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.”
AlphaGalileo: New database to monitor national energy use and CO2 emissions. “How much of the Swedish chemical industry’s energy use is from renewables and how much from fuel oil? What are the global trends in fossil fuels consumption over the last decades? The new on-line World Input-Output Database (WIOD) environmental accounts, launched today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), helps to answer these, and similar questions through data on the industrial and household energy use of residents in more than 40 countries and their corresponding CO2 emissions for the period 2000-2016.”
IEA: IEA launches new tool for tracking oil and gas-related methane emissions worldwide. “The International Energy Agency has launched a new online tool that tracks oil and gas-related sources of methane, a major and often overlooked greenhouse gas. The new ‘methane tracker’ offers the most comprehensive global picture of methane emissions, covering eight industry areas across more than seventy countries.”
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.
Engadget: Facebook is financing a massive solar farm in Texas. “Facebook is investing heavily in a massive solar farm in Texas as it rumbles towards its goal of running entirely on renewable energy by the end of next year. Renewables company Longroad Energy has started building the Prospero Solar project in Andrews County, Texas.”
Today in Energy: EIA’s new liquids pipeline projects database shows new U.S. crude oil pipeline capacity. “EIA recently launched a new liquids pipeline projects database that tracks more than 200 crude oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL), and petroleum products pipeline projects.”