September 15 Energy News

September 15, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Texas electric grid did just fine without coal-fired power plants” • A hot summer, during which critics said the Electric Reliability Council of Texas would fail because it relied too much on wind energy, instead proved grids can close uneconomical coal plants, rely on renewable energy, and still provide reliability and reasonable prices. [Houston Chronicle]

Wind turbines in Texas (Leaflet, Wikimedia Commons)

Hurricane Florence:

¶ “Hurricane Florence Is Part Of What Al Gore Got Right In An Inconvenient Truth” • This was supposed to be a lighter-than-usual season due to the El Niño cycle, but due to climate change, lighter does not mean what it used to. In context of this, it’s worth revisiting the predictions made in Al Gore’s film to assess their quality. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Worsening storms are the price of greed” • The necessary and terrifyingly overdue efforts to combat climate change at the source of worsening storms are simply not being made in the US. Instead, even small victories, such as reducing pollution from coal and US participation in the Paris Climate Accord, are being walked back. [CNN]

A boat wedged between trees by Hurricane Florence

¶ “Hurricane Florence is the latest setback to struggling flood insurance program” • Hurricane Florence will bring flooding and destruction to thousands of homes in the Carolinas and Virginia. It is another blow to the federal program providing insurance against flood damage that has already had $16 billion in debt forgiven by congress. [CNN]

Science and Technology:

¶ “ICESat: Space laser to get unprecedented view of Earth’s ice” • The American space agency is about to put a laser in orbit to measure the condition of Earth’s ice cover. The new satellite mission, called ICESat-2, should provide more precise information on how these frozen surfaces are being affected by global warming. [BBC]

ICESat (NASA image)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Prices Set To Fall Further: Deloitte” • Renewable energy sources, notably solar and wind, are reaching price and performance parity globally and, as technologies continue to advance their deployment, prices will likely continue to fall, according to a study by accounting and consultancy firm Deloitte. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “MHI Vestas Opens Innovative Offshore Wind Farm & Signs Floating Wind Order” • MHI Vestas announced two landmark achievements recently. It opened its European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen and finalized an order for the world’s most powerful turbines for a floating offshore wind farm in Northern Portugal. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm

¶ “SSE plans to spend up to €2 billion on Irish offshore wind” • SSE plans to spend as much as €2 billion to expand its small Arklow Bank offshore wind farm. It says the project will be able to power half a million homes when usable wind energy is being generated. Currently, Arklow Bank has just seven turbines in operation. [Independent.ie]

¶ “Rapid Electrification Together With Wind & Solar Will Drive Massive Grid Expansion” • Ongoing and rapid electrification of global energy demand and the increase of wind and solar sources in the energy mix is expected to lead to massive growth of the world’s electricity transmission and distribution systems, DNV GL’s report said. [CleanTechnica]

Transmission lines (Shutterstock image)

¶ “EESL to help commission 500,000 solar water pumping systems in ISA member countries” • Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a joint venture of public sector undertakings under the power ministry, has been selected by the International Solar Alliance to facilitate the implementation of 500,000 solar water pumping systems. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Serbia’s first large-scale wind farm to start in October” • Belgian renewable energy firm Elicio NV said its 42-MW Alibunar wind farm in northern Serbia will start operating in October and help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The wind farm has 21 Senvion wind turbines. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind farm

¶ “Chinese major launches rooftop solar energy solutions in India” • Trina Solar launched solar energy kits under the brand Trinahome to cater to the renewable energy needs of household and small and medium enterprises sector in India. Trinahome will come in three sizes, 3 kW, 5 kW and 10 kW, and will include all components needed. [ELE Times]

US:

¶ “Nuclear subsidies triumph over legal challenges” • The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals gave the nuclear power industry victory and finding that Illinois’ zero-emission credit program does not exceed state authority. Environmentalists see good in the ruling as it also validates broad powers to set climate-friendly energy policies. [E&E News]

Byron Generating Station (Photo: Exelon)

¶ “Gov Brown says California to Launch Satellite to Track Pollutants Causing Climate Change” • Gov Jerry Brown said California will launch a satellite to monitor pollutants that contribute to climate change. The governor announced the project during the closing of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. [USA Herald]

¶ “Virginia companies ask for better access to renewable power” • Virginia needs easier access to greener energy sources, according to a letter to the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. The letter, signed by a group of businesses, universities, and healthcare institutions, said Virginia’s competitiveness is at stake. [Energy News Network]

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