January 13 Energy News

January 13, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Change Is an Existential Crisis – It Should Be ​the Top Political Issue, Too” • Global warming is not a partisan issue – or it should not be. The many experts issuing dire warnings about climate disruption including those of the US Department of Defense, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and numerous others. [EcoWatch]

Vancouver (RonTech2000 | iStock | Getty Images Plus)

¶ “Will China Be the Superpower in a World Transformed by Renewable Energy?” • Nimble players have already seized the opportunity not only to secure their own future energy supplies but to become new energy leaders. Among the leaders, China has put itself in pole position to be the world’s renewable energy superpower. [Newsweek]

¶ “Putin Wants a ‘Dark OPEC’ to Control Global Oil and Gas Markets” • Russian President Vladimir Putin, unencumbered by an environmental vision of a carbon-free economy, is engaged in a global effort to unite authoritarian regimes with significant fossil fuel reserves. He envisions a kind of “Dark OPEC” that dictates oil prices. [The Hill]

Oil rig (Crescent Petroleum | Icethorn, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “‘Green New Deal’ Isn’t Radical. It’s a Natural for Texas’ Wind, Solar Energy” • A Green New Deal could expedite more solar and wind power usage, but first people need to know what a Green New Deal means. No state will be more impacted than Texas, with its rich oil and gas resources, and no city more than Houston. [Houston Chronicle]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Oceans Are Warming 40% Faster than Predicted” • News Flash! The oceans are warming 40% faster than predicted just a few years ago. That finding is contained in a new study published January 11 in the journal Science. As the oceans warm, they will absorb heat less efficiently, and that means that with time, the land will get hotter faster. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean waves

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy to Remodel World Dominance Patterns” • At its ninth annual General Assembly session, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a report, A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation. It says the patterns of world leadership are changing rapidly, with new winners and losers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “€70 Billion a Year in EU Health Damage Caused by Vehicle Emissions, Finds Report” • Recent air pollution research found that €70 billion in health damage is caused by traffic emissions every year in the EU. About 75% of the harm is caused by diesel emissions. The report was commissioned by the European Public Health Alliance. [CleanTechnica]

Berlin

¶ “Morocco Earmarks $14 Billion for Energy Projects” • The Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, said at the IRENA meeting that Morocco has earmarked $14 billion of investment for the energy sector from 2017 to 2023. The projects are underway and concern mainly renewable energy. [Morocco World News]

¶ “New Victorian Windfarm Could Provide 10% of State’s Energy” • The managing director of a company that plans to construct Victoria’s largest windfarm says the project will supply enough power to replace up to a third of the generation of the decommissioned Hazelwood power plant at below A$50/MWh ($36.11/MWh). [The Guardian]

Wind farm (Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

¶ “Brenig Windfarm Generates Electricity for the First Time” • The first UK wind farm to be built from scratch by Chinese developer CGNEE has been completed and is generating its first electricity. Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK finished delivering balance of plant at the 16-turbine Brenig renewables site in Denbighshire. [Denbighshire Free Press]

¶ “Indian Railways to Move Towards Renewable Energy Sources” • India is one of the top most polluted countries in the world, but there is a nationwide effort underway to adopt renewable energy sources. The Indian government plans to obtain nearly 25% of the electricity it needs for railways from the renewable resources by 2025. [GREENandSAVE]

Solar system and train

¶ “Iran Takes First Steps to Design Upgraded 20% Reactor Fuel” • Iran’s nuclear chief said steps have been taken for the designing of an advanced version of 20% supplemented uranium fuel. The new fuel is more effective than what is now used in the Tehran nuclear reactor. The country has not been able to import fuel of that type. [MENAFN.COM]

US:

¶ “Democrats Looking to Finally Tackle Climate Impacts to Gulf of Maine” • After years of inaction under the old administration, Maine may finally deal with the impacts of climate change along the coast, including ocean acidification, a byproduct of the use of fossil fuels that represents a potentially catastrophic threat to Maine’s marine harvesters. [Press Herald]

Lobster fishing (Photo: Gregory Rec | Getty Images)

¶ “Illinois Eyeing California’s Goal of 100% Clean Energy” • It is less than four months since California committed to getting all of its electricity from climate-friendly sources by 2045. At least nine governors, including Illinois Gov Pritzker, have signed a League of Conservation Voters pledge to support 100% clean energy by 2050. [Quad-Cities Online]

¶ “Alliance Will Provide Clean, Competitive Energy” • Ventura County has become one of the largest communities in the nation to adopt 100% clean, renewable energy. With the arrival of the Clean Power Alliance, the county and many of its cities are dramatically reducing emissions in a simple and cost-effective way. [Ventura County Star]

Have an upliftingly brilliant day.

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