November 24 Energy News

November 24, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Scientists Prescribe a Healthy Dose of Sulphate Particles to Promote Global Cooling on the Cheap” • A report published in Environmental Research Letters claims we could solve global warming easily by geo-engineering. But some scientists and environmental groups consider such an action dangerous and unnecessary. [CleanTechnica]

Is cooling the Earth as volcanoes do a good idea? (USGS photo)

World:

¶ “Neoen Begins Full-Scale Operation of Largest Solar Farm in Australia” • Neoen, the leading French producer of renewable energy, announced that full-scale operation of its Coleambally Solar Farm has begun. The Coleambally facility, which is in New South Wales, is the largest fully operational PV installation in Australia. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Central Philippine Bishops all Fired Up Against Coal” • In the central Philippines,Catholic bishops have attacked proposals to build coal-fired power plants in their areas. Prelates from four dioceses in the island region urged Catholics to “safeguard the gains and successes” achieved so far in improving renewable energy sources. [UCA News]

Climate activists dressed as dinosaurs (Photo: Jimmy Domingo)

¶ “UK Regulator Reveals Power Companies Owe Almost £63 million to Renewable Energy Obligation Pots” • Ofgem named four major electricity suppliers that missed payment deadlines to meet renewable energy buying obligations. The suppliers will face penalties. Some small-scale generators also failed to meet payments. [pv magazine International]

¶ “NWT Hydro Communities to No Longer Receive Funding for Solar Panels” • The government of the Northwest Territories said it is phasing out funding to solar projects in communities that are connected to hydroelectricity. Instead, funding will be diverted solely to communities that rely on diesel generators for their electricity. [CBC.ca]

Solar panels in Canada’s Northwest Territories

¶ “Victoria Votes for Solar Power: Labor’s Election Win Unlocks New Rebates for Solar Panels and Batteries” • Labor’s Victorian State Election win is good news for Victorian citizens looking to install rooftop solar panels and home batteries. The Victorian election result means that the Victorian Solar Homes scheme will expand. [Energy Matters]

¶ “DEEP Begins Drilling at its Geothermal Power Plant in Saskatchewan” • DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp has begun drilling for a geothermal power facility located in southeastern Saskatchewan. This well will be part of a 5-MW power facility that will generate renewable baseload electric power from a hot (120˚C) aquifer. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Drilling in Saskatchewan (DEEP image)

¶ “Germany Greenlights 8 GW of Additional Onshore Wind and Solar Capacity” • Under an agreement reached by Germany’s Cabinet in early November, the federal government will hold auctions to procure 1 GW each for onshore wind and solar in 2019, increasing to 1.4 GW for each in 2020 and 1.6 GW for each in 2021. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Mauritius Opts for Floating PV” • Mauritius is planning to deploy a 2-MW floating solar power plant at its Tamarind Falls reservoir, which is 6.3 km long. A tender was issued by the UN Development Programme to select consultants for a feasibility study for the project. The deadline for submission of proposals is December 6. [pv magazine International]

Indian Ocean from Mauritius (Image: Ludovic Lubeigt | Flickr)

¶ “Poland Plans to Launch First Nuclear Power Plant in 2033 – Energy Ministry” • Poland plans to launch its first nuclear power plant in 2033 as part of the low-carbon energy policy, a white paper published by the Energy Ministry says. The ministry expects to build a new nuclear reactor every two years to reduce dependence on coal. [UrduPoint News]

US:

¶ “Climate Change: Report Warns of Growing Impact on US Life” • The US government’s 4th National Climate Assessment says climate change is “presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth.” The warning is at odds with the Trump administration’s fossil fuels agenda. [BBC]

One report warning: more wildfires (EPA photo)

¶ “Salisbury to Roll Out Community Choice Electricity Program” • A new green energy program in Salisbury, Massachusetts, could save residents an average of 19% on their electric bills this winter. The Salisbury Community Choice Power Supply Program will buy the power from renewable sources. [The Daily News of Newburyport]

¶ “California Set to Build the World’s Largest Battery System” • The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a proposal from Pacific Gas & Electric to build a battery system that will be the world’s largest when it is completed. The system’s four separate energy storage projects will replace plants powered by natural gas. [Interesting Engineering]

Wind farm and Tesla batteries

¶ “GE Renewables Boss Calls for Storage Revolution” • GE renewable energy chief executive Jerome Pecresse said systems combining intermittent clean energy generation with storage are critical to future renewables growth. In a piece published on LinkedIn Pulse, he said renewable energy is a smart, profitable, long-term investment. [reNEWS]

¶ “Pilot Program Uses Solar Power to Reduce Energy Costs” • In Tahlequah, Oklahoma, a pilot program is using solar energy panels on several Cherokee Nation citizens’ homes to save on their monthly utility costs. So far, families living in the energy-efficient homes have saved an average of 50% on their monthly electric bills. [Muskogee Daily Phoenix]

One More Thing:

Vermont State House (Wikipedia)

¶ “At the VECAN Conference, a Morning Workshop: The 2019 Legislative Look Forward” • A morning work session on legislative activity will be presented by Senator Becca Balint, Senator Christopher Bray, and Lauren Hierl of the Vermont Conservation Voters. Early registration is still $40. On November 26th, it will increase to $50. [Green Energy Times]

Have an exquisitely comfortable day.

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