Archive for January 19th, 2019

January 19 Energy News

January 19, 2019

World:

¶ “Blast At Leaking Mexico Pipeline Kills 21 And Injures Dozens” • An explosion at a leaking oil pipeline killed at least 21 people and injured 71 in Mexico. Local residents were scrambling to steal some of the leaking oil when they were engulfed in flames, Hidalgo’s state governor said. Dozens of people were taken to hospitals with burns. [BBC]

Pipeline fire (Getty Images)

¶ “China Flexes Its Muscle – Go BEV Or Go Home” • China is using a standard for new cars based on the zero emissions vehicle standard introduced in California. Different cars earn their makers credits, with the highest number going to battery electric vehicles (BEV). The system is pushing car makers toward electric cars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables, An Antidote Against Volatile Electricity Prices For The EU” • A European Commission report, Energy Prices and Costs in Europe, draws the conclusion, “Renewable energy growth also plays a direct role in mitigating and diminishing the negative impact of uncertain global fossil fuel prices and exchange-rate risks.” [pv magazine International]

Transmission tower (Image: analogicus | Pixabay)

¶ “Policy Headwinds Knock UK Onshore Activity” • In 2018, the UK onshore wind industry recorded its worst year for new installations in almost a decade, with 598 MW of new projects coming online in the 12 months, according to new figures from RenewableUK. RenewableUK blamed government policy changes for the poor results. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “San Diego Has Vast Solar Parking Lot Potential” • San Diego has an untapped 500-MW solar potential at commercial sites within the city, with parking lots representing three-quarters of the total, according to a new survey by the Clean Coalition. The San Diego Solar Siting Survey identified 120 sites that could host at least 1 MW of solar. [CleanTechnica]

San Diego Zoo parking (Credit Greentech Advocates)

¶ “Lawmakers Lambast Pentagon Climate Report” • The “Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the Department of Defense” has important omissions that are just one reason lawmakers greeted the Congressionally mandated report with eviscerating criticism. The report even didn’t meet some basic requirements mandated by law. [CNN]

¶ “Energy Aggregation Brings Renewable Energy To More Companies” • Big companies can enter into power purchase agreements, reducing energy costs. Now smaller companies can do the same, with aggregation. LevelTen Energy, based in Seattle, provides this through what it calls “sort of like a matchmaking service.” [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (LevelTen Energy image)

¶ “Port Authority’s Community Solar Power Plan Advances With Approval Of New York Public Service Commission” • The New York State Public Service Commission approved the Port Authority’s request to proceed with renewable solar power projects at John F Kennedy International Airport. Low-income residents can benefit. [AviationPros.com]

¶ “Vermont’s Largest Solar Canopy Comes Online” • Vermont’s largest solar canopy, Encore Renewable Energy’s 156-kW solar carport in Burlington, has begun producing electricity at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. Built in 2003, the science and nature center was the first LEED-certified building in Vermont. [CleanTechnica]

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

¶ “DC Mayor Signs Historic Climate Legislation For 100% Renewables” • DC Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the “Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018,” which the DC Council had passed unanimously in December. The District is leading on climate action by requiring a 100% renewable electricity supply by 2032. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Tesla Semi Trucks, Powerpacks, And Solar To Be Used In New Near Zero-Emission Frito-Lay Facility” • Tesla is partnering with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay to design a “near zero-emission” distribution facility. It will have a fleet of Tesla Semi electric trucks, other electric vehicles, a charging system, Tesla energy storage, and a solar array. [Electrek]

Screen shot of a Tesla Semi electric truck

¶ “Coal Ash Is Contaminating Groundwater In At Least 22 States, Utility Reports Show” • A clear picture of coal ash contamination in the US is emerging, as utilities report serious groundwater contamination in at least 22 states. In many cases, immediate environmental action has been required, and several states are moving on this. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Keene, NH, Commits To 100% Renewable Energy Goal” • The city council of Keene, NH, voted 14-1 to adopt a goal of moving to 100% renewable energy, the Sierra Club has announced. Keene joins four other New Hampshire communities, Concord, Cornish, Hanover, and Plainfield, that have established the 100% renewable goal. [North American Windpower]

Fall foliage

¶ “Idaho’s New Governor: ‘Climate Change Is Real’” • Idaho Gov Brad Little has broken with Republican Party leaders on climate change, declaring unequivocally that the phenomenon is real. He said, “I’m old enough that I remember feeding cows all winter long in deep snow … boy, back in the old days when I was a kid, we had winters.” [High Country News]

¶ “Trump Signs Another Bipartisan Law To Boost Advanced Nuclear” • President Donald Trump signed a bill into law aimed at accelerating development of a new generation of advanced nuclear reactors. The bill was passed with cooperation between the two parties, the second instance of cooperation on advanced nuclear in four months. [Greentech Media]

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