- A recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis warns that Indonesia’s coal-based electricity strategy risks wasting $76 billion over the next 25 years. New generating technology and changing energy markets are making it easier and cheaper to supply electricity with small distributed power stations. [eco-business.com]
- France plans to pass legislation by the end of 2017 to phase out all oil and gas exploration and production on its mainland and overseas territories by 2040, according to a draft bill. It will no longer issue exploration permits and the extension of current concessions will be gradually limited until they are phased out by 2040. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]
- “Our Hurricane Risk Models Are Dangerously Out-of-Date” • More than half of the deluge associated with Tropical Storm Harvey happened “outside of any mapped flood zone,” even including 500-year events, in areas with only “minimal flood hazard.” The Houston area suffered from something more than random bad luck. [MIT Technology Review]
- The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has paired up with the University of Toronto to develop technology to convert carbon dioxide and water into hydrogen-rich syngas, a basic building block for high value chemicals and fuels, including synthetic gasoline. The process can be fueled with renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]
- Thanks to community-based energy efficiency programs, Duke Energy has delayed plans to build a natural gas-fired peaker plant in North Carolina. The plant, will now be built in 2027 instead of 2023, as planned, the Citizen-Times reported. Duke said the transition to renewable energy could even eliminate its need entirely. [Power Engineering Magazine]
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