November 13 Energy News

November 13, 2017


¶ “Are villages embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution faster than cities?” • Villages in rural India, Bangladesh and Africa may be racing ahead of cities when it comes to embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution and cutting-edge technology for their energy needs, Global Himalayan Expedition’s Energy Access Leader says. []

House in the Himalayas running on solar power
(Image: Global Himalaya Expedition)

Science and Technology:

¶ Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth is greater use of coal in China as its economy expanded. Researchers are unsure of whether the rise in emissions is a one-off or the start of a new period of CO2 build-up. [BBC News]


¶ Elgin Energy is seeking permission for a major 100-acre solar PV farm in the Irish town of Kilkenny, adding to its solar power play. The application is just the latest in a slew of proposals by developers for solar farms on sites right across the country over the past year, following a significant fall in the cost of solar PV technology. []

Solar array with sheep

¶ Electric buses have been selling like hotcakes in China. The EV-loving city Shenzhen is taking it one step further. In Shenzhen, electric buses will make up all public bus transportation by the end of this year. The city already has 14,000 electric buses on the streets, with only has a few hundred diesel-powered buses left to replace. [CleanTechnica]

¶ According to Agora Energiewende, shutting down twenty lignite-burning power plants in Germany would not lead to electricity shortages in the country, even during the coldest parts of the winter; it would only mean a reduction in the amount of electricity is exported. It would also get the country halfway to its carbon reduction goals. [CleanTechnica]

Coal-burning power plant

¶ Namibia has the potential to light up Southern Africa, given its strategic location and ambitious plan for private investments in the power generation sector, according to the Finance Minister. The majority of the upcoming electricity generation projects are expected to be developed through private sector investments. []

¶ Nexif Energy, based in Singapore, has achieved financial close for the first stage of its 212-MW Lincoln Gap wind farm in South Australia. The developer announced that the project would also include a 10-MW battery storage system to be sited near Port Augusta. The 126-MW first phase envisages the installation of 36 turbines. [Renewables Now]

Lincoln Gap wind farm site (Source:

¶ Climate change talks in Germany are headed for a collision course on coal this week, and Canada is right in the middle of it. Canada’s Environment Minister and her British counterpart want the conversation to focus on getting rid of coal as a power source. But their anti-coal initiative is in direct contrast with the US position. [Huffington Post Canada]

¶ In a notice published in South Africa’s Government Gazette, independent generators of up to 1 MW of electricity have been exempted from the legal obligation to be licensed. This means that owners of embedded renewable generation facilities will not have the administrative and financial burdens of obtaining a generating license. [Citizen]

Installing solar panels

¶ China will launch a pilot program to trade distributed electric power generation starting on February 1, 2018, the National Energy Administration announced. The move will promote renewable power consumption in the country. Distributed power plants are typically small and medium-sized power stations sited close to consumers. [Reuters]

¶ Australian renewable energy developer CWP Renewables has proposed building a 250-MW solar tower and storage project in Queensland, saying it could be a cost effective alternative to either a new coal generator or even battery storage proposed by wind and solar projects. It is one of several solar thermal projects proposed for the state. [RenewEconomy]

Crescent Dunes solar thermal project in Nevada

¶ Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have installed a device to remove nuclear fuel from a meltdown-hit reactor nearly seven years after the crisis was sparked by a tsunami, a spokesman said. The plant’s operator, TEPCO, said a crane on the roof of the No 3 reactor will extract a total of 566 rods from its fuel pool. [Japan Today]


¶ An effort by Vermont utility regulators to settle the long-standing and contentious issue of how much noise neighbors of industrial wind projects should be subject to ended up satisfying no one. Both proponents of wind power and those who say the noise poses a health risk to people who live near turbines were upset with the result. [Westport News]

Wind farm (Photo: Tim Roske | AP)

¶ TDI New England wants to lay a high-voltage transmission cable under Lake Champlain. It has pledged $20 million for low-income energy retrofits in Western Massachusetts if its New England Clean Power Link wins a major contract in the Bay State. The retrofits would include things other programs do not pay for, a spokesperson said. []

¶ When it comes to renewable energy, Hawaii stands out, with 15% of the state’s power coming from solar and wind. Now, the state may also be pioneering ocean waves for renewable energy. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson visited a naval base in Hawaii, where researchers are testing a new frontier of wave power technology. [PBS NewsHour]

Joseph Mangum, of Sunnyside Solar, is on the ground in
Puerto Rico, helping people. How to help him help them?
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