September 16 Energy News

September 16, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Optimism trumps despair at San Francisco climate summit” • Mayors, governors, entrepreneurs, chief executives, investors, and celebrities delivered a double-edged message at the close of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco: Global warming is making the planet unlivable – but we know how to fix it. [The Japan Times]

Woman dressed as a tree (AFP-JIJI)

Hurricane Florence:

¶ “Hurricane Florence Is 50 Miles Larger, with 50% More Rain, Thanks to Climate Change” • For the first time, researchers have calculated the impact of climate change on a hurricane as it was active. Hurricane Florence, they found, was about 50 miles (80 km) larger and dumped 50% more rain than it would have had without climate change. [Infosurhoy]

¶ “Record rainfall from Tropical Storm Florence plagues the Carolinas” • Portions of the Carolinas have been inundated by the heaviest amount of rain on record for this region, and torrential rain is still falling. Over the weekend, there could be another foot of rain or more in parts of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina. [Axios]

Flooding (Photo: Mark Wilson | Getty Images)

¶ “Hurricane Florence Threatens Many Homes That Already Cost the Government Millions” • As Hurricane Florence made landfall on the coast of North Carolina, there is renewed scrutiny of legislation that bars state agencies from crafting policies based on scientific understanding of sea level rise from human-caused global warming. [Common Dreams]

¶ “Hurricane Florence downgraded to a tropical storm with flash floods predicted” • The National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham has expressed fears of flash floods. The Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina has suspended its operations as a precautionary measure, as is normal when hurricane-force winds are expected. [Blasting News]

Stranded boat (Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images)

¶ “As Florence weakens to tropical depression, serious threat remains” • Though now downgraded to a tropical depression, Florence is still dangerous. It has been blamed for at least 14 deaths. There were more than 658,000 power outages across North Carolina as of 11:15 pm Saturday the state Department of Public Safety said. [NBCNews.com]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Siemens Launches Frequency Stabilizer to Support Power Grids in Milliseconds” • With its SVC Plus Frequency Stabilizer, Siemens is the world’s first supplier to combine reactive power compensation capability with the use of a supercapacitor. In less than 50 milliseconds, it can provide power needed for stable grid operation. [Transmission and Distribution World]

Frequency Stabilizer (Siemens image)

World:

¶ “Largest Electric Bus Order In Canada – New Flyer Wins Contract For 40 Electric Buses In Montréal & Laval” • Société de transport de Montréal, which provides public transportation in Montréal, placed an order for 40 electric buses from New Flyer, a Canadian bus maker. New Flyer is the largest transit bus maker in North America. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “100% Electric Autonomous Shuttle Project For Quebec” • A 100% electric autonomous shuttle will be used on roads in Candiac, Quebec, in a long-term demonstration project. The project is a collaboration between the shuttle’s manufacturer, NAVYA, Keolis Canada, the Quebec government, and Propulsion Quebec. [CleanTechnica]

NAVYA Shuttle (CNW Group | Ville de Candiac)

¶ “China demolishes high emission power plants with installed capacity two times more than Britain’s total” • Britain’s total installed power plant capacity is about 70,000 MW, but the gross installed capacity of the power plants demolished in China was 170,000 MW, a Chinese senior official said at the Global Climate Action Summit. [ecns]

¶ “Marubeni’s shock exit from coal” • Japanese energy giant Marubeni Corp is getting out of coal and accelerating its shift into renewable energy dramatically, according to a story in Nikkei. If the story is true, it will send shockwaves around the energy world and confirm that renewable energy is not just cleaner, but more economic than coal. [Michael West News]

Strip mine (Photo: Dominik Vanyi | Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Moving Beyond Coal at the Global Climate Action Summit” • America will meet its Paris Climate Agreement targets, the director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign said. Over 200 new coal plants stopped construction, over half of US coal plants closed (273 and counting), and coal cannot compete with renewable power. [Red, Green, and Blue]

¶ “Offshore Wind Energy Project Inches Forward on the North Coast” • Efforts to build a wind energy farm off California’s North Coast took a step forward this week. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority and a consortium of private companies submitted a lease application to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. [North Coast Journal]

Floating turbine demo, Karmøy, Norway (Statoil image)

¶ “NYPA Uses Digital Simulation of the New York Power System to Test Advanced Grid Technologies” • The New York Power Authority, the largest state public power organization in the nation, will model, develop, and test innovative solutions for energy systems at its Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy. [Transmission and Distribution World]

¶ “Regulations Removed from Rhode Island’s Coastal Rulebook” • The latest meeting of the Coastal Resources Management Council was dominated by wind facilities and an overhaul of coastal regulations. Altogether, 55 rule changes and updates to CRMC regulations have been proposed. The public has until September 17 to comment. [ecoRI news]

Have an enthrallingly gorgeous day.

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