November 16 Energy News

November 16, 2019


¶ “Venice’s Devastating Floods Are The ‘Canary In A Coal Mine’ For Coastal Cities Worldwide” • With worldwide attention focusing on photos of people trudging through thigh-deep water, scientists, particularly those who call Venice home, say what’s happening to the Italian outpost should be a cautionary tale for coastal cities around the world. []

St Mark’s Square (Filippo Monteforte | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “We’ll Be Measuring Sea Level Rise In Feet, Not Inches” • For a long time, climate reports focused on moderate estimates of the effects. The Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel says water levels have increased by 7.8 inches since 1946. But it says the sea level on the Tampa Bay area could be 8½ feet higher in 2100 than it was in 2000.  [Tampa Bay Times]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Warming Winters May Lead To More Snow For Western New York” • Climate data going back to 1970 show that Buffalo’s average winter temperature has warmed 3.2°F. That means Lake Erie stays open much longer. And that means that more water vapor rises off the lake each year during winter, which increases the amount of snow for snowy Buffalo. []

Temperatures in Buffalo


¶ “Sindh Government, Denmark To Launch Renewable Energy Projects” • During a meeting between Danish Ambassador to Pakistan Rolf Michael Hay Perreira and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, they agreed to formalize a pact between the Sindh government and Denmark to launch renewable energy projects in the province. [The Nation]

¶ “Australia’s Magellan Power Delivers Renewable Stand-Alone Power Systems To A Power Project” • Australian manufacturer Magellan Power completed delivery of renewable Stand-Alone Power Systems to Western Power, in Western Australia. The 10-kW, 25-kWh systems are for remote sites such as homes and agricultural businesses. [Utilities Middle East]

Magellan Power system

¶ “Siemens Partners With Renewable Energy Developer For Microgrids In Mining” • Siemens has partnered with German renewable energy developer juwi to work on microgrids in the mining industry. They have  agreed on developing a control system that integrates renewable electricity with a mine’s off-grid power supply. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Germany Adopts Climate Protection Act” • The Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, has adopted the climate protection act enshrining in law plans to make the country greenhouse gas emission neutral by 2050. However, some renewable energy groups, including BEE, pointed out shortcomings in the law that need to be addressed. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (reNEWS image)

¶ “Pakistan Agrees To 560-MW Wind Push” • The government of Pakistan agreed to deals with project developers for eleven wind farms totaling 560 MW. The Alternative Energy Development Board, which was set up in 2003 to facilitate clean power growth in the country, entered into agreements with the independent power producers. [reNEWS]

¶ “Japan Nuclear Plant Safety Costs Increase Five-Fold Over Six Years To ¥5.4 Trillion” • The estimated cost of safety measures at nuclear power plants across Japan has increased five-fold over the past six years to just over ¥5.38 trillion ($49.5 billion), a Mainichi Shimbun survey has shown. The survey covered fifteen nuclear power plants. [The Mainichi]

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant (Yo Naito |  Mainichi)


¶ “3-GW Wind Power Project In Wyoming Moves Closer To Approval” • The Chokeberry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project is slated to have a capacity of 3 GW. If the huge Wyoming wind farm is completed, it will be the largest in the US. The Bureau of Land Management recently released a favorable environmental impact assessment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “State, Municipalities Push Back Against Solar Sprawl” • Large solar arrays may become less common in Rhode Island rural communities inundated with solar sprawl, as local and state efforts to address this simmering issue advance. One solar developer is shifting attention from large arrays to solar carports and canopies. [ecoRI news]

Clear-cutting for a solar facility in Hopkinton, Rhode Island
(Eric Bibler | Hopkinton Citizens for Responsible Planning)

¶ “Northern Virginia Operators Unite Against Dominion’s New Renewable Tariff” • Dominion has a plan for customers who opt for a premium green electricity tariff. A group including Equinix, QTS, Microsoft, and Salesforce has said the proposal is not truly renewable, and is designed to prevent competitors from offering real renewable tariffs. [DatacenterDynamics]

¶ “US Readies First Wind-Powered Steel Plant” • A $250 million Nucor Corp. “micro” mill taking shape in Sedalia, Missouri. It will be the first US steel production plant that will run on wind energy. A report last year from the group Mighty Earth noted that steel represented 7% of global carbon emissions worldwide in 2013. [E&E News]

“Micro” mill being built in Missouri (Nucor Sedalia via Facebook)

¶ “The Estée Lauder Companies Becomes First Prestige Beauty Company To Execute A Virtual Power Purchase Agreement For Renewable Energy” • The Estée Lauder Companies Inc has signed a virtual power purchase agreement for the Ponderosa wind farm in Beaver County, Oklahoma, adding renewable energy to the electricity grid. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Hunterdon County Towns Join In Renewable Energy Option” • Seven Hunterdon County municipal governments participating in the county’s electric power cooperative purchasing program chose to follow the county’s lead on the renewable energy option and save budget dollars, according to Freeholder Board Director Suzanne Lagay. [New Jersey Hills]

Have an absolutely glorious day.

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