November 12 Energy News

November 12, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Here’s Your Answer When Someone Asks ‘How Can It Be So Cold If There’s Global Warming?'” • The first significant cold snap of the season hits and some people wonder what happened to global warming. Parts of the US are indeed facing record cold temperatures. But, as cold as it is, all this talk of global warming is not overblown. [CNN]

Snow storm (Rich Hein | Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Renewable Energy Gives Farmers Another Reason To Love It” • As if the case for renewable energy needs any more making, along comes a new study showing that wind and solar power are good for the water table and they could help farmers survive periods of drought. Most other electric generation technologies compete with irrigation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Trends In Green Cargo Transport” • The International Chamber of Shipping’s 2019 Annual Review says a new era is upon the shipping industry due to “radical advances in communication and internet connectivity.” The organization sees the potential to enhance the efficiency, safety, and environmental performance dramatically. [CleanTechnica]

Estraden (Norsepower courtesy image)

¶ “The Most Destructive Hurricanes Are Hitting The US More Often” • Big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the US three times more frequently than they did a century ago, according to a study. Looking at 247 hurricanes that hit the US since 1900, the researchers found the top 10% of hurricanes are happening 3.3 times more frequently. [NBCNews.com]

World:

¶ “Australia’s Deadly Bushfires Bring Threat Of ‘Long And Dangerous Day Ahead'” • Two Australian states are bracing for a day of “catastrophic” risk as firefighters battle over 100 deadly active bushfires. Clouds of smoke seen as far away as New Zealand. Queensland and New South Wales have declared a state of emergency. [CNN]

Fire in Australia (Tom Bannigan | AFP via Getty Images)

¶ “Darling Downs Solar Farm Ramping Up Region’s Renewable Energy” • A $200 million solar farm at Kogan, Queensland, has joined the National Electricity Market, providing 110 MW, enough energy to power up to 36,000 homes. The Darling Downs Solar Farm, owned by APA Group, was officially opened, 45 km west of Dalby. [Queensland Country Life]

¶ “Formula 1 Launches A Plan To Become Carbon Neutral By 2030” • Formula 1 has launched a plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. The intention is to wipe out the carbon footprint of activity at race tracks, including road and air transport of staff and equipment to the events. F1 says it will offset any emissions that cannot be cut. [BBC]

Formula 1 racing (AFP)

¶ “For power utilities, demand slowdown is the worst in a decade” • Indian Thermal power generation dropped 2% in April-October this year, the first such fall in at least a decade, show data from Central Electricity Authority. Part of the fall can be attributed to healthy rainfall, which lowered the agriculture load and boosted hydro power generation. [Livemint]

¶ “Government Plans To Generate 8000 MW Of Renewable Energy By 2025” • Pakistan’s National Assembly was informed today that the government is planning to generate 8000 MW of electricity through renewable energy by 2025. The Minister for Power Division said eleven windpower projects were approved to generate affordable electricity. [Radio Pakestan]

Pakistan’s National Assembly

¶ “Mercury NZ Pours In $208 Million Extra On New Zealand’s Largest Wind Farm” • Mercury will spend another NZ$208 million ($132 million) building New Zealand’s largest wind farm near Palmerston North. It had resource consent to build up to 60 turbines, but initially erected only 33 in March. However, it will now add the remaining 27 turbines. [RNZ]

¶ “Canadian Solar Wins 191-MW Brazilian PV Double” • Canadian Solar has secured the rights to develop two PV projects in Brazil with a combined capacity of over 190 MW. The company will develop and build the 152.4-MW Gameleira project in the state of Ceara and the 38.1-MW Luiz Gonzaga plant, which is located in Pernambuco. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Canadian Solar image)

¶ “Uranium Traces Detected At Undeclared Site In Iran, Confirming Suspicions First Voiced By Israel” • The UN’s nuclear watchdog has detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran, it said in its latest report on the country’s nuclear program. The report  also confirmed that Iran has ramped up uranium enrichment. [South China Morning Post]

US:

¶ “Two Rural Colorado Utilities Take Tri-State Complaints To State Regulators” • La Plata Electric Association and United Power want to provide cleaner, lower cost electricity. But they are currently limited by their contract agreement with Tri-State to generate just 5% of renewable power locally. They asked state regulators to step in. [Colorado Public Radio]

Craig Station power plant (Nate Minor)

¶ “DTE Restructures To Support Growth Of Renewable Energy Portfolio” • Michigan utility DTE Energy has made three senior executive moves that the company says are aimed at accelerating its progress toward enhancing its renewable energy business. The company expects to more than double its renewable portfolio in the next five years. [North American Windpower]

¶ “Ford Electric Vehicle Chief Sees More Products, Sales Growth” • Ford global electric vehicle chief Ted Cannis says the market for EVs is sure to grow now that his company and other automakers are rolling out new vehicles. Ford Motor Co, General Motors Co, Volkswagen AG, Tesla Inc, and others are placing big bets on the technology. [ABC News]

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