Archive for January 26th, 2019

January 26 Energy News

January 26, 2019


¶ “Climate Change: The More We Know, The Worse It Seems” • It should not be surprising that each new climate-related news headline seems to be worse than the last. The last time carbon dioxide levels were as high as they are now, sea levels were 30 meters higher. At that level all major coastal cities in the world would be drowned. [CNN]

Church (Jes Aznar | Getty Images | AsiaPac | Getty Images)

¶ “‘Feel The Fear:’ Climate Change Is Now The Talk Of Davos” • Has business finally woken up to the enormous challenges posed by climate change? Climate was a major theme at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where panel discussions on everything from global warming to ocean sustainability and biodiversity drew large crowds. [CNN]

¶ “UK And EU Continue Massive Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Claims Study” • A report from the European Commission claims the UK provides more subsidies to fossil fuel companies than any other country in Europe. The UK government hotly denies the charge. Who’s right and who’s wrong? It depends on how you define “subsidies.” [CleanTechnica]

Protest (Ashley Cooper | Images From A Warming Planet)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Boeing Is One Step Closer To Electric Air Taxi – Successful Passenger Air Vehicle Test Flight” • Boeing completed its first successful take-off and landing with its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi, also called a “personal air vehicle” (PAV). It tested the vehicle’s autonomous functions and ground control systems. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Canada Announces Funding For “Novel” Solar Farm In Alberta” • The Canadian government will provide funding for the 23-MW Suffield Solar Project. The project is intended to demonstrate the potential of two-sided solar panels. Energy is captured on both sides of the panels to increase energy efficiency by 10% to 15%. [Power Technology]

Solar farm (Credit: Green Energy Futures)

¶ “Caribbean Island Bonaire Balances Solar, Wind, And Diesel With Storage” • Caribbean island Bonaire is adding a 6-MW energy storage system to help balance its solar and wind assets with backup diesel generators, opening up the potential for greater renewable penetration. Additional solar will expand on a 2015 pilot project. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Germany To Stop Using Coal By End Of 2038: Commission” • A government commission has agreed that Germany should phase out all coal-fired power plants by the end of 2038. The government is already planning to shut down nuclear power plants over the next three years. The agreement came after talks lasting 21 hours. [Deutsche Welle]

Stop sign (© image photothek)

¶ “French Study Warns Against ‘Massive’ Reactor Extensions” • French plans to extend the lifespan of reactors on a “massive” scale may eventually force the government to introduce a subsidy mechanism to keep ageing units in service, a study warned. The move would also stunt the growth of renewables and harm the French economy. [Montel]


¶ “Vermont Says Charging Stations Shouldn’t Face Same Rules As Utilities” • Vermont’s EV charging stations should not be regulated like electric utilities, state utility regulators concluded. The Vermont Public Utility Commission recommended that state law be clarified to allow charging station owners to set their own pricing. [Energy News Network]

Charging an EV

¶ “US Floating Solar Could Generate 10% Of Annual Electricity Production” • Installing floating solar PV projects on the more than 24,000 existing man-made US reservoirs could generate approximately 10% of the national annual electricity production, according to a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Maryland Sea Level To Increase Dramatically, Report Says” • A report by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science warns that if emissions continue to rise, sea level in Maryland would likely increase 2.0 to 4.2 feet by 2100. There is even an outside chance the rise could exceed 5.2 feet, the report said. []

Why did the crab cross the road? Because it could.
(Bay Journal photo by Dave Harp)

¶ “Milwaukee Leaders Have Choice Words For Utility In Solar Standoff” • Since 2017, Milwaukee has sought to develop the 1-MW solar project through a third-party ownership agreement with solar developer Eagle Point. Utility We Energies told the city it would consider such an agreement as acting illegally as a public utility. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Here’s How Local Governments Are Replacing California’s Biggest Utilities” • Three wind turbines seventy miles north of downtown Los Angeles are at the heart of a revolution in California’s energy industry, which for millions of people, homes and businesses could mean an end to buying power from monopoly utilities. [Los Angeles Times]

Wind turbines (Brian van der Brug | Los Angeles Times)

¶ “Federal Regulator Sides With Power Suppliers In PG&E Contracts” • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it shares authority with a bankruptcy court over any requests to cancel or renegotiate power contracts by PG&E. FERC’s position is a win for companies that supply PG&E with solar and wind power. [Seeking Alpha]

¶ “Hundreds Of Pennsylvania Jobs On The Line As Bailout Deadline Looms For Struggling Nuclear Plants” • Pennsylvania lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation in the coming weeks that would provide financial support for nuclear power, paid for by every Pennsylvania electric customer. The cost is yet to be decided. []

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