November 6 Energy News

November 6, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Last Month Was The Warmest October On Record Globally. Here’s What It Means For Climate Change” • The Copernicus Climate Change Service, which analyzes temperature data from around the planet, said October 2019 was 0.69°C (1.24°F) warmer globally than the average of all the Octobers in the 30-year span from 1981-2010. [CNN]

Warm October in New York (Spencer Platt | Getty Images) 

¶ “11,000 Scientists Warn Of ‘Untold Suffering’ Caused By Climate Change” • More than 11,000 researchers from around the world issued a grim warning of the “untold suffering” that will be caused by climate change if humanity doesn’t change its ways. The group said that as scientists, they have the “moral obligation to tell it like it is.” [CNN]

¶ “Nuclear Fusion Is ‘A Question Of When, Not If'” • Prospects for developing nuclear fusion as a feasible source of energy have significantly improved, say experts. And the UK government has recently announced an investment of £200 million to deliver electricity from a fusion reactor by 2040. But critics say huge hurdles remain. [BBC News]

Natural nuclear fusion energy source (Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Turkey Generates 46% Of Electricity From Renewable Resources” • Renewable energy resources have accounted for 46% of Turkey’s electricity generation so far this year, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said. Officials said that the proportion of wind power is too low, however, and they want to increase it. [Daily Sabah]

¶ “Transitioning India’s Economy To Clean Energy” • While the Trump Administration officially started the process to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, India is making strong progress toward its Paris commitments. While much more work is needed, India is one of the few countries that are compatible with a 2°C goal. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

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¶ “Mainstream Raises $580 Million For Chile Wind And Solar Projects” • Mainstream Renewable Power, the emerging markets-focused green energy company founded by entrepreneur Eddie O’Connor, has raised $580 million (€522 million) of debt for key Chilean wind and solar projects under the company’s biggest financing deal. [Irish Times]

¶ “BayWa re Builds Netherland’s Largest Floating Solar Farm” • BayWa re and Dutch partner GroenLeven, have successfully built a floating solar park in the record time of only six weeks. The Sekdoorn project in the Netherlands, near the city of Zwolle, has a capacity of 14.5 MWp, enough to power almost 4,000 local households. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Floating solar farm (BayWa re image)

¶ “GE To supply 715-MW Chinese Mega-Farm” • GE Renewable Energy and China Huaneng Group are to build a 715-MW wind farm at Puyang in Henan province, China. The deal, which is GE’s largest-ever wind order in Asia, is for 286 of the company’s 2.5-132 turbines with 130-meter soft steel towers. The developer is China Huaneng. [reNEWS]

Australia:

¶ “Answer To Renewable Power’s Top Problem Emerges In The Outback” • Early next year, one of the first power projects that combine solar and wind generation with battery storage is planned to start up in Queensland. The Kennedy Energy Park will combine 43 MW of wind and 20 MW of solar with a 2-MW Tesla battery. [Yahoo Canada Finance]

Outback

¶ “L’oréal Australia Taps South Australia Wind Farm To Go 100% Renewable” • The Australian arm of French cosmetics giant L’Oréal signed a deal with the French-owned Engie Australia and New Zealand. The five-year deal will see L’Oréal Australia buy certificates and power from Engie’s 119-MW Willogoleche Wind Farm in South Australia. [One Step Off The Grid]

¶ “Australia’s Main Grid Reaches 50% Renewables For First Time” • On National Electricity Market, the combined output of rooftop solar, large-scale wind, and large-scale solar reached 50.2% of the near 25 GW being produced during one trading period. The NEM supplies Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. [RenewEconomy]

Meralli Solar’s Baroota solar farm

US:

¶ “Trouble Ahead for Natural Gas?” • FERC’s figures for proposed new capacity indicates a decrease of about 20% per year during August 2017 to August 2019. Extrapolating the data suggests that proposed new additions could drop to the point that they no longer exceed retirements by 2025. And market pressure could make this happen. [Green Energy Times]

¶ “eBay Teams Up With Apple, Samsung Austin Semiconductor And Sprint On A Renewable Energy Project” • eBay announced an agreement to purchase renewable energy with Apple, Sprint, and Samsung. The joint virtual power purchase agreement will buy 75 MW from Apex Clean Energy’s White Mesa Wind Project in Crockett County, Texas. [CSRwire.com]

Apex Clean Energy wind farm (Apex Clean Energy)

¶ “Rochester Wants Renewable Power For The People” • Mayor Lovely Warren submitted legislation authorizing a community choice aggregation program to City Council of Rochester, New York. The program should save residents and small businesses money on power bills while also moving to a climate-friendly electricity supply. [Rochester City Newspaper]

¶ “Maine Floater Secures PPA Approval” • The Maine Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a power purchase agreement for the 12-MW Aqua Ventus 1 floating offshore wind farm. The two-turbine Aqua Ventus 1, which is being developed by the University of Maine, will be the first US commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm. [reNEWS]

Have an utterly superb day.

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