- Alberta’s move to shift electricity production from coal plants to renewable energy will likely cost less than people expect, a specialist in the field says. The province plans by 2030 to phase out coal generation, which provides approximately 40% of the province’s power capacity, replacing it with renewables and natural gas. [Edmonton Journal]
- A team of researchers believes that world leaders need to change their policies regarding methane emissions. Their study, recently published in the journal Nature, found these emissions are 60% to 110% higher than previously estimated. They counted leaks coming from natural sources in addition to the oil and gas sector. [Pulse Headlines]
- Three pipelines are proposed to run through West Virginia, carrying natural gas to destinations in Virginia, including one on the coast. A Synapse Energy Economics report shows that with upgrades and improvements to the existing system of pipelines and infrastructure, the region’s natural gas needs could be met through 2030. [Roanoke Times]
- The CEO of Duke Energy recently said her company could stop generating electricity from coal between 2030 and 2040. Duke CEO Lynn Good said in an interview with Bloomberg that and the company’s current move away from coal will continue, no matter who occupies the White House at this time next year. [The Exponent Telegram]
- TEPCO is still struggling to put the Fukushima nuclear disaster behind it, admitting this week that paying for decommissioning the plant in one go risks leaving it insolvent. The Fukushima Disaster and the issues arising from it will ultimately cost more than ¥11 trillion ($106 billion), according to one recent academic study. [Gulf Times]
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