Windpower Engineering: New NRDC tool calculates cost of electricity by resource & region. “The [Natural Resources Defense Council] tool improves upon existing methods to compare, on an apples-to-apples basis, the cost of producing power from different technologies in each state and region of the country. They include onshore wind farms, large solar facilities, as well as gas, coal, and nuclear plants.”
Gas Compression Magazine: Fully Searchable Digital Archive. “Gas Compression Magazine’s online archive is now fully searchable. Can’t remember which issues we featured company XYZ? See them all with a single search. Don’t recall when we ran the article on that new 123 technology? Find it with a single search. Want to find a specific data point from a past ‘Forecast For Compression?’ You guessed it. It’s searchable.”
University of Victoria: Fossil fuel mapping database results released. “A new online mapping tool highlighting the 50 most influential fossil fuel industry players in Western Canada was launched today to help shed light on who’s who in the oil resource sector. Today, the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP) released its fossil-power top 50 listing, along with a publicly accessible database of the larger Canadian fossil fuel industry that maps its connections to the wider corporate sector in Canada and globally.”
City AM: Former UN climate chief calls for fossil fuel database. “Investors should be given more information about energy companies’ fossil fuel usage so they can steer funding away from activities that contribute to climate change, former UN climate change chief Mary Robinson has said.”
University of California San Francisco: Archiving the Anthropocene: Introducing UCSF’s Fossil Fuel Industry Documents. “The Fossil Fuel Industry Documents at the University of California’s Industry Documents Library provides an essential complement to the already nearly 15 million and growing internal industry documents from the tobacco, food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. This new set of documents provides key evidence regarding what the fossil fuel industry knew regarding the catastrophic impacts climate change and its predicted time horizon, when they knew, and how these companies used every means possible to protect themselves and their shareholders at the expense of everyone else.”
Utility Magazine: AEMO a step closer to launching DER database. “The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is a step closer to launching Australia’s first database of distributed energy resources (DER), due for release in December 2019, with the publication of Australia’s DER register information guidelines. The release of the publication follows extensive consultation with industry participants and consumer representatives to determine the data collection process and database of essential information on DER installed in the National Electricity Market (NEM).” I wasn’t familiar with the idea of distributed energy resources, but the trade association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) has a substantial overview.
Ubergizmo: Exact Air Pollution From All Power Plants Globally Will Soon Be Revealed. “Power plants, particularly those that run on fossil fuels, tend to pollute the environment. No wonder countries are increasingly shifting to more renewable and green sources of energy to reduce their impact on the environment. WattTime, a nonprofit artificial intelligence firm, will soon provide valuable data which will track air pollution from every power plant in the world.”