October 9 Energy News

October 9, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “UN Climate Change Report Contrasts With Recent EPA Policy Changes” • The IPCC report  warning consequences could be drastic if “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes” are not made to mitigate global warming contrasts starkly with Trump administration policies decreasing federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. [CNN]

Pollution (When I did a Google search on this 
image, Google said that it was Donald Trump.)

¶ “Five Things We Have Learned From The IPCC Report” • BBC environment correspondent Matt McGrath outlines five key takeaways from the report on rising temperatures issued by the IPCC. An author said, “I wouldn’t want to be too optimistic as it will require huge changes, but if we don’t do it, that will also require huge changes.” [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Power flies from Minesto kite” • Swedish marine energy developer Minesto generated first power from its commercial-scale Deep Green 500-kW tidal kite off the coast of north Wales. The company said initial generation was achieved during the second commissioning phase for the device, which is located at a site in Holyhead Deep. [reNEWS]

Deep Green tidal kite (Minesto image)

¶ “NREL: Geothermal Technologies Could Push Energy Storage Beyond Batteries” • Compressed-air storage in old gas wells, geothermal-solar hybrid technology, and geothermal energy in cold-climate communities could offer new options for energy storage, according to the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

World:

¶ “Tesla’s Battery In South Australia Breaks Stranglehold Of Natural Gas Industry” • The 129-kWh Tesla Powerpack installation in South Australia is already having a strong impact on the region’s electricity markets, saving grid operator Neoen and customers an estimated $25 million, ⅓ of its purchase price, in its first year. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla’s Hornsdale Power Reserve

¶ “Renewables Are Now The Cheapest Source Of Energy, Says EBRD” • Due to significant cost reductions, renewables are now often the cheapest source of energy, according to a statement from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The bank has issued a statement calling for a “step change” in investments. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Renewables To Provide 30% Of World Electricity By 2023, IEA Report Claims” • Renewables will provide almost a third (30%) of the world’s electricity in five years’ time, a report from the International Energy Agency said. Renewables’ share of all energy, including power, heating, and transport, will rise to 12.4% in 2023. [Energy Voice]

Dudgeon wind farm (Jan Arne Wold | Woldcam | Statoil ASA)

¶ “Northern Territory Signs PPA With 25-MW Solar Farm, As Grid Reforms Take Shape” • Plans for the largest yet PV farm in Australia’s Northern Territory moved ahead, as the 25-MW project sealed a solar off-take deal with Jacana Energy. The project had already gained development approval from the territory’s government. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Clean Power Plan Or Not, Coal Caught In Corporate Death Squeeze (CleanTechnica Interview)” • Former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan gets a lot of heat for killing US coal jobs, but the funny thing is, it never went into effect. US coal power plants keep closing. And for miners, the news is about to get much, much worse. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine in the back yard

¶ “We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?” • US energy researchers and a group of energy, public policy and labor interests in Puerto Rico last week issued a plan to put the island on a path towards 100% renewable energy. With power costs at 23¢/kWh, the plan, “Queremos Sol (We Want Sun),” makes economic sense. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ “Solar, Wind Helping To Cut CO2 Emissions, Government Says” • Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions decreased nearly 1% last year as the nation shifted further away from coal-fired power generation and more toward cleaner sources of electricity, including natural gas and renewable energy sources like wind and solar. [Houston Chronicle]

Getting more power from renewable sources

¶ “SCE Proposes Five New Green Energy Programs To Replace Aging GTSR Program” • Southern California Edison proposed five new Green Programs to the California Public Utilities Commission in an attempt to give customers options to tap into and support renewable electricity through their monthly electricity payments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “General Motors will soon use wind power to build pickups and SUVs” • GM’s largest gas-burners, pickups and full-size SUVs, will soon be built at plants powered by wind, not fuel. GM wants to power all its global facilities with 100% renewable energy by 2050. GM will be at 20% of that goal by year-end, the automaker said. [Detroit Free Press]

Wind power (Photo: Billy Brown)

¶ “Apollo To Buy $1 Billion Of Energy Investments From GE Capital” • General Electric Co agreed to sell a portfolio of about 20 equity investments, worth roughly $1 billion, to Apollo Global Management as the downtrodden manufacturer extends a push to slim down and shed finance assets following a surprise CEO change. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Public Service Commission candidates on Vogtle, renewable energy” • The Georgia Public Service Commission is not usually front-of-mind for most voters. But one issue is drawing more eyes to the PSC. The Vogtle nuclear power plant, the only one under construction in the US, is years behind schedule and billions over budget. [MDJOnline.com]

Have a downright gratifying day.

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