Archive for January 22nd, 2019

January 22 Energy News

January 22, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘The Only Thing We Can Do Is Adapt’: Greenland Ice Melt Reaching ‘Tipping Point,’ Study Finds” • Climate change is causing Greenland’s massive ice sheets to melt much faster than previously thought, a study found, and it may be “too late” to do anything about it. The findings could have dire implications for the planet’s low-lying islands and coastal cities. [CNN]

Tasiilaq, Greenland

¶ “New Carbon Capture Research Emphasizes Recycling, Not Sequestration” • Carbon capture and sequestration is much too expensive, but a team of researchers at South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology could change that. They can add value with a new system that produces electricity and hydrogen from water. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rocks Off The UK Coast Could Be Used For Renewable Energy Storage” • Scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde developed a process for compressed air energy storage. They believe porous rocks off the UK coast could store about one and a half times the UK’s average electricity demand for January and February. [Earth.com]

Rocks off the coast

¶ “World To Miss 2020 Climate ‘Turning Point’, Analysis Shows” • Even as Earth is buffeted by superstorms, droughts and flooding made worse by rising seas, and as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise globally, an analysis by the World Resources Institute showed that current efforts to limit temperature increases are falling well short. [Malay Mail]

World:

¶ “The Battle On The Frontline Of Climate Change In Mali” • Mali is lurching between droughts and floods. They inflict a huge cost on crops and livestock, so farmers and nomadic herders, who are from different ethnic groups, face off over shrinking resources. Islamist groups are worsening the unrest by meddling in the situation. [BBC]

Mali (Getty Images)

¶ “74% Of India’s New Power Capacity Addition In 2018 Was Renewables” • India added a total (net) of 17.6 GW of power generation capacity in 2018, and a record 74% of that capacity was renewable, primarily solar power. The huge renewable capacity coming online made 2018 the greenest year so far, in terms of new capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Clean energy investment exceeded $300 billion in 2018” • Global clean energy investment reached a total of $332.1 billion in 2018, down 8% on 2017, but it was the fifth year in a row in which investment exceeded the $300 billion mark, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said. Solar saw record capacity additions on 24% less investment. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar system

¶ “Labor Promises To ‘supercharge’ Hydrogen Industry As Green Groups Say ‘No Role For Coal'” • Labor announced a plan to use A$1.1 billion ($784 million) to build Australia’s hydrogen industry. This has been welcomed by environmental groups, who add that they want to be sure the hydrogen is generated using renewable energy. [The Guardian]

¶ “Germany Needs ‘Urgent Action’ On Offshore” • Germany needs to take urgent action this year to boost offshore wind development, according to five industry organisations. BWE, BWO, Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie, VDMA Power Systems, and WAB called on the government to start by organising a special tender of at least 1.5 GW. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (reNEWS image)

¶ “Greenpeace Slams Japan’s Plan To Dump Radioactive Fukushima Water Into The Ocean” • Greenpeace slammed a plan by the Japanese government and TEPCO to release into the ocean highly radioactive water from the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, saying in a report the decision was “driven by short-term cost-cutting”. [Yahoo News]

US:

¶ “Massachusetts Bill Would Set New Emissions Requirements” • A bill filed at the Massachusetts Statehouse seeks to help speed the state’s transition to renewable forms of energy. The bill would update state emissions requirements: 50% below 1990 emissions levels by 2030, 75% below by 2040, and net zero emissions by 2050. [Electric Light & Power]

Back Bay neighborhood of Boston

¶ “Solar And Wind Are Booming, While Coal Keeps Shrinking” • The boom in solar and wind power in the US will deal a fresh blow to coal country in the next few years. Renewable energy, led by solar and wind, is projected to be the fastest-growing source of US electricity generation for at least the next two years, according to a DOE report. [CNN]

¶ “Report: Renewable Energy Could Replace Economic Loss From Closure Of San Juan Generating Station” • Closing the San Juan coal-fired power plant and mine does not have to doom the town of Waterflow, New Mexico, according to an economist’s report. The site is an excellent candidate to be redeveloped for green energy production. [KRWG]

Four Corners Power Plant (Courtesy of
Ecoflight and San Juan Citizens Alliance)

¶ “New York Governor’s Green New Deal Starts With 1 GW Of Large-Scale Solar” • New York state has awarded 1 GW of solar and 614 MW of wind. Three of the 20 renewable energy projects commissioned are paired with energy storage. Invenergy, EDF, and NextEra are each set to build solar projects with capacities greater than 100 MW. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Platte River Power Authority Plans For Zero Carbon Emissions By 2030” • The Platte River Power Authority board of directors passed a policy for zero carbon emissions by 2030, after Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and Longmont set goals of 100% renewable electricity by the same year. The policy has broad local support. [Rocky Mountain Collegian]

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