Archive for April 16th, 2018

April 16 Energy News

April 16, 2018


¶ “‘It’s The Gulf Stream, Stupid!’ Climate Scientists Warn Tipping Point Is Near.” • Take away the heat of the Gulf Stream and Europe becomes up to 10º C cooler in winter, parts of Africa become more arid, and sea level rise along the eastern seaboard of the United States increases. Flow in the Gulf Stream is down 15% since 1950. [CleanTechnica]

Gulf Stream (Image: Icelandic Mountain Guides)

¶ “Building lawsuits instead of power plants: Where South Carolina’s nuclear fiasco stands now” • Since Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy, South Carolina has swapped engineering for litigation, construction designs for federal subpoenas, and two nuclear reactors for a debt larger than the state government’s annual budget. [Charleston Post Courier]

Science and Technology:

¶ Scientists at Utrecht University have modeled a way to hit tough global climate targets without resorting to the extensive use of negative emissions technology. They found that by using more renewable power and reducing agriculture emissions the world can hit a 1.5° goal with less use of negative emissions technology. []

Unconvinced cows


¶ The Australian Energy Market Commission has called for submissions on the best model for renewable energy zones so new low emissions generators can join the power system at the lowest possible cost. AEMC sets out options for clustering new generators in zones to reduce the costs of new transmission grid infrastructure. [The Asset]

¶ Pakistan can spur social and economic development while increasing energy security and improving energy access with renewable energy, a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency said. The report has an analysis of the country’s energy sector and identifies key actions to accelerate renewable energy deployment. [The Asset]

Offshore wind turbines

¶ Brookfield Asset Management plans to install solar panels on virtually every roof of GLP, the dominant operator of logistics warehouses in China. GLP operates nearly 700 million square feet of logistics space globally, with half in China. Brookfield will use GLP’s rooftops to create a distributed solar energy grid geared to Chinese cities. [Forbes]

¶ The Philippines could supplement 57% to 60% of its energy needs with renewables by 2040, by adopting a strategy to increase renewable-power generation through carbon taxes or subsidies for renewable energy, a study from the International Food Policy Research Institute said. The study was published in the journal, Energy. [Business Mirror]

Wind turbines in the Philippines

¶ New Brunswick’s only solar farm is now online. With 400 panels on 25 poles that carry 16 panels on each, it is the first of its kind in the province. Frank Jopp is a farmer who decided to hop on board with renewable energy. With declining income from his dairy business, he started to farm and harvest sunlight to increase his income. []

¶ Solar and wind power projects are increasing along the Mekong River. Energy expert Brian Eyler said the developments call into question the financial viability of the area’s major hydro-electric dams. He said that in the last six months, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos have signed agreements for 6,000 MW of wind and solar power. [Voice of America]

Dachaoshan dam on the upper Mekong River in China

¶ Residents at Sydney student housing co-op Stucco in Newtown have seen huge reductions to their power bills thanks to a combined solar and battery system installed last year. After a year of operation, Stucco has confirmed a reduction of around 55% to residents’ bills, with the building generating more energy than it used in 2017. [Gizmodo Australia]

¶ Mahindra Susten won a solar and energy storage auction in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the second time, having seen its victory in the original auction cancelled. The company has now quoted a winning price of ₹1.33 billion ($20.29 million) for the 20 MW of solar PV with 8 MWh of energy storage. [Energy Storage News]

Andaman Island beach

¶ Mexico’s Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, said last week that renewable sources will likely produce 43% of the country’s electricity by 2024. The calculation is based on the results of the energy auctions carried out by the government so far, he said. 65 renewable power plants are to be built in the next three years. [Renewables Now]


¶ Two more Massachusetts offshore wind energy leases are moving toward auction by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, as southern New England and Mid-Atlantic states are hastening their own planning for wind power. The two lease tracts totaling 390,000 acres are located south of Martha’s Vineyard. [WorkBoat]

Turbines off Block Island, (Photo: RI Department of Energy)

¶ Omaha Public Power District customers will soon be able to support local solar power. OPPD as early as next year will start selling shares of solar power to interested customers. The utility designed each share of solar power to represent roughly 10% of the electricity that an average residential customer uses each month. [North Platte Telegraph]

¶ Environmental activists in Boston want Fenway Park to “go green.” They are asking the Red Sox to commit to exclusive use of energy from renewable sources. Activists from Environment Massachusetts and MASSPIRG Students are asking the franchise to obtain 100% of its energy from renewable power within five years. [WPRI 12 Eyewitness News]

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