November 20 Energy News

November 20, 2017


¶ “Sea Levels Are Already Rising. What’s Next?” • President Trump has dismissed climate change as a hoax. But scientists project that, within the next 100 years, rising sea levels caused by climate change will submerge much of southeast Florida, including Mar-a-Lago. Jeff Goodell’s a new book is The Water Will Come. [National Geographic]

Houston after Hurricane Harvey (Photo: Joe Raedle | Getty)


¶ Chinese EV battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd is now planning a $2 billion IPO to be completed by the end of June 2018. The funds are to be used to accelerate the company’s expansion plans. The company will reportedly be building two new EV battery manufacturing plants. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Australia’s chief scientist contradicted the government’s claims that Labor’s 50% ­renewables target by 2030 is “a road to ruin.” Dr Alan Finkel is issuing a major report that shows the plan for more renewable energy sources will not lead to major blackouts despite the government’s claims that the “huge renewable target” is irresponsible and “crazy.” [PerthNow]

The Liddell Power Station in the Hunter Valley (Photo:
Jane Dempster | The AustralianPicture: News Corp Australia)

¶ The Turnbull government’s plan to keep the old Liddell power station running for five extra years would cost about $1.4 billion more than replacing it with clean energy, and spew millions of tonnes of damaging carbon pollution, a new analysis shows. The findings have implications for the retirement of other coal-fired power stations. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ In order to prevent mass-scale evaporation of water, the state government of Maharashtra has given a nod to a proposal that involves setting up floating solar panels on the reservoir at Ujjani Dam. The solar panels will be set up on a water surface of 4,640 acres, to generate 1,000 MW of electricity, making it one of the largest projects of its type. [EnergyInfraPost]

Ujjani Dam

¶ China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is poised to install a record amount of solar-power capacity this year, prompting researchers to boost forecasts as much as 80%. About 54 GW of solar power will be put in place this year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said, raising a forecast of more than 30 GW that BNEF made in July. [Bloomberg]

¶ French developer EDF Energy Renewables has exported first power from its 41.5-MW Blyth demo project off the coast of Northumberland. The project began exporting electricity to the grid from its five MHI Vestas 8.3-MW turbines on 21 October, the company said. The project should be fully operational in the coming weeks. [reNews]

Offshore wind (EDF Energy Renewables image)

¶ Intel has become the latest multinational to cut its carbon footprint after striking a deal to power its manufacturing campus in County Kildare with renewable energy. The plant relied on 100% local renewable energy sources for a year, making it the State’s largest, voluntary, private purchaser of environmentally sustainable energy. []

¶ The Longyuan Mulilo De Aar Wind Power Project has been successfully commissioned, connecting an estimated 85,000 local residents to clean the power. Situated in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa, the plant has a generating capacity of 100 MW. The wind farm was developed by China Longyuan Power Group Corporation. [ESI Africa]

Longyuan Mulilo De Aar Wind Power Project

¶ South African utility Eskom should cut down on its coal power network and should not embark on any new nuclear, gas, or coal building programs if it wants to save itself from financial ruin, a new study has found. Also, an Eskom report seen by media shows Eskom’s poor governance has left it teetering on the edge of insolvency. [Cape Business News]


¶ Dozens of Catholic leaders wrote a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the United States to resume its leadership role in addressing climate change. They asked the president to honor US commitments to the Green Climate Fund and to participate meaningfully in the framework convention deliberations. [Crux: Covering all things Catholic]

Warming seas, melting ice (NASA photo, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ One of the fathers of climate science is calling for a wave of lawsuits against governments and fossil fuel companies that are delaying action on what he describes as the growing, mortal threat of global warming. Former NASA scientist James Hansen says the litigate-to-mitigate campaign is needed alongside political mobilization. [The Guardian]

¶ Groups including the Idaho Rural Water Association conducted “Safeguarding Idaho’s Economy in a Changing Climate,” a two-day conference at Boise State University. The discussion on climate change has pivoted, moving from how to prevent it to how to live with it, including looking at the costs of the new normal. [Idaho Business Review]

Boise River

¶ An Ohio University communication studies professor has a standing offer for students in his environmental communication courses: “Anybody that can bring into class information … that denies the truth of anthropogenic warming can have as much class time as they want to teach the class.” No one has taken him up on the offer yet. [The Post]

¶ The owners of South Carolina’s unfinished nuclear power plant have a $2 billion decision to make, and just six weeks to make it. The question is whether two partially built reactors in Fairfield County are done for good, or if it’s worthwhile to maintain them in case the project’s prospects improve. The parties are not near agreement. [Charleston Post Courier]

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