November 11 Energy News

November 11, 2018


¶ “What Changes Will Maine’s New Government Bring to Your Life?” • Swept to sizable majorities in last week’s elections, Maine’s Democrats will be in full control of state government for the first time since 2010. They are likely to look for ways to address a number of pressing issues, one of which is climate change. [Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel]

Maine State House (Joe Phelan, staff photo)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solar Enables More Homes to Participate in Demand Response” • As more households and businesses install rooftop solar and begin tracking their energy production, an increasing number of solar hosts are diving into a variety demand response opportunities – some at the behest of the utilities – to reduce their electricity bills. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Sustainable Architecture: The Beauty behind Energy-Efficient Buildings” • Creating buildings with the lowest possible carbon emissions, while still being aesthetically pleasing, is a challenge that is being addressed. Here are some of our favorite sustainable architectural projects, found in Shanghai, Paris, Dhaka, and Barcelona. [CleanTechnica]

Forêt Blanche, to be built near Paris


¶ “Renewable Energy TNB’s Way to Tackle Escalating Cost” • In Malaysia, the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry is targeting the growth of non-hydro renewable energy’s proportion of the generating mix from the current 2% to 20% by 2025-2030. Fossil fuels currently supply 95% of the country’s power. [The Sun Daily]

¶ “Israel Will Ban Gasoline and Diesel Vehicles after 2030” • After December 31, all passenger cars sold in Israel will be electric and all trucks will be powered by electricity or compressed natural gas, if a proposal currently under consideration gets approved by the government. A final decision is expected by the end of this year. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus

¶ “Albania Picks Group Led by India Power for Solar Plant” • Albania’s government picked a group led by India Power Corporation Ltd to build the country’s first solar power station, the Energy Ministry said. The 100-MW solar project will cost €70 million euros ($79.34 million). About 90% of Albania’s power comes from hydro. []

¶ “Triton Knoll Project Well Underway as Siemens Awards Contracts” • Siemens Transmission & Distribution Ltd has awarded its first major contracts for the UK-based Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. The Triton Knoll project is to have a capacity of 860 MW and will be able to power the equivalent of 800,000 UK households. [Energy Digital]

Offshore wind construction

¶ “100,000 Coal Jobs on the Line” • The predicted loss of about 100,000 jobs in the coal sector over the next decade due to the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy has raised the spectre of ghost towns and destroyed communities, in some parts of South Africa. Renewables will provide jobs, but not in the same parts of the country. [News24]

¶ “Jordan Inaugurates 50-MW Wind Farm” • Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources inaugurated a wind plant in Tafileh governorate, southwest of Amman, at a total cost of $102 million. He said Jordan is focusing on providing energy sources from local and eco-friendly resources to ensure energy security and independence. [REVE]

Gamesa wind turbines in Jordan

¶ “TEPCO Plans Tests to See How Much Melted Uranium Fuel Has Cooled in Damaged Reactors” • The owner of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami nearly eight years ago, says it plans to conduct tests early next year to see how much melted uranium fuel has cooled in the damaged reactors. [Japan Today]


¶ “Hurricane-Broken Air Power Base Has an Alternative to Rebuild for Resilience” • Rebuilding the hurricane-wrecked Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida will come with a massive price tag, but experts say it offers a chance to make the base more resilient to the effects of extreme weather. Hurricane Michael hit Tyndall as a Category 4 storm. [Infosurhoy]

Tyndall Air Force Base

¶ “New Wind May Be Cheaper than Old, Reliable Coal” • Wind farms have cost less to build and operate than coal-fired power plants for some time. The trend of lower costs for renewables has crossed a threshold: it is sometimes cheaper to build a brand new wind facility than keep an old coal plant burning, according to Lazard Ltd. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]

¶ “Santa Rosa Council Considers Requirement for New Homes to be Independent of Natural Gas” • Santa Rosa may require that new homes be equipped to operate without natural gas, a shift city leaders hope could cut carbon emissions and accelerate the green building designs gaining favor after last year’s destructive wildfires. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

California wildfires (US DOD photo)

¶ “Public Service Commission Key to Tony Evers’ Climate Agenda” • Governor-elect Tony Evers has pledged to move Wisconsin toward entirely renewable energy by mid-century. It is not clear just how he might accomplish that without cooperation from the Legislature, which remains under Republican control. [Portage Daily Register]

¶ “Wins by Democratic Attorneys General Threaten to Multiply Climate Suits against Big Oil” • Democrats scored a string of state attorney general victories on election night, ousting some loyal oil and gas allies and threatening to add to mounting lawsuits against the industry over climate change. The party flipped four states. [HuffPost]

Have a stupendously excellent day.

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