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December 10 Energy News

Headline News:

  • Devastating wildfires fueled by climate change are “the new normal,” California Governor Jerry Brown said. He continued, “We’re facing a new reality in this state,” and said they could happen “every year or every few years.” He made the comments after surveying damage from a 180-square mile fire in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles. [BBC News]
Thomas fire in Ventura County (Photo: AFP | Getty Images)

Thomas fire in Ventura County (Photo: AFP | Getty Images)

  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed subsidizing coal-fired and nuclear power plants to compensate them for the reliable energy they provide to the nation’s grid. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which Perry directed to study the issue, is scheduled to deliver a decision on the proposed rule on Monday, but asked for more time. [Financial Tribune]
  • The worst-case predictions regarding the effects of global warming are the most likely to be true, a new study published in Nature has warned. It said that if emissions follow a commonly used business-as-usual scenario, there is a 93% per cent chance that global warming will exceed 4°C by the end of this century. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
  • The renewable energy sectors of Ivory Coast and Morocco have received boosts to further develop their planned projects. The African Development Bank approved $324 million in loans to support renewable energy projects in these two countries, which are expected to increase power supplies significantly and keep economic growth on track. [ESI Africa]
  • “India faces painful move to cleaner energy” • Hundreds of millions of people in India are forced to live with the fallout of the dirtiest fuels. It is not just air pollution that is killing people and animals. Coal waste is getting into fields and causing underground fires. The government blames a lack of funds to pay for greener power. [The Straits Times]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

December 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Eighteen-year-old Ethan Novek has invented a CO2 capture technology that could capture CO2 at about $10 per metric ton – around 85% less than the industry standard. It works by reacting the exhaust gases at a fossil fuel plant with ammonia. Water and CO2 react with the ammonia to form a salt, which can the be used industrially. [Inhabitat]
Ethan Novek

Ethan Novek

  • Eurelectric represents the interests of 3,500 electric companies all across the European continent on major issues. Its members create more than €200 billion in revenue each year. Its members agreed unanimously to commit to an ambitious program of making all electricity generated in Europe carbon neutral by 2050. It will save them money. [CleanTechnica]
  • A new chairman was sworn in on December 7 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. With Kevin McIntyre’s swearing-in, the FERC panel has five members and can vote on issues. He will lead the agency as it considers a directive from the Trump administration to subsidize ailing coal and nuclear power plants. [E&P]
  • Nevada is now the nation’s number one producer of both solar and geothermal power per capita. Speaking at the ninth annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, said “$734 million in incentives has attracted a return of $7 billion in capital investments, payroll, and taxes paid.” [HuffPost]
  • The Boston University Board of Trustees voted to pass the BU Bold Climate Action Plan. It commits the university to 100% renewable electricity by 2018 and net zero carbon emissions by 2040. It would quickly scale up increasing energy efficiency, transitioning to renewable energy, and improving the resilience of the campus. [Environment America]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

December 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Wildfires are raging just north of Los Angeles, destroying whole communities just a short drive from the city’s downtown area. The fires consume everything in their path and only go out when they reach the Pacific Ocean. Commuters accustomed to massive traffic jams on the Highway 101 are now forced to run a gauntlet of flames. [CleanTechnica]
Early morning commute in California (Rick Patrick, Twitter)

Early morning commute in California (Rick Patrick, Twitter)

  • The latest confirmed initiative for power restoration in Puerto Rico is a donation of 6 MW of batteries from AES, which has suggested microgrids and large-scale solar could be the answer to long term stability issues. Other companies including Tesla, Sonnen, and Tabuchi America have made equipment and labor donations. [Energy Storage News]
  • Coal accounts for nearly 80% of the power generated by PPL Corp, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The company has issued a climate assessment saying that coal will provide about 10% by mid-century. The decline will be caused by market forces. The company now vows to use more distributed energy and cleaner-burning fuels. [Forbes]
  • More than half of the European Union’s 619 coal-fired power stations are losing money, according to a new report from the analysts Carbon Tracker. As a result, the industry’s slow plans for shutdowns will lead to €22 billion ($25.8 billion) in losses by 2030 if the EU fulfills its pledge to tackle climate change, the report warns. [The Guardian]
  • The Platte River Power Authority, the electricity provider for the Colorado communities of Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park and Longmont, unveiled details about what could be the most affordable way to carbon neutrality. Members of the Platte River board said they were pleasantly surprised by the costs of carbon neutral electricity. [The Coloradoan]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

December 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Pacific Gas & Electric submitted six energy storage contracts, totaling 165 MW, to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval as part of its efforts to meet the state-mandated goal of adding 580 MW of storage by 2020. If these contracts are approved, PG&E will have already reached 42% of its energy-storage goal. [pv magazine International]
Storage at the Imperial Irrigation District

Storage at the Imperial Irrigation District

  • Cincinnati has entered a contract with Dynegy to purchase 100% renewable electricity for most of its municipal facilities, starting next month and running through at least 2021. The green electricity will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreations centers and most administrative buildings including city hall. [Smart Cities Dive]
  • General Electric Co is planning to cut 12,000 jobs in its power business, with most of the cuts happening outside the US, a person familiar with the matter said. The manufacturer has been hit hard by flagging demand for electricity generated with natural gas, in part due to a shift toward power from renewable sources. [BloombergQuint]
  • The Moray Council has backed a development that could transform an abandoned airfield in northern Scotland into one of Europe’s biggest solar farms. Elgin Energy wants to cover the Milltown Airfield with about 200,000 solar panels. Moray’s attraction is due to its long summer days, the result of its being so far north. [Energy Voice]
  • West Australia’s Horizon Power has become the first major Australian utility to embrace the idea of “base-cost renewables.” The idea is to build the grid up from the base with installations of inexpensive renewables, then add storage and other smart technologies such as demand response and energy efficiency to fill in the gaps. [RenewEconomy]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

December 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The authors of a report from Imperial College London’s Energy Futures Lab and the climate change charity 10:10 found that electric railways could be powered by subsidy-free solar power. Solar panels connected directly to the substations that provide power to the rail system could bypass the electricity grid altogether, they said. [Imperial College London]
PV powering a train

PV powering a train

  • Tesla just built and installed the world’s largest battery, with 129 MWh of grid storage, in South Australia. Now Hyundai says it intends to build and install a battery that will be 50% larger than the South Australia facility near Ulsan on the southeast coast of South Korea. It is scheduled for completion in February of next year. [CleanTechnica]
  • The US Department of the Interior approved the replacement lease at the Navajo Generating Station. It officially sets a firm retirement date. NGS, the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, will retire in December 2019. The Navajo Nation and the owners of NGS had agreed in June on terms to retire NGS in 2019. [White Mountain Independent]
  • “Costs of White House Bailout of Coal and Nukes: 27,000 Early Deaths, $263 Billion” • The Trump administration’s scheme to make utility customers subsidize coal and nuclear power plants would result in 27,000 premature deaths and a net cost of $263 billion by 2045, according to projections by independent researchers. [EcoWatch]
  • Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to block the state’s attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company concealed knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change. An Exxon attorney told the court that the attorney general had no jurisdiction to seek the records. [Stabroek News]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

December 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • A report from the UK development company Crown Agents concluded that 2018 will be the year solar hits its commercial tipping point, resulting in a dramatic drop-off in price and making the technology viable for a billion people. It would open the door to save developing countries up to 80% by switching to solar from diesel and petrol. [CleanTechnica]
Solar power in South Africa

Solar power in South Africa

  • Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Resources Dr Yuval Steinitz spoke today at the Israel Energy and Business Convention at the Kfar Maccabiah Hotel in Ramat Gan, presenting his long-term vision for the energy sector in the country. “By 2030, Israel will no longer use any gasoline or coal,” he said. [Globes]
  • “Three Reasons Why Renewable Energy Leaders Are Optimistic” • At Green Tech Media’s US Power and Renewables Summit, utility company executives, financiers, renewable energy developers, and regulators shared their research and different experiences of the rapidly evolving renewable energy industry. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
  • California might be known the world over as a clean energy leader, but information from the US Energy Information Administration, highlighted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said the award for cleanest state in the country goes to Iowa, and they’ve done it without the aggressive clean energy policies California is famous for. [CleanTechnica]
  • A bill calling for a 2030 energy storage target in New York state was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Long Island Power Authority will administer the creation of the energy storage deployment program. The governor also called for more research on EVs. [Renewables Now]

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1st 3Qs ’17 – US Renewable Electricity Grows 14.7% as Fossil Fuels & Nuclear Fall

FOR FIRST THREE-QUARTERS OF 2017, EIA DATA SHOW:

RENEWABLE ELECTRICAL PRODUCTION UP 14.7%

BIOMASS, GEOTHERMAL, HYDRO, SOLAR, WIND ALL INCREASE

COAL, NATURAL GAS, OIL, NUCLEAR POWER ALL DECREASE

RENEWABLES PROVIDE 17.8% OF TOTAL U.S. GENERATIONS SOLAR REACHES 2.0% AND WIND IS 6.0%

According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” report (with data through September 30, 2017), U.S. electrical generation from renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar – inc. distributed solar, wind) rose by 14.69% during the first three-quarters of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

Simultaneously, electrical generation by fossil fuels and nuclear power combined declined by 5.41%. Nuclear power and coal both dropped by 1.5%, natural gas (including “other” gas) was down by 10.7%, and oil (i.e., petroleum liquids and petroleum coke) plunged by 17.1%.

Year-to-date, electrical generation by utility-scale solar (i.e., solar thermal and photovoltaic) plus small-scale solar photovoltaic rose by 43.2% and is now providing almost 2.0% (i.e., 1.99%) of total electrical generation. For perspective, solar has more than doubled its generation since 2014. It has surpassed biomass and is now providing nearly four times (i.e., 3.92 x) the combined electrical output of oil and other petroleum-based sources.

All other renewable energy sources showed positive growth as well: electrical output from hydropower grew 15.0%, wind by 11.5%, geothermal by 2.9%, and biomass by 1.6%. Together, electrical generation by non-hydro renewables is now nearly 10.0% (i.e., 9.92%). Wind alone is nearly 6.0% (i.e., 5.98%).

Overall, renewables accounted for 17.78% of domestic electrical generation during the first nine months of this year – up from 15.13% a year ago. Meanwhile, nuclear provided 19.57%, and fossil fuels 62.50% (i.e., gas-31.94%, coal- 30.05%, oil-0.51%); the balance (0.16%) was from pumped hydro and other sources.

“It’s no wonder congressional tax writers are seeking to undermine renewable sources while the White House contemplates tariffs to put the brakes on solar’s growth,” said Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. “The dirty energy sources they favor are rapidly losing ground and costly subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear power are their only option for survival.”

EIA released its most recent “Electric Power Monthly” report on December 1, 2017. The full report may be found at: https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly. The most relevant data cited in this advisory may be found in, or is derived from http://bit.ly/EIA-monthly-table.

 

December 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • For more than four years, McDonald’s has trying to find a way to produce “sustainable beef.” Now, the fast-food giant is setting out on a small but potentially significant project to measure and analyze the ability of cattle farming to sequester carbon in soil, using a style of grazing it has been researching called “adaptive multi-paddock.” [GreenBiz]
Carbon farming (Shutterstock | NagyDodo)

Carbon farming (Shutterstock | NagyDodo)

  • Borrego Springs, California, is a quaint town of about 3,400 people in the Anza-Borrego Desert, about 90 miles east of San Diego. Summers temperatures are often above 100°, and power losses can threaten lives. In the past, the town has suffered from frequent power outages, but today, Borrego Springs has its own microgrid. [InsideClimate News]
  • In October this year Australia managed to install 100 MW of rooftop solar, a major milestone but still below the record set in June 2012, which was fueled by a rush to take advantage of a solar tariff before it was ended. Then last month the industry managed to install 120 MW, breaking the 2012 record without that tariff. [RenewEconomy]
  • Rooftop solar is reducing pressure on the Australian national grid and making demand response more attractive, a new audit reveals. And Australian states with higher levels of clean energy have lower wholesale prices. The news is made clear in an electricity update by the Australia Institute for October and November. [Energy Matters]
  • In 2016, the Arizona Corporations Commission approved a plan of electric utility Salt River Project to charge extra fees for its customers with rooftop solar systems. SolarCity claims those fees are an illegal attempt to limit competition and are therefore prohibited by antitrust laws. The case will be going before the Supreme Court. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

December 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • China has launched the first all-electric cargo ship. According to China Daily, the 230 foot long vessel is equipped with a 2,400 kWh lithium-ion battery that stores enough electrical energy to transport 2200 tons of cargo a distance of 50 miles on a single charge at a top speed of about 8 miles per hour. It will be used to transport coal on the Pearl River. [CleanTechnica]
Electric cargo ship (China News)

Electric cargo ship (China News)

  • According to a report from the US Army Corps of Engineers, climate change will set off economic and environmental crises like nothing ever seen before across the 13-state region of the Ohio River. It will cause more frequent flooding, drought, and power failures in Kentucky, Indiana, and the rest of the Ohio River basin. [The Messenger]
  • The tax bill passed by Republican senators elevates American fossil fuel production at the expense of renewable energy. The measures they approved included proposals to open the Arctic to oil and gas development, weaken investment incentives for solar and wind production, and end a big tax credit for new electric vehicles. [Los Angeles Times]
  • All over the state, New Yorkers are experiencing the impacts of global climate change. Researchers at Cornell University project that summers in New York will increasingly see scorching high temperatures. State officials say the evidence supporting the idea that human activities cause global warming is overwhelming. [Plattsburgh Press Republican]
  • Morningstar analysts broke with the pessimistic consensus on nuclear power this fall when they predicted the industry would not just hold its own against renewables and cheap natural gas, it might even grow up to 5%. They have changed their prediction, saying they had assumed the two new units at the VC Summer plant would be built. [Forbes]

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