November 4 Energy News

November 4, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Putting Speed Bumps in Hurricane Alley” • New research suggests that massive installations of wind turbines could lessen the deluge when powerful hurricanes bring devastating amounts of rain onto land. During such recent storms as Harvey and Florence this could have meant less destruction and fewer deaths. [EcoWatch]

Wind farm

¶ “Fish and Plants Already Affected by Climate Change in South Africa’s Oceans” • Scientists researching climate change in South African have found evidence that it is affecting fish and plants in the ocean. South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries said evidence shows species are moving based on rising temperatures. [MyBroadband]

¶ “Tides and Technology for Future Electricity Supply” • There is hope that new marine renewable technologies can increase Australia’s power supply by capturing the energy in waves and tides. Wave Swell Energy, is working with Tasmanian scientists at the Australian Maritime College on projects to see this goal achieved. [Tasmania Examiner]

Tidal turbine (Supplied photo)


¶ “China Has Record Electric Car Sales Month” • After a few months threatening to break the all-time record (102,635 units, set last December), the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle market finally hit a new high, with some 104,900 plug-in vehicles being registered in September. This is up 66% and in line with previous months’ growth rates. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Southeast Asia’s Renewables Held Back by Policy Inaction: Irena” • Southeast Asia is a potential hotspot for renewable energy, yet the region has not met expectations because it lacks policy frameworks that would encourage investment, the International Renewable Energy Agency’s general director told Reuters in an interview. [Jakarta Globe]

Coal shipment (Beawiharta | File Photo | Reuters)

¶ “Energy Sector Has Lion’s Share of Schneider Electric’s Investments in Egypt: Sheta” • Egypt aspires to have its energy sector meet development requirements, maximize efficient use of traditional and renewable resources contributing to economic growth and competitiveness, achieve social justice, and preserve the environment. [Daily News Egypt]

¶ “Moroccan Wind Farm Certified ‘Green’ by Dubai Carbon” • Morocco is a renewable energy leader in the Arab world, with 3.6 GW of renewable energy plants already supplying its power grid and 3.6 GW more in development. The country is committed to having 52% of its power capacity be from renewable resources by 2030. [Technical Review Middle East]

Wind power (Unsplash image)

¶ “Offshore Wind Projects Hasten Asia’s Renewable Shift from Solar” • China is starting to build its largest offshore wind-power facility as part of an accelerating shift in Asia away from solar to wind and other renewable resources. Wood Mackenzie sees windpower capacity in Asia growing by a factor of 20 over the next decade. [Nikkei Asian Review]


¶ “NH Missing from State Coalition Opposing Clean Power Plan Rollback” • The EPA wants to replace the Obama-era plan with a rule that loosens CO2 emissions standards. When the attorneys general of 26 states, cities, and counties laid out their strong opposition, New Hampshire is the only New England state not among them. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

Coal-burning power plant in New Hampshire (PSNH image)

¶ “Dominion Energy Moving Swiftly toward Renewable Energy Goal” • In 2015, when Dominion Energy’s solar portfolio was just over 1 MW, it set a goal of 400 MW under development in Virginia by 2020. It now has 824 MW in operation or under development in the state. It is also adding both onshore and offshore windpower. [REVE]

¶ “For the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques, Rebuilding Seems like a Never-Ending Task” • Families living on the island of Vieques have waited for electric power ever since Maria hit. There is no plan to restore the underwater cable that once transmitted electricity from the Puerto Rico mainland. The power authority aims to build microgrids. []

Still living in a tent (Brock Stoneham | NBC News)

¶ “Republican Senator Proposes Taking Away US EV Tax Credit” • US Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) proposed killing off the federal EV tax credit via a bill he has introduced in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the “Fairness for Every Driver Act.” He claims the EV tax credit is a benefit largely for the wealthy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vogtle Reactors Move Forward, Despite Co-Owner Concerns” • After a debate on a “go or no go” vote, the co-owners of Plant Vogtle, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Oglethorpe Power, and Dalton Utilities, decided to continue construction on the nuclear reactors Units 3 and 4, despite never-ending cost overruns. [Atlanta Progressive News]

Have an indubitably superb day.

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