November 2 Energy News

November 2, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “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]

Colorado wind farm (Jeffrey Beall, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Why Hiroshima and Nagasaki are Safe, but Chernobyl Isn’t” • Over 1.6 million people live and seem thrive in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where nuclear bombs were dropped. The Chernobyl exclusion zone, however, a 30 square kilometer area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power disaster, remains very largely uninhabited. [We Are The Mighty]

World:

¶ “Germany Headed for Largest Emissions Drop Since 2009 Recession” • Strong renewable power production and warm temperatures lowered Germany’s CO2 emissions by around 7% in the first nine months of 2018, AG Energiebilanzen calculated. If the decrease is sustained, it would be the sharpest decline since the 2009 recession. [Clean Energy Wire]

Lignite plant Niederaussem (Photo: Rolfcosar, Wikipedia)

¶ “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]

¶ “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]

Wind turbines (Image: RawFilm, Unsplash)

¶ “Italy Adds 42.3 MW of Solar in September” • Newly installed PV capacity for the first nine months of this year has reached 300.9 MW. September was the month with the largest growth this year. Italy has now almost reached the 20 GW milestone, with approximately 19,983 MW of installed PV systems in the country. [pv magazine International]

¶ “UK ‘Needs 133 GW’ Clean Power to Hit Climate Goals” • The UK will need to have 133 GW of low-carbon power by 2050 if it is to hit legally-binding carbon targets of the Climate Change Act, an Aurora Energy Research report said. It found an 80% cut in carbon emissions would require an additional 93 GW of capacity, up from 40 GW now. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Pixabay image)

US:

¶ “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]

¶ “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 in Iowa (Tony Webster, CC-BY-2.0)

¶ “Allete Advances North Dakota Wind” • Allete Clean Energy has started construction of the 106-MW Glen Ullin wind farm in North Dakota. Glen Ullin has been under development since 2011 and will feature 43 GE turbines, which will be a mix of 2.3-MW and 2.5-MW hardware, Allete said. It will supply electricity to Xcel Energy. [reNEWS]

¶ “San Diego Selects New Flyer for 6 Long Range Fully Electric Buses” • The race into fully electric long range buses is heating up as San Diego puts in an order for six of New Flyer’s new 40-foot buses. The buses will be equipped with 480-kWh batteries, which will support the longer range routes being explored by the pilot. [CleanTechnica]

New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE bus

¶ “Philadelphia Plans a Massive Solar Plant in Adams County” • Philadelphia’s plan to cut its carbon emissions now includes a proposal to purchase energy from a massive solar farm, with a capacity of 70 MW, in south central Pennsylvania. The proposal is part of the city’s plan to use renewable energy for all city operations by 2030. [witf.org]

¶ “Local Utilities Shun Coal, Promote Renewable Energy” • Coal has become a dirty word to the four electric utilities that serve the pristine Grand Traverse region. Traverse City Light & Power, Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Consumers Energy, and Great Lakes Energy Cooperative all have plans to reduce their carbon emissions. [Traverse City Business News]

Michigan’s first community solar project

¶ “Smart Grid Study Predicts More Growth in Energy Sector Jobs” • Clean energy jobs are booming, especially in Minnesota. Employment in Minnesota’s energy sector could increase by 300%, according to a recent study conducted by the McKnight Foundation. It is an estimated 14,000 winds jobs and 36,000 solar jobs by 2050. [Workday Minnesota]

¶ “Indiana’s NIPSCO Plots Coal Phaseout, Transition to Renewables” • Northern Indiana Public Service Co LLC has unveiled an initiative designed to transition customers to a more affordable and sustainable energy mix. The company laid out a blueprint to transition northern Indiana’s energy generation away from coal. [North American Windpower]

Have an outrageously comfortable day.

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