November 3 Energy News

November 3, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Trump Stymies California Climate Efforts Even As State Burns” • Wildfires are burning across California, and scientists say they have been made worse by a changing climate. “We’re waging war against the most destructive fires in our state’s history, and Trump is conducting a full-on assault against the antidote,” Gov Gavin Newsom said. [msnNOW]

Kincade fire (© Eric Thayer for The New York Times)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Joi Scientific’s Perpetual Hydrogen Illusion Comes Tumbling Down” • Over the past few years, a company based out of Florida, Joi Scientific, has gained millions in investment and headlines for its perpetual motion hydrogen claims. This week, the company reportedly admitted to investors that its technology doesn’t work at all. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hong Kong Oysters Served Up As Natural Defence Against Flooding Caused By Climate Change” • Environmentalists believe oysters could play a key role in protecting Hong Kong’s coastlines from the effects of climate change, including the rise in sea levels and increasingly damaging flooding brought about by extreme storms. [Yahoo Singapore News]

Joe Cheung Ho-yi, conservation education manager
at The Nature Conservancy (Photo: Jonathan Wong)

World:

¶ “Asia ‘Coal Addiction’ Must End, UN Chief Warns” • The chief of the United Nations has warned Asia to quit its “addiction” to coal in a bid to tackle climate change. UN Secretary General António Guterres said countries in the region were among the most vulnerable to global warming and should be on the “front line” of efforts to stop it. [BBC]

¶ “UK Halts All Fracking Operations In The Country” • The UK government issued an order halting all fracking operations in the country effective immediately. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland already had measures against fracking. UK Government ministers also warned shale gas companies that it will not support future fracking projects. [CleanTechnica]

Fracking (Nicholas A. Tonelli | Flickr)

¶ “19 Renewable Energy Power Plants To Be Commissioned In Iran” • By the end of this Iranian year (which began March 21, 2019), 19 renewable energy power plants will be commissioned in ten Iranian provinces, according to a spokesperson for Iran’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization, Trend reports via IRNA. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “Vietnam Needs To Act In Mekong Delta As Land Sinking, Seas Rising: Experts” • The Mekong Delta, which spreads over 40,577 square kilometers (15,670 square miles), has been a rice bowl and aquaculture hub. The latest reports say that while the sea is rising, the delta is subsiding, and it will disappear sooner than expected. [VnExpress International]

Makeshift embankment (Photo: Thanh Nguyen | VnExpress)

¶ “Analyst Discusses Reporting Hack Of Computer System At Indian Nuclear Reactor” • A report of hackers gaining access to an Indian nuclear power plant’s computer network led to alarm, confusion, and denial before officials admitted it happened. The threat analyst who reported the issue was at a unique vantage point in the news cycle. [Security Boulevard]

US:

¶ “Triumph And Jaunt Partner To Design, Develop, Certify, And Build Full-Scale Demonstrator” • Jaunt Air Mobility and the Triumph Group announced at the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that they would cooperate to design, build, and certify a full-scale demonstrator aircraft. They have a very unusual aircraft design. [CleanTechnica]

Jaunt Air Mobility display (Photo: Nicolas Zart)

¶ “Utility Adds 2.5 MW Of Demand Response Capabilities With Very Unusual ‘Batteries'” • Hawaiian Electric added 2.5 MW of grid services, allowing it to store energy during peak solar and wind production periods. This required no traditional batteries, flywheels, or pumped hydro, using hardware that is already in place in every residential grid. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cranberry Farmers See Solar Promise” • Falling cranberry prices and ongoing trade wars have America’s cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some of the cranberry farmers in Massachusetts, the nation’s second-largest grower after Wisconsin, propose to install solar PVs above the bogs they harvest each fall. [Arkansas Online]

Dick Ward of Carver, Mass, at his cranberry bog

¶ “All Eyes On New Community Solar Power Program In Wappingers Falls, New York” • Ratepayers of Wappingers Falls, New York, have an opportunity to save up to 10% on their utility bills thanks to a new community solar power program. However, even with the savings, getting ratepayers to opt into a renewable energy plan can be challenging. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nebraska Has Bright Renewable Energy Future, Leaders Say” • Nebraska has lagged in wind power, but that is changing. The state tied Rhode Island last year for the biggest year-over-year percentage gain in wind power capacity (39%) and ranked fifth for overall installation growth with more than 500 MW added during the year. [KPVI News 6]

Wind turbine and farmstead (Tim Hynds | Sioux City Journal)

¶ “Critics Dispute Benefits Of Danskammer Upgrades” • A new natural-gas fired power plant has been proposed for Newburgh, New York. Danskammer Energy claims the plant will off-set air pollution from older power generators. Environmentalists look at the situation differently, saying the move goes in exactly the wrong direction. [Times Herald-Record]

¶ “Activists At PG&E Rally Call On State Leaders To Invest In Renewable Energy” • Dozens of activists rallied outside the PG&E office in San Francisco, calling on state leaders to take action against climate change. They want Gov Gavin Newsom to divest from the fossil fuel industry and support clean energy programs and grid resiliency. [SFGate]

Have a surprisingly amusing day.

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