QUICK NEWS, August 8: Govt. Study Finds White House All Wrong On Climate; Another Big Quarter For Wind; Eclipse To Clip Solar A Bit
Govt. Study Finds White House All Wrong On Climate Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.
Lisa Friedman, August 7, 2017 (NY Times)
“The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to [Draft of the Climate Science Special Report,] which has not yet been made public…[It] concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now…[That] directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited…‘Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,’ [it reports]…‘Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change,’ [it adds]…” click here for more
July 27, 2017 (American Wind Energy Association)
“Over 40 percent more wind power projects are under construction or advanced development in America than at this time last year, according to [the industry’s second-quarter market report]…Across the country, 29 wind projects, representing a combined 3,841 megawatts (MW), announced that they either began construction or entered advanced development in April through June 2017, for a total of 25,819 MW of wind projects currently underway. That is up more than 7,500 MW from the 18,279 MW underway as of one year ago, an impressive feat because nearly 10,000 MW of additional wind projects came online over that time period and therefore were subtracted from the under-construction total…[S]ix major commercial and industrial customers buying U.S. wind power for the first time, including Apple and General Mills…Strong wind power development continued in rural America this quarter, where wind has become a major source of new investment and jobs in many communities…Momentum behind offshore wind continued this quarter following last year’s completion of the first American offshore wind project off Rhode Island… During the second quarter, the Maryland Public Service Commission awarded offshore renewable energy credits (ORECs) to two planned offshore wind energy projects that will total 368 MW…[and] Massachusetts, in partnership with local electric distribution companies, issued a request for proposals for between 400 MW and 800 MW of offshore wind power…” click here for more
Eclipse To Clip Solar A Bit Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect photovoltaic generators across the country
August 7, 2017 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)
“On August 21, a solar eclipse [over approximately 90 minutes] will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by the moon—and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) does not anticipate the eclipse will create reliability issues for the bulk power system.
…[According to A Wide-Area Perspective on the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, generators] outside of the path of totality will be less affected…The path of totality only affects 17 utility-scale solar PV generators, mostly in eastern Oregon. Hundreds of plants totaling about 4.0 gigawatts (GW) of capacity—mostly in North Carolina and Georgia—will be at least 90% obscured. Another 2.2 GW and 3.9 GW of capacity are in areas that will be at least 80% and at least 70% obscured, respectively…
During the eclipse, electricity generators in the areas affected by the eclipse will have to increase output from other sources of electricity generation to supplement the decrease in solar power…[NERC] does not anticipate any impacts on the reliability of North America’s bulk power system attributable to the eclipse…Based on the amount of sunlight obscured for each of the state’s generators, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) estimates that California will experience a reduction in solar generating capacity of almost 4.2 GW [of its 8.8 GW of utility-scale solar PV capacity] during the eclipse, which is estimated to partially darken the state from 9:02 a.m. to 11:54 a.m. local time…” click here for more