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EIA Publicizes Drop in U.S. CO2 Emissions but More Recent Agency Data Reveal They Are on the Rise

SUN DAY CAMPAIGN

LATEST EIA DATA REVEAL U.S. CO2 EMISSIONS RISE ALMOST 3% IN 2018

THOSE FROM NATURAL GAS UP 12% EVEN AS AGENCY PUBLICIZES OLDER DATA SUGGESTING A DECLINE

 Ken Bossong, 301-270-6477 x.6

Washington DC – Two reports/news releases issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) during the past few weeks give the impression that the U.S. is making consistent and significant progress in reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy sector. However, an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of more recent, but largely unpublicized, EIA data indicate this positive news is both obsolete and misleading.

On September 25, EIA issued a report/news release entitled “U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions decreased 0.9% in 2017.” [1]

On October 29, EIA issued a second, similar report/news release entitled “Carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. power sector have declined 28% since 2005.” [2]

The SUN DAY Campaign is not challenging the factual accuracy of either report, both of which summarize data only through the end of 2017. However, more recent data provided by EIA in its “Monthly Energy Review” paint a very different picture and suggest reasonable cause for alarm.

The latest “Monthly Energy Review” (released on October 26 with data through July 31, 2018) reveals that U.S. CO2 emissions from energy consumption during each of the first seven months of 2018 exceeded the levels reported for the corresponding months in 2017.

In fact, U.S. CO2 emissions from energy consumption (including biomass, geothermal, and non-biomass waste) during the first seven months of 2018 are actually 2.81% higher than a year ago. [3] Those from fossil fuels alone (i.e., coal, petroleum, natural gas) are 2.90% higher while those from just natural gas zoomed upward by 12.00%.

Further, the higher actual levels of CO2 emissions thus far reported for this year exceed the 2.2% increase recently forecast by EIA for calendar year 2018 in its latest “Short-Term Energy Outlook” (issued October 10). [4]  Perhaps the final 12-month actual figure will more closely match EIA’s projection but the trend-line to date is not encouraging.

Overall, if the current growth rate continues, CO2 emissions from energy consumption in 2018 will be back up to approximately the level they were in 2015, thereby reversing the downward and encouraging trajectory EIA’s earlier reports highlighted. *

“EIA’s recent, well-publicized reports unintentionally give those concerned about global climate change a false sense of security by implying that the U.S. is moving in the right direction vis-à-vis its CO2 emissions,” noted Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. “That is not correct and in light of recent warning by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of how little time is left to dramatically reverse greenhouse gas emissions, the publication of out-of-date information is counter-productive and potentially dangerous.”

Consequently, in a November 2 letter to EIA Administrator Linda Capuano (the text of which follows this release), the SUN DAY Campaign urged EIA to issue a separate study or analysis that focuses on the most recent CO2 emissions data and to include the most up-to-date information on current CO2 emissions in any future reports that discuss historic CO2 trends.

The SUN DAY Campaign also questioned whether the increased CO2 emissions thus far recorded for 2018 are primarily weather-driven as EIA has suggested [5] or whether they are the consequence of the Trump Administration’s heavy emphasis on expanded fossil fuel development and use as well as its efforts to reverse and undo existing or proposed public policies implemented during the Obama and earlier Administrations that were designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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*EIA’s “Short-Term Energy Outlook” does forecast 2019 CO2 emissions to be 1.1% lower than those in 2018.

Sources:

[1] https://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/carbon/pdf/2017_co2analysis.pdf  ; https://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/carbon

[2] https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=37392

[3] https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec12_3.pdf  ; https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec12_10.pdf

[4] https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/report/renew_co2.php

[5] Ibid.

 

NYSES: Two Great Events in November

 Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

You are cordially invited to attend an information session to hear first hand stories and see first hand pictures of Mr. Kevin Bailey’s very recent trip to rural Africa.  From October 18th to October 29th, 2018, Mr. Bailey traveled into rural Tanzania to see existing projects and also scout out sites for new solar electric based water projects.  Please feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone you may feel would be interested in learning more!  Our work is just getting started there, so future plans will also be discussed at this exciting event.

When:  Thursday, November 15th, 2018
Time:  6pm to 7:30pm (ish)

Where:  180 Main Avenue, Wynantskill, N.Y. 

Parking available in front of building or across the street in the parking lot.

Friday, November 30, 2018

You are invited!

New York Solar Energy Society’s: Energy Efficiency & Renewables: NY State Summit
7:45 am to 6:00 pm

Osborn Amphitheater
Hilton Garden Inn Troy
Hoosick Street, Troy, New York
Fantastic Student Rate of $50!!!!
Topics Include,
Turbine and Transmission System Technologies for Offshore Wind Power Plants, Research Trends in Clean Energy Technology: The Bi-coastal Solar Research Consortium, Net Zero Village, The Value of Zero Energy, Blockchains and Renewable Energy, Solar Thermal Northeast: Load, Design, Pipe Management & Control, State Policy & Networking, Exchanging Ideas


Register Here for the Conference!
Reserve a Hotel Room
 Exhibitor Information please contact:
Wyldon@nyses.org 917 974 4606

November 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Putting Speed Bumps in Hurricane Alley” • New research suggests that massive installations of wind turbines could lessen the deluge when powerful hurricanes bring devastating amounts of rain onto land. During such recent storms as Harvey and Florence this could have meant less destruction and fewer deaths. [EcoWatch]

Wind farm – moderating storms

  • “Dominion Energy Moving Swiftly toward Renewable Energy Goal” • In 2015, when Dominion Energy’s solar portfolio was just over 1 MW, it set a goal of 400 MW under development in Virginia by 2020. It now has 824 MW in operation or under development in the state. It is also adding both onshore and offshore windpower. [REVE]
  • “Tides and Technology for Future Electricity Supply” • There is hope that new marine renewable technologies can increase Australia’s power supply by capturing the energy in waves and tides. Wave Swell Energy, is working with Tasmanian scientists at the Australian Maritime College on projects to see this goal achieved. [Tasmania Examiner]
  • “China Has Record Electric Car Sales Month” • After a few months threatening to break the all-time record (102,635 units, set last December), the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle market finally hit a new high, with some 104,900 plug-in vehicles being registered in September. This is up 66% and in line with previous months’ growth rates. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Offshore Wind Projects Hasten Asia’s Renewable Shift from Solar” • China is starting to build its largest offshore wind-power facility as part of an accelerating shift in Asia away from solar to wind and other renewable resources. Wood Mackenzie sees windpower capacity in Asia growing by a factor of 20 over the next decade. [Nikkei Asian Review]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Six Environmental Ballot Measures Attract Massive Out-of-State and Industry Cash” • Voters in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Washington will head to the polls on November 6 with the chance to decide on hotly contested environmental regulations. A lot of industry cash is being spent to influence the vote. [Center for Public Integrity]

Colorado view of mountains and a nodding donkey (David Zalubowski | AP)

  • “Access to Electricity Is Growing Rapidly Around the World – Except in Africa” • For the first time ever, there are fewer than a billion people without electricity globally, new data from the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2018 shows. But most of the half billion people who have got electric power since 2011 are in Asia. [Quartz]
  • “Supreme Court Won’t Block Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit” • The Supreme Court rejected the request by the Trump administration to stop a lawsuit brought by youths who are seeking to hold the government accountable for failing to do enough to fight climate change. The lawsuit could be stopped in a different court or later, however. [CNN]
  • “SCE&G Lied to Regulators to Keep VC Summer Project Alive” • On at least two occasions, SCE&G intentionally buried damaging reports that could have prompted the South Carolina Public Service Commission to scrutinize or cancel the Cayce-based utility’s $9 billion nuclear construction project, the commissioners were told. [The State]
  • “Avangrid Plans 2 GW of – Including Offshore Wind – and Thousands of Jobs” • Avangrid CEO James P Torgerson, speaking at a conference, said his company has plans to inject a combined 2 GW of renewable energy into the New England power grid, create thousands of jobs. Much of the new capacity would be offshore windpower. [Windpower Engineering]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “In Iowa Farm Country, These Candidates are Taking on Climate Deniers” • This election will test how long Iowa is willing to tolerate elected leaders who deny one of the greatest risks to the farming industry. “One thing about climate change – farmers care about that,” a political science professor at the University of Iowa said. [InsideClimate News]

Flooding on an Iowa farm (Tony Webster, CC-BY-2.0)

  • “These Red and Blue States are Tackling Climate Change Since Trump Won’t” • If you have been focused on reports of climate disaster, or on the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on environmental safeguards and climate science, you are likely to worry that we are not making progress at all. But look a little closer. [Environmental Defense Fund]
  • “Snowy Hydro Smashes Price Benchmarks for ‘Fair Dinkum’ Wind and Solar” • The Australian federal government-owned utility Snowy Hydro announced stunning new prices for “firm” (dispatchable) wind and solar power after awarding contracts to eight wind and solar projects. The result is power costing below current wholesale. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Billionaire Tackles Government ‘Dishonesty’ on Renewables” • Australian software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of being dishonest when he blamed renewables for rising power bills. Cannon-Brookes called on clean energy supporters to back his “Fair Dinkum Power” movement. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
  • “The North Carolina Governor’s Ambitious Climate Goal” • North Carolina would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2025 under a statewide goal set by Gov Roy Cooper. With Cooper’s executive order, North Carolina has joined states like Colorado, California, and others that have set ambitious climate change goals. [Governing]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

What will Massachusetts’ new efficiency targets mean for future policy?

By Maggie Molina, Senior Director for Policy

Massachusetts’ new three-year energy efficiency plan includes aggressive energy-savings targets for utilities. The plan, approved Tuesday by the state’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and filed for approval with utility regulators, is estimated to cut greenhouse gas emissions and achieve $8.6 billion in customer benefits.

Massachusetts is one of 27 states that have an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS). ACEEE has found that EERS policies, which set specific energy-saving goals, are the most successful way to drive large energy efficiency gains in the utility sector, especially when aligned with utility business models to support efficiency, including performance-based incentives and revenue decoupling.

While utility regulators in Massachusetts still need to formally rule on the targets, the plan represents months of stakeholder input. The plan helps show how the next generation of EERS policies is evolving to reflect major changes in the energy system and in climate policy.

Here are five ways the proposed plan indicates a broad evolution in utility efficiency targets…

To continue reading the blog post, visit: http://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/11-what-will-massachusetts-new/4lmncz/239093377

November 1 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “EasyJet to Test Nine-Passenger Electric Airplane in 2019” • EasyJet, a low cost airline specializing in short flights in Europe and the UK, is working with US startup Wright Electric to build an electric airplane that it can use to carry passengers. The two companies intend to begin testing a nine-passenger electric airplane in 2019. [CleanTechnica]

Rendering of a Wright Electric airplane 

  • “Gas Companies Face Californian Wipe-Out, Say S&P, Moody’s” • Ratings agencies cay California gas companies face credit downgrades, after the state pledged to get all of its power from renewable sources by 2045. Though there is no immediate threat to most gas generators, on the long term, the stability of the industry is questionable. [Climate Home]
  • “Coal Report Says Australian Exports have Peaked and are in ‘Terminal Long-Term Decline'” • Australian coal exports have entered a “terminal long-term decline,” says a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. It says high prices have pushed global energy markets towards cheaper and cleaner alternatives. [The Guardian]
  • “World’s Oceans have Absorbed 60% More Heat than Previously Thought, Study Finds” • Research published in the journal Nature suggests that the Earth is more sensitive to fossil fuel emissions than experts thought, as oceans absorb heat much faster than was understood. The implications for the fight against climate change are serious. [CNN]
  • “Tesla Battery Storage Successfully Integrated with Tidal Energy Array” • A Scottish cleantech company, Nova Innovation, has integrated an existing tidal energy array with energy storage in a Tesla Powerpack. Nova Innovation’s successfully integrated power plant is the world’s first grid-connected ‘baseload’ tidal power station. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

October 31 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Feds Are ‘Trying to Silence’ the Kids Suing the Trump Administration over Global Warming” • The Supreme Court is considering the DOJ’s petition for writ of mandamus. Federal attorneys question whether the kids have a right to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life” under the Constitution or public trust doctrine. [CNN]

Climate kids rally group

  • “NSW Launches Emerging Energy Program to Replace Coal Generation” • The New South Wales Coalition government launched one of the most significant energy transition projects in Australia. The Emerging Energy Program is designed to help replace most of the state’s ageing coal plants with wind, solar, and storage within 15 years. [RenewEconomy]
  • “New Renewables, Nuclear Bring Down US Electricity Emissions by ~13%” • Analysis by the DOE puts some numbers on how zero-carbon energy has brought down US power sector emissions. It is almost all wind, which went from 0.4% to 6.3% of generation from 2005 to 2017, and solar, which increased from about 0% to 1.9%. [pv magazine USA]
  • “UK Floating Wind Could Support 17,000 Jobs and Generate £33.6 Billion in Value by 2050” • A report from Crown Estate Scotland found that not only does floating offshore wind have an important role to play in the UK’s plans to generate 50 GW from offshore wind by 2050, it could also provide £33.6 billion ($42.9 billion) in added value. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Largest California Solar-Plus-Storage Project Agreement Signed ” • Recurrent Energy signed 15-year power purchase agreements with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for a 150-MW solar plant with 180 MWh of storage, the largest contracted solar-plus-storage project in California. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

October 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “This is the ‘Last Generation’ That Can Save Nature, WWF Says” • Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% in just over four decades, as accelerating pollution, deforestation, climate change, and other man-made factors have created a “mind-blowing” crisis, the World Wildlife Fund has warned in a damning new report. [CNN]

African elephant

  • “US Coal on Track for Record Capacity Decline, Closing 15.4 GW” • The closure of coal-fired power plants across the US is currently on track to set a new record this year, with at least 22 plants going dark, a 15.4-GW decline, according to a new report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. [CleanTechnica]
  • “More than 90% of World’s Children Breathe Toxic Air, Report Says, as India Prepares for Most Polluted Season” • Around 93% of the world’s children under 15 years of age, 1.8 billion children, breathe air so polluted that it puts their health and development at serious risk, according to a report published by the World Health Organization. [CNN]
  • “South Korea to Build 4-GW Massive Renewable Energy Farm on Saemangeum” • South Korea will establish a 4-GW renewable energy production complex on Saemangeum, a vast tract of reclaimed land on the west coast. The central and provincial governments will build a 3-GW solar power farm on land and a 1-GW offshore wind farm near Gunsan. [Pulse News]
  • “DC Moves Toward Getting Rid of Fossil Fuels Altogether” • Washington, DC, could adopt the nation’s first 100% renewable energy bill, in what supporters say would be the most aggressive, fastest-acting climate change legislation in the country. The bill being considered would move the district to 100% renewable electricity by 2032. [Washington Examiner]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

October 29 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Energy Transitions are Nothing New but the One Underway is Unprecedented and Urgent” • As a historian who has studied the oil industry’s earliest years and petroleum’s role in world history, I believe that keeping the world habitable for future generations will depend on a swift transition to more sustainable energy sources. [Cosmos]

Horsepower, before an earlier transition

  • “Smithfield Announces Plans to Cover Hog Lagoons, Produce Renewable Energy” • Smithfield Foods says it plans to cover most of its hog lagoons in North Carolina to generate renewable energy and to protect the waste pits from heavy rains. During Hurricane Florence’s rains the lagoons caused environmental problems. [North Carolina Health News]
  • Somali farmers riding Somali-made Solar EVs

    “He’s Turning Lights On in War-Torn Rural Somalia, One Panel at a Time” • With a company backed by his own funds, along with those of friends and family, a man named Wiliq has brought electricity to 1,000 people so far by installing 70 kW of solar panels. A little electricity brings many other benefits, however, including information. [OZY]

  • “Santa Monica Approves Cleaner Electric Utility Options” • The Santa Monica City Council approved 100% renewable energy as the default selection for all residential electricity customers from February of 2019. This will offer Santa Monica’s residents and businesses the ability to use electric utility options from cleaner sources. [LA Canyon News]
  • “SP Launches Platform for Households, Small Producers of Solar Energy to Sell ‘Green Credits'” • To link up small producers of solar energy in Singapore with buyers keen to offset their carbon footprint, SP Group launched a digital marketplace powered by blockchain technology, thus ensuring safe, transparent, and fast transactions. [The Straits Times]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.