Archive for January 25th, 2019

January 25 Energy News

January 25, 2019


¶ “Renewable Energy: Will China Be The Superpower?” • Having led the International Renewable Energy Agency over the past eight years with an insider view of the energy transition, I have become convinced that a new geopolitical reality is taking shape. The result will be a fundamentally different map of energy geopolitics. [Newsweek]

PV system in Songxi, China (Feature China
| Barcroft Images | Barcroft Media | Getty)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Cigarette Filters Are The No.1 Plastic Pollutant … And Don’t Prevent Cancer” • Plastic straws and bags have received widespread attention as pollutants. But another, even bigger, plastic problem has been slipping under the radar – cigarette filters. Cigarette butts containing plastic filters are the most littered item in the world. [CNN]

¶ “Here’s How A 100% Renewable Energy Future Can Create Jobs And Even Save The Gas Industry” • Natural gas can be replaced increasingly with hydrogen and renewable methane produced with energy from solar power and wind turbines. Renewable forms of gas can play a significant role in the energy mix using existing gas power plants. []

Gas tanker (Credit:


¶ “Siemens Gamesa Lands 128-MW Brazil Prize” • Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa won deal to provide turbines to the 128-MW Ventos da Serra do Mel 2 wind project in Brazil. French developer Voltalia in Rio Grande do Norte will use 36 turbines for the project, each with output of 3.55 MW, which is to be commissioned in 2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “Australia Shaping Up To Be World’s Largest Residential Energy Storage Market In 2019” • Australia is expected to be the world’s largest residential energy storage market in 2019, according to a note published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It will account for 30% of global demand as household storage demand triples. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Big Oil Is More Talk Than Action On Renewables – Iberdrola” • The world’s largest wind-power producer, Iberdrola SA, brushed off Big Oil’s embrace of renewable energy as “more noise” than action. Major oil and gas firms are spending around 1% of their 2018 budgets on clean energy, a study by research firm CDP shows. []

¶ “Coal Plants In Mix For Coalition’s Electricity Guarantee But Victoria Attacks New Bid” • A mix of coal power plants, pumped hydro, and gas-fired power was presented to the federal government as options for its program to underwrite new electricity generation. Included is $6 billion to build two new coal-fired power plants. [The Guardian]

Coal-fired power plant (Julian Smith | AAP)


¶ “Polluters See Lowest Level Of EPA Fines, According To Washington Post Report” • Polluters pay historically low fines under the Trump administration, an analysis of the EPA’s civil penalties shows. It was performed by a former head of the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance for the Washington Post. [CNN]

¶ “Ski Resorts Turn To Renewable Energy To Cut Carbon Emissions And Costs” • The ski industry is increasingly embracing new innovations in energy-efficient technology, combined with existing technologies such as wind and solar energy and LED lighting, to reduce its carbon footprint and improve its bottom line. [Axios]

Skiers on a lift (Photo: EyesWideOpen | Getty Images)

¶ “Low-Income Solar Is The Goal Of 225-MW New Jersey Community Solar Program” • New Jersey has firmly embraced the concept of solar for all with its new 225-MW community solar program, within which 40% of all capacity is earmarked for low- and moderate-income consumers. It is designed to serve up to 30,000 homes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bill Making Virginia Completely Reliable On Renewable Energy Advances” • An aggressive bill that would make Virginia completely reliant on renewable energy for its electricity has advanced in the General Assembly with bipartisan support. The bill would have Virginia power companies generate only clean electricity by 2036. [WTOP]

Solar panels at dawn (Pixelci | iStockphoto | Getty Images)

¶ “Quiet Clean Energy Revolution Scored Strong Growth In USA Last Year” • US public perception of US energy has shifted greatly. In a recent survey, 70% of respondents said America should get 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources; more than half thought renewables were a good idea even if they raise energy bills. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Consumers Energy Dedicates First Ever Solar, Battery Storage Systems On Grand Rapids’ West Side” • Consumers Energy dedicated Michigan’s first rooftop solar array with battery storage in Grand Rapids. Nearly 1,800 solar panels were installed with a 500-kW battery to make the energy both reliable and cost effective. []

Consumers Energy system in Grand Rapids

¶ “Coal Ash Standoff Could Make Coal Power Plants Hit Kill Switch” • Under Trump, US coal power plants have dropped like flies. Now it looks like those left standing could all wink out at the same time. A group of coal power stakeholders has threatened to turn off the lights, due to a regulatory clash over the storage of coal ash. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Decision Postponed On Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant Extension” • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission postponed its decision on a 20-year license extension for the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant following a request from New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to hold more public information sessions. [NH1 News]

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