2018年12月31日 星期一

Morning Volt for 12/31/2018

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Cybersecurity is Energy Security. That's Why We're Protecting It.

Robin Rorick, RCE
There has been a lot of talk about the security of natural gas and oil pipelines when it comes to cyber threats whether they are somehow more vulnerable to cyberattacks than other infrastructure, and whether there should be increased government regulation of industry's cybersecurity programs.Let's clear up any confusion that may still be lingering: industry is deeply engaged in efforts to understand the threat, coordinate with cybersecurity experts across the board, and stay ahead of our adversaries. These statements of increased vulnerabilities are not based on corroborated intelligence...

Climate Change Affecting Shark Swimming Behavior

MC Mrquez, Forbes
Climate change has been on everyone's tongue lately, with many wondering how this phenomenon is changing our animals. Australian scientists have discovered one way it is altering the behavior of one of our oceanic predators: sharks. According to the study published in the Symmetry magazine, our warming oceans are causing the Port Jackson shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni) to change its swimming patterns and essentially becoming right-handed.

End Restrictions on LNG

Colin A. Young, NBP
As cold weather and higher electricity prices start to encroach, Massachusetts energy officials want to lobby the federal government to ease restrictions on shipments of liquefied natural gas into New England in hopes of controlling costs and improving reliability in the energy grid.When winter hits it officially begins on Friday the demand for natural gas to heat homes and to generate electricity exceeds the supply of natural gas being delivered to the state via the existing pipeline infrastructure. Instead, power generators must rely on shipments of liquefied natural gas and oil to...

The Growing Emotional Toll of Climate Change

Avichai Scher, NBC News
When the U.N. released its latest climate report in October, it warned that without unprecedented action, catastrophic conditions could arrive by 2040.For Amy Jordan, 40, of Salt Lake City, a mother of three teenage children, the report caused a crisis.The emotional reaction of my kids was severe, she told NBC News. There was a lot of crying. They told me, 'We know what's coming, and it's going to be really rough.'

US Coal Mining Reaches 16-Month High

Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg
Cold weather and a hot natural gas market helped drive U.S. coal production to the highest in 16 months.Output rose to an estimated 15.9 million short tons in the week ending Dec. 22, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Thursday. That's the highest since Aug. 25, 2017. The amount of coal shipped by rail, which closely tracks production, reached the highest since Sept. 1, 2017.

Make 2019 the Year King Coal is Dethroned

George Horsington, FT
Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at https://www.ft.com/tour. https://www.ft.com/content/a4e9e226-09d8-11e9-9fe8-acdb36967cfcKristian Ruby of Eurelectric ( Letters, December 24) is correct when he says that electricity is already by far the cleanest energy carrier in Europe today,...

Divestment Year in Review 2018

Carolyn Fortuna, CleanTechnica
From school children to individuals, companies, and corporations, the global fossil fuel divestment movement has challenged the right of the fossil fuel industry to damage the environment. By divesting from fossil fuels, we are requiring polluters to take responsibility for their products and hitting them where it hurts the most their stock values and investor dividends. In this CleanTechnica 2018 Divestment Year in Review, we'll be looking at the progress that the people-powered grassroots movement has accomplished toward shifting small and large investments away from fossil fuels...

Climate Doom Ahead? Think Twice.

Charles N. Steele, RCE
It's one word but it could change the course of the world for decades to come.Discussion at the UN climate change talks held in Katowice, Poland recently reached a stalemate. The issue? A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released earlier this year, entitled Special Report 15 (SR-15). Most of the nations at the conference want to welcome this report, but the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait want simply to note its publication.

Climate, Energy News in 2018 Not All Bad

Umair Irfan & David Roberts, Vox
You might have thought the news about climate change in 2018 was all bad. And indeed, global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high this year. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's special report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius said we may have only until 2030 to avert catastrophic climate change.There was also the Trump administration's aggressive rollback of climate policies, including its efforts to replace Obama's Clean Power Plan with a much weaker rule, freeze fuel economy rules for cars and light trucks, and lift greenhouse gas limits for coal...

In 1993 My Agency Warned of Climate Change

William Westermeyer, TG
Many agree that one of the most pressing problems the world faces today is climate change. The question of what to do about it, however, has become highly politicised. Scepticism about climate change is typically a conservative position and trust in the conclusions of the scientific community a more progressive one. While this politicisation is perhaps most evident in the United States, it is well known in many other countries.But this wasn't always the case. Between 1972 and 1995, a US agency named the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) existed to provide the practical means to help...

House Dems Lining Up Behind 'Green New Deal'

Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller
Democrats are increasingly lining up to support a Green New Deal, which, while vague on details, could end up being the largest expansion of government in decades.As it stands, the Green New Deal is more aspirational than actual policy. Indeed, it takes its name from the New Deal of the 1930s, and its main backer, incoming Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, compared it to the Great Society of the 1960s.More than 40 Democratic lawmakers support the Green New Deal as part of a broad plan to fight global warming and bring about what they see as economic,...

Has Oil Hit Rock Bottom?

Nick Cunningham, Oil Price
Oil prices roared back on Wednesday, rebounding and regaining some of the steep losses suffered in previous trading days. The bounce suggests there is some signs of life in the oil market, or at least a soft floor, despite hitting one-and-a-half-year lows.Most Wall Street investment banks see oil prices rebounding strongly in 2019, although just about all of them have revised down their oil price forecasts from just a few weeks ago. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, for instance, sees Brent averaging $70 per barrel in 2019. At the bearish end of the spectrum, the EIA sees Brent averaging $61 per...

PJM Delineates the Value of Coal in America

Jude Clemente, RCE
Serving 13 states and Washington, D.C. (a total of 65 million people), the PJM Interconnection recently concluded that serious problems could arise in five years under a scenario where the rapid, large-scale closures of coal and nuclear plants (baseload 24/7 sources) are exposed by fuel supply issues and an extreme weather event, such as the Bomb Cyclone experienced this past January.PJM's conclusion, of course, is no surprise. Regardless of what some want you to believe, it is undebatable that both the Polar Vortex of 2014 and Bomb Cyclone of 2018 demonstrated how critical coal becomes...

The US is the Champion of Energy Realism

Jerry Rogers, RCE
The UN just completed the COP24 climate talks, from December 3 to December 14 in Katowice, Poland. They could not come up with strict emissions cuts, because many are recognizing the balance between environmental concerns and economic growth. Just look at the rebellion in France over carbon tax hikes and the world can see that not many citizens of nations are willing to pay massive increases for energy to pay for an international vision that has proven unrealistic.

Economic Growth Slowing Around the World

David J. Lynch, JG
A global economy that until recently was humming has broken down, a sharp contrast to the picture just a year ago when the world was experiencing its best growth since 2010 and seemed poised to do even better.Already, builders in the United States are erecting fewer single-family homes. German factories are sputtering, and in China, retail sales are growing at their slowest pace in 15 years.The sudden slowing has fed into a global financial sell-off that has driven several U.S. stock indexes into or near bear market territory with losses of more than 20 percent.Political turmoil at the...

Divestment? Or Shareholder activism?

G. Jeffrey MacDonald, TCC
Seeking to leverage influence in capital markets and advance social change on issues from climate change to Palestinian rights, Christian activists often pursue the tool of divestment. But the practical impact of these efforts is uncertain, and some justice advocates argue that shareholder activism is a more effective tool.Advocates for Palestinians who live under Israeli occupation have in recent years persuaded the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to withdraw their investments from companies linked to some Israeli operations in the...

Smart Grid 2019 Global Market: Analysis to 2025

Staff, MarketWatch
Smart Grid Market 2018This report studies the global Smart Grid market status and forecast, categorizes the global Smart Grid market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, and other regions (India, Southeast Asia).

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