November 26 Energy News

November 26, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “In Mount Everest Region, World’s Highest Glaciers Are Melting, Receding” • For many tourists, a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, is an adventure of a lifetime. But what is stunning scenery to tourists is for climate scientists an apocalyptic sight. They see dramatic evidence all around of a rapidly warming atmosphere. (Photos) [InsideClimate News]

New glacial lake (Credit: Kunda Dixit | Nepali Times)

World:

¶ “Drier Summers and Wetter Winters Could be Coming to the UK” • Environment Secretary Michael Gove is warning that world-leading new science shows more extreme weather is ahead. In a speech in London, Mr Gove will say that the survival of the planet can only be safeguarded if scientific warnings are heeded more keenly. [Sky News]

¶ “Nigeria Loses $6 Billion from ‘Corrupt’ Oil Deal Linked to Fraud” • A court in Milan is considering corruption charges against Eni and Shell in a controversial oil deal that led to Nigeria losing an estimated $6 billion. Eni and Shell are accused of knowing the money they paid to Nigeria would be used for bribes. They deny any wrongdoing. [BBC]

Nigerian oil workers

¶ “Argentina Signs 161.5 MW of RenovAr 2 Contracts” • Argentina has signed contracts for 161.5 MW of green projects that were selected in the first stage of the country’s renewable energy auction program RenovAr Round 2. Power purchase agreements were signed for two wind, one biogas and one small hydropower plant. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Solarcentury Gets Go-Ahead for Four Solar Power Projects in Seville” • British solar power company Solarcentury has received the go ahead from the regional government in Andalucia to construct four solar parks. The projects, to be located in Alcala de Guadaira, Seville, Spain, will produce enough electricity to power 105,000 households. [Energy Digital]

PV system

¶ “UK’s Drax Starts Pilot of Europe’s First Bioenergy Carbon Capture Project” • Britain’s Drax said it has started a pilot project to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions at its biomass plant, the first of its kind in Europe. Emissions from the power plant will be captured and stored for industrial applications such as making drinks fizzy. [ETEnergyworld.com]
(Sorry, Drax, carbon capture for fizzy drinks will not help. GHH)

¶ “Robots Come to the Rescue After Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster” • Since the fuel melted in three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, it burned through steel walls and concrete floors. No one even knows quite where it is. No human can go inside to look for it, so the Japanese company that owns the crippled plant has turned to robots. [CBS News]

Six-legged robot

Australia:

¶ “AGL Builds Its Own Solar Power Trading Market” • AGL is the latest Australian company to develop its own solar trading platform, so households can ensure their excess solar power is not wasted and their solar systems earn as much as they can. The system pays customers for excess power with tokens that can be traded. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Queensland Bushfires: Evacuations amid ‘Highly Unusual’ Conditions” • About 40 bushfires are burning in Queensland in weather conditions that are described as “unprecedented.” The largest fire is about 50 km (30 miles) long. Intense fire conditions are very unusual in Queensland in late November because it is the wet season. [BBC]

Queensland fires (Queensland Ambulance Service image)

¶ “Australian Vintage Signs Ground-Breaking Renewable Energy Deal” • Australian Vintage Limited has signed a large-scale hybrid Renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreement, which will ensure that 90% of consumption at its largest site is met by solar and wind power. AVL’s Buronga Hill facility is the third largest winery in Australia. [The Shout]

US:

¶ “Despite Trump, The Shift from Coal to Renewables Continues Unabated” • If you were only paying attention to White House public statements, you would likely think that coal had seen a magnificent revival in the nearly two years since Donald Trump became President. In reality, what is happening in the country is completely different. [Triple Pundit]

Coal-fired power plant

¶ “Hawaiian Electric, Eurus Ink 46.8-MW Wind PPA” • Hawaiian Electric Co signed a power purchase agreement for the output of a 46.8-MW wind project on Oahu island, the electric utility said. The Palehua wind farm is planned to be built on the Waianae Range and use 13 turbines. It will supply enough power for about 25,000 homes. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Connecticut Likely to OK Millstone for Zero-Carbon RFP” • Dominion Energy is getting closer to the finish line in a two-year marathon to win subsidized energy contracts for its Millstone nuclear plant. Its near-term goal is special consideration in the Connecticut solicitation for up to 12 million MWh of zero-carbon electric power. [RTO Insider]

One more thing – Don’t forget the VECAN Conference:

Pollution (When this image was new, a Google search I did on it guessed it was Donald Trump. – GHH)

¶ “At the VECAN Conference: a Morning Workshop” • At one of the morning workshops you can learn about effective use of digital tools to attract new people to the cause. At GET, we think that the VECAN Conference is one of Vermont’s best renewable energy events. We recommend that everyone interested in the future consider attending. [Green Energy Times]

Have an invigoratingly exquisite day.

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