Weekly Energy News Update – June 25th

This week’s News Update is brought to you by Last Week Tonight. Last Sunday evening John Oliver gave one of his best performances to date and it is all about the coal industry in the U.S. You can see the segment in its entirety here:

However, I would encourage you to do so soon. Oliver has attracted a defamation suit by one of the coal executives he critiques in the segment.

John Oliver, a giant squirrel and a defamation lawsuit by a coal industry titan (Washington Post)

Although it is too early to know if this will even make it into a court room, HBO may eventually take down the clip from youtube just as a precaution. Enjoy!


Finance

Big Oil turns to big data to save big money on drilling (Reuters)

Data analytics is saving oil companies billions of dollars and they are all investing heavily in expanding this technology. The intersection of big data and big oil could be a very timely research topic.

China, India, Japan hamper Asia oil demand growth, efforts to balance market (Reuters)

At least in China, many aspects working against petroleum. There are austerity measures, a social movement encouraging people to drive less and the arrival of bike sharing programs in some of the largest cities. Electric cars are still far in the minority, but these other issues must be having an impact on the market.

Renewable energy no longer a niche to institutional investors (Reuters)


Grid

Trump Power Study Riles Trade Groups Before It’s Released (Bloomberg)

A number of groups are preparing reports in preparation for the DOE analysis of the US grid that was ordered by Rick Perry. Most likely will come out in the next week. The AEE report can be found here.

Poland’s power grid can handle possible heatwave (Reuters)

Ahead of Modi visit, US announces $7.5 million to advance India’s power grid (India Times)


Labor

Freeport Indonesia workers to extend strike for a month (Reuters)

Finnish refiner Neste faces strike over proposed government stake sale (Reuters)

It appears the possibility of a strike has been resolved.


Pipeline

As Standing Rock Camps Cleared Out, TigerSwan Expanded Surveillance to Array of Progressive Causes (Intercept)

Dakota Access-Style Policing Moves to Pennsylvania’s Mariner East 2 Pipeline (Intercept)

The Intercept is really expanding their coverage on TigerSwan and its attempt to shift its surveillance tactics beyond Standing Rock and into a variety of environmental movements.

Oil to keep flowing in Dakota line while legal battle continues (Reuters)

Michigan fires contractor doing Enbridge oil pipeline risk analysis (Reuters)

Quite a bit of pipeline news this week.


Politics

Saudi Prince’s Elevation Will Have Far-Reaching Consequences in Energy (New York Times)

This has definitely been the most talked about issue in Energy News this week.

Egypt sends fuel for Gaza’s only power plant as Hamas links thaw (Reuters)

Modi’s Smart City Mission (India Times)

Mongolians fret over China investment as they prepare to vote (Reuters)

Seattle consultant connected to Oregon DOE racketeering (KOIN)

I typically tell people that local government in the US is corruption free. Ha! Proven wrong again.


Technology

What Does Your Smart Meter Know About You? (IEEE)

I love how IEEE’s tagline for this article is “It may be more than you like”

Norway’s Statkraft to make biofuel from wood chips and other waste (Reuters)

NASA Tests Flexible Roll-Out Solar Array on Space Station (Space.com)

I hope that I will write this Update long enough so that at some point I will need an “Intrastellar Energy” section 🙂 For now, check out the Press Release from NASA as well.


Transportation

Shut Up About the Batteries: The Key to a Better Electric Car Is a Lighter Motor (IEEE)

Outstandingly detailed article on EV motor engineering, reviews the past as well as current technology. Gotta love these IEEE titles too! 🙂

The future(s) of mobility: How cities can benefit (McKinsey)

Tesla moves a step closer to building electric cars in China (Reuters)

Ford bets on low oil prices, moves Focus production to China (Reuters)

The Focus is also a very popular car in China, so there are probably operational expenses that can be reduced by shifting all of the production to China. Not to mention the fact that there are no real unions in China.


Coal

At least eleven die in Colombia coal mine explosion (Reuters)

Regulators move to pull the plug on Mississippi coal plant (AP)

Botswana issues tenders for coal-to-liquid project to secure energy supply (Reuters)


Gas

Russia’s Gazprom says resolves issue with gas supplies to Poland (Reuters)

Western earthquakes likely connected to wastewater injection (Houston Chronicle)

UK wants to revive gas extraction in oldest part of North Sea oil basin (Reuters)

Foot off the gas: Increased reliance on natural gas in the power sector risks an emissions lock-in (Climate Action Tracker)

For a copy of the full report see here.


Hydropower

Reassess dam building in the Amazon (Nature)

For those interested in the detailed article behind this critical examination of dam building in the Amazon see this link

Council Report Details Bonneville Power Fish/Wildlife Costs For 2016: $621.5 Million (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Here is a link to the Council’s full report.


Nuclear

Rapid nuclear decommissioning threatens climate targets, says IEA (Reuters)

South Africa to review nuclear plans in response to recession (Reuters)


Petroleum

Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 120 (Guardian)

News of this tragedy is still developing. The last report I saw said 148 were killed.

Norway offers record number of blocks for Arctic oil exploration (Reuters)

Seventy workers taken off Bruce platform after power loss (BBC)

Oil firms could waste trillions if climate targets reached (Reuters)

This is an interesting way to look at the conflict between oil corporations and climate change. If countries really do intend to meet their targets, then these corporations are just bleeding money for no reason.


Solar

Solar energy powers clean water, business opportunities for refugees (Reuters)

California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it (L.A. Times)

Long title and a long read!

Solar shares shine after Trump talks up ‘solar wall’ (Reuters)

It is depressing to think that any company willfully would want to collaborate on this project. At least the AP wrote a fact checking article about this.

BlueRock Solar to Build New York’s Largest Community Solar Project (EnergyTrends)


Wind

Trump’s putdown of wind energy whips up a backlash in Iowa (AP)

 

Weekly Energy News Update – June 19th

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.

Can the U.S. Grid Work With 100% Renewables? There’s a Scientific Fight Brewing (IEEE)


Finance

VW to offer EU diesel car owners extended warranty but no money back (Reuters)

Surging shale spawns new financing structure for energy infrastructure (Reuters)

Those researching the intersection of finance and shale gas may want to pay attention to these new SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies).


Grid

Southern California power supply at risk this summer (Reuters)

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.

Australia faces potential summer power crunch, market operator warns (Reuters)


Labor

Coal unions call off three-day strike (India Times)


Pipeline

Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms (Reuters)

The new sanctions have possible repercussions for the Nord Stream 2 project. France has issued a similar statement.

Federal judge orders more environmental analysis of Dakota pipeline (Reuters)

 Politics

Why Gaza is experiencing a new power crisis (AP)

This piece dives into not just the current situation, but also the recent history that has led to the current crisis.

Emails reiterate EPA chief’s ties to fossil fuel interests (AP)

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.

Russia sought Siemens turbines for Crimean plants (Reuters)

Utility CEOs to DOE: Hands off state energy policies, grid planning (Utility Dive)

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.

Oil producer Norway bans use of heating oil in buildings (Reuters)

Japan logs surprise trade deficit in May as energy costs spike (AFP)

This is the economic consequence following the shutdown of Japan’s nuclear facilities.

New militant group threatens Niger Delta oil war – in Latin (Reuters)


Technology

Glastonbury Festival ‘Pee Power’ toilets will turn your wee into electricity (Bristol Post)

Detecting Hazardous Radiation From Afar Now Possible (IEEE)

Wireless Power for Moving Electric Vehicles Closer to Reality (IEEE)

More and more reports about this technology are coming out in recent weeks, perhaps we will see some commercial applications in the near future?


Transportation

Tesla Plans 10 to 20 More Gigafactories Worldwide (EnergyTrends)

India is betting big on electric vehicles, but where does that leave the makers of hybrids? (India Times)

A very detailed piece!


Biofuel

Oslo airport imports biofuels from California, greens doubt benefit (Reuters)

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.


Coal

Bulgaria accused of illegal aid to fossil fuel power providers (Reuters)

Even China-Backed Development Bank Won’t Touch Coal Projects (Foreign Policy)

Unlikely Netherlands will close coal plants soon (Reuters)


Gas

Qatar won’t cut gas to UAE: Qatar Petroleum CEO (Reuters)

South Korea plans to build liquefied natural gas plants in Iran for energy needs (IANS)


Hydropower

Gujarat gets Centre’s nod to shut gates of famous Sardar Sarovar dam (India Times)


Nuclear

South Korea retires oldest nuclear reactor on its 40th birthday (Reuters)

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

Turkey gives Rosatom go ahead to build nuclear plant (Reuters)


Petroleum

U.S. top court hands Chevron victory in Ecuador pollution case (Reuters)

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.

Amazon natives in Peru reach deal with Canada’s Frontera over oilfield (Reuters)

Mexico oil sector accidents raise doubts about deep water exploration (Reuters)

There was also a major accident at a refinery in Mexico this week.

Innovators toil to revive Canada oil sands as majors exit (Reuters)

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.”

Public oil drilling referendums causing ‘apprehension,’ says Ecopetrol exec (Reuters)

Certain communities in Colombia are voting to ban petroleum exploration.

In latest sign of crude glut, aging supertankers used to store unsold oil (Reuters)

This is mainly happening in Asia and is a good example of how contango can impact energy infrastructure


Solar

Section 201 May Cut 88,000 Jobs in U.S. if Ruled (EnergyTrends)

Delhi government opens registration for rooftop solar power plants (India Times)


Wind

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

 

Weekly Energy News Update – June 13th

While I was considering writing a bit about Qatar to start off, I think the news articles in this update illustrate the intensity of that issue well enough (and frankly it has completely overwhelmed Reuters for the past week, so if you want to know more just go here.) Instead, I think the beginning of these posts should continue to be a bit fun:

Driver Supercop from team "Maroc" gets out of his Microlino, during the start of the Wave Trophy 2017 tour, on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Zurich, Switzerland. The World Advanced Vehicle Expedition rally, now in its seventh edition, is the brainchild of

This pic comes from an EV rally that began in Switzerland this week.  Unfortunately the news piece does not go into the details of “Supercop from team Maroc”, so I am really hoping there is someone on the list studying these EV rallies and can provide a better explanation 🙂

Electric vehicle rally sets off in Switzerland (AP)

I have been up in the mountains of Norway for the past few days and this shot looking towards the Jotunheimen helps explain the delay in this week’s update. Always enjoy hiking on remote and majestic mountaintops, but it tends to put a damper on digital exchange.


Finance

BP violated contract when it blended Texas crude (Reuters)

Canada invites Chinese investment in oil sands (Reuters)


Grid

Battery storage: The next disruptive technology in the power sector (McKinsey)

We’ve discovered power grid-wrecking software (AP)


Labor

Norway oil workers agree wage deal, ending threat of strike (Reuters)

Coal unions call strike from June 19, will talk only to minister or secretary (India Times)


Pipeline

Standing Rock Documents Expose Inner Workings of “Surveillance-Industrial Complex” (The Intercept)

This is the second of three articles on this terrifying reality at the intersection of energy and state power.

Qatar has no plan to shut Dolphin gas pipeline to UAE despite rift (Reuters)

Most of the articles I have seen are focused on the impact the crisis has had on shipping out of Qatar, but few have noted the importance of this pipeline between the UAE and Qatar.

Virginia Power Company Pushing Employees to Protect Pipeline in Democratic Governor Primary (The Intercept)


Policy

CEOs Praised For Backing the Paris Accord Also Funded Lobbyists Pushing Trump to Withdraw (The Intercept)
Here is an interesting quote about membership from the IECA website:
“Corporate membership is exclusive to companies who are industrial energy consumers. This allows policy development that truly reflects a “consumers” point of view. Only corporate membership may vote on policy and decisions related to the organization.”

Supreme Court to rule on legality of patent review system (Reuters)

While this case is being argued due to conflicts over hydraulic fracking technology, it could have major implications for intellectual property rights as a whole. Definitely need to stay tuned!

Interior Secretary to make proposal on Bears Ears monument in test for protected land (Reuters)

Seeing that there is no actual oil, gas or coal resources in the designated area of the Bears Ears Monument , this seems like an example of symbolic politics that needs a rich anthropological analysis.

Agency shuts down long-running energy news digest (E&E News)

Unfortunately this is behind a paywall and I cannot find any additional information about this change at the U.S. Department of Energy. Perhaps someone else on the list knows more and could share? At present there is still a good deal of information available on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s website.

China’s $10 billion strategic project in Myanmar sparks local ire (Reuters)

India’s power plants stranded as 50 million homes left in the dark (Bloomberg)

U.S. Gulf Coast groups concerned as Trump picks BP lawyer to top DOJ post (Reuters)

U.S. Army base goes green with renewable energy project (Reuters)

Apparently, decentralization of energy is important to U.S. policy making if it has strategic military implications

S.Korea plans energy U-turn away from coal, nuclear (Reuters)


Technology

Drilling rig in Norway gets all its power from land to cut emissions (Reuters)

Renault plans foray into energy market with mega battery (Reuters)

For electric cars to become a dominant mode of transportation, at some point the second hand battery market will need to become more developed. Renault-Nissan may have part of the solution here, but it would seem recycling will also be necessary.

World’s energy system not on track to meet climate goals (Reuters)

Yikes! “Only three out of 26 assessed technologies – electric vehicles, energy storage and mature variable renewables (solar PV and onshore wind) – are on track to meet climate targets, according to the IEA.

GE begins testing drones to inspect refineries, factories (Reuters)


Transportation

Number of electric vehicles on roads reaches two million (Reuters)

Still just a drop in the bucket… (.2% to be exact…)

Electric cars could soon charge on the move (India Times)


Coal

China to speed up closing small-scale coal mines to improve safety (Reuters)

Town That Helped Power Northwest Feels Left Behind In Shift Away From Coal (NPR)

India’s Adani backs go-ahead for $4 billion Australia coal mine (Reuters)


Gas

Gas shortages risk reversing ambitious push to expand Pakistan’s forests (Reuters)


Hydropower

Backers of Honduran dam opposed by murdered activist withdraw funding (Guardian)
Narrow canals system blocks Ranjit Sagar Dam’s power generation in Punjab (India Times)


Nuclear

India’s answer to Donald Trump on climate is nuclear power (Bloomberg)

The Nuclear Industry Is In Financial Meltdown (The Ecologist)


Petroleum

Crude oil, fuel shipping costs from Qatar set to rise on port ban (Reuters)

While the rising crisis in the Gulf has many connections with energy, this is perhaps one of the most pressing.

Qatar Gulf row roils LNG market, Shell tanker diverted (Reuters)

Petrobras removes contracting ban on Andrade Gutiérrez after plea deal (Reuters)

Oil production stages unlikely comeback in Congo Republic (Reuters)

Venezuelan refinery reels as PDVSA ships light oil to Cuba, Curacao (Reuters)

Colombia oil industry threatened by local opposition (Reuters)


Solar

India’s first solar satellite television service brings ‘magic’ to villages (Reuters)

IKEA’s New Jacksonville Store to be Covered by Solar Array (EnergyTrends)

Tesla, Sunrun expected to resume Nevada rooftop solar sales (Reuters)

World’s largest floating solar farm reflects China’s clean energy ambitions (AFP)

Solar energy boom turns to bust for Indian manufacturers (Reuters)

Vikram Solar planning to double manufacturing capacity in over three years (India Times)

Hmm, it would seem that the previous Reuters headline may be a bit excessive…


Wind

Lack of power lines hits sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest wind farm (Reuters)

A nice article that highlights how massive wind and solar projects, such as this project being built up around Lake Turkana, are dependent on the grid.

Competition for offshore wind ramps up in Massachusetts (AP)

Apple Adds 500MW of Wind and Solar Power in China, Targeting at 2GW (EnergyTrends)

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

Weekly Update – May 25th

Weekly Energy News Update

May 25th

I can’t help myself. This week’s update must begin with an article that to me just screams “USA Energy Culture”. What happens when a San Diego solar power retailer teams up with a marketing agency: Solar Cribs. This show is just oozing with West Coast upper class social capital. If that’s your thing, enjoy! ;-p
Youtube Channel Series “Solar Cribs” Launched by SunPower by Stellar Solar (EnergyTrend)
If you really want to watch episode 1, see if you can count the number of times these homeowners say the phrase “partner with nature”…

Finance

Emerging economies take lead on going green, but investment needed (Reuters)

China says will eventually allow private companies to invest in oil storage (Reuters)

Forecast for EU carbon prices in next decade put Paris target in doubt (Reuters)

Should OPEC worry about contango and backwardation? (Reuters)

I wanted to share this article to introduce this vocabulary of “contango” and “backwardation“. The latter was discussed very briefly in Arjun Appadurai’s most recent book Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance

Labor

 

Policy

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely ‘not if but when’: U.S. general (Reuters)

Iowa senator slams energy chief for grid study undermining wind energy (Reuters)

Tunisia forces fire tear gas in showdown with protesters after energy sites shut (Reuters)

Swiss energy law aims to boost renewables, ban new nuclear plants (Reuters)

Brazil energy minister says he has no plan to resign amid crisis (Reuters)

Philippines, China play down Duterte’s talk of war in disputed sea (Reuters)
There were multiple corrections made after the release of this news, I assume at first no one really knew what to do after Duterte made his original statement.

Technology

It seems like the integration of blockchain technology into the energy market could be a very fruitful place for an anthropologist to study the future intersections of energy resources and economic exchange.

Enerchain: A Decentralized Market on the Blockchain for Energy Wholesalers (IEEE)

Qualcomm Demonstrates Dynamic Electric Vehicle Charging (EnergyTrend)

Transportation

Biofuel

Coal

China coal imports from Russia, Australia rise in April after ban on N.Korea cargoes (Reuters)
This news comes despite various news reports that shipments from N. Korea are still entering Chinese ports. I have been wondering what quantity of the imports from North Korea were(are) anthracite that cannot be replaced (or at least not economically replaced).

Gas

Whitehall’s fracking science failure: shale gas really is worse for climate than coal (The Ecologist)

Hydropower

Nuclear

Petroleum

I wonder which conflict of interest, oh, I mean special consultant to the president, convinced him that this was a good idea.

Nigeria seen missing July target to buy cleaner fuel (Reuters)

Oil industry power is slithering away (Climate News Network)

Solar

Jordan’s Azraq becomes world first clean energy refugee camp (Reuters)
This is great, but I hope other needs within the camp are also being met.India to Overtake Japan as the World’s Third Largest Solar Market in 2017 (EnergyTrend)
 

Wind

Winds of change? Why offshore wind might be the next big thing (McKinsey)

Wind power has seen steady growth in India (IANS)