January 15 Energy News

January 15, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How to Convince a Conservative That Climate Change Is Real” • A newly published report by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reveals that 8% of participants in three separate surveys said they had changed their mind on the topic over the previous year. Of those, 84% said their level of concern had been increased. [City Watch]

Lab bench

Science and Technology:

¶ “Antarctica Ice Melt Has Accelerated by 280% in the Last Four Decades” • A pair of studies, one published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the other in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience, share a same ominous message: Our planet’s ice is melting at an alarming rate, which is bad news for global sea levels. [CNN]

¶ “What Warmer Oceans Mean for the Planet” • Our oceans are much warmer and are heating up faster than we previously thought, driven by climate change caused by humans, according to a study published in the journal Science. Its authors said 2018 would be the warmest year on record for oceans. So what does that mean? [CNN]

Gas platform (David McNeil | Hilton Archive | Getty Images)

¶ “Researchers Create a 3-D Printing Process That Is 100 Times Faster than Normal” • If 3-D printing has one drawback today, it is that it is s..l..o..w. Researchers at the University of Michigan say they have created a new process that speeds things up by a factor of 100. Their entire report is available for free online at Science Advances. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “As the World’s Oceans Warm, Their Waves Are Becoming More Powerful” • Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz have revealed that as the surface of the world’s oceans continues to warm, there is a direct association with increased wave energy globally. Their study was published in the journal Nature Communications. [IFLScience]

Wave (irabel8 | Shutterstock)

¶ “Today’s Children Will Inherit a Climate-Changed Planet. Can They Handle It?” • We know a warming planet, left unchecked, will violently transform ecosystems and profoundly impact the physical and mental health of humans. But we know far less about how climate change will impact children’s inner landscapes or how professionals should help them. [Scienceline]

World:

¶ “Italy Plans 50 GW PV, 18.4 GW Wind to Meet 2030 Target” • Italy will aim to reach 50 GW of solar PV capacity by the end of 2030 under its new climate and energy plan. The target for wind is 18.4 GW. The Italian goal is to have renewable energy reach a 30% share in gross final consumption by 2030. In 2017, that share was 18.3%. [Renewables Now]

Solar panels in Italy (Image: TerniEnergia)

¶ “Tesla Proposes Microgrids with Solar and Batteries to Power Greek Islands” • Tesla has met with the Greek government to propose ways to modernize the electric grid of the country’s many Mediterranean islands with a combination of microgrids and renewable energy. This is to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and to save money. [Electrek]

¶ “Iberdrola Uses Blockchain to Track Renewable Energy Supply” • Iberdrola said it completed an experiment using blockchain to track renewable energy in real time. For the experiment, electricity from two wind farms and a hydropower plant was tracked to the point of use, so the customer could know where its energy came from. [Renewables Now]

Hydropower plant in Galicia (Iberdrola image)

US:

¶ “President Trump Can’t Stop US Coal Plants from Retiring” • Coal plants are still closing, despite Trump’s efforts. Generators said they plan to shut around 8,422 MW of coal-fired power and 1,500 MW of nuclear in 2019, while adding 10,900 MW of wind, 8,200 MW of solar and 7,500 MW of gas, according to Reuters and EIA data. [CNBC]

¶ “After a Boom Year for New Natural Gas Plants, Renewables Set to Retake the Lead” • In 2019, the majority of energy added to the grid will be renewable, according to estimates by the Energy Information Administration. That had been the trend between 2013 and 2017, though last year new natural gas-fired power plants outpaced renewables. [Ars Technica]

Wind turbines in Colorado (Getty Images)

¶ “How Low Cost Wind and Solar Push the Market for Renewable Hydrogen” • Wind and solar already beat natural gas on price in some parts of the US, a trend that is likely to spread. And renewable hydrogen could quickly replace natural gas in two other major markets, fuel and fertilizer production, with help from wind and solar power. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Buses Coming to Hawaii, New York City, and Estonia” • The Chinese city of Shenzhen, has converted its entire fleet of buses, more than 16,000 in all. And they are appearing in lesser numbers on the streets of London, Katowice, Brasilia, Jerusalem, and many other cities. Now, they are to be used in Hawaii and New York City. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra bus

¶ “Two Rural Electric Cooperatives Overcome Barriers to Clean, Local Energy” • During the 20th century, rural communities formed rural electric cooperatives as a way to get energy where no one else would provide it. In the 21st century, some cooperatives have found an additional economic benefit from pursuing local renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SC Regulators Change Course and Call Out SCANA for Withholding Info” • South Carolina’s utility regulators had a change of heart, altering an earlier order to condemn SCANA Corp officially for willfully withholding information about the VC Summer nuclear project as it failed. The order will not change customers’ bills. [Charleston Post Courier]

Have a significantly enviable day.

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