Weekly Update – June 2nd

I am still struggling a bit with the formatting on the EAN blog, but hopefully will be able to return to that soon. The news today is of course depressing, but also should not be surprising. Regardless, I tend to be a glass is half-full type of person. While I don’t want to minimize the audacity, hubris and nationalist nonsense that emerges on a daily basis from the mouth of “my” president, I would say on the global scale that all is not lost. If anything this may bring the more sane parts of the world closer together…I hope.

Best,
Edwin Schmitt
Postdoctoral Researcher
IKOS
University of Oslo

Here are a few glass half-full articles to start us off:
Despite Trump, cleaner energy growth expected to carry on (AP)
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/01/the-associated-press-despite-trump-cleaner-energy-growth-expected-to-carry-on.htmlThe world would be better off if Trump withdraws from the Paris climate deal (The Conversation)
http://theconversation.com/the-world-would-be-better-off-if-trump-withdraws-from-the-paris-climate-deal-78096

But for balance perhaps we do need at least one glass half-empty article. With so much attention paid to the Trump announcement this week, the news that Brexit may also result in reduced renewable energy and energy efficiency targets went almost completely unnoticed:

May’s secret EU mission to weaken climate and energy targets (Energydesk-Greenpeace)
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2989000/revealed_mays_secret_eu_mission_to_weaken_climate_and_energy_targets.html


Finance
Exxon vote shows Wall Street diverging from Trump on climate change (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-exxonmobil-climate-investors-idUSKBN18R3D6Shell completes divestment of Canadian oil sands assets (Kallanish Energy)
http://www.kallanishenergy.com/2017/06/01/shell-completes-divestment-of-canadian-oil-sands-assets/
For the official announcement see
World Bank to provide Senegal $29 million to bolster oil sector (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-senegal-oil-worldbank-idUSKBN18R35ALand sales surge in Alberta as producers rush into new shale pocket (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-alberta-duvernay-idUSKBN18L2V3


Grid
World’s First Commercial-scale Microgrid Combining Solar, Hydrogen, and Battery Commissioned in Chile (EnergyTrend)
http://pv.energytrend.com/news/World_First_Commercial_scale_Microgrid_Combining_Solar_Hydrogen_and_Battery_Commissioned_in_Chile.htmlFirst Utility-Scale Microgrid in U.S. Enters Service (IEEE)
http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/the-smarter-grid/first-utilityscale-microgrid-in-us-enters-service
Lot’s of “firsts” in the world of Microgrids this week

Labor
Norway union, oil drilling firms reach wage deal averting strike (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/norway-oil-strike-idUSL8N1IY544French union says reaches deal to end strike causing fuel shortages (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-petrol-strike-idUSKBN18R38ZNuclear strike averted? Thousands of workers to be balloted over “new and improved” pensions deal (City A.M.)
http://www.cityam.com/265701/nuclear-strike-averted-thousands-workers-balloted-over-new

Pipelines
Canadian oil sector’s Asian ambitions stumble on pipeline resistance (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-energy-pipeline-idUSKBN18R2YXLeaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies” (The Intercept)
https://theintercept.com/2017/05/27/leaked-documents-reveal-security-firms-counterterrorism-tactics-at-standing-rock-to-defeat-pipeline-insurgencies/Algeria completes new natural gas pipeline (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/algeria-gas-pipeline-idUSL8N1IY4AWUganda, Tanzania sign deal for world’s longest heated pipeline (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uganda-pipeline-tanzania-idUSKBN18M0V9


Policy
Brazil’s Eletrobras asks oil regulator to mediate conflict with Petrobras (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eletrobras-supply-petrobras-idUSKBN18S69EIndia to be first in world to run all government ports on green energy (India Times)
http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/india-to-be-first-in-world-to-run-all-government-ports-on-green-energy/58921374Kremlin aide rules out Russian energy sector privatizations (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-economic-forum-privatisation-b-idUSKBN18S58FBurundi paralyzed by fuel shortages as leaders blame lack of dollars (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-burundi-oil-idUSKBN18Q1RN

Pakistanis protest against increasing power cuts during Ramadan (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-electricity-idUSKBN18Q17N

Nigeria oil governance bill aims to break up state oil company NNPC (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/nigeria-oil-idUSL8N1IS2IW


Transportation
Do not block Chinese electric car firms, India urged (India Times)
http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/do-not-block-chinese-electric-car-firms-india-urged/58930391Samsung SDI Completes EV Battery Factory in Hungary (EnergyTrend)
http://www.energytrend.com/news/Samsung_SDI_Completes_EV_Battery_Factory_in_Hungary.htmlChina’s Guangzhou to replace buses with ‘new energy’ vehicles (IANS)
http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/chinas-guangzhou-to-replace-buses-with-new-energy-vehicles/58911176Robocars And Electricity—a Match Made in Heaven (IEEE)
http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/why-robocars-will-run-on-electricity

ACME launches India’s first electric vehicle charging station (India Times)
http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/acme-launches-indias-first-electric-vehicle-charging-station/58897254


Coal
South Korea to suspend eight older coal-fired power plants to tackle pollution (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-coal-idUSKBN18Q041Stream rule dies, but ex-miners keep fighting (E&E News)
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060054890This is our home. We don’t want to live nowhere else (E&E News)
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060054972

These two stories are part of a continuing expose on Coal Country in the USA. Very intimate interviews, excellent reporting.

Coal India to focus on marketing, renames sales and marketing wing (India Times)
http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/coal/coal-india-to-focus-on-marketing-renames-sales-and-marketing-wing/58927303


Gas
Boosting renewable energy sources requires gas too (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-property-coned-energy-idUSL1N1IY1DK

Bill banning onshore fracking passed by Dáil (Irish Times)
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/bill-banning-onshore-fracking-passed-by-d%C3%A1il-1.3103027


Hydropower
Hydro power generation precedes monsoon; jumps by 30% (India Times)
http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/hydro-power-generation-precedes-monsoon-jumps-by-30/58946892

Nuclear

India and Russia ink key pact for 2 nuclear power units in Kudankulum (India Times)
http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/india-and-russia-ink-key-pact-for-2-nuclear-power-units-in-kudankulum/58950548


Petroleum

Leave oil rigs in the North Sea, say conservationists (Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/29/leave-oil-rigs-in-north-sea-say-conservationists

Ohio finds improper hydrocarbons in ETP Rover drilling fluid (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-energytransfer-rover-idUSL1N1IY21C

Oil tanker attacked in key shipping lane off Yemen (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-shipping-attack-idUSKBN18R2N9



Solar
Billionaire Ex-Oilman Plans 1st Nonstop World Solar Flight (Bloomberg)
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-25/billionaire-ex-oilman-plans-1st-nonstop-round-world-solar-flight

Syria opens its first solar-powered hospital aiming to save more lives (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-solar-power-idUSKBN18R2KJ

Rural India needs solar power for more than just lighting, study finds (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-solar-scale-idUSKBN18R21U

Array Technologies to Supply Tracking Solution for Facebook Facility (Reuters)
http://pv.energytrend.com/news/Array_Technologies_to_Supply_Tracking_Solution_for_Facebook_Facility.html

Antofagasta sells solar park stake in Chile, calls for power auction (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-antofagasta-actis-idUSKBN18Q2H1

U.S. may put emergency tariffs on solar imports (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-solar-wto-idUSKBN18P1JL


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