October 29 Energy News

October 29, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Energy Transitions are Nothing New but the One Underway is Unprecedented and Urgent” • As a historian who has studied the oil industry’s earliest years and petroleum’s role in world history, I believe that keeping the world habitable for future generations will depend on a swift transition to more sustainable energy sources. [Cosmos]

Horsepower, before an earlier transition

¶ “Renewable Energy Empowers Consumers to Take Charge of Their Energy Usage” • A quiet revolution is occurring in the dark corners of the grid. Advances in technology are reducing carbon emissions while empowering consumers to take more control of their energy usage. This is causing a seismic change in the role of public utilities. [The New Economy]

¶ “Power Prices and Carbon Emissions are Both Rising, but Could Lower Emissions Cut Your Bills?” • In the aftermath of last week’s disastrous Wentworth by-election, which recorded one of the biggest swings in a by-election in modern history, Coalition leaders have acted like a jilted lover whose attitude is: It’s not me, it’s you. [ABC News]

Hazelwood power station (Image: Greenpeace | AAP)

¶ “The Myth of Donald Trump’s ‘Beautiful Clean Coal’” • Trump made reviving what he calls “beautiful clean coal” a cornerstone of his legislative agenda, vowing to bring back jobs to the ailing industry. His administration has also argued that keeping coal plants provides a cheap and secure energy source. But it is a myth. [BloombergQuint]

World:

¶ “Origin Energy’s Pumped Hydro Expansion Plan Wins ARENA Backing” • Origin Energy’s bid to nearly double the capacity of its Shoalhaven Pumped Hydro Storage Scheme in New South Wales won federal government funding, as part of a significant new stage in the transition to a renewable energy dominated grid in Australia. [RenewEconomy]

Kangaroo Valley Pumping Station

¶ “World’s Ten Biggest Automakers and Their EV Plans” • Tesla has busted open the mainstream electric vehicle market, but it cannot electrify transportation by itself. We need a rapid shift to electric cars (and other clean technologies) or we’re massively screwed. Here is what the top ten car manufacturers are doing in a shift to EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “He’s Turning Lights On in War-Torn Rural Somalia, One Panel at a Time” • With a company backed by his own funds, along with those of friends and family, a man named Wiliq has brought electricity to 1,000 people so far by installing 70 kW of solar panels. A little electricity brings many other benefits, however, including information. [OZY]

Somali farmers riding Somali-made Solar EVs

¶ “SP Launches Platform for Households, Small Producers of Solar Energy to Sell ‘Green Credits'” • To link up small producers of solar energy in Singapore with buyers keen to offset their carbon footprint, SP Group launched a digital marketplace powered by blockchain technology, thus ensuring safe, transparent, and fast transactions. [The Straits Times]

¶ “Tasmanian First Wave Power Trial” • Tasmania’s first wave energy trial earmarked for ocean waters off King Island will be launched in 2019. The $8 million trial will see a wave energy converter unit installed in the ocean off King Island by its inventors, Wave Swell Energy, with the support of Hydro Tasmania and government. [The Advocate]

Artist impression of wave energy converter (Supplied image)

¶ “Hydroelectric Power Generating Capacity to Rise 150 MW by Next Summer” • Iran’s Energy Ministry plans to increase the capacity of the country’s hydropower plants by 150 MW by June 21, 2019, IRNA reported. Iran also plans to add 598 MW of new renewable power plants to the country’s current 650 MW by the same date. [Tehran Times]

¶ “French Public Opinion Growing Against Nuclear Power” • Over half (53%) of French people said they were now opposed to nuclear power, in the survey by pollster Odoxa. Five years ago, 67% said they were in favor. The change in opinion has been attributed to the growth and improvement in renewable energy sources. [The Connexion]

French nuclear plant (Max Pixel, CC0)

US:

¶ “Santa Monica Approves Cleaner Electric Utility Options” • The Santa Monica City Council approved 100% renewable energy as the default selection for all residential electricity customers from February of 2019. This will offer Santa Monica’s residents and businesses the ability to use electric utility options from cleaner sources. [LA Canyon News]

¶ “Smithfield Announces Plans to Cover Hog Lagoons, Produce Renewable Energy” • Smithfield Foods says it plans to cover most of its hog lagoons in North Carolina to generate renewable energy and to protect the waste pits from heavy rains. During Hurricane Florence’s rains the lagoons caused environmental problems. [North Carolina Health News]

Biogas generator

¶ “Ameren Cleared to Build 400-MW Wind Farm in Missouri” • Missouri’s Public Service Commission approved construction of the 400-MW High Prairie wind farm, which Ameren Missouri agreed to acquire earlier this year. The plant, in northeastern Missouri, is expected to be the largest in the state, once it is commissioned in 2020. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Nuclear Plant Continues to Invest in Alternative Energy” • Energy Northwest is building a 5-MW combined solar PV and battery storage facility in Washington State near Richland. Energy Northwest operates the Columbia nuclear plant, the White Bluffs Solar Station, the Nine Canyon Wind Project, and several hydro projects. [Forbes]

Have a fantastically good day.

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