February 11 Energy News

February 11, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Change Threatens Neighborhoods of the Port of Providence” • In Providence, Rhode Island, rising seas, flood waters, and storm surge have potential to unleash buried and stored toxins along the working waterfront. Concerns about climate change have been met with reassurances that ignore the most important issues. [ecoRI news]

Providence skyline (Kenneth C Zirkel, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water. But there will soon be others. A 2014 survey of the world’s 500 largest cities estimates that one in four are in a situation of “water stress.” Here is a list of 11 cities likely to run out of water. [BBC]

World:

¶ The DBS bank will stop financing ‘dirty-coal’ or low-grade coal projects by the end of this year, though it will continue to support ventures in emerging markets that uses higher-quality coal, a top bank official said. The Singapore bank, which is rated among the largest in Asia, will also focus on funding renewable energy projects. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Cooling towers

¶ The CEO of Saudi Arabian utility developer ACWA Power said it expects to submit tenders for projects this year worth $4.5 billion in Saudi Arabia and will also target projects in Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. The company is looking to sell a 30% stake to investors and list in Riyadh, banking sources have told Reuters. [ArabianBusiness.com]

¶ Indian State-run power giant NTPC may borrow about ₹16,000 crore ($2.5 billion) next financial year for adding 6,900 MW of fresh electricity generation capacity by March 2019. NTPC is ramping up the share of renewables, especially solar, in its energy mix. Currently, renewables account for roughly 2% of its total energy portfolio. [Moneycontrol.com]

NTPC power plant

¶ Aker Solutions ASA, a Norwegian oil services company, invested in floating wind power technology company Principle Power. Their alliance expands Aker Solutions’ position in offshore oil and gas field engineering into the fast-growing market for windpower in sites where water had been too deep for development. [The Maritime Executive]

¶ Construction started on the 453-MW Adani Mine wind farm, which is due to be completed in 2019. The wind turbine project will produce 1.5 million MWh of renewable energy annually – enough to provide power for 260,000 homes. The Queensland Labour government is committed to a 50 % renewable energy target by 2030. [The Urban Developer]

Wind farm in Australia

¶ President Hassan Rouhani ordered Iran’s military forces to divest themselves of assets related to oil, gas, and energy. This could mean a direct confrontation between ‘liberal’ forces under Rouhani and the ultra-conservative Ayatollah Khamenei forces, of which the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the most battle hardened. [Oilprice.com]

¶ Westinghouse will extend nuclear fuel deliveries to seven of Ukraine’s fifteen nuclear power units to 2021–2025, in line with a contract signed between this firm and Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear power company Energoatom. Deliveries to Ukraine under the new deal are to begin immediately after the current contract expires in 2020. [OilPrice.com]

Crimea

US:

¶ President Donald Trump said in the State of the Union address that the administration has “ended the war on beautiful, clean coal,” but in Texas, that seems to be a losing battle. Texas said goodbye to 455 coal-mining jobs last year, and the new year began with the shut down of yet another coal-fired Texas power plant. [Jacksonville Daily Progress]

¶ When a tariff was applied to most imported solar panels, most installers worried about the future of their industry. Growth in the solar industry, which was robust before the tariff, may see decline, but for small-scale installers and homeowners, the impacts of the tariff may not be as dire as predicted. Connecticut provides examples. [theday.com]

The Mountain Ash Solar Farm (Sean D Elliot | The Day)

¶ Dandelion is trying to expand the market for geothermal heating by lowering the price, and it just got a big boost from the federal government. Congress voted to extend a 30% federal tax credit for geothermal heat pump installations. With the state incentives included, a $26,000 system in New York would be more competitive. [InsideClimate News]

¶ With the addition of a large wind power contract in January 2017, Columbia, Missouri, surpassed its 2017 year-end target for renewable energy use, according to a recently released draft of the city’s 2018 Renewable Energy Report. Last year, about 15.7% of the city’s electricity came from renewable sources, surpassing the 2018 goal. [Columbia Daily Tribune]

Ronnie Tennill inspecting a Jenbacher J320 engine at the City
of Columbia Biogas Energy Plant. (Don Shrubshell | Tribune)

¶ Utilities in Massachusetts have been given more time to decide whether to continue with the Northern Pass transmission project after New Hampshire regulators rejected it last week. The Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts officials have extended a deadline for the state’s three big electric utilities to decide on their course of action. [Press Herald]

¶ A strong market, improving technology and expiring federal incentives have brought a renewable energy boom to McLean County, Illinois. After nearly a decade of dormancy, wind development has returned to the county in force in 2018, and a solar market is emerging as well. But that burst of activity might be short-lived. [Bloomington Pantagraph]

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