August 2 Energy News

August 2, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “NY Times Magazine Devotes Entire Issue To One Devastating Story On Climate Change” • This Sunday’s NY Times Magazine is entirely devoted to a single devastating story by Nathaniel Rich called “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.” Now available online, it is another profoundly upsetting reminder of what is going wrong. [Gothamist]

California wildfire (John G Mabanglo | EPA-EFE | Shutterstock)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate change-driven droughts are getting hotter, study finds” • Dry months are getting hotter in large parts of the US. In a study, researchers report that temperatures during droughts have been rising faster than in average climates in recent decades, and they point to concurrent changes in atmospheric water vapor as a driver of the surge. [Science Daily]

¶ “Grim report card for planet ranks 2017 one of hottest years in recorded history” • Last year was one of the hottest in recorded history, according to a new study released by the American Meteorological Society. The State of the Climate in 2017 report is compelling evidence that our planet is warming faster than at any point in modern history. [CNN]

Violent winter storm

World:

¶ “Italy’s Enel expects to exceed 2020 renewable addition target” • Italy’s largest power company Enel said it expects to beat its own renewable addition targets by 2020, as it pivots its generating model away from coal and grows its renewable footprint. Enel’s CEO said 90% of its 7.8-GW target of new additions for 2020 is already secured. [S&P Global Platts]

¶ “First English AD plant certified under ADCS performance scheme” • Bore Hill Farm Biodigester is the first English anaerobic digestion plant to receive a new certification recognising good operational, environmental, and health and safety performance. The plant processes food waste to create fertiliser, heat, and electricity. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

AD plant (Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association image)

¶ “NRA OKs plan to bury radioactive waste from nuke plant decommissioning for 100,000 years” • Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority plans to require that highly radioactive waste from nuclear reactor decommissioning be buried underground at least 70 meters deep for about 100,000 years until the waste becomes no longer hazardous. [The Mainichi]

¶ “India just pushed its booming solar industry into chaos” • The Indian government notified a 25% safeguard duty on imported solar panels for two years. The duty is meant to protect domestic manufacturers. It is now bound to hike solar power tariffs in India since around 90% of panels the sector uses are made in China and Malaysia. [Quartz]

Indian Solar array

US:

¶ “Renewable energy provides more electricity than nuclear power in over half of US states” • Analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of state-by-state data in the EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” report reveals that renewable sources now provide more electric power than nuclear reactors in over half the states and more electricity than coal in a third. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Plum deal for US food giant” • Lincoln Clean Energy is to sell electricity to US food company JM Smucker from the 230-MW Plum Creek wind farm in Nebraska. Under the terms of the long-term power purchase agreement, JM Smucker will buy 60 MW from the project starting in 2020. The deal will provide for about 50% of the company’s power. [reNews]

Wind power on a farm (Pixabay image)

¶ “Trump’s Pro-Science Pick To Lead White House Science Office” • After a long delay, President Trump announced his nomination for the top White House science advisor, meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier. Droegemeier is an expert in extreme weather events and has served on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma in Norman for 33 years. [Forbes]

¶ “Supreme Court Says Kids Can Sue Trump Over Climate Change” • The Supreme Court rejected a Trump administration effort to stop a climate change lawsuit filed by 21 youth plaintiffs, who argue that the US government violated their constitutional rights by allowing fossil fuel production to continue, despite knowing its effects on the planet. [HuffPost]

Youth plaintiffs (Robin Loznak | Our Childrens Trust)

¶ “DC Circuit tosses challenge to ISO-NE renewable energy market rules” • The DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld ISO-New England market rules that enhance renewable energy, rebuking a challenge from natural gas generators. The ruling is a win for state policies that seek to influence the generation mix in wholesale power markets. [Utility DIve]

¶ “How can the US reach the cutting edge of offshore wind R&D? DOE seeks input” • The DOE is seeking input on how to put the nation at the cutting edge of wind power development, according to two Requests for Information published in the Federal Register. This comes despite the president’s apparent aversion to wind energy development. [Utility Dive]

Offshore wind turbines

¶ “Offshore wind prices look competitive” • Vineyard Wind, the developer of the first major offshore wind farm is promising to deliver wholesale power to Massachusetts at prices that are far below what Cape Wind was offering nearly a decade ago and not much more expensive than hydro-electricity just procured from Canada. [CommonWealth magazine]

¶ “Entergy to sell Pilgrim, Palisades to JV decommissioning company” • Entergy’s Pilgrim nuclear reactor in Massachusetts and Palisades nuclear reactor in Michigan will be bought and decommissioned decades sooner than previously planned by a joint venture of Holtec International and SNC-Lavalin, a joint statement said. [S&P Global Platts]

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