October 27 Energy News

October 27, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “The Fate of the Ocean: Our Ocean Conference” • With much of the world’s attention now fixated on climate change, the Our Ocean conference on the island of Bali is a great opportunity to address the health of the oceans and garner commitments to save it from the scourges of pollution, overfishing, and transnational crime. [Council on Foreign Relations]

Ocean fish (David Loh | Reuters)

¶ “Trump Administration Toots Offshore Wind Horn, Blows Hot Air at Coal” • Trump swept into office on the promise of bringing back coal jobs, but so far the big winners are coal’s competition: oil, natural gas, and even renewable energy. Yes, renewables. The US Bureau of Ocean Management is promoting the US offshore wind industry. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “What Happens in the Arctic Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic” • Many people find it hard to understand the global nature of climate change. What does a polar bear trapped on an iceberg in Prudhoe Bay have to do with pelicans in Pensacola, for instance? The folks at the Aspen Global Change Institute did a video to explain the connections. [CleanTechnica]

Polar bear (Credit: The Smithsonian)

World:

¶ “UK Renewable Energy Industry Urges Government to Allow Onshore Wind Auctions” • Fourteen major renewable energy companies sent a joint letter to the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, urging him to drop current restrictions on onshore wind that prevent its competing in Government power auctions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Asia Pacific to See 355 GW of Solar and Offshore Wind Boom in the Next Five Years” • The Asia Pacific region is expected to add a further 355 GW of new PV capacity over the next five years, despite expectations that installations will decline this year. And the region’s offshore wind industry is predicted to grow 20-fold over the next decade. [CleanTechnica]

Solar power in China

¶ “Adani Goes Green in Coal Country for its First Australian Project” • Adani Enterprises Ltd, best known in Australia for its stalled Carmichael coal project, is nearing completion of a solar power farm in a region of Queensland closely associated with coal mining. The first phase of Rugby Run will be commissioned this year. [BloombergQuint]

¶ “Waaree Energies Bags Contract for 60-MW Solar Power Project in Vietnam” • Solar PV module manufacturer Waaree Energies announced it has bagged a contract for a 60-MW ground-mounted solar power project in Vietnam. The country’s government has adopted a goal that will see installation of 12 GW of solar PVs. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar array

¶ “Japan Rejects UN Call to Stop Returns to Fukushima” • Japan’s government has rejected calls from a UN rights expert to halt the return of women and children to areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster over radiation fears. After the 2011 Fukushima Disaster, the government of Japan increased the acceptable level of radiation 20-fold. [Japan Today]

US:

¶ “GM Plans to Supply Energy to its Arlington Assembly Plant Using Wind Power” • General Motors has been launching initiatives to make its business more sustainable and eco-friendly. GM recently announced that its assembly plant in Arlington, Texas, is set to be powered entirely by wind energy within the next few years. [The News Wheel]

Wind farm

¶ “Tesla Pushing out ‘Drive on Navigation’ Autopilot Feature Tonight” • Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted the news that the new Autopilot feature “Drive on Navigation” would be pushed out to the fleet of production vehicles. When similar news broke for the release of Tesla’s version 9.0, the release was spread out over nearly two weeks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GM Pushes National Electric Car Plan as Trump Tries to Roll Back Emissions Standards” • In response to an administration proposal to roll back fuel economy requirements, General Motors is calling for the federal government to start a nationwide program to put EVs on the road, modeled on California’s Zero Emission Vehicle program. [CNN]

Chevrolet Bolt EV

¶ “Amazon is Investing Millions to Keep Packaging out of Landfills” • Efforts to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills in the United States is attracting big-name investors. Amazon announced that it would invest $10 million in the Closed Loop Fund, joining such other companies as Walmart, PepsiCo, Unilever, Coca-Cola. [CNN]

¶ “Minnesota, New York Lead on Shared Renewables, California, Connecticut Fall Short” • The Interstate Renewable Energy Council released its annual scorecard grading states on their shared renewables programs, including community solar. Minnesota got an A. New York scored A-. California got a D, and Connecticut got a D-. [Utility Dive]

Solar array in New York (Lucas Braun, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Holland Wind Turbine Takes a Step Forward, but Path Ahead Still Uncertain” • Development of the Dairy Air Wind project Holland, Vermont, moved ahead a bit when the Public Utility Commission reversed a May ruling putting the project on hold while it determined how its power would impact the local electrical grid. [vtdigger.org]

¶ “No Release of Radiological Material at Hanford Nuclear Waste Site” • Employees at Washington state’s Hanford nuclear waste site were asked to “take cover” for several hours because steam was coming from a small building in one of the site’s tunnels, officials said. The DOE later said inspections confirmed there was no radiological release. [CNN]

Have a delightfully superior day.

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