November 8 Energy News

November 8, 2018


¶ “Even in a Carbon-Constrained World, FirstEnergy’s Nuclear Bailout Proposal in Ohio Must Be Rejected” • The threat of climate change is increasingly dire and the need to dramatically cut carbon emissions is even more urgent. But FirstEnergy’s bailout proposals for its struggling nuclear plants must be rejected. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Davis Besse nuclear plant

¶ “Floating Solar is Best Solution for Colorado Town’s High Electric Bills” • When a town has high electric bills and no available land for a solar farm, a floating solar plant on the pond of a waste water plant makes great sense. Walden, Colorado, population 750, elevation 8,000 feet plus, and land area of 0.34 square miles, is such a town. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Choppy Waters for Greek Shipping Sector” • As the US this week reinstated a global ban on Iranian oil exports, there are few countries outside of Iran that will be more affected by the move than Greece. This is because Greece’s merchant shipping fleet, the biggest in the world by tonnage, is also the largest carrier of Iranian oil. [BBC]

Loading Iranian oil on a tanker (Getty Images)

¶ “Enel Flush for Moroccan Wind Surge” • Enel Green Power and local partner Nareva have reached financial close on the 180-MW Midelt wind farm in Morocco, which will be the first stage of the 850-MW Projet Eolien Integre complex. Enel said construction of the €230 million Midelt project will take about two years to complete. [reNEWS]

¶ “Innovation Think Tank Says Tesla isn’t Disruptive, but Mini-EVs Are” • In China, EVs have been miniaturized. They can cost as little as $1,000, are made from stamped steel, have no safety features to speak of, have maximum speeds of 25 to 43 miles per hour, and do not require driver’s licenses. Millions are sold each year. [CleanTechnica]

Low speed electric car in China

¶ “Labor Dials Up its Renewable Energy Target To 50% by 2030” • Half of Victoria’s energy could come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and hydro power within 12 years, if the Andrews government is re-elected. According to The Age, Labor will promise to raise Victoria’s renewable energy target from 40% to 50% by 2030. [The Canberra Times]

¶ “China, US Keep Top Positions on EY’s Renewables Index” • There is little movement in the top 10 of Ernst & Young’s latest Renewable energy country attractiveness index, as ongoing geopolitical instability is causing caution among leading renewable energy markets, EY said. China is still number one, and the US number two. [Renewables Now]

Co-located solar and wind parks (Photo: Istock)

¶ “Toshiba to Pull Out of UK Nuclear Power Project” • Plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria have been scrapped after the Japanese conglomerate Toshiba announced it was winding up the UK unit behind the project. Toshiba said it would take a ¥18.8 billion (£125 million, $170 million) hit from closing its subsidiary, NuGeneration. [The Guardian]


¶ “The Environmental Ballot Measures that Midterm Voters Backed or Rejected” • A number of  statewide measures on ballots in the midterm election related to climate change and the environment. Voters in 37 states considered whether they were for or against initiatives related to renewable energy, carbon emissions and offshore drilling. [CNN]

Voters lining up early in Oklahoma (Mike Simons | Tulsa World)

¶ “Voters Just Elected Six More Scientists to Congress” • The next Congress will have at least six newly elected scientists, including a nuclear engineer and a biochemist. Supporters say these scientist-legislators, all Democrats, will bring a fact-based approach to public policy and impact such issues as nuclear disarmament and climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Voters in Three US States Reject Initiatives to Curb Fossil Fuel Use” • Voters in the states of Colorado, Arizona, and Washington rejected ballot initiatives that sought to curb fossil fuels use by restricting drilling, putting a fee on carbon emissions and mandating wider use of renewable energy. The results were a win for the fossil fuels industry. [Raw Story]

Oil pumps (Shuttershock image)

¶ “Colorado Governor-Elect has US’ Most Ambitious Renewable Goal” • Jared Polis, a Democratic congressman from Colorado who was elected governor in Tuesday’s midterms, has promised the state will run only on renewable power by 2040. That would phase out fossil fuel generation in Colorado even faster than in California and Hawaii. [Climate Home]

¶ “Backers of Failed Prop 127 to Continue Push for Arizona Renewables” • Backers of a defeated ballot measure aimed at greatly increasing renewable energy in Arizona will continue to push for more wind and solar power. Proposition 127 failed by more than a 2-to-1 margin, after multi-million-dollar campaigns on both sides. [Public News Service]

Arizona solar array (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Wind, Solar Help Slash CO2 Power Emissions 28% Since 2005” • According to new findings from the DOE’s Energy Information Administration, US electric power sector CO2 emissions have declined 28% since 2005 because of slower electricity demand growth and changes in the mix of power sources used to generate electricity. [North American Windpower]

¶ “Power to Learn: Puerto Rico Schools Get the Microgrid Treatment” • Economics often decide the fate of a microgrid proposal, but sometimes the calculator should be set aside. Such is the case with a program launched by the Rocky Mountain Institute and Save the Children to build school microgrids in Puerto Rico. [One Step Off The Grid]

Have a breathtakingly gorgeous day.

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