September 17 Energy News

September 17, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “How design of cities must change to withstand ‘category 6’ mega storms” • With winds of 173 kph (107 mph) and gusts of up to 223 kph (138 mph) reported, Typhoon Mangkhut, the world’s strongest storm this year, tore into parts of Hong Kong’s dense fabric. City design needs to be based on the storms to come, not those in the past. [CNN]

Hong Kong (Philippe Lopez | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Nature Roars. Washington Hears Nothing.” • As if this past summer of merciless heat waves, droughts, and megafires were not warning enough, in the past several days the elements sounded another alarm about global warming caused by burning fossil fuels. Meanwhile, the EPA proposed weakening the rules on methane. [New York Times]

World:

¶ “Egypt to build a solar park in Kom Ombo, Aswan” • The Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority signed a €20 million deal with Spanish energy company TSK Grupo to build a 26-MW solar park in Kom Ombo, Aswan, MENA reported. The project will have a €40 million soft loan from the French Agency for Development. [Egypt Independent]

Solar array (Reuters | Alvin Baez)

¶ “100% railway electrification to double power demand by 2022” • India’s union cabinet has approved the complete electrification of broad-gauge railway tracks by 2022. This means that Indian Railways electric power demand is set to double in the next four years, as at least 2,000 MW of addition power is required to achieve the goal. [Livemint]

¶ “Over 80% of South Koreans Back Renewable Energy Expansion: Poll” • According to the survey of 1,003 South Koreans, 86.2% of respondents said they are in favor of the expansion of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power. Slightly over 11% answered that they are against such a policy, and the rest had no opinion. [The Korea Bizwire]

Rooftop solar panels on the Seoul City Hall
(Image: Seoul Metropolitan Government)

¶ “India’s solar energy capacity is growing” • India’s electricity sector is transforming rapidly. A 50% decline in wind and solar tariffs since 2016 means renewable energy is now the lowest cost source of new generation. This has turned the established order in India on its head. Unsurprisingly, capital for new coal has dried up. [pv magazine India]

Australia:

¶ “Taylor launches extraordinary and ill-informed attack against wind and solar” • New energy minister Angus Taylor launched an extraordinary attack against wind and solar, saying they cause “de-industrialisation” and claiming that Labor’s 45% emissions reduction target would send a “wrecking ball” through the Australian economy. [RenewEconomy]

Running past wind turbines

¶ “New solar and wind the ‘only thing’ pushing down power prices” • As the federal Coalition’s new energy minister launches an extraordinary attack on wind and solar power, a report by The Australia Institute found that the “only thing” currently helping to reduce electricity prices in Australia is the increasing use of renewable energy. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “S&P says Australia’s uncertain energy policy is undermining investor confidence” • Uncertainty in Australia’s energy policy holds back investment vital to ensure reliability and capacity, ratings agency S&P said. One analyst said regulatory intervention could be credit-negative for the sector over the medium to longer term. [Business Insider Australia]

Wind farm in Australia (Rolandg, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “‘Tsunami’ of new wind and solar projects drives renewables output to a record” • Clean energy’s share of total Australian grid supply for the 12 months to August was a record 16.1%. When rooftop solar is added, the 12-month share rose to 19.7%. This is just shy of the 2020 Renewable Energy Target set for large-scale renewables. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

US:

¶ “US Congress passes bill to help advanced nuclear power” • Last week, the House passed a bipartisan bill called the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (S 97). The bill, which originated in the Senate, would will allow the private sector to partner with US National Laboratories to vet advanced nuclear technologies. [Ars Technica]

Virgil C Summer Nuclear Station

¶ “Oyster Creek shutting down for good today: 5 things you need to know” • The aging nuclear reactor at Oyster Creek is closing after a half-century run. The station has been a local icon since its construction in the 1960s. It has also been the source of concern for local people, who will continue to worry about safety during decommissioning. [Asbury Park Press]

¶ “Colorado rolls with climate shift, grappling with low river flows and a complicated debate over reservoirs” • Colorado’s ongoing shift toward a hotter and drier climate is spurring such quick adaptations as allowing taller stacks of hay on trucks rolling into the state. But it is also forcing a scramble to examine climate change. [Canon City Daily Record]

Sunrise at a low reservoir (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

¶ “Two large-scale renewable energy projects planned in West Michigan” • Two large renewable energy projects are moving forward in Muskegon County. One, at Muskegon County’s Wastewater Management System, will be the largest solar project in Michigan. The other will be the first major wind project in the region since 2012. [MiBiz]

¶ “Tetra Pak moving to 100% renewable energy by early 2019” • Tetra Pak is set to be the first manufacturing company in Denton, Texas, to operate with 100% renewable energy. Work is underway to install 1,862 solar panels at its manufacturing plant and the headquarters office building for the company’s US and Canadian operations. [Denton Record Chronicle]

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