November 18 Energy News

November 18, 2018


¶ “Climate Change and Wildfires – How Do We Know if There Is a Link?” • Global warming does not start wildfires. The proximate cause of wildfires may be human carelessness, or it may be a natural event, such as “dry lightning” from a storm that produces little rain. But global warming does increase the risk of wildfires and makes them worse. [WFAE]

The Camp fire in Northern California (Cal Fire)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Habitat Loss Threatens All Our Futures, World Leaders Warned” • Since 1970 humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, according to the latest Living Planet Report by WWF, which has warned that the loss of wildlife was now an emergency that is threatening our civilisation. The decline in all life is calamitous. [The Guardian]


¶ “The Remote Arctic Town That Is Melting Away” • As the Arctic loses ice at dramatic rates, people in Qaanaaq, the northernmost town in Greenland, are finding their homes, livelihoods, customs and very survival at risk. The town is built on permafrost, which was stable in the past, but now the permafrost is melting. (Photo gallery) [BBC]

Qaanaaq, Greenland (© Anna Filipova, all rights reserved)

¶ “Queensland Battery Grants and Loans Scheme to Push Use of Renewable Energy” • Queenslanders are being urged to switch to renewable energy options, following the introduction of a grants and loans scheme for 1,500 people to apply for them to install batteries to store solar power. Interest-free loans are available for up to A$10,000. [Brisbane Times]

¶ “France Fuel Protest: One Dead in ‘Yellow Vest’ Blockades” • One protester has died and more than 200 were injured as more than a quarter of a million people took to the streets of France, angry at rising fuel prices. The price of diesel oil, the most commonly used fuel in French cars, has risen by around 23% over the past year. [BBC]

Driver getting past protesters in France (Reuters)

¶ “Malta Taking Concrete Steps to Achieve 2020 Renewable Power Targets: Official” • Malta will reach its pledged EU2020 renewable energy targets, its Energy Minister told the Maltese Parliament. He said that Malta will source its energy through solar, biomass, biofuel, and energy generated through waste, among others. [Infosurhoy]

¶ “Canna Harnesses Atlantic Gales to Generate Power” • One thing residents on one of the UK’s remotest islands are not short of is wind. In fact, the gales where they live, 23 miles out into the Atlantic, often cancel their ferry for days on end or even keep them housebound. But now, Canna’s 18 residents are getting electricity from those winds. [Press and Journal]

Canna’s wind turbines

¶ “Developer Pushes for Geothermal Development in Northwestern Argentina” • Geothermal development company Geotermia Andina is proposing a plant at Los Despoblados in the Province of San Juan near the Chilean border. They are planning to sell electric power to local mining companies and possibly to export it to Chile. [ThinkGeoEnergy]


¶ “California Wildfires: Trump Visits State’s Deadliest Blaze” • President Donald Trump went to California to survey the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in the its history. He said it had not changed his point of view on climate change, adding, “I want great climate and we’re going to have that and we’re going to have forests that are very safe.” [BBC]

Donald Trump visits Paradise, California (AFP)

¶ “Blockchain’s Power Ledger Deploys Trading Platform In Pennsylvania” • Power Ledger, a decentralized energy trading platform and winner of Richard Branson’s 2018 Extreme Tech Challenge, deployed its peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platform at the headquarters of retail electric provider American PowerNet in Pennsylvania. [BlockTribune]

¶ “Going Green: Rock County Farmland May Soon Harvest Energy Instead of Crops” • A Minneapolis-based renewable energy development company is working with landowners in Rock County, Minnesota, on what could be the state’s largest solar farm. Geronimo Energy is proposing a solar system of 150 to 200 MW. [Daily Globe]

Geronimo Energy’s Pegasus Solar Project (Submitted photo)

¶ “Solar’s Future Brightens in Southern Ohio” • A number of solar farms are being developed in southern Ohio as a result of a settlement between AEP and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, through which AEP agreed to meet the need for at least 900 MW of renewable energy. Of that, 500 MW is windpower and 400 MW is solar. [Chillicothe Gazette]

¶ “US Announces Roadmap to Accelerate Offshore Wind” • The first federally funded public-private partnership focused on advancing offshore windpower in the US, the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, released its first Research and Development Roadmap. The state of New York also provided funding. [The Maritime Executive]

Offshore wind farm

¶ “Offshore Wind Energy Cable Base Planned for New England” • Subsea power provider JDR Cable Systems and McAllister Towing and Transportation Co, Inc are planning to develop a cable service base in the northeast US to serve the emerging offshore wind energy industry. The facility would include an integrated cable training center. [WorkBoat]

¶ “TVA Writes Off $750 Million Debt on Failed Nuclear Project” • Nearly a half century after starting to build a pair of nuclear reactors in Hollywood, Alabama, the Tennessee Valley Authority is moving to close the book at its costly, unfinished venture. A former Chattanooga developer is still trying to put the project together. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

Have an excitingly nifty day.

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