2015-10-22 Energy Week

Please note that this post is being developed.

Thursday, October 15:

  • Navigant Research has concluded that revenue from the global market for solar PV combined with energy storage nanogrids will expand rapidly through 2024. Navigant Research says the market for nanogrids based on PVs and energy storage nanogrids is likely to reach $23.1 billion, up from its current $1.2 billion in 2015. [CleanTechnica]

Total Solar PV plus Energy Storage Nanogrid Capacity and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024. Source: Navigant Research

  • Taking forward an announcement made by the Indian Prime Minister on August 15, the Union ministry of power has readied a plan to electrify 18,500 villages in seventeen states over the course of three years. Of these villages, around 3,500 would get their electricity through off-grid or renewable energy solutions. [Business Standard]
  • Net retail sales of ethical and socially responsible investment funds in the UK have more than doubled from £206 million in 2013 to £460 million in 2014. However the UK has some catching up to do. Funds under management in this area have grown from $13.3 trillion at the start of 2012 to $21.4 trillion at the start of 2014. [FT Adviser]

Friday, October 16:

  • The US clean tech industry employed more than 1.47 million people during second quarter of 2015, marking an increase of 16% on the same period last year. The Institute said July 2015 saw the number of new jobs being created in the industry more than double year-on-year. August 2015 saw an increase of 57%. [Business Green]
  • A national network of utility interest groups and fossil-fuel industry-funded think tanks is providing funding, model legislation, and political cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, and would-be solar power owners could pay the price, said a new report by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. [Long Island Exchange]
  • Oklahoma is on track for more than 900 quakes this year, many presumed to be linked to oil and gas production. Cushing, the key pipeline and tank crossroads for the oil industry, just experienced a 4.5 quake Saturday. The tremor came right after a government report found nearby geologic faults had awakened and reactivated. [KERA News]

Saturday, October 17:

  • When 149 countries, with 87% of the global population and 86% of climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, had submitted their carbon-curbing pledges to the UN, Climate Action Tracker, a tool developed to model changes, said the pledges would put world is on course for average global warming of about 2.7° C. [Yahoo News UK]
  • Climate change is taking a heavy toll on Canada’s far north. Buildings collapsing as melting permafrost destroys foundations, rivers running low, and wildfires all drain limited finances. With a population less than 50,000, the Northwest Territories spent more than $140 million in two years on problems linked to global warming. [Reuters]
  • Texas’ primary grid operator, ERCOT, released an updated Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan and there are some bright spots. ERCOT’s analysis confirms that compliance with the plan will keep Texans’ 2030 electric bills below 2002 prices, when Texas first opened the electric market to competition. [Environmental Defense Fund]

Sunday, October 18:

  • Oil and gas industry bosses pledged to curb gas flaring as they sought to boost their image ahead of a United Nations summit later this year. The leaders of ten companies that produce 20% of the world’s oil and gas recognised that current greenhouse gas levels were inconsistent with a global warming limit of 2° Celsius. [MENAFN.COM]
  • Even before Entergy announced that the Pilgrim nuclear plant would close, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker had two filed bills ready. One would encourage Massachusetts utilities to enter into long-term contracts with renewable energy producers. The other would raise existing caps on the state’s net metering program. [Valley News]
  • Nebraska’s Pine Ridge is down to its last big stands of ponderosa pine. Most of the state’s elms are gone, the cottonwood is in decline and the ash, beloved for its brilliant autumnal yellow, will disappear soon. Trees are under assault through the combined effects of climate change, invasive species and changes in land use. [Omaha World-Herald]

Monday, October 19:

  • Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, told a Canberra tech conference that the country needs an ‘orderly exit plan’ from a dependency on coal-fired energy. He said that the solution for Australia’s electricity needs is a responsible policy that encourages long-term investment in emerging microgrid technologies. [OmniChannel Media]
  • United Nations’ chief environment scientist Jacquie McGlade has attacked the UK government over its stance on renewable energy subsidies. She told the BBC the UK was sending “a very serious signal – a very perverse signal” by cutting support for renewable energy while appearing to continue heavily subsidising fossil fuels. [Solar Power Portal]
  • New York’s Westchester County will soon procure clean energy for around 75,000 residents. Over 15 municipalities are banding together to aggregate their demand for cleaner power sources and lower their energy bills through competitive bidding. The project is New York’s first implementation of community choice aggregation. [GreenBiz]

Tuesday, October 20:

  • A ten-year review of the Renewable Fuel Standard by researchers at the University of Tennessee found that the RFS is “too reliant” on corn ethanol and is not a “bridge” to renewables. It says that the production of this biofuel is resulting in additional water and soil problems, as well as “hampering advancements” in other biofuels. [CleanTechnica]
  • In Canada, the Liberal party, under the leadership of 43-year old Justin Trudeau, swept to victory in the Canadian federal elections. The Liberals have won at least 184 seats, 14 seats more than needed to form a majority government. The Trudeau government is pledged to “Make critical investments” in the clean energy industry. [Biobased Digest]
  • German industrial group Siemens AG unveiled a new DC solution for connecting offshore wind turbines to the grid which can lower costs by as much as 30%. The platform involves a DC cable that can connect several of these platforms sequentially in a wind farm and then route them to an onshore transformer substation. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wednesday, October 21:

  • Microgrids work for utilities. During California’s Butte Fire, PG&E asked Jackson Rancheria’s microgrid to stay off-grid for two days. Then it turned out to be a week. And then things didn’t work out for them, so the rancheria stayed off the grid for 10 days. It marked the 14th time this year the rancheria was asked to go off grid. [Government Technology]

The Butte fire killed two people, burned 475 homes and charred nearly 71,000 acres, mainly in California’s Calaveras County. Flickr/Eileen McFall

  • Australia has not just reached socket parity, it has smashed it, according to a report from Beyond Zero Emissions. In most cities in Australia, the cost of rooftop solar is now less than half the price of grid-based power. Indeed, even some utilities offer to install rooftop solar on your roof for free, and charge only 11¢/kWh for the output. [One Step Off The Grid]
  • An unprecedented alliance of heads of state, city, and state leaders, has called for countries around the world to put a price on carbon. The call comes by way of the Carbon Pricing Panel, a group of world leaders convened by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. [CleanTechnica]
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