January 24 Energy News

January 24, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “US Taxpayers On The Hook For Insuring Farmers Against Growing Climate Risks” • The Federal Crop Insurance Program is flawed in many ways. It has a number of policies that discourage farmers from adopting practices that will help address climate change. And it keeps taxpayers on the hook for the ever-growing tab. [InsideClimate News] (Thanks to Bob Oeser.)

Flood (Staff Sgt Daniel J Martinez | US Air National Guard)

¶ “Now That UK Nuclear Power Plans Are In Tatters, It Is Vital To Double Down On Wind And Solar” • Now that Japanese giants Toshiba and Hitachi have walked away from UK nuclear power projects that had previously been abandoned by others, the government is forced to reassess the pro-nuclear bias of its energy policy. [Phys.Org]

¶ “An All-Renewable Grid Is Economically Superior To Mixed Generation” • One of the arguments that those forces opposed to dealing with climate change make is that transitioning the grid entirely to renewables and away from fossil fuels would be economically devastating. It would not, and it is worth examining the reasons why. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable energy

¶ “Why Excluding Nuclear, Fossils With Carbon Capture, And Biofuels From The Green New Deal Makes Financial And Climate Sense” • Here is why nuclear, fossils with CCS, and biofuels should be excluded. They raise costs, slow solutions to global warming and air pollution, and create risks that are not present with renewables. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Sweden Will Ban Sale Of Gasoline & Diesel Cars After 2030. Germany Lags Behind” • Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven announced a ban on the sale of cars powered by gasoline or diesel oil in his country after 2030. Sweden joins a growing list of countries with bans on cars with internal combustion engines by that date or earlier. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a Tesla in Sweden

¶ “World’s Greenest Companies Are Consistently Outperforming Their Non-Green Peers” • The greenest and most sustainable companies in the world were highlighted in two reports with the common thread. It showed the consistently superior economic performance of companies committed to addressing climate change and environmental issues. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “France And Spain Regulators Reject €3 Billion STEP Gas Pipeline” • Energy regulators in France and Spain announced they had rejected the controversial Franco-Spanish South Transit East Pyrenees natural gas pipeline, the first stage in the larger Midi-Catalonia gas pipeline, citing costs and that the pipeline was not necessary. [CleanTechnica]

French western Pyrénées (Credit: Nicolas Guionnet)

¶ “Google’s Clean Energy Project Expands To Asia” • Google signed a long-term renewable energy agreement in Taiwan, expanding its clean energy project in Asia, with the intention to “make clean power more accessible.” The long-term agreement was signed to purchase the output of a 10-MW solar array in Tainan City. [Innovation Enterprise]

¶ “Renewables Turn Emissions Tide And Rooftop Solar Shoulders Heatwave Load” • The Australia Institute’s first emissions audit of 2019 shows renewables pushing coal aside to reduce Australia’s emissions 20% below the peak recorded in 2008, and the load of January’s high temperatures has been mitigated by rooftop solar. [pv magazine Australia]

Rooftop solar in New South Wales (Image: Verdia)

US:

¶ “Wind-Powered Beer To Be The Toast Of Super Bowl LIII” • The virtues of renewable beer will be broadcast to more than 100 million viewers this coming Super Bowl, with US label Budweiser using its million-dollar advertising spot in the Big Game to promote its commitment to sustainable, wind-powered brewing. [One Step Off The Grid]

¶ “US Coal Retirements In 2019 To Hit At Least 6 GW” • The latest S&P Global Market Intelligence data shows that a total of 49 GW of new power generation capacity will be added in the US in 2019, but the year will also see the retirement of nearly 6 GW of coal. Over 14 GW were retired or converted to use natural gas in 2018. [CleanTechnica]

US coal-burning power plant

¶ “Wind Farms Proposed For Steuben, Schuyler, Chenango Counties” • One of 20 sustainable energy projects approved by New York state is a 290-MW wind project with 20 MW of energy storage. Invenergy will build the wind farm, which is large enough to supply about 50,000 homes depending on seasonal demand. [Press & Sun-Bulletin]

¶ “Landmark Offshore Wind Agreement Protects Right Whales” • Under an unprecedented agreement with three environmental groups, Vineyard Wind is to protect the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale during the construction and operation of an offshore wind farm it will build 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Right whale and calf (Credit: NOAA Fisheries | Christin Khan)

¶ “Forefront Power Completes 27 MW Of New York Community Solar” • ForeFront Power announced that the company’s first community solar projects in New York are now operational and providing electricity to subscribers across National Grid and Rochester Gas & Electric service territories. The nine projects have 27 MW of capacity. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Massachusetts City Hopes To Reinvest Energy Savings Into More Energy Savings” • Northampton is a college town with about 29,000 year-round residents. It plans to implement community choice aggregation, a model in which municipalities buy power for residents from a supplier other than the local utility company. [Energy News Network]

Have an excitingly satisfactory day.

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