I hate to start the Update with a scientific controversy (not so fun), but I believe this has relevance for many on the list. Some may remember Mark Jacobson’s publication in 2015 of a roadmap for 100% wind, solar and hydropower around the globe. This winter a critique of Jacobson’s models was published in PNAS with a rebuttal being published this past week. If you are looking for a quick insight into the battle I recommend the below article. Peter Fairley takes a very balanced “sociology of science” (his words) approach to the debate that I found appropriate. Either way I assume this is not the last we will hear of these 100% renewable mega-models or their discontents.
The most controversial aspect of Jacobson’s model rests on its reliance of hydropower, which can be seen in this graph modeling energy production over four days in 2055.
Those researching the intersection of finance and shale gas may want to pay attention to these new SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies).
In part this is due to the massive natural gas leak that occurred at Aliso Canyon nearly two years ago.
As cannabis industry grows, tensions rise over energy use (Oregon Business)
Yes there is indeed an important connection between energy and cannabis. Could make a great thesis topic.
Coal unions call off three-day strike (India Times)
The new sanctions have possible repercussions for the Nord Stream 2 project. France has issued a similar statement.
This piece dives into not just the current situation, but also the recent history that has led to the current crisis.
Unfortunately it does not appear that the AP is releasing this newest batch of e-mails to the public just yet. For those interested in the original batch of e-mails from February you can download them from the Center for Media and Democracy here.
Strong tensions developing between local level grid planners and the Department of Energy. This debate has big implications for grids looking to diversify electricity sources, particularly from renewables.
This is the economic consequence following the shutdown of Japan’s nuclear facilities.
More and more reports about this technology are coming out in recent weeks, perhaps we will see some commercial applications in the near future?
Tesla Plans 10 to 20 More Gigafactories Worldwide (EnergyTrends)
A very detailed piece!
This does seem like a heavy dose of greenwashing. Hopefully someone is performing a Life Cycle Assessment to determine whether or not this does reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Even China-Backed Development Bank Won’t Touch Coal Projects (Foreign Policy)
It appears President Moon is making good on his promise to move Korea away from nuclear power towards renewables, see also this article today in the Guardian
Unfortunately the decision was just released and the brief may not be released for a few days. Those interested search the Department of Justice website, the docket number is 16-1178. For Chevron’s take on the case see this; for the law firm now representing Donzinger see this. The Business and Human Rights Resource Center also has a very detailed explanation of the case.
There was also a major accident at a refinery in Mexico this week.
Very provocative quote in this article: “Shale is like going on a date, the oil sands is like getting married,” he said. “The risk for capital is high in the oil sands, you have massive assets that need to complete on time and operate for 40 years to make money.”
Certain communities in Colombia are voting to ban petroleum exploration.
This is mainly happening in Asia and is a good example of how contango can impact energy infrastructure
Section 201 May Cut 88,000 Jobs in U.S. if Ruled (EnergyTrends)
Wind power can provide energy on coldest days (MetOffice)
You can find a more detailed open access report on this topic in Environmental Research Letters here