2016-11-03 Energy Week

Visitors Please Note: This blog is maintained to assist in developing a TV show, Energy Week with George Harvey and Tom Finnell. The post is put up in incomplete form, and is updated with news until it is completed, usually on Wednesday. The source is geoharvey.wordpress.com.

Within a few days of the last update, the show may be seen, along with older shows, at this link on the BCTV website: Energy Week Series.

Thursday, October 27:

Wildlife populations down by nearly 60% since 1970 (Photo by Roger Leguen / WWF)

Wildlife populations down by nearly 60% since 1970 (Photo by Roger Leguen / WWF)

  • Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, a report by the Zoological Society of London and WWF says. The Living Planet assessment, suggests that if the trend continues that decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020. Habitat loss, wildlife trade, pollution, and climate change are among causes. [BBC]
  • The Hungarian utility MVM and Munich-based clean-tech startup Electrochaea GmbH are building the world’s first grid-scale power-to-gas plant together in Hungary. The unit will have a power consumption of up to 10 MW of stranded electricity from renewable sources, and will make methane from carbon dioxide. [portfolio.hu]
  • Massachusetts state and federal officials released two marine wildlife studies on endangered whale, turtle, and bird species to inform offshore wind permitting processes. They found no significant conflicts between wildlife and offshore wind development in federally designated areas south of Martha’s Vineyard. [AltEnergyMag]

Friday, October 28:

Wind turbines in France (photo by Fr.Latreille, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Wind turbines in France (photo by Fr.Latreille, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons)

  • French utility Engie announced it is now offering contracts for renewable electricity at no additional cost to new residential and small business customers. Engie aims to sign up one million new contracts by the end of 2017, its CEO said in a press statement. At present, the company has three million electricity customers in France. [SeeNews Renewables]
  • Southern Spain will be reduced to desert by the end of the century if the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, researchers have warned. With anything less than extremely ambitious and politically unlikely carbon emissions cuts, ecosystems in the Mediterranean will change dramatically. [malaysiandigest.com]
The Blayais nuclear power plant in France (photo by Pierre-Alan Dorange, edited, CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Blayais nuclear power plant in France
(photo by Pierre-Alan Dorange, edited, CC BY-SA 3.0)

  • “Guess Which Big EU Country Might Have Blackouts This Winter?” • At present, 21 of France’s 58 nuclear reactors are offline. The country’s power prices have skyrocketed, as have imports. Power from fossil fuel is increasing, and the country has now postponed its plans to implement a floor price on carbon. [RenewEconomy]

Saturday, October 29:

Rooftop solar system

  • “7 Solutions to the Climate Crisis” • With the Paris Agreement becoming official on November 4, we finally have the framework to fight climate change. We have the tools and technology to shift away from fossil fuels to clean energy, affordably and effectively. In case you want proof, here are seven reasons to be hopeful. [EcoWatch]

1. Renewables are growing and getting cheaper
2. Cost of rooftop solar is competitive
3. Remarkable progress in energy storage
4. The electric grid is evolving
5. The electric vehicle market is booming
6. Transportation is more efficient and public transit is growing
7. Energy efficiency is improving and saving you money

  • Exxon Mobil Corp warned it may be facing the biggest reserves revision in its history as production sank to a seven-year low and profit slid amid a prolonged slump in energy markets. About 4.6 billion barrels of reserves, mostly in the Canadian oil sands, may be in jeopardy if the average energy prices for 2016 persist. [Energy Voice]
  • Danish energy giant DONG Energy has confirmed rumors that it is investigating the sale of its oil & gas business, and that JP Morgan has been contracted to conduct a preliminary market assessment. DONG had already divested itself of its Danish gas business and is has been concentrating on offshore wind power. [CleanTechnica]

Sunday, October 30:

  • According to a study from the American Lung Association in California, the unaccounted for health and societal costs of burning a gallon of gasoline total $1.30. This means that if these costs were to be accounted for in the price of gasoline, then pricing would be at least $1.30/gallon higher than it currently is. [CleanTechnica]
  • Netherlands Railways announced that all electric trains on the Dutch network will operate exclusively using power from renewable sources with effect from January 1 2017, a year earlier than originally envisaged. The sector is purchasing 1.4 TWh per year, of which 1.2 TWh is used for traction. [International Railway Journal]

Monday, October 31:

  • UNICEF is calling on world leaders to reduce air pollution, saying it leads to the deaths of more children yearly than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Around 600,000 children under age 5 die every year from diseases caused by or exacerbated by outdoor and indoor air pollution. Conditions are especially difficult in poor nations. [CNN]
Lifting ship Svanen at the Burbo Banks Offshore Windfarm (Photo by Ian Mantel, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Lifting ship Svanen at the Burbo Banks Offshore Windfarm (Photo by Ian Mantel, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

  • A 100-MW offshore wind power pilot project will likely be installed in ocean off Gujarat in about three years, according to an expert in renewable energy at DNV GL, which has a 30-consultant team in India and has been in the Indian market in 1989. He spoke on the sidelines of the Singapore International Energy Week. [Millennium Post]
  • Over 10,000 New York City residents are using solar power to reduce their electric bills, but hardly any of them are poor. This is mostly because poor people do not have roofs they can put solar panels on. Consolidated Edison is offering use of its own rooftops to help solve that problem for at least some low-income customers. [New York Times]

Tuesday, November 1:

  • A report from Navigant Research on the global market for residential distributed energy resources predicts that annual revenue for the market is set to increase from about $19.7 billion in 2016 to $92.7 billion in 2025, growing at an annual growth rate of 18.8%, and bringing the sector’s total revenue up to $423 billion. [CleanTechnica]
Wind farm in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province. (Photo/China Daily)

Wind farm in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province. (Photo/China Daily)

  • Iberdrola Renewables is offering residents of two Vermont communities direct payments if a windfarm is built in them. The payments are estimated at $1,162 per year for full-time adult residents of Windham and $428 for Grafton residents. The Vermont attorney general’s office has found nothing improper with the proposal. [PennEnergy]
  • Opinion: “Solutions needed for fossil fuel problems” •  People are dying because of fossil fuels, another child every 52 seconds, another person every 10 seconds, and Vermonters pay $480 per person per year for medical problems from vehicle emissions. But we argue about installing wind power. [Brattleboro Reformer]

Wednesday, November 2:

  • An energy conservation and distributed generation project will enable the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia to become the Navy’s first Net Zero Energy base. The project will meet energy demands from renewable sources, thanks to a $170 million, 23-year contract from an Exelon subsidiary. [Facility Executive Magazine]
Dakota Access Pipeline protest

Dakota Access Pipeline protest

  • Dozens of demonstrators aiming to raise awareness of the ongoing pipeline protest in North Dakota disrupted the morning commute at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. After that, they marched on the offices of major US banks to protest pipeline funding. They carried signs reading, “Water is life” and, “Respect the Earth.” [CNN]
  • The city of San Bernardino and Hydrogenics Corporation are partnering to build North America’s largest 100% renewable hydrogen plant in Palm Springs, California. The 2.5-MW zero impact production hydrogen facility will use Hydrogenics’ technology to convert wind and solar energy into renewable hydrogen. [gasworld]




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