Archive for August 23rd, 2018

August 23 Energy News

August 23, 2018


¶ “Are forgotten crops the future of food?” • Just four crops, wheat, maize, rice and soybean, provide two-thirds of the world’s food supply. Scientists in Malaysia are trying to change that by reviving crops that have been relegated to the sidelines. Crops For the Future researches crops  that are virtually unknown outside their home regions. [BBC]

Wheat, one of our four major crops (Credit: Alamy)

¶ “Why China, and not the US, is the leader in solar power” • The solar panel was invented in the US. So why is the US not its biggest proponent? Policy. China has deliberate, conscious, industrial development policies modelled on South Korea’s. In the US, policy supports whoever had the most financial clout to buy it. []


¶ “Australia is devastated by drought, yet it won’t budge on climate change” • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull committed A$1.8 billion ($1.3 billion) in relief funds for farmers because of drought. The very next day, he announced he was dropping a national policy to cut carbon emissions from the energy sector. [CNN]

Coal terminal in Queensland

¶ “AIIM invests in 9 renewable energy projects” • African Infrastructure Investment Managers acquired majority stakes in nine renewable energy projects that will contribute 800 MW to the South African grid. The projects will fall under a government program seeking to add 2,300 MW of clean energy over the next five years. [Africa Oil & Power]

¶ “Norway’s plan for a fleet of electric planes” • Much of the Norway’s terrain is mountainous and there are many inhabited islands, which means there are a lot of short-haul flights. Avinor runs 46 airports. Norway has promised all of its short-haul flights will be on electric aircraft by 2040. It could revolutionise the airline industry. [BBC]

Pipistrel (Credit: Alamy)

¶ “India coal project cancellations snowballing” • Back in 2010, India’s coal pipeline stood at well over 600 GW, a number to have every coal supporter in Australia drooling. Sadly for them, times have changed. Since 2010, India’s coal-fired power station pipeline saw shelved and cancelled projects totalling a staggering 573 GW. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Leading UK Pension Funds At Risk Of Climate Change” • Global nonprofit ClientEarth has put the United Kingdom’s largest pension funds on notice over its failure to appropriately adapt to increasing climate risk. ClientEarth’s climate finance lawyers sent letters to 14 of the UK’s largest pension schemes about climate risks. [CleanTechnica]

Gathering storm clouds

¶ “Pacifico sun rises in Japan” • Pacifico Energy has started building two solar projects totalling 184 MW in Okayama and Hyogo prefectures in Japan. The 112-MW Bizen project in Wake and the 72-MW Yumesaki plant, in Himeji-city will both be built on the sites of golf courses, and both are expected to come online in 2020. [reNews]

¶ “Middle East & Africa To Install More Than 83 GW Of Solar By 2023” • New regional research by GTM Research focusing on the Middle East and Africa has forecast solar installations to increase by 170% this year and continue accelerating. The region could install more than 83 GW of new solar capacity between 2018 and 2023. [CleanTechnica]

Egypt’s Red Sea solar plant

¶ “Costs soaring to safeguard nuclear plants from terrorists” • Mandatory safety steps, including those to respond to possible terrorist attacks, will cost plant operators a total of at least ¥4.41 trillion ($40 billion), this year’s estimate says. This undermines a government claim that nuclear energy will be the cheapest power source in 2030. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶ “Hydro-Quebec signs initial PPA for 200-MW wind project” • Hydro-Quebec announced it has a preliminary power purchase agreement to buy the output of the 200-MW Apuiat wind power project in Quebec. The project is the first phase of a 400-MW scheme being developed by Canadian renewables developer Boralex Inc. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Canada (Boralex image)


¶ “Toolkit to aid municipalities in developing solar projects” • NYSERDA, New York State’s energy authority, announced the Municipal Solar Procurement Toolkit. The Toolkit provides guidance and resources for communities seeking to develop solar projects on underutilized properties such as brownfields and landfills. [Dansville-Genesee Country Express]

¶ “Nuclear plant measure passes. Are PG&E bills now going to go up?” • A bill to ease the impacts from the pending closure of California’s last nuclear power plant received final approval by the state Legislature with an overwhelming Assembly vote. The decision likely will increase monthly utility bills for PG&E customers. [Daily Democrat]

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant (Associated Press Archives)

¶ “PNM seeks to join Western states in ‘energy imbalance market’” • Public Service Company of New Mexico, the state’s largest electric utility, plans to join 12 other Western state utilities in what is known as an “energy imbalance market.” The market would allow members to buy and sell power more efficiently. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

¶ “Arcadia Power Closes $25 Million Investment Round and Commits To 120 MW Of Community Solar” • Arcadia Power announced that it closed a $25 million funding round and a 120 MW of community solar projects. Connecting customers with renewable sources, the company says it has had 500% member growth in the last 12 months. [CleanTechnica]

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