November 22 Energy News

November 22, 2019


¶ “Are We Doing Enough To Tackle Global Transport Emissions?” • According to the World Resources Institute, “72% of global transport emissions come from road vehicles, which accounted for 80% of the rise in emissions from 1970-2010.” And since 2012, emissions from the transportation sector have been increasing with increased traffic. [CleanTechnica]

Traffic in Hawaii (Anthony Quintano, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “US Shale Oil Boom May Be Winding Down. What Does That Mean For America And The World?” • A cloud has appeared over fracking, as the world price of oil trends downward. The fracking industry grew in 2018, but did not grow in 2019, Halliburton laid off 3,000 workers, and dozens of fracking companies have filed for bankruptcy. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Stanford Study Says Renewable Power Eliminates Argument For Using Carbon Capture With Fossil Fuels” • New research from Stanford University professor Mark Z Jacobson questions the climate and health benefits of carbon capture technology against simply switching to renewable energy sources like solar and windpower.  [DeSmog]

Power plant


¶ “This Is How You Do Climate: NSW Unveils Plans For A Renewable Energy Short-Cut” • New South Wales will rewrite electricity market rules to create a giant renewable energy zone, pour money into hydrogen, and spur consumers to offset CO₂ emissions in a policy that could shift the national debate over climate change. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “City Of Melbourne Leads Second ‘Bulk-Buy’ Renewables Auction” • Leading Melbourne universities and businesses have joined forces to buy 113 GWh per year of renewably generated electricity, in the second major bulk-buy renewables project to be led by the City of Melbourne. The details of the tender were released to a closed group. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm

¶ “Ofgem Charges Ahead With UK Grid Reforms” • UK energy regulator Ofgem is to press ahead with grid charge reforms that renewable trade associations say will undermine subsidy-free deployment. Fixed charges will be applied to all households and businesses to recuperate residual charges while some embedded benefits for generators will be scrapped. [reNEWS]

¶ “Asian Quartet ‘On Course For 19 GW Offshore'” • Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam are likely to install up to 19 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, research by Wood Mackenzie says. Taiwan leads the way with a policy framework already in place and over 5 GW of approved projects that will come online as early as 2025. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Swancor image)

¶ “Labour Confirms 52-GW UK Offshore Pledge” • Labour has reaffirmed the commitment in its General Election manifesto to have the UK installed offshore wind capacity at 52 GW by 2030. The opposition party document pledges to construct 7000 new offshore wind turbines as set out in the ‘People Power Plan’ it unveiled in September. [reNEWS]


¶ “As Coal Dwindles, Southwest Tribal Solar Farms Pump Out Power” • New, large-scale solar farms are bringing jobs to reservations and the first electricity to many families living on tribal lands in remote areas of the Southwest. The Navajo Tribal Utilities Authority brought online two solar projects with a total 55 MW capacity over the past year. []

Solar PVs (Courtesy of Navajo Tribal Utility Authority)

¶ “Facebook Likes Virginian Solar” • Facebook has signed a power purchase agreement with US solar developer Apex for most of output from the latter’s 80-MW Altavista project in Virginia. The social media company will offtake 61.6 MW from the PV farm, which is due online next year. Facebook is taking increasing amounts of renewable energy. [reNEWS]

¶ “Anbaric Proposes 16-GW New England Grid Link” • US transmission developer Anbaric has applied to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to develop the Southern New England OceanGrid, an offshore grid system off southern New England. It is designed to connect up to 16 GW of offshore wind capacity to the mainland. [reNEWS]

Marine workings (Image: Business Network for Offshore Wind)

¶ “Google To Become Largest Corporate Buyer Of Renewable Energy In South Carolina” • Google announced a collaboration with Central Electric Power Cooperative and Berkeley Electric Cooperative that will result in the construction of a new 75-MW solar farm in South Carolina. It will generate 180,000 MWh of electricity annually. [The Berkeley Observer]

¶ “Renewables Are Not Making Electricity Any More Expensive” • A report from the DOE suggests that renewables were actually lowering the price of electricity in the US. The report focused on wholesale costs in the period of 2008 to 2017, and does not detail the amount that costs of solar and wind power have continued to fall since the end of that time. [Ars Technica]

Long Island solar farm

¶ “Alabama Power Solar Fee Questioned In Public Hearing” • The Alabama Public Service Commission has heard testimony about a formal complaint filed over a fixed fee Alabama Power charges its residential solar customers. The utility says the $5 per kW fee is needed to cover the costs of having back-up power available for customers with PVs. []

¶ “EDF Will Bail On Three Nuclear Plants, Exelon Holds The Bag” • Exelon Generation said that EDF Group is exercising a put option to sell its 49.99% interest in the Calvert Cliffs, RE Ginna, and Nine Mile Point  nuclear energy facilities. The companies will now begin negotiations for Exelon to acquire full ownership of the plants. [POWER magazine]

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