand on traditional power plants, according to ISO New England. The study predicts that there will be an adequate electrical power generation overall in New England through at least 2021. [Hartford Business]

¶ California’s last nuclear power plant may be one step closer to closing, despite a vocal campaign to save it. The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would approve plans by Diablo Canyon’s owner, Pacific Gas and Electric Co, to shut its two reactors down when the operating licenses expire, in 2024 and 2025. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Joseph Mangum, of Sunnyside Solar, is helping people in Puerto Rico. How can you help the people of Puerto Rico? One way is to donate at [Sunnyside Solar’s crowdfunding website].

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