December 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Canada Is Ready To Be a Global Environmental Leader Using Blockchain” • Blockchain technology could not have arrived at a better time. It can enable developing nations to leapfrog developed nations and with the recent quickly falling prices in solar and wind power, a future of renewable power grids is coming fast. [Coinsquare Discover]
Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake

  • A call to action, signed by some of the world’s most prominent economists, urges wealth fund managers, professional financiers, and all investors to stop investing in businesses that extract, process, distribute, manufacture, and sell fossil fuel products, including any form of oil, gas, or coal, to generate power. [Sputnik International]
  • Months after putting the project on hold, the backers of the Vermont Green Line have pulled the plug on their proposal for a power cable under Lake Champlain. The estimated $650 million project ran afoul of concerns that Vermont’s grid wasn’t prepared to handle the quantity of electricity the cable was slated to carry. [vtdigger.org]
  • Construction on Australia’s first utility-scale wind, solar, and energy storage hybrid project to be connected to the national grid is about to start near the town of Hughenden, in northwest Queensland. The A$160 million ($120 million) park includes 43 MW of wind, 15 MW of solar on single-axis trackers, and two lithium-ion batteries. [PV-Tech]
  • A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a ¥1 billion (£113 million, $150 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui. China Three Gorges New Energy started building the 150-MW project in July. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018. [The Independent]

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December 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Canada Is Ready To Be a Global Environmental Leader Using Blockchain” • Blockchain technology could not have arrived at a better time. It can enable developing nations to leapfrog developed nations and with the recent quickly falling prices in solar and wind power, a future of renewable power grids is coming fast. [Coinsquare Discover]
Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake

  • A call to action, signed by some of the world’s most prominent economists, urges wealth fund managers, professional financiers, and all investors to stop investing in businesses that extract, process, distribute, manufacture, and sell fossil fuel products, including any form of oil, gas, or coal, to generate power. [Sputnik International]
  • Months after putting the project on hold, the backers of the Vermont Green Line have pulled the plug on their proposal for a power cable under Lake Champlain. The estimated $650 million project ran afoul of concerns that Vermont’s grid wasn’t prepared to handle the quantity of electricity the cable was slated to carry. [vtdigger.org]
  • Construction on Australia’s first utility-scale wind, solar, and energy storage hybrid project to be connected to the national grid is about to start near the town of Hughenden, in northwest Queensland. The A$160 million ($120 million) park includes 43 MW of wind, 15 MW of solar on single-axis trackers, and two lithium-ion batteries. [PV-Tech]
  • A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a ¥1 billion (£113 million, $150 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui. China Three Gorges New Energy started building the 150-MW project in July. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018. [The Independent]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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