October 19 Energy News

October 19, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Trump’s Failure to Fight Climate Change is a Crime Against Humanity” • President Donald Trump, along with  others who oppose action to address human-induced climate change, should be held accountable for climate crimes against humanity. Their policies deny the rights to life, health, and property to their own citizens and people worldwide. [CNN]

Refugee shelters in Kenya (Pete Lewis, Department
for International Development, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Surprise to Analysts: Less CHP in Microgrids, More Solar” • Combined heat and power provides year-round baseload energy in microgrids, which renewable resources do not do. Yet solar PV now overshadows CHP in planned microgrid projects, according to a new microgrid database by consulting and technology services company ICF. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ “Study Shows Wind Farms May Reduce Precipitation from Hurricanes” • With the US suffering increasing damage from hurricanes, University of Delaware researcher Cristina Archer published a paper showing an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: they reduce precipitation from the devastating storms. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Offshore windfarm

World:

¶ “Switching to Clean Energy May Save 11 Million Life Years in India” • India could save an estimated 11 million life years each year by replacing coal-fired power plants with clean, renewable energy, according to a Harvard study. Burning coal is a major cause of air pollution, which is one of the largest contributors to death in both India and China. [NDTV]

¶ “Australian Renewable Energy Agency Invests in 5-GW Wind and Solar Push” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced this week that it will invest in the country’s first Business Renewables Centre which will aim to help businesses and local governments procure 1-GW of renewable energy by 2022 and 5 GW by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Australian wind turbines

¶ “Angela Merkel Put Heat On Automakers to Electrify Faster” • Angela Merkel has recently allowed the European Parliament to take more aggressive action on the climate. She also pointed out that the German auto industry has to act decisively, both to restore its reputation after the VW diesel scandal and to retain its lead in the age of EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Toshiba and IHI Drop Nuclear Venture in Shift to Renewable Energy” • Japan’s Toshiba and IHI are dissolving a joint venture that manufactures nuclear power plant equipment, scaling back operations in a field battered by global trends toward renewable energy. The joint venture was formed just two months before the Fukushima Disaster. [Nikkei Asian Review]

IHI-built nuclear containment vessel for Toshiba

US:

¶ “Justice Dept Asks Supreme Court to Put Climate Change Lawsuit on Hold” • The Justice Department filed an emergency petition asking the Supreme Court to put on hold a federal lawsuit by 21 minors youths who say the federal government failure to act to curb climate change is depriving them of rights to life, liberty and property. [CNN]

¶ “Washington State Agencies Make Big Commitment to Solar, Wind” • Gov Jay Inslee has announced that eight Washington state agencies will purchase over 100 million kWh of electricity by 2021 from in-state wind and solar projects. The purchase represents nearly a quarter of the electricity demand for state agency operations. [Solar Industry]

Scene in Washington State

¶ “New Michigan Bill Seeks 100% Renewables by 2050” • Michigan Rep Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, has introduced a new bill to reduce pollution and address climate change, requiring that all power from Michigan utilities come from renewable sources by 2050. The bill provides a series of new targets between 2019 and 2050. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Local Leaders Commission Rhode Island Landfill Solar Array” • Governor Gina Raimondo, along with business leaders and other elected officials, joined Southern Sky Renewable Energy RI to mark the completion of a 2.6-MW solar array. The former municipal landfill site is now producing clean energy for the town of North Providence. [Solar Power World]

Southern Sky Renewable Energy RI landfill project

¶ “December Date for Massachusetts Offshore Bonanza” • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold an auction on 13 December to lease 158,000 hectares off the Massachusetts coast for offshore wind development. Nineteen companies have qualified to participate in the auction for the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area. [reNEWS]

¶ “Fight over Prices, Renewable Energy Spurs a Second Rural Cooperative to Leave Tri-State Generation” • To move away from fossil fuels, Colorado co-op members voted to enable the Delta-Montrose Electric Association to use a limited stock issue to raise cash to pay Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association an exit fee. [The Colorado Sun]

Wind turbine (Dana Coffield, The Colorado Sun)

¶ “City of Austin Green-Lights Major Solar Deal” • By a 9-1 vote, the Austin, Texas, City Council approved a contract for 144 MW of solar power for Austin Energy. The 15-year power purchase agreement with East Blackland Solar Project 1 LLC is for the full output of electricity from a solar project located southeast of Pflugerville. [Solar Industry]

¶ “SEPTA Seeks RFPs for Electricity Generated by Renewable Energy Sources” • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority released a request for proposals for power generated by wind, solar, or other renewable energy sources. Officials said SEPTA seeks to get 10% to 20% of its electricity from zero-carbon sources. [Railway Track & Structures]

Have an abundantly jolly day.

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