November 27 Energy News

November 27, 2017


¶ “American leaders should read their official climate science report” • The United States Global Change Research Program’s report on the science of climate change and its causes is available for anyone to read, and it gives an overview of the most up to date science. It paints a bleak picture of the consequences of climate denial. [The Guardian]

Signorello Estate winery smolder after the October
wildfires in Napa, California (Photo: Eric Risberg | AP)


¶ The rapidly declining cost of solar equipment has opened new markets in developing countries. Afghanistan, which imports most of its electricity, will build its first 20-MW solar power plant in Kabul, in a bid to meet rising energy demand. The project will be funded by the Asian Development Bank, which is providing $45 million. [Bloomberg]

¶ UPS is testing an elegant depot-to-door delivery e-bike system in London. The e-bike is powered by a trailer it pulls to deliver its cargo. The trailer can carry up to 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of cargo along with the batteries. The UPS electric trailer delivery trial is being done in London in anticipation of the city’s closure to gas cars. [CleanTechnica]

Low-impact logistics in London

¶ Caribbean island nations and territories have been shattered by this year’s hurricanes. For China, the crisis in the Caribbean is an opportunity to expand its influence in an area where it already has deep historic and economic ties dating to Cuba’s 1959 revolution. Aside from China, much of the area’s hope is for private investment. [The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer]

¶ Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Resources published a policy allowing 1,600 MW of electricity from solar PVs to be added to Israel’s electric grid over the next three years. The PVs will take Israel 44% of the way to its target to have 10% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2020 The target was set in 2009. [World Israel News]

Solar panels in Israel (Photo: shutterstock)

¶ Low carbon energy was placed at the front and center of the UK’s long-awaited industrial strategy white paper, with offshore wind set to be one of the main beneficiaries. In the paper, the UK government identified clean growth as one of four “Grand Challenges” to “put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future.” [reNews]

¶ Elsewedy Electric plans to build two 500-MW wind farms in cooperation with Marubeni Corporation of Japan, with up to €500 million of investments, company sources said. It is choosing between a site in the Gulf of Suez and one west of the Nile. The sources said the cost of energy from the wind stations will not exceed 3.8¢/kW. [Daily News Egypt]

Wind farm

¶ Australia can meet its 2030 greenhouse emissions target, cutting emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels, at zero net cost, according to analysis of a range of options for the National Electricity Market. This is because the cost of electricity from new-build wind and solar will be cheaper than replacing old fossil fuel generators with new ones. [MENAFN.COM]

¶ France saw 12,758 new PV systems installed, with a combined capacity of 484 MW, in the first three quarters of this year, the latest statistics from the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development show. This is up 4% from the same period in 2016, when 13,196 PV installations totaled 465 MW were installed there. [pv magazine International]

Solar system (SunPower image)

¶ The Japanese government is being urged by experts to release radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean gradually, more than six years after a tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The water is stored on site in around 900 large and densely packed tanks and could spill should another major disaster strike. [Daily Mail]


¶ As wind and solar energy have grown, they have created many jobs nationwide in fields from construction to manufacturing. A January count by the DOE concluded that solar generation employed 373,807 people nationwide, the most of any type of electric power production. Windpower came in second, with 101,738 workers. []

Wind technicians at work (Photo: Glen Stubbe | Star Tribune)

¶ The US-based electric bus manufacturer Proterra has received an order for 10 all-electric Catalyst E2 transit buses and associated charging infrastructure. They will be used at the Norman Y Mineta San José International Airport, which serves the San Francisco area. The order is expected to be completed in late 2018. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Columbus, Georgia, may soon have its first solar farm. An Atlanta-based company, SoLAmerica Energy, went before the Columbus Council with a proposal to develop an “an urban solar farm” on under-utilized property owned by the city. The solar farm would generate $25,000 in city revenue annually from leasing and taxes. [Columbus Ledger-Enquirer]

Solar panels

¶ The DOE’s new point person for power restoration in Puerto Rico, Bruce J Walker, won confirmation as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability last month, shortly after Hurricane Maria tore through the island. He said his office has already identified 200 locations for Puerto Rican microgrids. [CleanTechnica]

One way to one help the people of Puerto Rico is to
donate at [
Sunnyside Solar’s crowdfunding website].

¶ Some tribes in Colorado are setting themselves up to thrive by using renewable energy. The Southern Ute tribe is one of them. Their reservation lies in the southern part of Colorado, near the New Mexico border. A $1.5 million award from the DOE’s Office of Indian Energy made it possible to install the Oxford Solar Farm. []

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