January 10 Energy News

January 10, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Green New Deal Builds a Bridge to the Future, Not a Wall Around the Past” • For the Earth, it’s all about carbon emissions. Nothing else matters: not class distinctions, not national pride, not wealth, and not religion. Carbon emissions must be tamed now, for us to have any hope of avoiding the destruction of most things that live on Earth. [CleanTechnica]

Earthrise

¶ “What They’re Saying About the Green New Deal: O’Rourke, Warren, Waxman” • How can we make climate change an urgent priority across the US? It starts with calling for 100% renewable energy and electing leaders who will stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. Here is what three leaders for the future are saying. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How the Fossil Fuel Industry Got the Media to Think Climate Change Was Debatable” • Documents uncovered by journalists and activists over the past decade lay out a clear strategy of the fossil fuel industry: Push the media to report “uncertainties” in climate science, and push conservatives to believe climate change is a hoax. [Washington Post]

German coal-fired plant (Sascha Steinbach | EPA-EFE | REX)

World:

¶ “Renewables Grow to 20.8% Share in Chile’s Power Mix” • Chile has entered the new year with a 20.8% share of renewable energy in the country’s power mix, the Ministry of Energy said. That percentage is an increase from the 17.9% share recorded in 2017. In 2018, almost 92% of Chile’s new capacity came from renewable sources. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Vestas Becomes First Company to Install Over 100 GW of Wind Turbines” • The Danish wind turbine manufacturing giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S announced that, with the installation of a V110-2.0 MW turbine at MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project in late 2018, the company has become the first to install 100 GW of wind turbines. [CleanTechnica]

Beaver Creek, MidAmerican Energy

¶ “New Year Delight for Chinese Mega-Farm” • Chinese energy company State Power Investment Corp has received approval for the first phase of a wind farm of up to 6 GW at the region of Siziwangqi, in the China’s Inner Mongolia region. Costing over €5 billion ($5.77 billion), the wind farm would be the largest onshore project in the world. [reNEWS]

¶ “Spain Proposes Trading in Nuclear Permits for Others in Renewable Energy” • As an incentive to close nuclear plants, the Spanish Government proposed giving their owners advantages for developing renewable energy. Connection rights for nuclear plants would convert to renewable energy permits for the same amount of power. [The Corner Economic]

Garona Spanish nuclear station

US:

¶ “Fiat Chrysler to Pay Hundreds of Millions to Settle Emissions Charges in the US” • Fiat Chrysler will pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and civil penalties to settle charges that its diesel vehicles sold in the US violated emissions rules. A person familiar with the details told CNN the total amount will be roughly $800 million [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Has the Highest Customer Loyalty of All Car Brands” • Last year, Consumer Reports found that Tesla has the highest rate of customer satisfaction of all car brands. Now, research conducted by Experian, shows that the high levels of satisfaction are translating into exceptionally high rates of customer loyalty as well. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla family (Image via Tesla)

¶ “Kauai Reaches Goal of 50% Renewable Power” • AES’s Lawai project, which will supply electricity to Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, will eliminate the need for about 3.7 million gallons of diesel annually and supply about 11% of Kauai’s electricity, making the island more than 50% powered by renewables, a KIUC statement said. [Honolulu Star-Advertiser]

¶ “DOE Picks Winners in $25 Million Marine Energy R&D Program” • The DOE has selected 12 projects to get $25 million (€21.8 million) in financing in support of research aimed at cutting costs and accelerating the deployment of marine energy devices, as well as testing new concepts. Projects in three areas of research qualified. [Renewables Now]

Wave (Steve Corey, CC BY NoDerivs 2.0 Generic)

¶ “How Minnesota Could Economically Reach 70% Renewable Electricity” • A report from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, clean energy advocates, and all the state’s major utilities suggests that overbuilding wind and solar capacity would be more economical than using batteries and could supply 70% of its needs by 2050. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Capital Opens New Frontier in North Dakota” • Capital Power Corporation started commercial operations at its 99-MW New Frontier wind farm in North Dakota. CPC said the project was completed on time and below the original $145 million cost estimate. Capital Power said it will supply 87% of the electricity to one customer. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Pixabay image)

¶ “Another Utah City Commits to 100% Clean Energy” • A city in Salt Lake City County, Utah, Cottonwood Heights, committed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. The city council voted unanimously to adopt a goal of 100% clean, renewable electricity for city operations by 2022 and community-wide by 2032. [North American Windpower]

¶ “Panel Issues Vision for Diablo Canyon Decommissioning” • The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel, which was created to develop a strategic vision for decommissioning of California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, wants the process to begin immediately after the facility reactors shut down in 2024 and 2025. [seattlepi.com]

Have a thoroughly congenial day.

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