Archive for October 16th, 2018

October 16 Energy News

October 16, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “The UN’s Devastating Climate Change Report was Too Optimistic” • While deniers claim the latest IPCC report is “too alarmist,” one former IPCC lead author said, “If anything it is the opposite. Once again, with their latest report, they have been overly conservative (ie, erring on the side of understating, underestimating the problem).” [Motherboard]

Dry countryside (Shutterstock image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Would You Eat Slaughter-Free Meat?” • A company in San Francisco is working on lab-grown cellular meat in an effort to stop the slaughter of animals and protect the environment from the degradation of industrial factory farming. They say they are solving the problem of how to feed a crowded earth without destroying the planet. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Crowdfunded Solar Panels Aim to Supercharge Business in Africa” • Many small-scale farmers in densely populated Kisii County in western Kenya depend on bananas, maize, a maybe a dairy cow for income. But now they have electricity from a crowdfunded solar micro-grid to power a hatchery and raise chickens for sale. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar array

¶ “Australia Should be ‘Exporting Sunshine, Not Coal’, Economist Jeffrey Sachs Tells Q&A” • Economist Jeffrey Sachs has criticised successive Australian governments for “defending a 19th or 20th century industry” rather than taking decisive action to address climate change. He said Australia should be “exporting sunshine, not coal.” [The Guardian]

¶ “Thai Wind Hits Operational Stride” • Gunkul Engineering company Korat Wind Energy has passed its three-month completion review at the 50-MW Mittraphap wind farm in Thailand. The project has 20 turbines in Nakhon Ratchasima and sells power to the Electrical Generating Authority of Thailand via a long-term deal. [reNEWS]

Thai wind turbines (Image: Mott Macdonald)

¶ “Australian Online Renewable Energy Marketplace to Help Cut Bills” • Australia looks set to copy its US counterparts by setting up a digital marketplace so organizations can buy renewable energy in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions and costs. The market should provide better access to inexpensive renewable energy. [TheBull.com.au]

UK:

¶ “Post IPCC 1.5°C Report, UK Government Seeks Advice on Net-Zero Emissions Target” • A week after the IPCC report warned that limiting global warming to 1.5°C requires unprecedented action, the government of the UK is seeking advice from its Committee on Climate Change on setting a date for a net-zero emissions target. [CleanTechnica]

Parliament (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Fracking Row Continues as UK Shale Gas Drilling Recommences” • Exploratory shale gas drilling is starting in the UK for the first time in seven years, after a court ruled to permit it. Protesters are already organizing to prevent Cuadrilla, a shale gas firm, from recommencing fracking at a site in Lancashire, England. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Jaguar Mulls Transition to Fully Electric Lineup” • According a report by Autocar, Jaguar is contemplating changing over its entire lineup to electric only vehicles. No hybrids, no plug-in hybrids, just battery electric. This will make it the second car company in Europe or America to make battery electric cars exclusively, after Tesla. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Jaguar concept (Credit: Autocar)

¶ “UK’s Largest Companies Pledge Hundreds of Millions of Pounds to Tackle Climate Change” • Around thirty of the top businesses across the UK have announced significant pledges, worth hundreds of millions of pounds, to tackle climate change. The pledges mark the government’s first ever Green GB & NI Week. [GOV.UK]

US:

¶ “Washington Governor Slams Plan to Use West Coast Military Bases to Ship Coal, Natural Gas” • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke with the Associated Press about a proposal to use West Coast military bases and federal properties to ship coal and natural gas to Asia. Washington state Gov Jay Inslee called the plan “reckless” and “harebrained.” [CNN]

Coal (Photo by Spencer Platt | Getty Images)

¶ “Energy Storage Market in US to hit $4 billion by 2024: Global Market Insights, Inc” • A study by Global Market Insights, Inc, says the US energy storage market is expected to surpass $4 billion by 2024. Growing regulatory focus toward minimizing carbon emissions while increasing the share of renewables will be the market driver. [GlobeNewswire]

¶ “Puerto Rico Groups Call for 100% Renewables by 2050” • Puerto Rico’s Chamber of Commerce and Association of Mayors have endorsed a report calling for 100% renewable electricity by 2050. So have twelve industry associations, academic institutes, and nonprofits. PREPA, Puerto Rico’s troubled electric utility, plans to use fossil fuels. [pv magazine USA]

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “US Corporations Break 4-GW Renewable Energy Record” • Large US companies are acting on renewable energy goals at a record pace. During the course of this year, through August, they have already procured nearly 4 GW of utility-scale wind and solar capacity, breaking the previous full-year record, set in 2015, by nearly 750 MW. [Solar Power World]

¶ “A Lot of SC Power Customers Don’t Know They’re Paying for $9 Billion Nuclear Debacle” • Over a year after the VC Summer expansion project was abandoned, many South Carolina residents are unfamiliar with the project that could cost them billions. Of ratepayers surveyed, 40% were not familiar with the project’s collapse. [Greenville News]

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